David Barnes 2sometimes we
see the hard bits. We invest all our brains in working on those bits, and the obvious stuff slips by. And since
we don’t even feel like w
e understand the hard bits it ends up very frustrating.The English is hard. There are many
clear, modern translations out there now… but for many of us, the Bible is
still in the language of
. Even once we get around that, we have to deal with figures of speechyanked out of three different foreign languages and rammed (often clumsily) into a completely different one.Translators are only human after all.We assume that the Bible
says a lot of things that it doesn’t. We’re brought up to believe that the Bible is full of
all sorts of teachings and ideas that
aren’t really there
. Many of them are openly contradicted. We read these
things, and assume that we’re misunderstanding or missing some vital elements. Sometimes we are
(and weneed to keep reading to get a complete understanding)
, sometimes we’re not
(and we come to realize that wewere brought up with lots of wrong ideas about what the Bible said). All of this disappointment creates an
. We read it, and
hard, and we don’t get much out of it. The
next time we drag our Bible out and force ourselves to look inside we feel a mix of guilt and foreboding.
looking forward to it. Our experience tells us that we never benefit much. Approach anything wit
h a negative attitude, and you’
ll only get negativity out!
Which means that it’s hardly a surprise that we don’t read half as often or half as much as we intend… and that in
turn, of course, makes it all the harder.
None of the “seven habits” to tell you to pull your socks up and just read more. I’m sure you’ve
told yourself that before. I will make sure that you have the tools to benefit when you read, so that in theend you will want to read more.