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For those of you who assume we christians dont read the bible...?
The bible dosnt say to just read it, but it says to " search " the scriptures, as if searching for hidden treasure. Its like picking apples, first ya shake the whole tree ( read it from cover to cover )...then ya go back and look for apples that may not have fallen ( focus on certain areas )....then ya go back and search behind the leaves and the twigs ( a deeper search to make sure you didnt miss anything ).....isnt that what we christians call bible study?
I dont expect atheists to understand this because spiritual things are spiritually discerned....if you dont have the holy spirit, you wont understand what the bible is telling you.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I think most Christians do a shallow study of God's word. They really never take the time to do the hard work that is required in deeper study. This is the reason a few leave Christianity to become Agnostics.
I also believe that those who give study to the Bible should pray first before reading the Bible. Ask God to help you to comprehend the passages that you read. The Bible can be a very complex book if you do not seek divine guidance.
I agree we all need to do a deeper search and also be open minded to the truths that God is seeking to reveal to us through the Holy Spirit, even if it cuts against our Church traditions and personal opinions.
- gadomskiLv 45 years ago
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- Captain KleptoLv 61 decade ago
Without looking it up or using google or any other resource, tell me.......what was the name of the Gentile that Paul was accused of taking into the Temple?
Paul is the most detailed person in the New Testament after Jesus, and that alleged act is what started the riot that got him arrested and sent to Rome at the end of the Acts of the Apostles. So yeah, it's a big deal and you probably would know it if you read it. What was that guy's name?
Or if that's too hard, just recite the Beatitudes from memory.
If you can do either of those, I'll give you credit!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
In your question, you have a put together a perspective of why atheists are atheists.
Personally, I think if there is a model of god that exists, and demands our worship....providing nothing more than the bible as proof...
Those apples should be picked, sorted and set out for my consumption. Otherwise, god is hiding from me deliberately, and then threatening to punish me eternally if I don't find him.
I don't at all mean to knock your faith here, and I'm sure you are dedicated and study your scriptures at great length.
All I mean to do is show you a little more of what goes through my mind when you say these things.
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- william aLv 61 decade ago
The assumption is correct as far as my experience is concerned. I taught a bible study course for my church and was amazed at the ignorance of the bible of people that attended church faithfully every Sunday. My faith is not very strong; I would say that I am agnostic. I believe that it is agnostics like me, that are trying to obtain faith, that study the bible. Believers seem to take it for granted. You are correct, in that, it is important to have a method for studying the bible. I am not saying that some true believers do not study the bible - I am generalizing.
- 1 decade ago
As a Christian, I still have to disagree with you.
Why? Because it sounds like you are coming up with excuses for not reading it.
I have met very few people who have actually read the whole Bible. "Searching" may be helpful at times, but it also leads to people finding only what they want to find. Plenty of Atheists on here "search" instead of read. In that way, they too find only what they want to hear.
- 1 decade ago
That's what good about going to mass. You hear select passages that can really relate to you.
As long as you are a practicing Christian, you will hear enough scripture even if you don't regularly read the Bible.
- rumbler_12Lv 71 decade ago
...and your question was? Putting a question mark behind something does not make it a question.
Most (not all) evangelical fundamentalists I encounter not only do not know the real meaning of the scriptures, but also clearly do not read the bible.Source(s): PhD Religion, minister, professor
- 1 decade ago
All those apples that fall to the ground seem like a waste to me at the expense of once person looking for an answer. If you need to explain the bible then you need a Quran.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I don't know, is it? The question seems to pertain to non-christians, then switches to being focused on christians. You can call bible study whatever you like. Just don't call it mandatory for people that give the bible less value then you.