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There are three main reasons why Christians avoid reading the Bible. Some feel it’s just too hard to understand. Others feel it’s as boring as dirt. A third group avoids the book out of fear—fear that they’ll feel hopelessly condemned or fear of how scary God is.
If you find the Bible too hard to understand, it’s not your fault. You’ve just had crummy teachers. It is very advantageous for Christian leaders to keep you in a confused muddle about what the book actually says, and thanks to their shady games, most Christians have a very poor understanding of Scripture and a strong belief that they need “experts” to interpret it for them. Well, no, you certainly do not need other humans to teach you about God. You just need God, and you have God, so it’s time to flush this theory that you’re dumber than your pastor.
There is no passage in the Bible that is too difficult for you to understand and if you’re tired of feeling confused, you’ve come to the right place. We love helping Christians understand the Bible better, and if you’re feeling stumped by some difficult passage, you can always drop us a line and we’ll be glad to help you out. There’s no such thing as a dumb Christian, and since we’re not threatened by you taking our kingdom away from us and we’re not relying on you to pay our bills, we have no reason to try and keep you feeling one down to us. So if God is stirring up your curiosity about the book, then it’s time for you to jump in, and we have plenty of material to get you started.
Now maybe you’re in the second camp of folks who find reading the Bible as tedious as watching paint dry. If so, it’s time to stop persecuting yourself with daily devotions and get a real solution to your problem. For help with this, see Escaping the Boredom of Reading the Bible.
For all of you in the third group: you’re the ones we’re going to focus on in this post. You’re afraid of getting too close to the book because you hate the way it makes you feel. Well, sure, who wants to feel like scum in the eyes of an angry God? And who wants to focus on the fact that God is a volatile Monster who gets off on slaughtering people? Infants getting bashed to death on rocks, pregnant women getting ripped open with swords, women getting treated like property, slavery, plagues, a bunch of hateful talk about sexual perverts—it’s all in there. But if any of it is dragging you down and making you feel hopeless about ever having a positive relationship with your own Creator, then there’s a major problem. You see, when you are properly taught about God, all of the violence and hateful language in the Bible doesn’t drag you down. On the contrary, you feel intrigued and inspired and more confident about how good God really is. But wait—how does that work? How do you get more confident about God being kind, gracious, and approachable by reading passages in which He’s chewing people out and threatening to beat their brains in? It’s all about understanding context. Read more of this post