In a previous post I stated that if we read for 45 minutes a day, we could read through the Bible twice in a year.
Of course the goal is not to “speed-read” the Bible, but far too many Christians (including myself) have not even read the entire Bible.
“More than half of all Americans read the Bible less than once a month,” Gallup reports, “including 24 percent who say they never read it and 6 percent who can’t recall the last time they read the Bible.” http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft9610/articles/reeves.html
Here we are with God’s written instruction book for life on this planet, and I have not read it completely. How many books have I read about Marketing? Who knows, but it had to be at least 20. Does that mean I place more value in my career than in knowledge passed down from the author of life?
It reminds me of the TV show in the 1980′s “Greatest American Hero“. The main character of the story received a special suit from aliens visiting earth that gave him special powers like flying. The only problem was that he lost the instruction book so the suit would do respond at inopportune moments.
Many times I feel like that character. God helps me to pull it all together at “the end of the episode”, but it is a struggle the whole way. It’s part funny and part sad.
So how long does it take to read the Bible – start to finish?
How do I know? No, I didn’t time myself – like I said, I haven’t even read the entire Bible yet.
I bought a set of Bible CDs, and that is the posted total running time. Zondervan has a version of the NIV Bible. I believe they have it on MP3s, too. I found it the cheapest either on Ebay (if you can put up with the auctions or want the CD version) or Amazon“>Amazon (If you can do MP3s).
I have a co-worker mired in legalism who says that listening to the Bible just “doesn’t seem right”. If that is true, then…
- What did people do in the 1400 or so years between when the New Testament was written until the Gutenberg Bible made it more readily available? That’s right – it was shared verbally.
- What do we do when we share Christ with another. Hand them a tract and sit quietly? Of course not, we talk to them and tell them about Christ.
So, this is good news! Reading the Bible doesn’t seem such a daunting task now, does it? Do I have 76 hours over the entire next year to read the Bible? Let’s break this down further…
76 hours divided by 365 days = 12.5 minutes per day.
Better yet, do I have 12 & 1/2 minutes per day for God to read the instruction book for getting to know God, and for how to live this life according to his plan for us.