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reachbrenda and then what? Working on all these by 2017
Doesn’t matter! Although I love writing and highlighting stuff in mine.
I agree with Brenda, I love writing and underlining in mine, and I have many different Bibles that I use. I think any way you read the Bible is good, it’s the text that matters, not the vehicle.
I have just started doing it this way. I wanted to do it chronologically as well, so I am doing NASB in that way. I think it is ok, though what I am doing is keeping a doc of questions/concerns I have as I read, and then researching them later.
I agree with both of the above to a certain degree:
1) I feel that having a hard-copy bible can help develop respect for God’s word as a real thing.
2) I write notes in my bible, diagrams and even questions that I can hopefully answer when I have a better understanding – this becomes a growth chart of sorts.
3) Having the bible in electronic format means that it can be accessible everywhere.
4) Having an electronic copy of the bible means that it’s searchable and very easy to copy into other documents (the King James is not copyrighted, which helps with this).
5) I feel that a hard-copy bible, especially one that you are familiar with, is very useful for personal soul-winning (but not absolutely required – people can get saved without a bible).
6) Having a hard-copy bible helps me show my children that I have a respect for God’s word without relying on their theological understanding.
7) A hard-copy bible is going to more reliable than an electronic copy.
8) Some people have an easier time remembering where to find portions of text based on their physical location on a page.
9) Hard-copy bibles often come with supplementary materials. (Although this could be a point against some bibles as well, especially when the notes cast doubt on the authenticity or even probability of certain passages!)
So, although some of these points refer more to what one owns rather than just what one reads, I believe that it is important to have a physical copy of God’s word (preferable a nice looking bible that you can be proud of) but whether physical, electronic or living breathing flesh, God’s word is powerful and should be read.
“In the beginning was the Word, ... and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:1,14
I’d like to make a comment in response to the people who said they liked to write and comment in their Bibles. First, this is probably not applicable for most people, but depending on what culture you live in, it could be incredibly disrespectful to write your own thoughts in a holy book, especially Scripture. Second, I find that when I write notes in my Bible, it’s hard for me to learn anything new, because my mind is always drawn back to that one time I learned that one thing, and it distracts me.
To answer the real question, I agree with jerusalem lover, in that it is God’s power in the Word that speaks to you, and probably isn’t dependent on the media. I think it’s up to your preference and convenience. For me, the things I read on my computer are usually informal, etc, like emails or comics, so when I read the Bible online, I’m already in the mindset of not absorbing and receiving the word like I should. I like to have something tangible when I really want to do deep reading. However, there are so many great features about the internet, and having different versions available, plus different study guides, concordances, cross-references, etc.
All this to say, whatever you want! :)
I can understand not writing in a holy book on a certain level, especially a public copy of such a book. However, from my point of view, writing notes in my Bible is akin to having a conversation with my Lord, as opposed to a defacement of his word.
I would add also, just for posterity’s sake, that as a professional programmer I am very comfortable reading on my computer and concentrating on what I’m reading. Please note that I am not trying to undermine your point, rather I’m simply expressing a different point of view.
I do find though that grabbing my laptop and finding a quiet spot to sit and read just isn’t quite as convenient. :)
I am 15 years old and I own four translations of the Bible, and write in all of them. It helps me grow and gives me the ability to preserve my thought for when I come back to it. Plus, it helps me build my relationship with God. All the writing shows that I am using my Bible effectively and gives me a good feeling inside. I agree, you shouldn’t write on a public scripture, or DEFINATLY original text lol.
Being in a Muslim country, I usually read online or use my PDA where I have installed a Bible software. I think what really matters when you read the Word, is the condition and intentions of your heart. That way, the Holy Spirit can easily manifest Himself to you and share His wisdom with you :)
the most important thing is to be reading the Bible daily. it doesn’t matter if you read online or from a hard-copy, though i LOVE my Bibles and write in them and date passages that have really jumped out at various times. like a spiritual journal. anyway, just be in His Word daily, even for 5 minutes at first, and it will change your life, whether online or not.
see www.biblegateway.com for great stuff too.
I agree with most everything everybody has said! Reading the Bible is great, and if reading it online is the way the works for you, that’s great! If it’s the only way to have access, then who am I to say “a hard copy is better”? Having said that, my Bible is covered with notes from many, many Scripture classes. It’s the Bible I pray with and teach from. My Bible also has terrific footnotes and introductory comments to each book.
Right! The important thing is that you READ it and LIVE it. You can have the Word in the forty-five pound translation or a pocket-sized, online, on disk, on PDA, but stop making excuses and open it up and read it with an open heart.
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> 1) I feel that having a hard-copy
> bible can help develop respect for
> God’s word as a real thing.
This assumes, of course, that God’s word would be real. Which assumes that there is a God, to begin with. Care to support this assumption?
> open it up and read it with an open heart
Read it with an open mind too:
Yes, I can support this assumption:
Rom. 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
I experience this (present tense).
Can I provide tangible proof to you in support this verse? Not yet. However, I don’t feel I am required to:
John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
I will not apologize for sharing my belief anymore than I expect you to apologize (now) for not sharing my belief. (Rom 14:11)
In fact, I don’t expect many people (relative to the entire population) to accept that there is a God and that the Bible is true:
Matthew 7:13,14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
In both theory and practice I would choose God’s blessing over your agreement. In fact, were I a gambler I would still choose my position over yours. :)
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> In fact, were I a gambler I would
> still choose my position over yours. :)
Perhaps you are referring to Pascal’s Wager. It made sense to me in the beginning too, but not much after I really thought about it. If you want more information, check out Pascal Wager’s discussed.
You know, I don’t remember hearing about that argument (or counter argument) before, but the page presented some logical rebuttal’s.
I still think, however, that in the absence of a god demanding no belief whatsoever, a person’s chances are still (marginally) better by believing in a god (rather than simply obeying the rules of a religion).
Imagine a game show where you pick one door out of a thousand. Picking a door, any door, is better (statistically) than picking no door, unless the game show is rigged and picking no door is the right answer.
One point that struck was that there is a common theme that most religions require more than simple agreement; case in point: Hebrews 11:6
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
—and Romans 10:9,10
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
I would posit though, that trial and error, though slow and painstaking, may serve to eliminate religions, or belief-systems, that don’t deliver what is promised. I can say that after having been born-again for twenty-three years I am very happy, satisfied and confident in the results.
Of course, this argument relies on the fundamental belief that there is, or must be, a more powerful being which is to be worshiped in the first place: for me the answer to that lies (partially) in which side of the creation/evolution debate I am on. I must confess however that that is not what initially won me over, nor is it the sole bastion of my faith – more of a comforting support.
Then again, seeking God, in whatever form, with an open heart may lead to a discovery of God, supposing you find the right form.
Thank you for the link and the level-headed discussion.
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I think a hard copy is better. I am going to buy one soon but I dont want a new flashy bible I want a cloth covered olden one. I don’t really know why it just feels right to have that type of one.
You must read from a hard copy to get the full effect. The internet does not feature the magic fairy dust that the book binders sprinkle on the pages to make it holy.
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