Bible “phobia”

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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.

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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.

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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

19 Comments on “Bible “phobia””

    • Thabks for checking me out. Yea, I was clueless too!! Something for everyone. I will have to take a look at your freezer friendly site it’s time to get ready for Back to school and I am sure you have something for those hectic after school sports days. ?

  1. I’m curious, have you done research on the differences between the different translations and how many things that are removed from NIV and other new translations? I used to read NIV, and after reading how many (very important!) things were removed, it really made me think about what I was reading. It’s really important to make sure you study along with a KJV Bible when you read an NIV and make sure you aren’t missing anything! Just wanted to let you know in case you aren’t aware! 🙂 The Bible says not to add or take away from scripture!

    • Currently, I read the New American Standard Bible and I did take a class last summer on the different versions. I am really looking to buy an ESV and the Bible does say that. Thank you for the suggestions

    • Yes, it does and I would not want to discourage someone who was attempting to read the Bible because they chose the wrong version. I actually study with an NASB so I think I am getting the full context of the Bible but thank you for the suggestion.

    • You might want to do some research because some of those differences were connotations that the translators of the KJV added for emphasis, that NIV strove to be more true to the original texts from Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, etc. I think reading several versions side by side can be enlightening. I also recently purchased “where we got our bible” to learn more about the process and translations.

  2. Oh wow! That makes sense though! I always get nervous when we’re supposed to be flipping to a book I don’t always read all the time. I’m like.. pretending to know exactly where it is. Great post!

  3. This is really great! I agree the Bible is a big book with so much to digest, having that extra help like a plan or commentary can help us navigate our reading which brings more confidence to getting familiar with God’s word. Thank you for sharing this! And I pray it will continue to help others get a confident grasp on the Bibles =D

  4. I think we need to be cautious about which version of the Bible we read because there are some out there that don’t seem to be truly God inspired, but I think the NIV, NAS, KJV, and ESV (my personal favorite) are all good choices. I personally like to compare the text between them to see how different translators approached a concept. Bible Gateway is a wonderful place to do that with commentaries available right there!

    What I’ve found is that they are all so similar that it is mostly personal preference. Reading a version like Amplified or the Message are good tools, but should be read in conjunction with a more strictly translated version.

    But mostly – just start reading. God reveals and speaks to us through His word. It is a giant love letter. For BABY Christians – I even recommend the children’s bible the Jesus Storybook Bible because it shows how God’s plan to save us is intertwined with every piece of the bible.

  5. I love digging into God’s word and having commentaries available helps me so much now still but really helped me in the beginning when I was trying to piece everything together.

    By all means, it is important to understand the word of God and if someone cannot grasp old literature, why not read it from a modern day translation. That’s almost as bad as the church of England insisting that the Bible had to be read in Latin and interpreted only by the church instead of allowing God’s word to be translated to English so everyone could read it.

  6. It’s important to read the Bible,but it’s also important to use resources to help us better understand God.

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