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I Don't Understand The Bible Well

I read my bible, but not as often as I should because I get discouraged from lack of understanding. I've prayed and asked God for knowledge of the Word and what to read when I'm faced with stressful circumstances. What do you suggest?

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Would you build a building without a foundation? Of course not.

A friend was once a stranger. The more you learned about this person the stronger the foundation. The stronger the foundation, the better the friendship. It's the same with God. The OT sets the foundation about who God is and his relationship with His people. The NT would be meaningless without the OT because Jesus referenced the OT many times.

I suggest reading the Bible from beginning to end two or three times BEFORE using commentaries, dictionaries, and other author's opinions. Read it through the eyes of a child. Do not try to judge what you read because it's a history of God and His people - and you can't change true history.
---Steveng on 8/12/08


As for facing a stressful circumstance, all it takes is, not the Bible, but a prayer to God. Sometimes you may need to go out in the middle of the desert and cry out to him to hear your prayer. After reading the Bible two or three times, you'll find that other people had the same stressful circumstances as you do now. Take for instance Job, who experienced the ultimate in stressful circumstances.

You'll have many people say that people aren't the same today as they were 6,000 years ago. On the contrary, we ARE the same - we love, we hate, we laugh, we cry, we sing, we morn. Sure, we have technology and medical advances, but human nature will always be the same. And God surely know what to do.
---Steveng on 8/12/08


Dear Friend

I suggest that you get a few Bible aids like commentaries, dictionaries as well as books on understanding the Bible. What is also of prime importance is that you have a relationship with Jesus Christ and also that you ask God for wisdom (James 1:5) and understanding. Start by reading the gospel of John if you want to fully understand your relationship with God. For stress, Psalms are of great help in this regard- most of them were written from that setting. Above all, Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest"(Matthew 11:28).
---Oscar on 8/11/08


The bible was written by man inspired by the Spirit of God, thus it is a book filled with spiritual meaning/concepts. You need the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in order to understand spiritual things. 1 Corinthians says the natural mind cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God.
Ask God to open the eyes of your understanding, seek Him for who He is and pray and ask Him until He gives you understanding. Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, He will lead you and guide you into all truth- what is truth? Jesus said, "Thy word is truth." You need spiritual eyes to understand the bible-pray and ask God for them and He will give them to you. God Bless.
---donna8365 on 8/11/08


LaDonna,get a reference Bible which has other Bible verses listed in footnotes which you can go to,run the reference, and get a better understanding of what the verse means. Some references will lead you to the Old Testament from New Testament and OT will lead you to the New Teastament. It's very interesting and very enlightening,but you need to spend at least one hour a day studying. Remember,learning builds on learning. The more you learn the more you understand. Besides God will bring it to our remembrance and in order for that to be done we must have the Word in our mind. Continue to pray God will help you understand. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit of Truth,Holy Ghost,as in the Book of Acts for Bible says Holy Ghost will teach us.
---Darlene_1 on 8/11/08




Oh, and I forgot to add an important element from the post I wrote a year ago.

Most people who don't understand the Bible try to find hidden meaning which will confuse a person. There is no hidden meaning. The old testament is the history of a people with their relationship with their God.

Read the Bible through the eyes of a child. Don't try to look for hidden meaning. Don't try to put meaning where non should be. Finding a Bible without verse numbers would definately help, too.
---Steveng on 8/10/08


I am a lay speaker in the united methodist church and I sometimes have a hard time understanding the Bible. I read other translations. It my open you to a new understanding of the word
---joe on 8/10/08


Well, I have learned more from and about God than I ever have studying just by letting Him teach me how to be strong, stable, ect, face to face during stressful situations. But this is the kind of relationship and teachings that He has drawn me into. I am not sure about other Christians, and how God prefers to teach them. I study but only if God is in it. To really understand the Bible you need revelation from God. Sometimes it's as if lights bulbs are going off and you have got it. Sometimes you slowly gain the understanding perhaps later on. Also, remember, if knowledge of the word of God does not get into your spirit, then you really do not know it. From head to spirit. Now you know something, AND NOW YOU HAVE IT.
---catherine on 8/10/08


"I read my bible, but not as often as I should because I get discouraged from lack of understanding."

