If you're a Christian, do you feel bad for not reading the Bible?

The Holy Bible - A bookmarked Holy Bible stating that it has been read halfway-finished.
@ronreyes (4724)
Philippines
September 28, 2008 3:10am CST
Some people say it's allegorical, others say it's just a collection of fairy tales, some people don't believe in every word that the Bible states, while others say it's the most boring book ever - with no pictures and has some unusual words and grammatical forms that are completely unacceptable in their part. I'm a believer (you can call me Christian if you want) but I'm not sure if the things mentioned above are true. Although I agree that the Bible has no pictures and I also think that some parts in the Bible are allegorical due to different interpretations made through the years. But there's one thing I won't agree about - that the Bible is the most boring book ever. For me, it's not boring at all; I'm loving every chapter of it. Now I'm not promoting the Bible to you (whether you're a believer or an atheist) but I think it's one of the greatest book ever written. It's an everlasting source of love, hope, and courage. The book itself is considered, specifically for Christians, as the greatest remembrance of God for men. However, I know that a lot of Christians out there are not paying special attention to this book. Some may have read it but only half-finished, and some won't even bother reading the rest of the Old Testament or the New Testament. They prefer to spend time reading and collecting Harry Potter books, various kinds of magazines, tutorials on how-to-draw anime, etc. Now, the question is... WHY? If you're a Christian, do you feel sorry for not reading the Bible?
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140 responses
• India
28 Sep 08
Simply reading Holy Bible or any other sacred Books will not give any good. You should realize the truth inside those and try to live accordingly.Reading everyday and behaving opposite to it will not give any benefit.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
Why?
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• Singapore
28 Sep 08
answering to your "why?", it's gona be straight. you must ask yourself these questions: 1)is reading bible just the same as reading a story book? what benefit does it reap? if you read with a purpose (eg reading a self-improvement book), then you're probably on track 2)the "truth" mentioned by josechukkiri is ultimately what the content of the bible should be inculcated in you. do you still see yourself as a christian if you don't follow what it says? (eg the Ten Commandments) look, there are reasons why people call themselves buddhists, or indians or a white or a black... it is what they believe they are and what they believe the others believe what are...
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• India
28 Sep 08
Iam not a christian and donot know what is in the holy book Bible but it's very important that every person has to read and understand one's religious texts. Bible or Kuran or Bhagawad gita or any religious books are meant to know what we are, what is our purpose,what we have to do for the better of society. One can clearly see a lot of goodness in a person who reads his/her religious texts. I wish everyone read religious books and become good people.That way we can live in more harmony and peace.
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• India
28 Sep 08
Hey der...how are you doing? Well i am a christian, and yeah, i do feel bad, if i don't read the bible at least whenever i can, coz' ost of time, im busy, and whenver i know i can spend time to read it, well i spend it doing something else. But not always, i do attend my bible meetings, and so on. And one more thing, for me bible is not just a book, as a remembrance to God, but that's my daily life, im in trouble, and i find answers in that book, that no therapist or counselor can provide me with.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
It's nice to know that you attend bible meetings. Although personally, I prefer to read the Bible by myself. I don't know why.
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• India
28 Sep 08
of course its absolutely delightful when we read it alone, by ourselves....
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
Do you do it sometimes?
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• Indonesia
28 Sep 08
well, i have to admit that the bible is a good and hard written book. i can imagine how great the effort involved in the bible writing. and, like other good book, the bible also contains moral lessons and wisdom. as a philosophical book, the bible shouldn't be interpreted literally. it is not enough to just read it. we should dive deep in the bible to understand what is the true meaning of its words. it is what some believers don't do, so that they just take it as it is. when the bible said that this vast and complicated universe was created in six days, they take it as a real fact, despite many scientific proofs that it is created gradually in billions of years. it is a long process.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
Good point! That's what I'm trying to say. All it takes for the bible to be appreciated is to dedicate yourself in understanding its messages.
