Practical suggestions for reading the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 5]

Did you know that a billionaire guy in England has built an amazing state of the art chocolate factory?  His chocolate is known for its astoundingly creamy taste, and he attributes this to his unique manufacturing process.  No other chocolate factory has anything like it.  It is a chocolate river that ends up in aContinue reading “Practical suggestions for reading the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 5]”

Examining the literal approach to reading the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 4]

Did you ever hear the phrase that we need to read the Bible literally? In part 3 of this series we saw that a literal reading of some parts of the Bible leads to very bizarre results. Maybe the concept of reading the Bible literally should mean something else? Take Jesus.  Jesus was a masterContinue reading “Examining the literal approach to reading the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 4]”

How genre is vital to the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 3]

We read the instruction manual for our car differently than we will read Shakespeare’s sonnets, right?  We read the Declaration of Independence different than we read Huckleberry Finn.  As we should.  The authors of each of those documents are utilizing different literary genres to accomplish a purpose.  Genre is a fancy word that just meansContinue reading “How genre is vital to the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 3]”

5 important steps to help you read the Bible

When you pick up a Bible, you’re not reading a book.  You’re holding in your hand a library of books.  66 books! (Well, 66 writing as a Protestant.  Other Christian traditions include additional books in the Bible.) 66 books, written by about 35-40 different authors, writing over a period of about 1500 years, inspired byContinue reading “5 important steps to help you read the Bible”