Just read. God will give you understanding in time.

"As to the Word of God, yes the Holy Spirit is the sole teacher."

Is this why 5 Christians can claim the Holy Spirit is guiding them to 5 different interpretations of the same verse?

All of them CAN'T be right in this claim--but all of them COULD be wrong.
---katavasia on 8/10/08


There are many ways to study the Bible. If you are looking for passages to help you in bad times. Go to the nearest Bible book store and get one of the books of Promises in the Bible. Look up the problem in the index and that will give you bible verses on that topic.

To study what the bible says to you it is good to develop a plan. Start with the book of Mark. It is an easy read and tells you a lot about who JESUS is and what he did. Mediate on those verses either from Mark on the Bible promise book that help you most. Memorize them.

This is the easiest way to get started. Pick a good translation. While I love the Amplified for serious study it is a difficult read. New American standard of the New King James is a good start.
---Samuel on 8/9/08




Understanding Scripture is like understanding a culture. We eventually come to understand our own.

For many years I have spent 2 months each year in France, now mixing, as friends, with quite a few locals. Now I understand their culture. It was hard at first but I persisted. Now I am accepted as one of them, and could happily live there.

I had the same experience with Scripture, somethings were difficult to comprehend. Now after years reading and listening it has opened up to me. Yes I did pray, and continue to do so, that the Holy Spirit would enlighten me.

The answer? Persist and pray and you'll come to understand God's Word, to your eternal benefit, and for peace now.
---Warwick on 8/9/08


Even the Rcc relied on The good word Hand me down by Spoken word not self interpretation. Learn from the correct source by men who have studied the bible in HIS Church. Matt16:13-19 This is the correct source.
---MIC on 8/8/08

Amen!

Tell me Jesus' Words only.

Not what you think His Words was trying to say. Twisting them as Luther did.

Praise the Lord, I can Read.

Just the Facts, please!
Just the Facts!
---Nicole on 8/9/08


Is Ladonna still with us(CN)?
I don't think so...
The prospect of not understanding what God had written for us is and would be a scary situation, God says people who Stumble at his words are Spiritually Dead and that they stumble to their own destruction.

I suggest figuring it out before it's to late!
Your heart ain't in it,
if you can't understand him...
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 8/9/08


There are TWO messages in the bible,...one for the carnal mind, and the other for the spiritual mind that LOVES God. We should be transformed by the renewal of the MIND (Romans 12:2).

Mankind has always replaced God's 3 gracious gifts to humanity...
1) creation (Father)
2) salvation (Son)
3) Godliness teaching (Spirit)

...with the teachings and protocol of MAN (the SIXTH day creation)...666. Collective "man" (the world system) is the present day BEAST.

All verses are from the RSV (I find it the most understandable and true to the real message).
---more_excellent_way on 8/8/08


Just a word regarding Ladonna's understanding the Bible. When most Christians are mere babes, books detailing individuals' testimonies and miraculous experiences is like baby food. An early walk with God feeds on the true real life experiences others have had. So these books do play a role in the growth and encouragement of a new believer. As to the Word of God, yes the Holy Spirit is the sole teacher. Whether a testimony is written or oral doesn't matter. But a distinction can easily be discerned from individual experiences and that which is an inaccurate interpretation of the Bible from that which is the real truth as revealed by the Holy Spirit. Ladonna, Jesus said "ask" and "knock", He will reveal and show you.
---Robert on 8/8/08


Proper understanding of God and what He's telling us in scripture requires a paradigm shift in thinking.

Nothing in scripture (the word "bible" is not in scripture) is happenstance/random occurence. God made sure that all events happened and the words were recorded so that someday we would be able to learn from them (if we so choose). Choose to learn the "depths of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10) from the "sword of the spirit" (Ephesians 6:17).