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@1hopefulman (45719)
• Canada
28 Sep 08
sutanhartanto, If we read Genesis 1:1, it doesn't say that the universe was created in 6 days. Simply that universe had a beginning and was created by God. Astronomer Robert Jastrow, an agnostic in religious matters, wrote in "God and the Astronomers": "The details differ, but the essential elements in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis are the same: the chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy." The six days had to do with the preparation of the earth. But how long is a Genesis day? A study of the Hebrew word yohm (day) shows that it means a period of time which could allow a "day" to be thousands of years long. As far as I can see, there are no contradictions between proven Science and the Bible.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
Where did you get that information regarding the Hebrew word? Pls. provide a link. I love to learn more.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
28 Sep 08
i am a christain but have never found the bible to be interesting reading. i have tried a couple of times to start reading it all the way through & never have done that. maybe i shoulf try again now that i' older. i haven't read any harry potter books either by the way.lol
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
And why is it not interesting to you?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
28 Sep 08
i just could never get into it. ilove to read & have tried reading it but the interest just wsn't there.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
I see. Well I respect you if that's your opinion regarding this book.
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@derek_a (10894)
28 Sep 08
Although I was born Christian and studied the Bible in school, I follow mostly the Zen-Buddhist teachings and what is quite amazing is the parallels between the Buddhist Precepts and what is said in the Bible in parable form. I would say that the main lesson in Zen is that whatever you do to other, you are really doing to yourself. When you judge others, you are judging yourself. Zen meditation is the practice to realise this experientially.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
That sounds interesting. Tell me more about it.
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@derek_a (10894)
28 Sep 08
Zen is a huge subject and there are hundred of books written about it. A Zen practitioner actually learns more from the practice of Zen than the explanation. However, I have more information on my webpage here - http://ayrehypnotherapy.com/whyzen - There is also a link on there to my Zen blog.. :-)
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
Thanks for the link. I'll check it out later.
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@zandi458 (28124)
• Malaysia
28 Sep 08
I am not a bible christian. I only read when I want to. There is no hard and fast rule that as a christian one must read the bible. I say my rosary everyday and not reading the bible does not make me 'unchristian' or less of being a pious christian.
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
I didn't say that it's an unchristian act if you don't read the Bible. I agree there's no such rule that a Christian should read it, and I don't think there should be one. People, believers or atheists, is entitled to their own choice on what to read. The purpose of this discussion is to know the opinions of other Christians regarding this book and their reason(s) for not reading it. That's all.
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@savak03 (6692)
• United States
26 Aug 15
Zandi is that you? Do you remember me? I'm so happy to be running into old friends again. I'm glad mylot reinvented itself.
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
You may call me a Christian and I do read the Bible all the time, evenmemorize all 66 books in the bible, 39 OT and 27 OT. I memorized some verse too. I agree with you, the Bible is never a boring collection of books, In fact, I always enjoy reading the bible. But i don't stop at just reading. I always make sure I practice what I read though sometimes I don't succeed in doing so for I am not perfect. Still I'm trying. The Bible is the best book ever, and why not? It is full of God's wisdom and authored by God himself through the isntrumentation of His chosen few. Nice discussion. Have a great day!
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
It's good to know that you're not just reading it, but also practicing the good messages in real life. Keep it up.
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@flowerchilde (12533)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Personally, I love my bible.. and when I've been lax on reading it I feel more distant from the Lord.. (and even more prone to troubles, and instead of the joyous and peaceful voice and spirit of the Lord the darker voices of worries, troubles, etc, begin to hold more sway). I've preferred these many years to read on my own, and I've come to some rather joyful conclusions which differ with one or two strongly held doctrines of most christian believers, and these insights have given me great joy.. Though it doesn't make me love my fellow believers any less.. There's many things in the bible which indicate that God is perfect and the 'end' result of this life (life as we know it) will be far greater than what most believe.. I think we highly underestimate God, and His Power and ability.. (I'm a little off topic.. sorry it's late! or late for me anyway!) Thank for the nice topic.
