Originally posted by CX
Any versions particulary better than others? Where would you start?
Thanks for any advice.
Here's what I did. I accepted Christ as my Savior at about age 8. I remember reading parts of KJV translation as an adolescent. I did not read it
all the way through until I was 28 and at that time it was the NIV translation. The I returned to the KJV translation as my main one(because it's
language leads to more answers to questions, I also use a concordance for deeper study of it. The NIV has some problems in that it omits some verses
which are important like Acts 8:37). I have also read the Living Bible translation the NAS and you could also.
I would start out reading the NT and Psalms and Proverbs and Genesis. Then make an effort to read it through from beginning to end.
When you get to Deuteronomy, Numbers, Leviticus I am not going to lie to you, it will be a test of your endurance. You will wonder what this stuff
has to do with me. I cannot give you all the reasons why we need to read them because I don't know, but I can tell you that there are things in
those books, some hidden, some not hidden, that will increase knowledge and faith.
An example of a hidden thing is Numbers chapter 2. In that chapter, God tells the Israelites how to set up camp in the wilderness and where the
different tribes are to be situated. around the tabernacle. Sounds boring until you find a hidden thing there. The way they set up camp was 3 tribes
to the east, 3 to the west, 3 to the north and 3 to the south from the tabernacle in the middle. The tribes(totaling millions of people)had different
population sizes and were placed in a specific place resulting in their camp being in the shape of a cross. Imagine at night with campfires lit,
there would be a HUGE cross blazing in the desert(proclaiming the future death of Jesus on the cross), lighting up the night sky. That is an awesome
thought as a christian. It also reenforces that Jesus Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
I would also, when you have time, watch and listen to some true Bible scholars on TV and radio. Listen to David Jeremiah(his program is called
Turning Point), Adrian Rogers(now deceased, but still on, and his is called Love Worth Finding), Charles Stanley(called In Touch), Beth Moore(not
sure what her's is called), Kay Arthur(Precept ministry), Zola Levitt(now deceased but still on named Zola Levitt presents). There are some other
true teachers but these are ones that you should be able to find on TV the easiest. There are alot of people to stay away from, stick with the ones
listed above and you'll learn and grow.
Now at the beginning of the post I mentioned I was saved at age 8, so all my learning came with Christ already on the inside. If you have never
accepted Christ(which I don't know one way or the other) then your experience may be different, as far as learning.
As you read remember one thing throughout Old Testament and NT, Jesus Christ is the main point of the Bible. You will find Him in the life of Joseph,
Issac, Boaz(and others) even Noah's Ark, for learning purposes as to who He is and what He is doing for individuals then and today.