We have always been taught to be mindful only of 'commands' and 'commandments' instead of God's wishes, desires, likes and dislikes, and disregard all of His wise counsel and profound insight into the human condition/human nature.
---more_excellent_way on 8/8/08


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LaDonna::How was the word of God Propogated in the early Days , why did not the apostles write the word of God But Preached as Jesus Did.Even the Rcc relied on The good word Hand me down by Spoken word not self interpretation.Learn from the correct source by men who have studied the bible in HIS Church.Matt16:13-19 This is the correct source.I know many will disagree but YOU will get the Universal Truth which does Not change.
---MIC on 8/8/08


The god of confusion (satan) has always caused alot of confusion in the thoughts of humanity and how we devote ourselves to God.

Satan has always encouraged humanity to base it's devotion to God simply on faith, protocol/gestures, self-effort scholarly/intellectual accomplishment and deeds/works.

Many people, because they truly have LOVE in their heart AND mind, simply aren't satisfied in their heart by such a partisan devotion.

It is very important to ask God for eyes to see and ears to hear so that we can learn a "more excellent" devotion (1 Corinthians 12:31) based on the "GREATEST of these" (1 Corinthians 13:13).

No "self-effort" works can improve on what Jesus did for humanity.
---more_excellent_way on 8/8/08


The version used for devotion today is important because many modern versions were changed to be politically correct. The original King James Version had been changed to fit the ideals of the Church of England (Acts 12:4 KJV says "EASTER", the RSV correctly translates "PASSOVER").

We should live under the law of liberty (James 1:25 and 2:12) because of what Jesus did on the cross (Ephesians 2:15). The "strong delusion" is not a future event, it's been in effect all throughout history because humanity has "REFUSED TO LOVE THE TRUTH" (2 Thessalonians 2:10, OBJECTIVE/unbiased truth).

Pilate asked Jesus "What is TRUTH?" (referring to humanity's preference for SUBJECTIVE/biased truth).
---more_excellent_way on 8/8/08


James says, "Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." (James 1:21-22)

Think of Mary who "sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word" (in Luke 10:39) and loved and enjoyed Him while just taking in whatsoever He said. And be as a little child > as a child grows and develops, the child becomes able to understand.

Trust the LORD to have you do what *He* means by His word. Do not get distracted by decoy issues (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/8/08


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Ladonna, try the Amplified Bible. It comes in paperback. The Holy Spirit is what teaches you. Jesus said His words are spirit and they are life. Refer to Strong's Concordance and Vine's Dictionary which defines words used in the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments. God,in Isaiah, says " in that day no man need teach you" and also says in His Word that the Holy Spirit (the Comforter)will show you all things, be your teacher and in the hour you need to speak it will be He who speaks. Your teaching and understanding will come from the Holy Spirit by meditating on God's Word, study and prayer. Talk to God like He's siting next to you and speak your heart. He's your most intimate friend and He will answer.
---Robert on 8/8/08


LaDonna,
What version are you using?
---Bruce5656 on 8/8/08


What an oxymoron. Why do you need the Book of Mormon then?
It's a plagiarism from the Bible and from a book of fiction.
---Gail on 7/2/07


Personally, I have no use for books written by men to tell me what the bible says. The Holy Ghost is the bearer of all truth and I trust him with my life. The only books I rely on are the scriptures themselves and my topical guide, which tells me every subject I want to look up. If I look up baptism, it lists every verse that mentions baptism and what the line says that uses the word baptism. I am then able to cross reference the entire scriptures to get the whole picture.
---ashley on 7/1/07


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*These "tools" are the interpretation of man.*

You are right Steveng. Many used these commentaries and "assume" that it God's Word. These commentaries were written by men and not God. Many have sink in a deep hole because they listen more to men than the Holy Spirit.

