2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline
Bible Phobia can be a real fear
I remember growing up reading the King James Version of the Bible and thinking it was the equivalent of Shakespeare. Eloquent words strung together with no meaning what so ever; It was intimidating, to say the least. Then I grew up and fell in love with Jesus. I enjoyed listening to sermons, reading books about devotion and faith but when it came to the Bible; I will have to admit it became intimidating and scary. I joined a Bible studies group and still owned that same KJV Bible I had been carrying with me since I left for college. During Bible studies people would read the verses clearly in a language I could understand. I would try to follow along with my KJV until one day I noted their version of the Bible and off to the Christian Book Store I went. Oh, the options, so many to choose from; deciding on an NIV (New International Version) for myself and NLT (New Living Translation) for my daughter. Since then, I have purchased an Amplified Bible too (AMP) and have become a little Bible-obsessed. Always trying to find a new version or type, right now I am considering an (NASB) New American Standard Bible for my next purchase. It was as I put on glasses on and things started to make sense.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Finding what works Best
Before, I was afraid of not knowing enough or understanding the Bible. I didn’t have my favorite verse memorize or couldn’t pull a verse out of my head to comfort someone in need. My fear of the Bible kept a huge barrier between me truly knowing God. I never participated in Bible-based conversations because I had no idea what they were saying. Once I started reading the Bible (in a version I could understand), I was fascinated with it. There are so many stories, heroic, scandalous, educational, motivational, directional stories. I think every topic you could think of is covered in the Bible. I began to use the Bible to answer my questions on faith, how I should go about situations, even on the type of marriage I wanted and how to raise my children. It’s all in there waiting to be discovered and study. Now I try to get into the word at least once a day, and I always have my Bible near (I downloaded the Bible app).
Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light;it gives understanding to the simple.
A little extra help is, okay!
Then, I found another resource….a Bible Commentary. (Say what?) Bible Commentaries are awesome it dissects verse by verse in the Bible giving you so much foundational information. Now, I know some Bibles’ come with it, but you can buy a separate one too (just a little FYI for all my newbies to Christ readers). It tells you what was happening during that time the verse was written, information about the author and so much more. My point doesn’t let your lack of knowledge keep you away from the word. It is fundamental to growing your relationship with Christ and creating a deeper understanding of your faith. It’s the WHY and the HOW that you sometimes need.
When I first came to Christ, no one took me under their wings and showed me these things or told me about them. (I wish there were a mentoring program like that) I even had someone tell me that my NIV version wasn’t right, and I needed to learn how to read KJV. Many of my posts will have scripture in them, and I don’t want my readers to be intimidated by the word (or the version they read). There is salvation in the name and so much to learn and grow you just need to find a Bible the one that allows you to understand.
Have you let your lack of knowledge or understanding keep you from the word? What are some bar