Saturday, January 9, 2010
The Bible: In a Year
I was watching the tail end of Copeland on TBN the other day (a Christian show, for the unfamiliar) and the sermon really spoke to me. Ironically, I forgot what was being said (I have been watching a lot of EWTN and TBN shows recently) however the message interested me enough that I looked up his website. There, I clicked around and found a year long bible reading schedual *found here* which I thought was a neat idea. Many of the bloggers on here who posted their bible scheduals for the new year posted a couple of days into the month. For some stupid reason I didn't think I could catch up...and so I waited longer.
This morning I woke up and after watching an episode of the Duggars, I felt a push to start reading asap. Josh & Anna read scripture together every morning, or from what I see on the show, and for a time, I too started my day with God. (For some reason, the laziness kicked in, as did all the other issues I have posted already, and I stopped reading altogether) I also read a young Christian girl's blog who posed the idea of reading just as many times as you eat meals (or any food) because spiritual nourishment is just as important as physical. What a nifty idea eh? Well anyways, long story short, I wrote down the scripture I missed from January 1st to today...the 9th...and boy has it been a long day! haha I had 20 chapters of Genesis in addition to 11 chapters of Matthew. I have only gotten my Genesis accomplished...Matthew is next on the night's agenda. The reason it took me so long was because I wanted to do more than read this time around. I highlighted, meditated, and wrote notes down chapter by chapter. This way I can remember the teachings I am learning.
I was also pondering how lucky I am to have a Bible to read, I shouldn't take it for granted. Why did the RCC make it illegal to print and or read the Bible in the past? I read somewhere that it was illegal to purchase or own a bible until the 1800's in Italy. What the heck? Why? I know they must have feared a misunderstanding of the text from the laity, but the catechism and sound preaching/teaching could solve that. There's been a lot of weird things the RCC and the popes have done throughout the generations...it makes me think, how could God have appointed or supported such people and their behavior?
Oh and random question: why does Abraham tell Sarah to tell the kings she is his sister multiple times? He says he feared being killed for being her husband...but it's such a weird part of the story.
That's what's going on here, thanks for reading :)