Commentaries and Books are good, but we should not trust them 100% for our understanding. Many of these commentaries and books have many false doctrines. We need to be careful with these "tools".
---Ramon on 7/1/07


catherine, why in the world would a prophet of God need a Bible commentary to quote from?
If your undestanding of the Bible is that minimal, the phrases you're speaking that do line up with God's Word are coming from your mind.
---Davis on 7/1/07


catherine: How does a person build a relationship with another person? By getting to know that person. Each time you meet, you know a little more. This is the same way for getting to know and building a strong relationship with God. This is accomplished by reading the Bible. The Bible is God's resume. You'll learn how he interacted with His people. It's this same relationship that Christians should desire. The closer your relationship with God, the more He will work wonders in your life.
---Steveng on 7/1/07


catherine: "Bible commentaries, dictionaries are helpful tools, Especially if you want to dig into understanding the word of God." These "tools" are the interpretation of man. Strong's Concordance is the personal interpretation of James Strong. Although Strong did not write the concordance by himsel, constructed by more than a hundred colleagues, he had the last say.
---Steveng on 6/30/07


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catherine: Using these worldly, man-written "tools" are good for the weak or new born Christian, but the guidance should come from the Holy Spirit only.

There is a time to be weaned off these "tools."

How long did Jesus teach the apostles? I know many too people who have gone to church for over twenty years - being only hearers of the word, not doers.
---Steveng on 6/30/07


Well,Bible commentaries, dictionaries are helpful tools, Especially if you want to dig into understanding the word of God. Revelation, I really get from God when I use study tools. Ofcourse, if you are so gifted in this area more power to you. Remember ALL knowledge comes from God and not man, and we only know what God reveals to us, and we are only as good as God makes us. And we obey God. If He saids to you, "You need some Bible tools". Then you go out and pick up some Bible tools. Yes!++
---catherine on 6/30/07


The Holy Spirit baptism will do more for your Bible reading than any human ever could. Read the Word for yourself, the eyes of your understanding will be opened. Discernment will come, you'll recognise truth from false. Holy Spirit will give you immediate recall for a particular Scripture you need. Study books, helps written without God's inspiration are simply more books you'll leave on the shelf.
Dependence on other people's opinions, not studying the Word for yourself, growth will be slow.
---Adelle on 6/30/07


I suggest majoring on the Majors. Read all four Gospels, savor the words that Jesus spoke (He is our Saviour, remember, so what He said is the best guide for our thoughts and actions). Paul was zealous, but he was not Jesus. There are some major differences in what they were concerned with. Only refer to the other NT books to fill in what Jesus said.
---harold on 6/30/07


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I'm not big on reading more books to understand the Bible. The Holy Spirit is the best teacher you'll ever have. More opinions, 1000's, interpreting scripture differently brings even more confusion. Jesus is the Word. If you know Jesus, He can interpret His Word better than anyone on the face of the earth.
Do you know Jesus, do you know the Holy Spirit, do you know the Father? The Father gives good gifts to His children, and the Holy Spirit is the best gift that Jesus Christ sent us.
---Adelle on 6/30/07


Maybe because her fruits are out for all to taste and see if they are edible which they are obviously not. Cathrine has the attitude of I know God you don't and if you don't know God thats your own fault message. I choose to follow Paul and the apostles that chose love to deliver their message where a new soul is concerned after all they Knew the savior face to face and guess what It showed in the fruits they displayed.
---Carla5754 on 6/29/07


Hi LaDonna, I would suggest visiting the local Christian bookstore, and asking them to show you what they have to help you understand the bible more, there are a lot of good help books available, and a topical bible might help, also, Joyce Meyer has one of the best books i ever read on Be Anxious for Nothing.It gives scripture and is very easily read, give it a try. Also, try Psalms 23, and Psalms 91, and the book of John, for starters. Be Blessed !!!!
---Gayla on 6/28/07


You may call me or think of me as you may. If God is pleased with me I could care less steven what you think. I please God not MAN!+++
---catherine on 6/28/07


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catherine: "I am not surprise, if you don't know God."

