Well, I was already 122 days behind in my reading when I began reading my bible on January 1. Why? The Orthodox Liturgical year begins in September. I forgot about that I did. Oh, well. It will all pan out eventually.
If you made a New Year’s resolution to read YOUR bible in a year… THIS year, why not join me? Here is a LINK to the reading schedule. LINK It is from the Liturgical year spanning 2013 – 2014 but it is all still relevant.
While I encourage ALL Christians to read their bibles, I offer a word of caution in the form of this quote:
Biola University professor J.P. Moreland once said that evangelical Christians are too committed to the Bible.
“In the actual practices of the Evangelical community in North America, there is an over-commitment to Scripture in a way that is false, irrational, and harmful to the cause of Christ,” [Moreland] said. “And it has produced a mean-spiritedness among the over-committed that is a grotesque and often ignorant distortion of discipleship unto the Lord Jesus.” The problem, he said, is “the idea that the Bible is the sole source of knowledge of God, morality, and a host of related important items. Accordingly, the Bible is taken to be the sole authority for faith and practice.(source)
Even before becoming an orthodox Christian, I saw how much emphasis people were putting on scripture. Yes, it is good to read the bible. It is bad to worship the bible. Remember, early Christians had no bible for the first 300 years of Christianity. As an Orthodox Christian, I have been introduced to the writings of the Ancient Fathers and Mothers. Stories about the lives of the saints, etc. The bible can be confusing at times. I find that the writings by those, and about those, who walked the Christian path before me offer keen insight, comfort, and wisdom on how to go about this Christian life.
Don’t just automatically write-off these books. They are gems!
Remember, it does not matter how much we read our bibles if we cannot, or refuse to, walk out our faith as living, breathing, words of God.