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
Thanks for sharing your passion. I feel inspired whenever I encounter people who as passionate as I am in serving God.
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• United States
29 Sep 08
..thanks, and bless you!
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
Welcome.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
28 Sep 08
Reading the Word of God, the inspired word of God, the instruction book for humanity and how we should conduct ourselves, our lives daily is a book of many depths, levels and is a book of romance, mystery, adventure, education, entertainement, beauty, poetry it covers all genre's of life and living. If people read this book and asked and prayed to God to help them understand it and applied its principles, teachings, truths. We would have a much better world than we live in now. However most "Christians" rarely read this book they claim to uphold and obey. They do not obey it, they make excuses why they should not obey it. They let men tell them what it says rather than reading it for itself. The think a college theologian has more understanding than they do. This book has a primary author it is God the word, Jesus Christ and if you turned to HIM and prayed to his Father for understanding we would not need anyone else to teach us. But mankind is all to willing to follow the teachings, traditions and doctrines of men rather than the word of God. We go after strange gods and embrace the pagan traditons and customs and call them Chrisitan holidays. We do NOT remember his SABBATH day the ONLY one he set aside, kept, sanctified and hallowed. We make excuses for that too. We say we keep his commandments but we don't keep the 4th one or most don't. Christ said if we break one we break them all. We say well they were the laws of Moses. But who GAVE those laws and if anyone really undertood they were given at creation. I read my bible and I learn new things from it all the time. Things I over looked before. I pray to God to have the Holy Spirit lead and guide me and I do not follow after men and their teachings, they can be and often are wrong. We have a savior a teacher, a high priest and he hears us. We have someone to show us what his word says if we just ASK.
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
Regarding the Sabbath day, do you think God is telling us that we should go to church?
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• United States
29 Sep 08
Well, Paul says in Hebrews 10:25, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." To me, being a Christian is about relationships - with God, with other believers and with the rest of the world. We're supposed to meet together to study, to worship, to fellowship. It's difficult to be a Christian alone.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
"It's difficult to be a Christian alone." Sorry to say but I disagree. I think God would appreciate the way we serve him regardless on how we do it.
@nini89 (670)
• India
1 Oct 08
Hi Ronreyes! I agree with you that the Bible is not at all a boring book. As it does not contain any pitcures and only words which mention chapters and paras. I am not a christian but I am a believer. I have two Testments it is old one early means before my marriage I used to read. Now means last 20 years I dont even touched but nowadays my daughter used to read the Testament. I am a Hindu but still I did not read our Mahabharat, Bhagwatgeeta. We see some TV serials of Mahabharat or Ramayan. Happy Posting and have a nice day.
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
I find Hindu somewhat interesting. Can you tell me more about it?
@nini89 (670)
• India
4 Oct 08
In India we have many ancient stories alll I cannot describe. In Ramayana the Story of Shri Ram and Sita, In Mahabharat the story of Shree Krishna,Maha Vishnu etc. Bhagwat Geeta says about the good words and teaches the human how to be practical. As of Bible is Bhagwat Geeta. Indians have so many Gods and Goddesses to pray. It is a long stories. Happy mylotting and have a nice day.
