I could try my very best and summarise the whole bible story in a couple of paragraphs for you. You could understand the basic outline of how the whole thing works out. Who wins, who looses, what Jesus does, why he does it and how. But something about that idea I just don’t like. It just wouldn’t be fair. It wouldn’t be fair on anyones part. It wouldn’t be fair on God, if you just used some half-baked typed up little summary with pretty little pictures illustrating the ‘ten big steps’ of the christian story. It wouldn’t be fair on me, relying on something I have created, something like a smaller bible, for such a critical decision. And lastly it wouldn’t be fair on you. Could you possibly capture the beauty of the whole Lord of The Rings trilogy in just a few paragraphs? It’s the same principle.
It usually takes the average person between 3-9 months to read the whole bible, if you take a little bit in each day, depending on how fast you read. I’m not asking you to retreat up to a high mountain and fast for three weeks, meditating and praying. This is just a standard reading amount before you sleep or after you wake, or whenever you do your reading. Read it however you like. The bible is divided up into smaller books so it gives you some flexibility. They aren’t put into exact chronological order, so if you wanted to do that you could do some research and find what order they come in. For me, I like to read from the start of both testimonies, read matthew and Genesis at the same time, and move from there.
Take away everything. The church, commentaries, ideas, theology, saints, martyr’s, thoughts of friends and family, hurts and pains that you have harboured towards christianity and you are left with one thing. The bible. The rest is background noise. This is why im asking you to consider reading the whole thing, because really, it’s the only thing completely worthy of your time when you come to think about it all. It’s the only thing you can make a correct judgement about christianity on, because all of christianity is founded upon it. Try your hardest to forget christians that have hurt you, pre-conceived ideas of what you think of it already, and read with an open mind.