3 Kinds of Bible Readers. Which One Are You?

In my years of observing Christians, there are three main conclusions people have about reading the Bible:

1) “I try to read it, but it’s too confusing.” Generally this means one or more of the following–

A) They are reading the King James.
B) They understand what they are reading, but it’s not consistent with what they were taught, and they know those who taught them can’t be wrong, so, yeah, that’s confusing.
C) They keep starting in Genesis, stop in Leviticus, then try it again in two years. Repeat.

2) “I’ve read it so many times, I understand just about everything in it.” Generally this means one or more of the following–

A) They are good at arguing. They haven’t lost an argument since second grade. Therefore, they are confident they know the Word
B) They are proof-text experts and excellent at disarming your proof-texts. You don’t really need the rest of the Bible anyway.
C) They are a pastor, author, professor, or some other “leader.” Hey, they wouldn’t be in that position if they didn’t know everything! If they admitted they didn’t know, they might lose their power.

3) “I keep reading it, because I know there is more there that I need to know.” Generally this means one or more of the following–

A) They don’t know stuff, they admit that, are determined to make it otherwise, and kind of get a charge out of that.
B) They ask uncomfortable questions and many people have labeled them heretics.
C) They pray. They pray a lot, asking God for wisdom, and the working of the Holy Spirit.

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