When Reading the Bible Bores You

Reading is supposed to be a joy, and reading the Bible can be a joy as well. Seaside Story, original painting by Steve Henderson, sold. Licensed open edition prints at Great Big Canvas, ICanvasART, Framed Canvas Art, and Light in the Box.

Christianity is all about being honest, and if most of us were honest with one another — say, about reading the Bible — many of our conversations would look like this:

“I know I should read the Bible, but I really don’t. It bores me. It’s too hard to read.

“But I do listen to the sermon every Sunday, and the pastor talks about a passage out of the Bible.

“And I got a little devotional that gives me a verse or two at the top, and then explains it. I do that, and it’s okay.

“Do you think God’s mad at me?”

We spend a lot of time worrying about if God is mad at us. In a Father/Child relationship on earth, this would be considered dysfunctional, but within Christianity, it is the unfortunate norm.

No, God isn’t mad at you because you don’t read the Bible, but He does want you to read it for the simple reason that you can’t know who He is and what He’s like unless you get to know Him through this Book He gave us. If you’re not into reading it on a regular basis, let’s make it easier:

Yes, this is where we stop and I send you in a link to the rest of the story, Bible Reading 101 at my BeliefNet Blog, Commonsense Christianity. I am unable to print the whole article here, so humbly request that you hit the link and finish the article.

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