That is not a Christian thing to say, you are: being judgmental, a newly born Christians or a weak Christian yourself. This person could be a newly born-again Christian or a weak Christian seeking answers. With an answer like yours, you could discourage even the apostles if that were possible. As Christians, we are to encourage them not put them down (it's the way you said it).
---Steveng on 6/28/07


I am not surprise, if you don't know God.
---catherine on 6/28/07


Try reading The New Living Paraphrase.It's the easiest one I've found to understand.It even comes in a comic-book like illustrated junior version that I like to look at. The main thing to fix in your brain is this: The Word of God is written to intend only one meaning,(although some OT prophesies can be hard to get a grip on) so read the Bible as if it were a normal story. Begin with the Gospel of John. Read it thru. Then read it thru again, and you will understand more of the one meaning of the words.
---harold on 6/28/07


Try reading The New Living Paraphrase.It's the easiest one I've found to understand.It even comes in a comic-book like illustrated junior version that I like to look at. The main thing to fix in your brain is this: The Word of God is written to intend only one meaning,(although some OT prophesies can be hard to get a grip on) so read the Bible as if it were a normal story. Begin with the Gospel of John. Read it thru. Then read it thru again, and you will understand more of the one meaning of the words.
---harold on 6/28/07


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Ladonna,
don't go out and buy any books to understand the bible google the subject you are looking for and alternative writings will surface for you yo read. The online bibles have their own commentaries and once you have settled down with one of the online bibles of which there are many your understanding will increase in abundance, hope this helps CarlaX
---Carla5754 on 6/28/07


Peter warned that Paul's writings were hard to understand and easily twisted by the unlearned. If you have trouble, you should take advantage of Christ's wisdom and seek one who has been properly taught in the scriptures. In the interim, try reading a modern translation and start with the Gospels, they are usually well laid out.
---lorra8574 on 6/27/07


I will tell you what I suggest. Go to God face to face for all of your counseling. After that, Ask God, shouldn't you get a Matthew Henry's commentary?
---catherine on 6/27/07


No One can ever say they understand the bible straight away. When stress hits so do confusion but The Holy spirit often teaches us to enter praise and worship then try to read the bible again. It then makes a whole leap of sence.
---nina_3495 on 6/26/07


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This may not apply to you, but most people I know that say the Bible is too hard to understand never zero in on what or where. They don't want to talk about it further. My husband reads the Bible every day but doesn't talk about it, I read less but llike to talk about it.
---Virginia on 11/22/06


friend, the good place for you to start studing the bible is with a good bible teacher or a friend who knows his bible from your church...someone you feel comfortable with and he will slowly lead you thru with much prayer and with the help of the Holy Spirit. it gives you good opportunity to ask questions also....a one to one basis study to begin with I find is more helpful as this was how I started...God bless
---jana on 7/19/06


Try reading The New Living Translation. It's the easiest one I've found to understand.
---kyla on 8/25/05


One man said, "I don't like the Bible. There's so much in it I don't understand." His Christian friend replied, "My difficulty is the parts I DO understand."

We have to crawl, then walk, then run. Whatever you don't understand, leave alone for now. Concentate on the parts that directly apply to you and your life. The rest will come in due time.
---Jack on 6/21/05


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be honest to yourself, then you will find the truth.
---c on 6/4/05


Charles Spurgeon, R C Sproul, John MacArthur, are good writers that I recommend. You mentioned stressful circumstances, sometimes when you go to read you go to find something that will favor your cercumstances. You can find that in many verses, that we sometimes use the verse wrong. Remember, God wants to talk to you through His word, about Him, He already knows about you and what you are thinking and going through. It is His will that will be done. Be ready to except that.
---Lupe2618 on 5/31/05


