Bible is a big book. What is most important?
|“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:36-39).
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Can I read the Bible myself or do I need someone to explain it to me?
|You can read it yourself. During
the 1500s and 1600s, many independent-minded believers struggled and died so that everyone
could have access to the Bible in their own language. You can read it from beginning to end
or you can start in the New Testament. A "study bible" will give you
information on the background of the book, to whom it was written, etc. Read it!
How can I best understand what I am reading?
Pray for understanding! God wants you to understand! Read every day.
You will keep learning more as long as you live!
Can I pray about anything?
Think of God as a perfect parent. He can do absolutely anything for you, but He only will do what
is good for you. If he rescues you out of every trouble, you would
never learn to take care of yourself and treat others like you want to
be treated. When you ask Him to make you into a godly person, He is
paying attention! More on Prayer!
Which Bible translation is best?
Translations excel in different areas. The Bible was originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
Literal translations attempt to find a corresponding English word for each original language word. But because each language has unique figures of speech, the result can be difficult to understand sometimes. The English Standard Version (ESV) and the New King James Version (NKJV) are some of the best literal translations.
Paraphrase translations attempt to convey the meaning most clearly in English. They are easiest to understand provided the translator rightly understands a passage. Years of historical doctrinal bias sometimes get in the way, making poor translations of some verses. This writer has found the New Living Translation (NLT) the best paraphrase
Other translations seek a balance between literal and Paraphrase. The most published Bible translation is in that category: New International Version (NIV).
Do I need to attend a church?
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 (Hebrews 10:21, NIV).
You need to meet with other Christians, but you do not need to join a church denomination. The Apostle Paul taught believers not to align themselves with specific men (1 Corinthians 1:11-15; 3:2-10).
Be proactive. If you do not attend anywhere, check the Internet or phone books for churches, Bible studies and similar meetings near you. Keep trying to you find one where you can learn and be a blessing to others.