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How To Understand The Bible

I am new to religion and have problems understanding the bible. Are there any books out there that can help me?

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 ---tanya7854 on 1/1/09
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Get a good bible dictionary and a good commentary like Matthew Henry's consise commentary and stick to the good old KJV. Leave the other perversions alone.
---Pastor_Herb on 3/22/09

I agree that you would benefit from a good translation. Though I like the old King James Version, it is too archaic, so I would suggest getting a good modern translation like the New American Standard Version.

Second, I disagree with some here. I think it best to read the gospels first, because Christ is the Way and the gospels have his own words. Start with Matthew and read straight through John. I would avoid Paul til you think you are well grounded, because even Peter the apostle said Paul wrote many things that are hard to understand and easily misunderstood. I disagree with Mima that you have to be saved to understand, I think that many gain an understanding by reading the Bible and then accept Christ and his gospel.
---Doug on 3/19/09

Tanya, we can forget what is was like when we did not understand the Bible, and so we can give you all sorts of stuff that makes sense to *us* but only because we have spent years in prayer and the Bible and study groups, etc. Take your time, be open, enjoy discovering, I'd say. There are people you will find who can share with you. And I so appreciate knowing certain people who relate the way the Bible says to relate in love > this real life loving shows me the meaning of the Bible (o: And God Himself in me shows me how He is in love . . . how > I < need to be sweet and personal and kind with compassion and caring for every person, like You are with me. (o: God bless you, Tanya (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/6/09

get a Bible that provides several respected translations. if one version phrase doesnt speak to you, then another will.
read Ephesians, and the Gospel of John first, as well as the small Epistle of John. these are focused on God's love for every believer. and its important to be grounded in love.
realize that when you read the Bible you are reading a God breathed book written by Jews. so their culture and phrases are all through it.
so it'd be advisable to find Jewish friendly Christian teachers and preachers to help you understand those Jewish phrases.
obey what you fully understand and allow grace for the rest as you grow in Christ.
---opalgal on 1/5/09

First, get a good translation of the Bible -not a paraphrase. A good translation is, "The New American Standard Bible." Second, Try and find out about the background of each letter of the New Testament. The Thomson Chain-Reference Bible is good for this. (While the Bible is now under one cover, the New Testament is really a collection of letters written for the various churches, or people who were new Christians.) A good book of the New Testament to start is to read 2nd John. Each day you should read Ephesians 6:12 to the end of the chapter. (It deals with the armor of God.) Contact me at anytime at the Christian blogs if you have more questions.
---wivv on 1/3/09

as others have said,understand who jesus is,why he came,that he died and rose again.that he died for you,that he took your sin upon himself,took your punishment.accept these facts,believe in him, and your understanding will come.
---tom2 on 1/2/09

Great comments by mima, follow those suggestions. Let me suggest to start in John of the New Testament. The challenge is to believe what you do understand and don't worry about what you don't understand. Later, do research and ask questions about what you don't understand. First things first, don't let what you don't understand confuse what you do understand. I suggest to spend most your time in the Bible and not other books.
---Rod on 1/2/09

Several people have told me that they could not understand the Bible until they became saved.
So the be certain you are saved. Be certain you have asked Jesus Christ to come into your life and forgive you of your sins. As soon as you have done that you are free to ask the Lord for understanding in reading his word. Do not doubt the word of God, pray for understanding, and understanding will be yours.
---mima on 1/2/09

First, Tanya, you should understand that christianity is not about "religion" but rather about a relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. Read your Bible, start with the book of John, you will receive a better understanding of who Jesus is. He wasn't just a man who became God, Jesus is God who became a man. He set aside His rights as God in order to become a man to serve and to save those who would believe in Him. You might consider getting a MacArthur Daily Bible, it is written in NKJV and is easy to understand with many commentaries right on the page as you are reading, and will take you through the Bible in one year if you read it daily.
---tommy3007 on 1/1/09

It is important to understand that God is LOVE, not "faith". He wants us to have a "FAITH for FAITH" (Romans 1:17) and not just have FAITH that He exists, but to also have FAITH that He will reward those who wish to "draw near" (LOVE Him, Hebrews 11:6).

The creator had full control of all events that happened in scripture and made sure that all of the words would be recorded so that someday each of us would be able to learn from them if we wish. Scripture contains alot of insight into human nature and the human mind. In scripture, God gives us alot of good advice (wise counsel, any good loving Father would do), but many rather see "COMMANDS" instead (James 1:25, 2:12, Ephesians 2:15).
---more_excellent_way on 1/1/09

What God said two thousand years ago is good for "training" in self discipline, etc. (2 Timothy 3:16) and is the introductory doctrine of Jesus (Hebrews 6:1, "word of TRUTH", 2 Timothy 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Colossians 1:5)

A reprobate mind will not make a clear division between right and wrong (as a sword would), but a person with a Godlike nature would (Ephesians 6:17).

The "strong delusion" has existed all throughout history for those who rather love the bible.

Many Christians rather regard God as master/taskmaster instead of "Abba Father" (Dear Father, Galatians 4:6, James 2:23) and not let their love for Him be made perfect (1 John 4:18, Mark 12:30) after coming to know God.
---more_excellent_way on 1/1/09

The only thing you need to understand the Bible is the Holy Spirit. When you say you are new to religion, does that mean you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Read the book of John, and pray for the Lord to open you eyes and mind to the Truth of salvation and having a relationship with Christ.
---Trish9863 on 1/1/09

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