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How To Read The Bible

How can I read the bible and understand God's Word?

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 ---Angel on 5/7/16
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It's true that in Pauls epistles alone we find the doctrine, walk, destiny, and purpose of the church for this dispensation.
Pauls epistles reveal a specific curriculum to produce workmen fit for Gods service.
You can see the natural doctrinal progression as you read through Pauls epistles. Everyone fits somewhere in the Pauline curriculum.
Identify where you are and start your study there. (2 Tim 2:2).
---michael_e on 6/30/16


Angel, Do you know how people are trained in banks to spot counterfeits?

They are never shown a phony bill. All they look at, all day long is real currency. The idea is that when the clerk has seen all the real, they will quickly be able to spot the fakes.

The same is true in reading and understanding the Bible. Just read. Every night (or whenever your reading time is) You will soon learn the truth from anything fake.
---Monk_Brendan on 6/29/16


///...Just from reading the Old Testament you will discover the time line is off.---Nicole_Lacey on 5/18/16///

Nikki: All of the historical events in the OT happened long before the NT.
---Leon on 5/18/16


Sorry Angel: Some people here make it a habit of going way off topic in an attempt to show others how smart they are. But they really aren't smart & only deceive themselves.

I believe you're speaking about the KJV Bible or perhaps another type of English translated & published Bible. If that is the case, again I recommend reading it from cover-to-cover, beginning to end. Don't let the devils confuse you with their bogus strategies. God bless!
---Leon on 5/18/16


\\ Even better than you Cluny.\\

Or you, Leon.

FWIW, Russian NTs start with Revelation, then John, the Synoptics, Acts, and the Epistles.

Hebrew printed Tanakhim have 11 Chronicles as the last book.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/18/16




God knows what He's doing by causing the Bible to be arranged the way it is. Afterall, Jesus (spoken of first in Genesis & then throughout the entire Bible) is the Alpha (Beginning) & the Omega (End). I'm convinced, the Bible must be read from beginning to end, then over n over again. :)---Leon on 5/17/16

As long as everyone understands that just because a book is before another book in Bible, it doesn't mean the events occurred before the next book in line.

Just from reading the Old Testament you will discover the time line is off.
---Nicole_Lacey on 5/18/16


///...What exactly do you mean...?The order of books in English Bibles is not divinely given, or even normative. Russian, Greek, Latin, and Hebrew Bibles have the books arranged in different orders, not only from English, but from each other...---Cluny on 5/18/16///

I mean God knows best! Even better than you Cluny. "Is not divinely given or normative?" What do you mean? Do other culture Bibles begin with the New Testament then proceed to the Old Testament?
---Leon on 5/18/16


\\God knows what He's doing by causing the Bible to be arranged the way it is\\

What exactly do you mean by this?

The order of books in English Bibles is not divinely given, or even normative.

Russian, Greek, Latin, and Hebrew Bibles have the books arranged in different orders, not only from English, but from each other.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/18/16


Sam: Some plant, others water, but God in due time gives the increase as He purposes for each of us. (1 Cor. 3:6) You don't start new born babies off by feeding them meat. Babies need milk first. It's vitally necessary to their early development. Babies crawl before they walk, etc. These things are "foundational" to early childhood development & are likewise essential to healthy baby Christian development too.

God knows what He's doing by causing the Bible to be arranged the way it is. Afterall, Jesus (spoken of first in Genesis & then throughout the entire Bible) is the Alpha (Beginning) & the Omega (End). I'm convinced, the Bible must be read from beginning to end, then over n over again. :)
---Leon on 5/17/16


/Wisdom and knowledge come through Jesus Christ, not our intellect.\-kathr4453 on 5/14/16
Where did our intellect come from? Satan?
---micha9344 on 5/16/16

I'm glad you asked that Micha. Many today intellectulize away scripture, because the natural mind cannot understand the things of the spirit. Wisdom and knowledge come through revelation of/ by Jesus Christ. We see the parting of the sea just doesn't cut it with the intellectuals. i think this is what some call modernism.
---kathr4453 on 5/18/16




1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

James says, if you need wisdom, ASK GOD.

There is worldly wisdom, and then there is spiritual wisdom as we see in the verse above in a category that ONLY comes through God.
---kathr453 on 5/18/16


Leon you have a good and true point.

But babies need to be born before they can grow.

John and Mark is where I tell people to start. Once they decide to follow Jesus they do need the foundation that the Old Testament provides.

But it is very hard to get people to read.
---Samuelbb7 on 5/17/16


Angel: "The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed. The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed."

The OT is the foundation upon which the NT stands. To really understand the NT we must first understand the God laid, leveled & solid facts of the OT. To start reading at the Book of John, in the NT, is like building a house without a foundation. Who in their right mind builds a house (NT) first & then tries to lay the foundation (OT)? Therein lies the problem with many people, saved & otherwise.

Please read Scripture from beginning (Genesis) to end (Revelation). JESUS IS the ALPHA (beginning) & the OMEGA (end). Trust God, not your intellect, to guide you thru the Bible.

GOD BLESS!!! :)
---Leon on 5/17/16


Angel, to answer the question, first find a good Bible. There are a few in modern English. Then start reading the Gospels. Make notes (not in the Bible, please) and if there is a link to another Scripture, write it down. After the Gospel of John, turn the next page and go on to Acts.

From there, go where the Holy Spirit leads.

I started reading the Bible the same way.
---Monk_Brendan on 5/17/16


Hi Angel,

Thank you for asking this question.