His nature and character will many times answer most of your questions. Second, don't assume the verse you read is always the correct interpretation, becuase you might run into another that seems to contradict the one you read before. Check to see how many scriptures speak on one behalf and compare to the other. If still not sure, find yourself a good book by book commentary. there is many good authors that God uses for our help.
---Lupe2618 on 5/31/05


Sister LaDonna, everyone has a good place to start when you are a begginner. I have two things I found so helpful and no one mentioned when I started the walk. I believe that learning the Attributes of God is most important. I started as most others do and had so many questions that I could not figure out. When I learned the Attributes of God many questions were answered. They became so clear to me when I began to learn who God is.
---Lupe2618 on 5/31/05


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I keep checking this blog.
Still remembering you in prayer. Hope you are beginning to experience some victory in Reading and understanding. God's word


A good concordance might also help.
---barbara67 on 5/30/05


The Gospels a great place 2 begin try John or Luke. Reading a book or a chapter over 2 or 3 more times makes it clearer. Like when watching a movie or reading a book 2nd time U notice something U didn't before or U understand something better. Takes longer this way but U understand better. I'm reading the new Testament first then old, usuing study guide/book. Find it easier this way. Always pray first 4 guidence & understanding from the Holy Spirit. Also NIV & NLT are easier versions 2 understand.
---Judith on 5/27/05


Hello there,If u so desire to understand God's Plan ....Pray and call upon the Holy Spirit of God..he will come to u and show and teach u all things which u must know.
It will be an eye opening experience..because no one can teach like the Holy Spirit of God can.
Men mislead..But God delivers the truth.
Don't place learning about God's words all on your own..this is the mistake that Millons make every day .

Blessings flow to u in your quest.
Ciao
Michelle Italia
---Michelle on 5/27/05


I suggest going to the gospels and read very very deliberately and notice the relationship of sets of passages to each other. Notice how words are written, try to figure out an overall message. Try Luke 10:25 through 11:14. Here's a clue, look for the commonly used words in this section of scripture. Send me a note if you want to try the next step. The bible is awesome. Stay with it. God will literally speak to you when you spend time with him. I'd be interested if this technique works for you.
---Norm_Patriquin on 5/26/05


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Have you tried a newer translation such as the New Internation Version or the Holman Christian Standard Bible? A book called "God's Word Made Plain" by Mrs. Paul Friederichsen may help also. (c. 1958)
---Becky on 5/23/05


One very important part of the Bible to understand comes from knowing Who the Teacher is. Of course, we have teachers in the body, but He still confirms. In Jn. 14, Jesus said that He would pray the Father, and He would give us another Comforter who is the Spirit of Truth. He is there for you to lead you into all truth. Connect with Him by believing in what the word says, not necessarily what man says.
---sam7944 on 5/23/05


Proverbs 3:5-6...
---Leon on 5/22/05


Remember the Bible must interpret the Bible.

Read with a devotional guide.
Sripture Union is a teaching about the reading devotional book.
Another Book by Henrietta Mears - What the Bible is all about - gives a very short simple explanation on each book.
And just write down what does make sense to you and pray about the rest that your eyes will be opened to understand.
---barbara67 on 5/21/05


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LaDonna (cont.)All of the promises are in Him yes and in Him amen, to the glory of God.(2Cor. 1:20) The Word will come alive to you when you allow the Teacher to teach you and allow the Lord to renew your mind. Why would He say this if our unrenewed mind could be our source? God and what He tells us in His word is the Source, and The Holy Spirit is our Teacher. This also is something we receive by faith and not by logic.
---sam7944 on 5/21/05


Begin with all the short books. Ruth is only 4 chapters long. It is the actual history of a woman called Ruth.
The Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - tell the story of Jesus. The Old Testament tells alot of history - even Creation in Genesis.

