In November I started reading the Bible from the beginning. Today, I finished it, and I cried.
I finally see what it was all about. This whole story is about a God that won’t give up. There are ups and there are seriously downs but he never leaves.
If He never left mankind from Genesis to Revelation, I know that means he won’t leave me where I am. He is ever constant. Through misunderstanding, frustration, fear, and tragedy, He does not run away.
When you look at the Bible as a whole, you see it. You see the heart of a Father that says in your beginning I’ll be here, and no matter how you end, here I’ll be.
He hasn’t given up on us yet, and He doesn’t intend to start with you.
Sam, I come from an ethnically Jewish family but our family was secular and religion was not part of my upbringing. Although I am an atheist I am interested in the Bible both as a part of my culture and as literature. I would like to study both the Jewish scriptures and the Christian scriptures but when I try to read the Bible it is both confusing and boring. All those names and old kingdoms and rulers just run into one another. Any suggestions?
I do. First, as I said to an earlier anon do not try and read the Bible as you would a modern book. It is a collection of books. I suggest reading anonline version and then when you get confused, Google it. One excellent resource is “Asimov’s Guide to the Bible” written by the late Isaac Asimov the American genius and a secular Jew as you are. The book starts with Genesis and ends with Revelations and explains in detail the Biblical passages in light of modern scholarship. Unfortunately, I believe that it is out of print although you may find used copies on Amazon. I have the books and the audio version and I have covered it several times and each time I have learned something new.
I too am interested in the Bible in a nonreligious way. I read it as I read the Upanishads or the Vedas. To me, the things that people hold sacred tells me more about them as people than do conventional histories which are mainly concerned with war and conquest.
I strongly recommend that you as a Jewish person consider learning Hebrew and using the Tanakh as a subject. I believe that this would be a powerful cultural experience for you even as a secular Jew.
If you’re looking for answers when it comes to a relationship or a big decision you have to make, you won’t find that answer by constantly re-reading old texts or trying to search for clues in what other people are saying or doing. You’ll find it by digging deeper into what God is saying.
As we see in today’s reading, God’s Word has the power to completely transform our lives.
If you have ever felt comforted by something you have read in His Word, know that He is speaking to you in this way, too! Be careful to never take His Word and the moments He is speaking to you through His Word for granted.
God’s Word is alive. It’s not just a book of stories and quotes that might occasionally apply to your life. From Genesis to Revelation, this is our guide. As followers of Christ, it is the truth that we stand on and act upon.
Sometimes it can be tempting to only wait for big moments to hear God’s voice. However, we can never forget that we have a daily opportunity to read and follow His commands everyday!
When it comes to the big decisions you’re faced with in life, there are so many advice columns you can read online or in a magazine. But before you turn to any outside source, remember the ultimate Source: the Word of God.
Even if you’re new to reading His Word or you’re starting to understand it for yourself for the first time in your life, make a point to spend time in His Word everyday. Rely on it like the air you breathe. Let it transform the way you think and make decisions. Let it influence every single area of your life.
From “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” to “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”
Every single word in between you shall read to become wise, shall believe to become saved and shall practice to become holy.
If there’s one album I don’t consider “true” Genesis, it’s Calling All Statons, NOT From Genesis to Revelation. I’m still not sure I get why people hate that album. Yes, it was really 60s, and yes, it was nothing like the Genesis that was to come later, but I still enjoy it.