Is it a requirement that ALL Christians read the Bible?

Posted by: PartTimeHipster

Click "no" if you think reading the Bible is an option.

  • Yes.

  • No.

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40% 8 votes
  • I can't tell if this is a serious question. The Christian faith derives from the bible, you cannot call yourself a Christian until you have an adequate understanding of the bible, particularly the new testament.

  • It's not technically required, but you won't grow as a Christian without it. You get stunted. So, you can be a Christian without reading it, just not a strong one.

  • It probably isn't required, but every Christian should read it at some point in their life.

  • I would think so, you can't really understand what you're following (unless you already know the teachings of Jesus, then you could say that you're a Christian since you follow Jesus) unless you read the book that your religion is based upon.

  • Reading the bible is not quite an option, its weather or not you have accessibility to it. If you can't read the bible because you don't have one, and if you do you'll get prosecuted it is understandable. But if you have complete access there is no reason why you shouldn't.

  • If you want to be a knowledgeable Christian, Yes, as it is the basis of your Faith. Though many Christians, possibly most Christians have little idea of the stupidity within the Bible. Those that I know who had read the Bible properly are now Atheists. So the Bible is the best advertising for Atheism ever created. So maybe if Christians did read the Bible properly, not just cherry pick the good bits as many religious leaders tell them to do, they chances are that they would no longer be Christians, Reading the Bible is the reason I'n not a Christian.

    Posted by: Sagey
  • If you were not to study the Bible, you'd be blindly accepting something because it sounds good in your opinion; someone could tell you something and you have no idea where to whether to debar or support it. The Bible is the stance on every issue as It is to God, you can't worship God and not agree or be ignorant of his commandments and statements.

    Posted by: Jake99
  • You can approach this question from various points. If you are not raised theistic the question is valid, if the study of the bible is an actual requirement for being considered a full Christian. And the answer is No, you don't. Many children, analphabetic and blind Christians have never read the bible and they are Christians. They can believe what others told them and rely on passages that have been read to them. This is because the Bible itself is the written version of what has been told within the Christian community over centuries before the bible was written. Whether you believe that these words are from God or Men is your choice but they have been written down by men and this long after Jesus has lived. Many bibles where composed in the last six hundred years, meaning that between the first appearance of the word and writing of it, time has passed where it was not readable. Meaning that being Christian is not "legally" bound to the study of the bible. However is it truly doubtable if one would like to follow a religion he has no direct knowledge of. From a modern view, where we want to know how valid every claim and thought is, is the study of the bible very important. But it's also important if you want to conclude that Christianity is not what you believe. I have not read the Koran and although I am Agnostic this often feels like a deep whole in my religious education.

  • Christians who read the bible read it without critical thinking anyway.

  • It's optional.

  • You don't need to read the Bible to be a good Christian, but it's in your best interest to if you are.

  • There are a lot of people in other countries who are Christians, but are illiterate or do not have access to the Bible in their language.

  • Christianity is based on the Bible. Of course, you should read the Bible as a Christian. However, if you don't read the Bible you can still be Christian as long as you understand God's words, perhaps from someone else and believe in Jesus.

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SweetTea says2014-08-12T08:42:42.4500033-05:00
You can always detect those who have never read the Bible. They have no idea of what Scripture says, but they are still willing to argue like they do. In 5 minutes or less, their mouth has them in trouble.
lifemeansevolutionisgood says2014-08-12T09:48:07.7018955-05:00
The Bible, when read objectively, is one of the best books to make people stop being Christian.
SweetTea says2014-08-12T10:38:30.2386192-05:00
Ifemeansevolutionisgood ... I've read it twice. I can't say that I share your opinion.
patrick967 says2014-08-13T13:40:47.9581600-05:00
I agree completely. I could barely read the whole thing since I fact-checked everything the Bible said. It really helped me become atheist.
Sagey says2014-08-17T05:02:04.9050086-05:00
It was reading the Bible that is the reason I am no longer a Christian. Reading it like a Novel exposes the stupidity within. It is the most Irrational collection of writings I've ever seen.

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