Regardless of Version, How Much Do You Read?

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  1. Pastor_Bob

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    One can argue and debate about which version of God's Word is best. The bottom line is this: Are we reading the version we declare as best? This is not a trick poll or an attempt to elevate the KJV or a MV. Just a poll of curiousity. Please be honest.
     
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    This poll sickened me. I realized that, at this
    time of my life, I spend far more time studying
    about the Bible and preparing to study the
    Bible than I do actually studying the Bible. My
    Bible-prep classes take a lot of time, leaving
    little to actually do the Bible studying. As a
    result, I did not know how to answer your final
    question.
     
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    Question 2 The Lamb's book of life ranks right up there at the top. WP
     
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    Perhaps it would be good to break-down HOW we read out Bibles...are we trying to find a sermon topic for next Sunday...are we trying to 'hear' the voice of God, His direction, His word for our lives? One method (Benedictine)of Bible reading is called lectio divina. I've tried it, and it is a very spiritual approach to the text...anybody else here heard of/tried lectio?
     
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    I've heard of it, but Ii don't use it. It seems a bit
    contrived. I have my own style of reading that
    works.
     
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    Good questions, Pastor Bob. I make a point to set aside time for Bible reading every day, usually reading and studying one chapter, sometimes two, and then consulting my study Bibles (MacArthur & Nelson) on that chapter to make sure I understood what I read. Sometimes I'll look up tricky verses in other translations, and sometimes I'll reread the chapter in another translation if I'm having a tough time understanding it.

    I read through a book at a time, right now I'm reading through Jeremiah. In addition to that, I'm participating in a Bible study on the book of John. I don't time myself on how much time I spend, but I'm guessing that it averages between 30-60 minutes a day (sometimes more) in personal Bible reading and study.

    For what it's worth, my translation of choice is NKJV. After comparing it with others and spending time with my concordance and Greek/Hebrew dictionary, I honestly feel it is the best translation available today. Admittedly, that is a layman's opinion since I am not fluent in Greek or Hebrew, but I think it's worth noting that most serious theological study Bibles published today (MacArthur, Nelson, Reformation, Baptist) use the NKJV as their text.

    Eric

    [ October 22, 2002, 09:12 AM: Message edited by: eric_b ]
     
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    It is amazing to me that (3) people could answer "no" to the question "Do you believe that God only wrote one Book?" I would like for someone to point out for me what other book God wrote. In what Christian bookstore can this other book be found?

    Let me point out that the Lamb's Book of Life is merely a compilation of names. We are not told if God records the names Himself or if another heavenly being records them.
     
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    What is "lectio divina"?
     
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    I was one of those three.

    Regardless of what's written in the Book of Life, it is (according to the KJV) a "Book". I believe God wrote it, and thus I believe God wrote more than one book. There is also the book sealed with seven seals in Rev 5:1. No one could open it, not even "heavenly beings", so I think God wrote this one too. Rev 20:12 also mentions other heavenly "books".

    Also, from a different perspective, the Bible is really 66 books, compiled into a single publication. Some may see this as a technicality, but whatever. [​IMG]
     
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    Lectio divina is a Latin expression which means "sacred reading." It is basically reading the Word of God and meditating on what you have read and allowing the truth of God's Word to initiate prayer to God in thanksgiving, or rejoicing, or repentance, or whatever the Holy Spirit speaks to you through God's Word.

    Ps 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
    2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night .

    It is nothing new really. Christians have been doing this down through the ages but we just haven't given it a name.
     
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    I only said "no" on the first because the Bible is not one book. It's a compilation of several writings.
     
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    \o/ Glory to the Lord \o/

    \o/ Praise be to Jesus \o/

    Pastor Bob 63: "One can argue and debate about which version of God's
    Word is best. The bottom line is this: Are we
    reading the version we declare as best?"

    Yes, maybe we should do some introspection.
    Though i don't consider it the best, the NIV
    is the most available. I've got a copy on my
    computer and a paper copy. I use the NIV most
    frequently when i know the verse and want
    to get the right wording for posts on Bulletin
    Boards. If i know some words there and need
    to seach, not knowing the exact location citation,
    i prefer a KJV, for i'm more likely to know the
    terms used there. I have a link to an on-line
    KJV search engine. The link is located at
    my church's web sight which my wife and i maintain.

    This year i got a paper KJV1769 with Tim LeHay's notes
    in it. I've been using this KJV for personal
    study and for study for teaching my men's Sunday School
    class.

    I also have a study going on another bulletin
    board of the sidenotes in the KJV1611. So daily
    i use my paper KJV1611. The KJV1611 isn't around
    anywhere electronically so i end up typing the
    KJV1611 verses.

    I also got a new FOUR BARRELLED CANON [​IMG] .
    That is, four parallel translations of the Bible.
    I've found that good for in depth study earlier
    in my life and may start studying that more.
    It is a bit heavy now for toting off to church.

    Jude: "One method (Benedictine)of Bible
    reading is called lectio divina. I've tried
    it, and it is a very spiritual approach to
    the text...anybody else here heard of/tried lectio? "

    No. Please tell us more. It does sound familiar,
    perhaps i know of it and have forgotten the title?
     
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    "Canon" with one 'n', it took me a little bit to get that, but that's actually very funny :D :D :D

    Eric
     
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    Thank you, Brother Eric.
    Thank God for the dictionary.
    I first had it spelled "cannon" [​IMG]
     
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    Odd how this works, but becoming a moderator in the "Other Religions" forum has brought my reading & studying to sometimes over an hour a day.

    Praise the Lord for that, eh ?
     
  16. Wayne Leman

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    I was unsure how to answer that question since I believe that individual men actually wrote the books of the Bible, but that God inspired what they wrote. I'm not trying to be picky here; I just found the word "wrote" difficult to interpret. I finally decided that the question was probably intended to mean something like "Do you believe that God only inspired one Book?" and answered "yes."

    I've written quite a few surveys and have had to revise them after getting feedback, so I know how difficult it can be to write such questions.

    Excellent survey, Pastor Bob. For me, I work as a missionary Bible translator so I often spend several hours a day translating the Bible, which, of course, includes reading the passage to be translated. But I actually read, for myself, less than 10 minutes a day. I do enjoy that reading. My wife and I read the Bible together after we eat breakfast.

    Blessings,
    Wayne
     

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