I have been trying to reread the bible many many times over the last few years. And it’s hard to get through any single chapter without being completely lost. The plots are hard to follow, the characters are one dimensional. There is rarely any deep personal transformation or character development.
It’s hard to even tell what the plot of the story is most of the time. Is it just me or is the bible really really hard to read?
One moment the bible God is against murder the next you see him killing babies, women and children.
One moment he says no one can see Him physically, the next everyone sees Jesus.
One moment the bible God is against lying, the next he sends lying spirits everywhere to confuse people.
Yeah the bible is one confusing piece of literature. I am currently on the road to reading the bible, the father at my church told me to begin with the new testament, that way when you read the old testament things will make more sense… So far I’m at chapter 18 of Matthew’s and it’s been really tough, it’s taken me about 5 days to get this far. Think about how long it takes priests to become a priest, they go through seminary school for a few years 🙂 My advice is taking it piece by piece and everything will begin to make sense 🙂
@pretty I just had to comment on yours… That is kind of ignorant of you to say, God is within Jesus and we can see Jesus because he is half divine half human, henceforth why the Mary gave birth to him. And as for God killing, don’t try to find the bad in the words, understand that God flooded the earth so that sin would perish, He also sent his son Jesus to free us from sin again. 😀
Most people that I know who have read the bible with the intent to get a good understanding, have read it several times. If you are in school, try to read it when you have spring/summer break. Taking a course in philosophy (even intro) will improve your reading comprehension skills, and will help with difficult texts. Personally, I don’t find it as confusing as I find it boring. Then again I read it a few years ago and never really finished.
It’s both. And it’s God’s purpose also.
 God intends the Bible to be difficult to understand. It is primarily a spiritual book. Trying to apply the rules of modern literature to the Bible is a no win situation.
 God reveals spiritual truth to those He chooses. We cannot come on to the Bible like gang-busters with an attitude of pride. He gives grace to the humble, and He resists the proud.
 The Bible is God’s “living” letter to all of humanity. He is intimately involved with opening the minds and the hearts of people who humbly search for His truth. That means trying your best to obey God’s commandments. Living in sin will block God’s holy spirit from helping you understand what God has written.
Please explain further what part of the Bible do you find hard to understand. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
Well if you are not a christian, then it will be almost impossible for you understand the bible because you don’t have the Holy spirit. The Jesus sends the Holy spirit to christians so they can understand God’s word and grow.
The bible wasn’t written for amateurs… it was written for those who are actively trying to do the right thing and changing their ways and live up to what they know is true…
just like a farmer would never understand science
and a philosopher would not be able to teach math…
You have to be one to know one…
Message me if you want help…
This why I’ve never been able to finish reading the bible. I find it incredibly confusing, judgmental, intolerant, outdated, archaic and nonsensical
I hope this will help.
The BibleвЂ™s Message
1 Jehovah creates Adam and Eve with the prospect of eternal life in Paradise. Satan slanders GodвЂ™s name and questions His right to rule. Adam and Eve join Satan in rebellion, bringing sin and death upon themselves and their offspring
2 Jehovah sentences the rebels and promises that a Deliverer, or Seed, will arise who will crush Satan, undoing all the results of rebellion and sin
3 Jehovah promises Abraham and David that they will be forefathers of the Seed, or Messiah, who will rule as King forever
4 Jehovah inspires prophets to foretell that the Messiah will provide a cure for sin and death. With corulers, he will reign as King of GodвЂ™s Kingdom, which will end wars, sickness, even death
5 Jehovah sends his Son to the earth and identifies Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus preaches about GodвЂ™s Kingdom and offers up his life as a sacrifice. Jehovah then resurrects him as a spirit
6 Jehovah enthrones his Son as King in heaven, signaling the beginning of the last days of this system of things. Jesus guides his earthly followers as they preach GodвЂ™s Kingdom earth wide
7 Jehovah directs his Son to bring Kingdom rule to the earth. The Kingdom crushes all wicked governments, establishes Paradise, and brings faithful humans to perfection. JehovahвЂ™s right to rule is vindicated, and his name is sanctified forever
what version are you reading? The NIV version is easy for me to read and understand.