Derek Sivers wrote a piece called Reading the Bible start to finish.
I thought this was an excellent project and posted this comment. In light of what happened in Auckland over the past week I thought I would post it here as well.
Read Derek’s article first (it’s short) – https://sive.rs/bible
Excellent project! I struggled with the King James version I’ve had since I was a kid (Grandma’s copy – beautiful book) so I dip in and out of it every few years.
The main one I read was given to me when I was 13 and I’ve read it front to back a few times now over the years. I also had regular bible lessons when I was a kid – my parents aren’t religious but they thought it would be beneficial. I remember I really enjoyed those lessons and loved reading the stories and bringing them to life each week.
These days, based on my current knowledge, I have three main takeaways from the Bible that make it worth referring to, reading and living by.
- It’s a historical document.
- There are 600-odd stories in it to inspire and motivate you. These are the basis for every motivational or personal growth book. For example, Think and Grow Rich et al.
- Life boils down to the Golden Rule from the Gospel of Matthew: “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. . .”
Theology fascinates me and although I’m probably closer to a practising Stoic I believe the guidelines help people live closer together. And it’s not until big disasters happen that we see that playing out as people gather together, help each other and get shit done.