However Prophecy books are sometimes more difficult to understand. The images are of things that will happen. It seems we must let God bring about prophecy.
---barbara67 on 5/21/05


Dear LaDonna, I would ask first if you have received the baptism in the Holy Ghost? Before I got my prayer language, I also read the words in the Bible and just couldn't get it. The trouble is, we try to understand everything with our brains. The Holy Spirit bypasses our mind and speaks to our heart. Regardless of what people tell you, I have come to understand God as a supernatural God.
---sam7944 on 5/21/05


That sounds like me years ago. But guess what? It gets better. First, read it just to know what's there. Get a general picture; then read for comprehension of the culture/costums. Use reference books for that. Read it prayerfully with fasting added to it. You'll see your understanding grow. It will be a joy. The power of the Word will manifest itself in you.
---Eloia8896 on 5/21/05


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After looking at some of the responses to your question, I have to agree. Let God as you are reading. I have the New Living Translation. It has literally opened my eyes to what God is all about. Good luck to you and God Bless.
---Chante on 5/21/05


I'm still realing from the, "Prayers for the dead" blog. My eyes are being opened. It looks like that there is no use. We should be asking the Holy Spirit to help us with understanding the bible, and pray for the living.
---Diane on 5/21/05


Also, check-out a Christian bookstore. There are many Bible study aids available. I also use several different Bible translations. If I get hung up on a verse in my NIV, I will check out the same verse in another translation. Often times, that will help me get understanding. My favorites are the Amplified Bible, The New Living Translation (which is written in easy to understand, modern English), and the New Century Version (a childrens Bible which is wonderful for gaining basic concepts).
---DoryLory on 5/21/05


I would suggest that, if you can get hold of them, have as many different versions of the bible as possible and when you hit a verse that you do not understand read that same verse in a different version. This helps me an awful lot. The Living Bible is probably the easiest to read if you are new to bible study. If I had to choose 3 I'd say The Living Bible, N.I.V. and N.A.S.B. but there are plenty to choose from. Pray before you start each study time and ask the Holy Spirit to help your understanding.
---Paul_James on 5/21/05


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LaDonna,
Please do not fall for the "There is no Bible but the King James Version" routine. While there are some well meaning individuals who would have you believe that (welcome back Herb), the fact is that King James english can almost sound like a foriegn language to some.

Why not start with a paraphrase like The Living Bible? You will find that much eaiser to understand IF it is the language that is the barrier.
---Bruce5656 on 5/21/05


LaDonna, try to read the Gospels, Acts and Paul's, Peter and James letters - they are easier to understand than some of the Old Testament. I would leave the Revelation book out for the time being since that is very difficult to understand.
---Albert on 5/21/05


Learn the bible bit by bit, start "quite time" 10 minutes daily helped by guidance books like Our Daily Bread. Join services and bible study will help a lot. May the Holy Spirit help in your study.
---Jasmine on 5/21/05


Dear LaDonna, Be sure you have asked Jesus into your heart. Find a Bible believing church and join a study group. Ask God to send just the right people into your life! Never, but never, give up. It is the most rewarding thing you will ever do in this lifetime. Our Lord Jesus is with you, my dear. Jesus says, in Matthew 28:20 (NIV) "I am with you always to the very end of the age." His Spirit is right beside you to help you!
---Elsie on 5/21/05


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Dear One: Even though I asked Jesus into my heart as a young child, I really did not "understand" the Bible; however by studying with a Bible believing group of Holy Spirit filled people, I learned. God put a hunger and desire to know Him better thru His Word. Now it is the most exciting activity of my day. What He did for me He will do for you. Don't give up. God will reward you for your diligence!
---Elsie on 5/21/05


The Bible is inspired, so you should be in the spirit to understand it. First make sure that you have a HOLY Bible (the enemy has planted many corrupt Bibles on the market), and find a quiet place to read, then pray to the Lord that he will give you understanding as you read.
---Eloy on 5/21/05


LaDonna;
Here are a few guidelines:
approach B with an open mind
continiously pray for HS'guidance
read as many B passages on a subject as possible
accept the B as God's word revealed
be willing to make changes in previous thinking
do not act contrary to B's clear teachings
---Pierr7958 on 5/21/05


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