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How to approach reading the Bible in its entirety?

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Not necessarily. What can be more confusing is for a non-Christian seeker to come into a forum to ask questions and suddenly the Christian members begin debating among themselves. Suppose you enter a room in a clinic where a few doctors are talking and you ask a question about your health. Instead of getting your question answered, the doctors begin arguing back and forth about the proper treatment.
 

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Not necessarily. What can be more confusing is for a non-Christian seeker to come into a forum to ask questions and suddenly the Christian members begin debating among themselves. Suppose you enter a room in a clinic where a few doctors are talking and you ask a question about your health. Instead of getting your question answered, the doctors begin arguing back and forth about the proper treatment.
Well, I'm a Christian but now *I'm* confused. I thought this forum was for Christians seeking answers to questions, not non-Christians. There is another forum for non-Christian seekers. But anyway, I think it's healthy to everyone to understand that Christians often differ and like to discuss (politely and respectfully) in their opinions about many things, biblical and otherwise. We all (reading back over the comments) seem to agree on one thing: Jesus is the way. That's what counts.
 

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If you look at the header for the forum from the main page, you'll see this. Notice the part in blue. What you are thinking of is the Christian Talk & Advice forum. That is a forum set aside for Christians seeking Christian answers but we limit the amount of debating and arguing in that forum. If you want to find a forum that goes deeper into theological discussion then you are looking for the Theology forum.

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Hope this helps.
 

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If you look at the header for the forum from the main page, you'll see this. Notice the part in blue. What you are thinking of is the Christian Talk & Advice forum. That is a forum set aside for Christians seeking Christian answers but we limit the amount of debating and arguing in that forum. If you want to find a forum that goes deeper into theological discussion then you are looking for the Theology forum.

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So sorry if I'm still misunderstanding the "Questions for Christians" title. Please believe me, I am not a debater..... the OP asked "Would I be missing too much context starting with the New Testament? Is there a preferred order to reading through the Bible that isn't immediately obvious? " and most of the subsequent posts seem to address those questions. I only saw one post that might be pushing the "debate" definition, but that's just my understanding. I am probably missing something, but it wouldn't be the first time. I'll just bow out now to avoid any further risk of this turning into a debate. Thanks for your help, WIP. Forums do need moderators.
 

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just start reading where you like i read it through once started at gen ended in rev john is a good book also.my preference either start new test or old test start reading
 

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I was saved at 19 and started reading Bible then -- I had a King James and a Living Bible (which was just a paraphrase)

But the Living Bible had a unique feature in the front -- boxes where you could x or check off every chapter in the Bible.
Whether I read from KJV or Living Bible, I checked off chapter by chapter, just skipping around (I do recommend New Testament first) and eventually I had read the whole Bible in one version or the other.
 

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I have set up my Bible readings so that I read 3-5 verses a day, starting at Genesis 1:1 on January 1 and ending with Revelations 22 on December 31. I have changed the order I read the books though. I have set my readings so that the Old Testament is read in chronological order, meaning Ezra is no longer read after 2 Chronicles but after Daniel. I have also swapped the books of John and Luke in the New Testament so I read Acts right after Luke. I also try and end each book on its own reading and not end a book and start a book on the same day. As of today (Sunday May 6th) I am on 2 Chronicles 16-18.
 

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Anything -- just ANYTHING that can get you started reading it -- then when you're hooked; you start reading it before you go to bed, get up and discuss it on message boards... on and on...

Read it -- argew abowt it on message boards - think abowt it - read it some more

I came to scoff at paraphrases, which in my time were Living Bible and Good News for Modern Man

One day I had a flat -- in some strange position, the jack could not lift the tire up far enough to get the tire changed. I finally placed my Living Bible underneath the base of the jack, and was able to change the tire.

I was dissing Good News for Modern Man one day - saying how bad it was - brother Rick softly said

"I was saved reading Good News for Modern Man"

Yikes.

Nowdays its THE MESSAGE - I didn't like it until I read its producer explain why he brought out such a paraphrase.

All of them have their place.

Just read 'em
 

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