You’re Not Too Dumb to Read the Bible Yourself

Lady of the Lake woman in gold skirt and hat standing by water in mountains original oil painting by Steve Henderson

Centuries ago, people were told they couldn’t read the Bible because it was written in a language they didn’t speak. Now, we’re told that it’s too hard for us to understand. We’re smarter than that. Lady of the Lake, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed open edition print at Great Big Canvas, Framed Canvas Art, and iCanvasART.

How much education does the average Christian need in order to be qualified to study the Bible?

Within conventional, establishment Christianity — the kind overwhelmingly and depressingly practiced in countries like the one in which I was born and live, the United States — we are not immune to a fascination with education, and even the smallest, rural churches point with pride to their Pastor with the PhD, convinced that, because of his advanced seminary education and ability to name drop Greek and Hebrew words, he knows so much more than the rest of them.

(In reality, he knows how to use Strong’s Concordance and a lexicon, resources available to any of the rest of us.)

While we are not required, yet, to undergo licensing to study the Bible for ourselves, the subtle pressure is there among us, as church congregants are firmly encouraged to join small groups, under the shepherding aegis of an approved leader who walks them, step by agonizing step, through workbooks, worksheets, and pop-culture books by pop-culture preachers expostulating about Jesus, the Bible, and the abundant, purpose-full, intentional and missional life we are supposed to be living.

Grammar Despair book by Carolyn Henderson at amazon.com

Click on the image to see Grammar Despair at amazon.com.

Please follow the link to the rest of the story, Are You Qualified to Study the Bible? at my blog Commonsense Christianity. As regular readers know, I am able to post only a teaser, so if you don’t follow the link, at least answer the question: Are You Qualified to Study the Bible? Don’t say no.

And by the way, if you do follow the link, you’ll read about how many people simply cannot answer the grammar question, When do I say Him and Me, versus He and I? If this question bothers you, along with others — the difference between They’re, Their, and There, say, or How Do You Capitalize a Title? Then follow the link to my book Grammar Despair, which offers very quick, very simple answers to questions like these that bother a lot of people.

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About This Woman Writes

Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. In addition to her This Woman Writes blog, Carolyn writes a regular art column for FineArtNews, an online newsletter for artists and art collectors.
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7 Responses to You’re Not Too Dumb to Read the Bible Yourself

  1. I never really thought about being qualified for it or not. I just figured it was there for us all to read!

  2. This teaser is a good one!!! I am stopping by from PRHO link up, and I LOVED your title. Too many people fear that they are unable to comprehend the bible. It keeps many from taking in God’s Word and growing their faith.

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  4. Jenny says:

    I never would have thought about being qualified or not. Interesting. Great links too. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. I hope you will join me again this week for another great round of #sharewithme Old post are welcome too. Oldies are still goodies in my book! Come share away!

    • Jenny, I am glad that the thought of being qualified to study the Bible never occurred to you — it means that you have been able to read and study and seek without pressure from others, subtly (or not so subtly) letting you know that you need them, and others like them, to fully understand God. Prior to the Bible being written in a language outside of Latin, Christian society accepted that they had to receive the Word through the mouths, and interpretations, of others. It is so sad that today, when we have the Word in our actual language, that the same message comes through, just in a different manner.

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