A Very Special Book
Overlooked by many, but loved and cherished by others, the Bible is a book that all too often gets left on the bookshelf, or doesn't even appear on the bookshelf. However, for those that wish to learn about the creator of this planet it is the place that we must turn.
Reading the Bible can be be hard for the newcomer to get to grips with. But, with a little patience and some gentle guidance along the way, you will quickly become aware of how special the Bible is.
Drawing Your Own Conclusions
For those trying to understand the Bible, there is a vast amount of information available in this age of the Internet to which you could turn. Some of it is helpful, some not so. Care is therefore required.
The Christadelphians also publish a large range of material that can help you, however, we feel strongly that you need to draw your own conclusions about the Bible's message. We can help you, but we don't seek to force you to come to 'our' understanding of God's word. Belief in God and becoming a disciple of Christ is a very personal journey that requires much thought, prayer and dedication. Christadelphians believe that we receive our guidance and instruction solely from the Bible, which we often refer to as the 'word of God'.
The Apostle Paul when writing to another apostle called Timothy in a passage from the New Testament has this to say about the purpose of the Bible (note - 'scripture' is an alternative word for Bible and in this content means the same thing).
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy Ch 3 v16-17
Paul is telling us here that all of the Bible, not just bits of it, should be used to guide us in our spiritual development.
The first thing to do is get a Bible. If you have one, that's great and it will be adequate to get you started. If not, you will need to get your hands on one. Seeing that it is a book that is rarely read by many today you may be able to borrow one. If not, then a small investment in purchasing a Bible will be a drop in the ocean compared to the benefit you will get from reading it.
You will quickly become aware that there are a number of different versions available, some using modern language, and some more difficult, older forms of English.
Each version is broadly the same in terms of the content, comprising two main sections: the Old Testament; and the New Testament, so don't worry too much. You can get some Bibles that only consist of the the New Testament.
We would strongly advise you obtain a complete Bible comprising both testaments, as they are very interlinked, and knowledge of the Old Testament will help your understanding of the New Testament. We will be providing some guidance on Bible selection on this site shortly, however, you can always obtain another version as your interest develops.
Bible Reading Planners
Many Christadelphains follow a plan to read the Old Testament once in a year and the New Testament twice in a year. This can be a little daunting for the newcomer to the Bible and a more structured guide to reading the Bible can be a better alternative. Please contact us if you would like a free introductory reading planner and Bible guide.
A copy of the year-long planner can be download from the Bible Planner Page.