Let’s Begin…Reading the Bible

We will read New Testament then Old Testament- therefore starting with the Book of Matthew. If you don’t have a Bible- read it on line- links provided.

March1: Matt 1-4
March2: Matt 5-6
March3: Matt 7-8
March4: Matt 9-10
March5: Matt 11-12
March6: Matt 13-14
March7: Matt 15-17
March8: Matt 18-19
March9: Matt 20-21
March10: Matt 22-23
March11: Matt 24-25
March12: Matt 26
March13: Matt 27-28

Here is the first two weeks- add discussion points, questions, confusions, points to ponder- that is how we learn and grow- together.

Enjoy!

9 Comments

  1. klds klds said:

    Erin- each passage is connected to the reading so you can read the Bible on line- no excuses!

    March 10, 2010
  2. klds klds said:

    Seems everyone has their own interpretation of the Bible- to fit their belief system or their religion- I don’t know but a lot does seem to center around the language used and its meaning in the time it was written (not the same as today). This is an example of why I find the Bible difficult to understand and why I find it frustrating when people use the Bible to “prove their points” (like in the movie Footloose where you couldn’t dance).
    To understand how people interpreted scripture I am linking to a couple of pages that explain what the words meant in the day it was written and why certain scripture is often misinterpreted. I found it useful.
    http://adventist.fm.netadvent.org/articles/divorce.htm
    http://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.org/divorce.htm

    After reading these explanations, I took away that under some circumstances- divorce happens and we look to God for guidance and forgiveness that we broke the vow but he is forgiving, he wants us happy, he wants us to parent our children in a healthy way so we move forward and do the best we can. We learn and grow in intelligence, in faith. How could God condemn or punish someone who grows closer to him (would that happen if you were unhappy everyday- I think not)? On the flip side- sometimes marriages can work out if we work at them- I think he wanted the best effort before we give up. Sometimes it just wasn’t meant to be. I really was intrigued when I learned Joseph wanted to divorce Mary (which meant it was an option).

    Now- according to the Bible-Persons committing homosexual acts are to be executed. So sad for me! Good thing I don’t interpret it that way. I think the crux of the matter is simply that the Bible has no sexual ethic. There is no biblical sex ethic. Instead it exhibits a variety of sexual mores, some of which changed over the thousand-year span of biblical history. Many of the practices that the Bible prohibits, we allow, and many that it allows, we prohibit. The Bible only knows a love ethic, which is constantly being brought to bear on whatever sexual mores are dominant in any given country, culture, or period.
    For example; virtually all modern readers would agree with the Bible in rejecting:
    * incest
    * rape
    * adultery
    * intercourse with animals

    But we disagree with the Bible on most other sexual mores. The Bible condemned the following behaviors which we generally allow:

    * intercourse during menstruation
    * celibacy
    * exogamy (marriage with non-Jews)
    * naming sexual organs
    * nudity (under certain conditions)
    * masturbation (some Christians still condemn this)
    * birth control (some Christians still forbid this)
    * And the bible regarded semen and menstrual blood as unclean, which most of us do not

    Likewise, the bible permitted behaviors that we today condemn:

    * prostitution
    * polygamy
    * levirate marriage
    * sex with slaves
    * concubinage
    * treatment of women as property
    * very early marriage (for the girl, age 11-13)

    Christian morality is a way of expressing the integrity of our relationship with God. It is the attempt to discover a manner of living that is consistent with who God created us to be. For those of same-sex orientation, as for heterosexuals, being moral means rejecting sexual mores that violate their own integrity and that of others, and attempting to discover what it would mean to live by the love ethic of Jesus. I take from Matthew:
    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1-2). I could be all wrong but this issue is between me and my God.

    Aren’t these discussions fun!

    March 10, 2010
  3. Avatar Erin said:

    I still can’t find where I put my Bible… it’s kinda irritating bc I want to join! We still have too much packed away.

    March 10, 2010
  4. Avatar hot mama said:

    If God punished people for divorce he would have to punish a lot of people, me included. And, by the way, Four of my children would not be here if I would not have gotten a divorce. I think God is there to give you the strength to get through the bad times and then when you get to a different place in your life He wants you to learn from the things that happen in your life. I think I was a much better wife to your dad than I probably was in my first marriage. I learned to have more respect for my husband, to be more tolerant in the things that happen in our lives, to be more patient, not to get excited about the trivial things. I got a divorce because I could not make a marriage by myself and the other party did not want to be married. It was much better for me and my children to not be in that situation. Kris, you had the same thing. I don’t think God would want you to stay in a marriage where only one person wanted it. Your girls are far happier when their mother is happier. Just keep praying to God for the strength to be the mother that you are, and always have been. God will be there to give you the courage to continue. You do have so much to be thankful for and I believe God has blessed you with much of it. You are a beautiful woman, You are smart, fun, loving, caring, giving, and a great Daughter!!! I don’t think you realize the joy that you bring to so many people’s lives. Your girls, Ashley and her family, your brother, your niece, Erin, your brothers and sisters, and most of all, your parents. God has blessed you in so many ways, don’t forget to notice them and thank him. Keep moving forward and get Mattie to church!!! Love you, Mom

    March 10, 2010
  5. klds klds said:

    I have some thoughts too- which I am doing a little research/reading on before I post them- just remember- if you are punished for a divorce what will God do to me for being gay? I agree with Erin- the Bible is there to follow but I feel it needs some interpretation for modern times (we can eat shrimp?)- you didn’t go into that decision lightly any more than I have a choice…but I know we are good people, we help other people, we are kind, we don’t break the law, we accept Jesus Christ, we follow the commandments (by the way- the Bible does not call divorce a sin). So after I finish my Bible reading, so I know what you are reading, (a little behind- been sick) I’ll give more thoughts. Here’s a thought- did God punish Job by all the shit he went through? Maybe the struggle is to bring us closer to God? I love you!

    March 8, 2010
  6. Avatar Erin said:

    I haven’t started reading yet, but I will soon… And Aunt Krissy, you are not being punished (I want to cry right now and wish I was there to hug you)! God loves us too much to punish us. You have to remember that no matter what, you are still cherished in his eyes and you always will be! This is my opinion that I’m sure will be highly debated, but I believe in the Bible and God but I still try to remember that some of the stories and scriptures (which are God’s word) are interpreted through man which is how we got the Bible to begin with. These are merely guidelines and just because something does not happen as it says in the Bible, it does not mean that you are meant to be punished… he would never want us to hurt from something like that. He believes in forgiveness.

    We are human which means we make mistakes and it is our job, with God’s help, to learn from those mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are not always our fault (things/people change) and God would not have wanted you to suffer in a bad relationship that sacrificed who you are and made you hurt every single day. You tried, and that’s what is important. I believe that God gave you the strength to leave, because he knew it was better for you and for the girls. God wants us to be happy and love one another, care for one another, etc… Talk to God yourself and I believe He will help you with this struggle. I think having a personal relationship with Him is what is most important and I talk to him as much as I can because I do believe certain things in my life happened as a result. Now, if only I could get my butt to church!

    I could be wrong, but I think it all comes down to love and forgiveness…

    March 8, 2010
  7. I am at Matthews 9-10 on your schedule (I ma reading a bible mom got me) I would like people’s interpetation of Jesus’ thoughts on divorce ? I struggle that I am being punished for getting divorced.

    March 8, 2010
  8. I have started I can’t read tonite but I will catch up tomorrow.

    March 3, 2010
  9. klds klds said:

    This schedule is to complete the Bible in 1 year.

    March 3, 2010

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