@jadegoat (89)
• United States
29 Sep 08
As a Christian, I believe everyone should read the Bible. Even if you don't agree with, or believe all, you will be armed with the knowledge to Love it, debate it, beleive it, cherish it or however you want to use it. Knowledge is power, how can you dislike or not believe in something if you haven't even read it. That's like saying you hate Mexican food but never tasted it... Just my opinion, I could be wrong.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
There are so many factors on why people tend to hate something. Perhaps it's brought by negative reviews or influence of family and friends.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
Your response (ronreyes, just highlights my feelings about people today. I am not her to judge, but from what I observe on a daily basis it seems that people do not want to take responsibility for their own lives even when it comes to religion. We have to as people who want to grow in life and religion learn to make our own choices and take the blame for the ones that are poor. What you have suggested is that we can blam others and not follow God because someone else misled you. God stated there will be many false prophets that will mislead you. People need to put on their wholly armor and be prepared to stick with the word. I don't believe that other religions go to hell but I do believe in 1John 4:4-6.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
28 Sep 08
I am a Christian. I do not feel bad for not reading my Bible though. I have a hard time comprehending what I have read alot of times and the bible is hard for me to understand sometimes too. I work seven days a week and hardly have time for anything but work, eat and sleep.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
What specific book in the Bible that you find hard to comprehend?
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• India
19 Dec 08
Don't believe in religion and not to be religious. You just love human being and do something for society.Don't do anything wrong. This is story of bible. So no need to read.
• Italy
1 Oct 08
i don't feel sorry..i read it some pieces some times..but never the entire bible..
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
May I ask why?
@luskas (3429)
• Portugal
1 Oct 08
I read the book once in a while... It helps me get balanced.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
Good for you.
@mkrijos (80)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
Yes, its not complete, if I have not heard or read the Bible. Its like I miss eating my rice every meal, its the food of my spirit , i have all the vitamins in it. When you read the Bible, you have nourish yourself something that your spirit will go through the day. Whom do you think responded to you when you're sick, when you're alone, when you want someone to talk to, if your friends not around, if your parents,closest kin, not around, whom do you like to talk to? . . its the Bible. Christians are not only working for spiritual bliss but for your life to keep in circle. Why we believe to things which are not visible to us, because we believe that there is one who created all around us, who live by and keep working with the nature, who help us to think whats right and whats wrong, who guide us to pray. By his presence, God is communicating with us thru the Bible. Don't let Him wait for you when you are at a fall, move on with your life.Read the Bible and your questions is there to answer them all.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
Very nice response! Two thumbs up!
• United States
1 Oct 08
I've read the entire Bible, but only once and that's not enough. I can't say I feel guilty for not reading it more since I've had so much Bible training throughout my life, but I know I should read it more than I do. We who are Christians are suppose to be able to give an answer for the hope that's in us and that can't be done if we don't know what God's word says.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
Good point!
1 Oct 08
You dont need to refer to the Bible for everything. As long as you believe you God and you do things for the better then you shouldn't feel bad.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
Makes sense.
@Masmasika (1921)
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
No, I practice being christian not by reading the Bible but by doing what is right to others and giving what little help I could offer them. Some people always read the Bible but they do not practice what they read. Some do not read the Bible but they practice what the Bible says.....
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
Good for you.
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• Philippines
29 Sep 08
Why feel sorry for not reading the Bible? Well if you are a Christian, honestly, you have reasons to be feel guilty. Why? Because reading the Bible is one way of showing that we're really obedient to God. It is HIM who commanded us to read His word (The Bible, The Scripture). Reading the Bible is one way of communicating to God. Beginning in the time Moses, God remind His people to read and meditate upon His word. Even in the time of Joshua, before crossing and invading the Land of Canaan, God said to Joshua: "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it...." Even in the New Testament of the Bible, we can see how the reading of God's word was encouraged. I Timothy:4:13 up to 15. Paul said to young Timothy: "Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture....Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress." As Christians, we are stewards of God's word...so we have a responsibility to read it and to share it as well. And of course we need to know that the Bible is not just an ordinary Book, nor it is not only sacred,rather it's inspired by God: "All scripture is God-breathed (inspired) and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.-- II Timothy 3:16-17.
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
Very nice. Thanks for sharing the verses.
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@Ohara_1983 (4119)
• Kuwait
29 Sep 08
just reading a bible make you realize what you forget to do in your life, & what will be good step to be in your life,your right lot of people now forget the bibble except the will just past by to the bookstore & buy thier favorite story book & they enjoyy reading them.
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
Nice.
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