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manic_gamer

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From: Portland Maine USA
Registered: 09-01-2006
I dont know what is wrong with me.. I try to read the bible. but I find it so boring and I get nothing out of it.. all these christians around me seem to get so much out of it and find it so interesting. I know its a living book. I wish I could connect with it better, Arg
Anyways thanks for letting me say what I gotta say
Jari

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Hey there.
The reason for this can be many but the main thing is that Bible is Heavenly, Spiritual word of God and if we are interested in things on earth we cannot possibly find interest on God's word as it is entirely different from earthly things. I don't always have the interest to read Bible either and the reason for that is mostly because my mind is set on some other thing like some new "cool" programming or other computer related thing but what must happen is that you let go of the earthly interest and pray for the hunger (interest) to God's word (which is supposed to be a daily bread) if that's what it takes and amazing as it is God can give the hunger to this heavenly bread.
Sorry if the terms bread and hunger confuse you but I wanted to make an example, that if you eat pizza you likely wont want to eat plain bread any time soon.

There is likely something in your life that keeps you away from the Bible, perhaps games. That's just my quess.

You can pray that God gives you the interest to His word and I will pray for you but remember not to eat too much, once you get the hunger. (but seriously take it easy)

God bless.

In Christ,
Jari.

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manic_gamer

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I agree with you to some extent. And i know what you mean by bread. its a common christian way of saying gods word... but its funny I can read christian books all the time and find them very fascinating.. Im enrolled in a free online bible college and find it fascinating.. but when I read the bible im just board.
penny

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Hey maniac,
Do you find reading old newspapers boring? I don't know if you have ever tried that.... but its an interesting question. Some people hate history. people like me, for instance . What does it have to do with my life right now anyways.
The bible is a historical book (for the most part). Its like a stack of ancient newspaper clippings, and it tells a lot of stories about people and places that don't really relate directly to today. In the past, I was very bored with the bible too.
However, I have found a key. Its not so much connecting with the bible as much as connecting with God. The bible records incident after incident of men and women connecting with God.
Snippets like "without faith its impossible to please God" and "God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble", or even Jesus saying "Let the little children come to me."; these are like news stories from the past painting a picture of who God is really.
Its like reading a biography. Some of it is dull boring details, and some of it is interesting and tells you really what the person was like; his/her thoughts, dreams, feelings, actions.
On another note, the bible sometimes loses its literary punch when we forget it is a translated book. I don't know if you have ever had a chance to read a translated book. I read translated manga sometimes and, quite frankly, the translation of the text and culture of the japanese sounds corny to me. But of course it will. It was written by japanese for the japanese culture. And it makes perfect sense to them. (I still like to read it though and 'connect' to the japanese culture)
Unfortunately, you and I only speak english (i assume). And most of the time the idioms of the hebrew language go right over our heads. (like jari was talking about the bread)
I would encourage you to pick up a dynamic translation of the bible like the New Living Translation, or the Message. A dynamic translation gives you a looser translation using english idioms that apply.
I still keep my stricter translation around for digging deeper into a particular passage, and occasionally dig into the greek and hebrew words, but the great thing about the dynamic translations are that they flow smoother, like a novel.
All in all, when you read your bible, I would recommend asking yourself the question, "What does this reveal to me about who God really is?" Of course, some sections of the bible reveal more about God than others.. just like biographies
As a Christian this truely is our main goal: to know the God who saves us.

Hope it helps!

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ArchAngel

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read about ehud.
Judges 3.

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jestermax

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ehud rocks left handed people are pro. booya

in other news, try reading the Message translation. it's somewhat less "dull" as the language is sort of updated.

steveth45

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From my own experience, reading the Bible can be a drag when you do it as a task. If you don't read the Bible much, its a mistake to say, "OK, I'm going to read the Bible straight through from Genesis to Revelations." If you make it to Leviticus, you'll likely give up. It's better to start in the New Testament. Read one of the Gospels, like Mark. Then read some of the shorter epistles. Read a few of the Psalms, and some of Proverbs.

Another thing is to set reasonable goals. Just plan on reading at least 10 or 15 minutes at a time and then spend a little time afterwards praying about what you read or maybe taking a few notes. Don't get religious about it and force yourself to do amazing feats of Biblical study and scholarship. Just take it easy, small bites at first. You'll be surprised how often the small parts you read will come into your mind in different situations. Like Jari said, it's spiritual, it really helps to pray before and after you read. Certain things will jump out of the text at you, small revelations or big ones.

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Ereon

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Test? WHERE! AAAAAAAAAAAH! Wait......oh.....teXt, ok, I'm good now, sorry about that.

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zookey

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Originally posted by penny:
Hey maniac,
Do you find reading old newspapers boring? I don't know if you have ever tried that.... but its an interesting question. Some people hate history. people like me, for instance . What does it have to do with my life right now anyways.
The bible is a historical book (for the most part). Its like a stack of ancient newspaper clippings, and it tells a lot of stories about people and places that don't really relate directly to today. In the past, I was very bored with the bible too.
However, I have found a key. Its not so much connecting with the bible as much as connecting with God. The bible records incident after incident of men and women connecting with God.
Snippets like "without faith its impossible to please God" and "God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble", or even Jesus saying "Let the little children come to me."; these are like news stories from the past painting a picture of who God is really.
Its like reading a biography. Some of it is dull boring details, and some of it is interesting and tells you really what the person was like; his/her thoughts, dreams, feelings, actions.
On another note, the bible sometimes loses its literary punch when we forget it is a translated book. I don't know if you have ever had a chance to read a translated book. I read translated manga sometimes and, quite frankly, the translation of the text and culture of the japanese sounds corny to me. But of course it will. It was written by japanese for the japanese culture. And it makes perfect sense to them. (I still like to read it though and 'connect' to the japanese culture)
Unfortunately, you and I only speak english (i assume). And most of the time the idioms of the hebrew language go right over our heads. (like jari was talking about the bread)
I would encourage you to pick up a dynamic translation of the bible like the New Living Translation, or the Message. A dynamic translation gives you a looser translation using english idioms that apply.
I still keep my stricter translation around for digging deeper into a particular passage, and occasionally dig into the greek and hebrew words, but the great thing about the dynamic translations are that they flow smoother, like a novel.
All in all, when you read your bible, I would recommend asking yourself the question, "What does this reveal to me about who God really is?" Of course, some sections of the bible reveal more about God than others.. just like biographies
As a Christian this truely is our main goal: to know the God who saves us.

Hope it helps!



Just had to give props--I think Penney hit it dead on the nail what the Bible is mainly for--a biographical historical text to show us how active God is in life and how much God cares (to the point of sending his own son to die for us!) thatis a very well written explaination!!

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manic_gamer

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From: Portland Maine USA
Registered: 09-01-2006
Thanks for all the replies. I do tend to set unrealistic goals for myself.. like I was actualy thinking of reading the bible from 9 - 3 everyday. But now I think ill just try for 20 minutes or so. (I work for a hour in the mourning and hour at night. so I was going to do hard study between then)
I worse at praying though. but im gonna shoot for like 10 minutes a day.

Anyways thanks everyone.

And good post penny.. I will start looking at the bible as a way to know god better.

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