I would like to strongly suggest you google an article titled, "Simple Steps to Solid Study." by John MacArthur.

This article is full of some very simple steps you can follow and easily remember each day as you read The Scriptures.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

In Christ,

John
---john9346 on 5/16/16


/Wisdom and knowledge come through Jesus Christ, not our intellect.\-kathr4453 on 5/14/16
Where did our intellect come from? Satan?
---micha9344 on 5/16/16


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Wisdom and knowledge come through Jesus Christ, not our intellect. Jesus said, my words are SPIRIT and life. The natural mind cannot understand the things of the spirit, because they are spiritually discerned. Reading the Bible is great, IF you have the Holy Spirit as your teacher revealing to you TRUTH, not academics. All truths come in two's and three witnesses.
---kathr4453 on 5/14/16


Michael E. said, "Monk said
//If you want to quote from the KJV, that's fine, but don't use words like that otherwise.//
What is the penalty? Three hail Marys."


Okay, you've got a sense of humor. I let you off, this time.
---Monk_Brendan on 5/13/16


What I do is I pray to the Lord before I read the word. I pray that I take every word I read to my heart. And apply it every day of my life. I also pray to help understand every word I read. I will start with the New Testament first.
---Lee on 5/13/16


Monk said
//If you want to quote from the KJV, that's fine, but don't use words like that otherwise.//
What is the penalty? Three hail Marys.
---michael_e on 5/12/16


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Angel, I would suggest this Prayer to the Holy Spirit every time before you read the Bible.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of life, come and dwell in us, cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O Good One.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/10/16


Michael E said, "It will stablish you in the faith of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery."

STABLISH? What type of a word is that? It may be in the KJV, but most of the people here are speakers of 20-21st Century colloquial American. If you want to quote from the KJV, that's fine, but don't use words like that otherwise.
---Monk_Brendan on 5/9/16


Find your position "in Christ"
If youve just been saved I would recommend Pauls book to the Romans. Read it through multiple times. It will stablish you in the faith of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery.
Rom 1-2 teaches you about your sin.
Rom 3-5 teaches salvation by grace apart from the law.
Rom 6-8 teaches you how to serve God in grace.
Rom 9-11 teaches about Israels rejection of the Messiah.
Rom 12-16 teaches you how to behave towards others, rulers, and weaker brothers.
---michael_e on 5/9/16


...understanding comes from God, so pray, asking Him to reveal truth....
---Chria9396 on 5/7/16

Best answer. If you don't ask you won't understand most of scripture. Opinion of mine? Here are some witnesses eliminating "opinions". Eliminate opinions/doctrines by scriptural witnesses.
Mat 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,...
Mat 7:7 Ask,it shall be given you, seek, ye shall find, knock, it shall be opened unto you:
Mar 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

Luk 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
---Trav on 5/9/16


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A Strong's Concordance is also helpful to look up word origins and their original meaning. Learning is suited to each person,we all learn in a different way.
---Darlene_1 on 5/9/16


At present I'm reading through the Bible in one year. It gives me a chance to give full attention to just two or three chapters a day. I find it has been very helpful in giving me better understanding of what I have read.
---john1944 on 5/8/16


Tradition means you don't have to re-invent the wheel.

The reason I tell stories like this and quote Christian writers is to show people like Angel that Christians before them have had similar challenges, and how they worked through them with God's help.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/8/16


There's a story about a young monk who went to his elder with a similar question you asked, Angel.

The elder told him to get two buckets. Put one in the corner and leave it there, but take the other one to the river and fill it up and empty it twice a day.

At the end of a few weeks, the elder pointed out that the ignored bucket was filled with dust, bugs, and spider webs, but the water bucket was clean.

"In the same way, simply reading the Word of God will purify you," he explained.

St. Augustine said, "I asked to understand so I could believe. But instead, I was given faith so I could understand."

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/8/16


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Agreed we always start with prayer.

We should start out by reading whole books. I always suggest start with the New Testament Gospels first. Followed by all the New Testament but Revelation. Then go back to Genesis and start there. This can be done by reading three chapters a day.

Once this is done. You have a good background on the Bible.

Then you can use a reference Bible to work on finding what the Bible says on certain topics.

Pray and remember all doctrine must be centered in Jesus Christ.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 5/8/16


True Chria! Ask God (pray) for guidance & patience Angel. It makes sense to me to always start reading any book from "the beginning" to witness the foundation laying on which the whole narrative is eventually built upon. A lot of what we read in the Bible, at first, is kinda "Dick & Jane" childlike storyish. But, in the very first chapters, pay close attention to the things God suddenly repeats & places emphasis upon. I call those pop quiz moments. The "begats" may drive you bonkers until at some point you'll begin to realize the importance of God showing us who is connected to who. After a while you'll be rolling along, like Pee Wee Herman, on the big time adventure of your life. Enjoy Angel!!! :)
---Leon on 5/7/16


Get you a Bible that is a reference Bible and run the references listed next to the scripture you want to understand. It will lead you to the Old Testament many times and then right back to the New Testament. By learning the Old Testament basis of the scriptures in the New it will lead you to a deeper understanding of the New. As you study pray for God's truth and understanding to guide you. Read your Bible and study like that at least an hour a day.
---Darlene_1 on 5/7/16


Just read. Understanding will come in God's time. Start with the Gospels.

The more you know about Jesus and what He actually said and did, the more you will understand the rest of the Bible.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/7/16


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Hi Angel

True understanding comes from God, so pray, asking Him to reveal truth and believe He is able to do so.
---Chria9396 on 5/7/16


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