Jack, get a copy of "The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration" (4th Edition) (Paperback)
by Bruce M. Metzger and read the section on Textus Receptus.
---Phil_the_Elder on 6/18/07|
** I. Use a modern word for word translation they are more readable and technically accurate. Better ones are the ESV, NASV, NRSV [NEVER USE: a KJV or any directive there of. They are all Textually Corrupt!]**
Whatever problems the KJV might have, "textually corrupt" is one I've never heard. Could you elaborate?
---Jack on 6/16/07|
Sue, as others have stated, pray before reading. Also, the time of day helps me focus better. When I read/study first thing in the morning, I'm much more prone to stay focused than I am when I read midday or at bedtime. Although I still read at those times, I try not to make that my "main" or "only" reading time, because it sometimes is hard to stay focused or not be interrupted. I pray this helps you.
---AlwaysOn on 6/16/07|
Thank you so much for all these replies, very good stuff. I will start to pray before I study (you'd think I would've known that, so simple!). Sometimes my eye's get so tired and I do want to go to sleep when I start to read, but not only my Bible, but everything. Maybe I should get my eyes checked. Thanks again.
---sue on 6/16/07|
Ask God what to study. When mind starts to wander ask God to help. It could be you need to step back and go back. It is not a sin to put down your Bible and go back later. Only Study I repeat only STUDY>>>>What God tells YOU to STUDY. ...PLEASE.++
---catherine on 6/16/07|
I. Use a modern word for word translation they are more readable and technically accurate. Better ones are the ESV, NASV, NRSV [NEVER USE: a KJV or any directive there of. They are all Textually Corrupt!]
2. Decide if you want to study specific Books or By Topics their at tools to help you both ways.
3. Invest n study aids in print or software form. Use commentaries and Bible dictionaries in you study process.
4, If you are a new Christian and new to Bible study start with the Gospel of John.
---Phil_the_Elder on 6/15/07|
I agree with you all. However, I also would like to add sometimes I try to pick a passage and read it through several times. One way I know I recieve what I am reading about, is that when I have read the passage enough times and studied it just as diligently, the meaning of what I read will most assuredly come to me. I have read Romans chapter 5 probably 22 times in the last week.
---Judge on 6/15/07|
One of the best ways for me to have God train my mind...is to basically take those verses and just think about them over and over again...and if you mind wanders then bring it back to those verses...if you do that for like 2 hours every day, in a week you'll have a mind that can focus on God a lot more than you used to
---mark_B. on 6/15/07|
Sue, have you ever had anyone pray with you; pastor, preacher, clergy?
You don't need to tell us about your past, but have you ever renounced everything in your life that exalts itself against Jesus Christ?
I am familiar with what you are describing, and I'm not talking about an attention disorder. I am talking spiritual.
When you sit or lay down to read the Bible, do you feel like closing your eyes and going to sleep - like immediately?
---M.M.R. on 6/16/07|
Pray before you read. We all have read the bible and couldn't tell you what we've read after we were finished. It is Satan trying his level best to distract you from anything and everything. At times I found my mind wondering if I done this or if I paid that when I'm reading the bible. I have found out if I pray before I read, I get alot more out of it. Don't fret if you don't get an understanding right away. When you need it the most, God will bring it back to your memory.
---Rebecca_D on 6/15/07|
Here is one thing that always helps me, read it out loud. You focus more on what you are reading that way. It is natural that our minds will wander some and we just need to bring them back to where they need to be.
---maryj9396 on 6/15/07|
I always pray first before doing any Bible study. I ask the HS to guide me into the wisdom and knowledge that He wants me to have. Sometimes you also just have to put your flesh under and make yourself concentrate and study.
---betty8468 on 6/15/07|