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Random Daily Bible Reading

I have several Christian friends who open their bibles at random each morning and, whatever verse catches their attention immediately, they take as God's word for them that day. Is this a good way to use the bible or could it be a problem?

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I think that if your friends are reading the Bible by any means, that is a good place to start. If they want to delve a little deeper, encourage a more organized approach.

I like the way the daily readings are laid out in the Catholic Church, as found in their missals and on the Bishops' website - the OT reading is paired with its corresponding NT reading from the Gospel. It is very illuminating. The Sunday readings also add from the Epistles.
---lorra8574 on 6/4/07

I find the "topical" approach preferable to the "random" approach. It allows for an orderly in depth study of a subject and I like that. P.
---Pierre on 6/4/07

I like Madisons example! There are so many verses that, alone, give us no guidance at all. If you opened to Matthew chap 1 and read "And Aram begat Aminidab and Aminidab begat Naason and Naason begat Salmon", would you look for some kind of insight there? Would you think God made a mistake letting you open to that and try again? The Bible says "study to show thyself approved.." II Tim 2:15" If you must open at random, read at least a chapter!
---Donna2277 on 3/24/06

John some certainly believe it works otherwise they would not continue to do it. I think it's playing with fire the way some of them do it as the devil could easily use this lazy way of bible study to deceive people. I know someone who resigned from work, planned to move 100s miles away etc. all because of several church members 'bible dipping' and passing on the 'signs' they'd been given. The whole thing blew up in their faces because God had not really been consulted. THEY no longer do it.
---p.m. on 1/31/06

How about ask the people who are doing it? They would be the best ones to tell you if it works, not the ones who don't do it. I also know several people who do it and they get great results and are blessed by it.
---john on 1/30/06

Amen P.M., I think that most of us would be able to identify with that experience.
---Bruce5656 on 1/30/06

Bruce, what if they read Isaiah 22:13

"But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! "Let us eat and drink," you say, "for tomorrow we die!"
---Madison on 1/30/06

Seems like a lazy way to use the Bible. No serious Bible student or Christian would ever glean much from God's word that way. The Bible MUST be read completely, prayerfully and in context or its true meaning is lost.
---craig on 1/30/06

I agree with you all that it is not a wise way to use scripture. I hope I didn't give the impression that I personally use the bible that way. I agree that it seems almost like a superstition. However, I do think that there are occasions when God Himself uses His Word in this way. At times of great trial I have opened my bible, NOT for the purpose I've referred to, and a verse has virtually jumped off the page at me. I really believe that God was showing me the scripture I needed on those occasions.
---p.m. on 1/30/06

Nice one Bruce.......It is not a wise formula for any serious Bible student
---pkay on 1/30/06

way to GO bruce.
I was going to use that as well
---willow on 1/29/06

There is a classic joke that demonstrates the folly of this approach.

A man was looking for direction in life so he closed his eyes, opened the bible and poked his finger at a page at random. He read: Matthew 27:5, (Judas) "went and hanged himself."

Not impressed, he tried again and read Luke 10:37, ""Go, and do thou likewise."

He tried one last time and read: John 13:27, "That thou doest, do quickly."
---Bruce5656 on 1/29/06

The random method usually provides inferior practical results. Try one of the Bible in a year reading programs or follow the Lectionary which is a three year program for pastors on sermon topics and Bible verses.
---Phil_the_Elder on 1/29/06

p.m.;Personally I think it falls under the catagory of "superstition" Much like looking for "omens" The bible is meant to be studdied, not used as a ouija board!
---1st_cliff on 1/29/06

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