Local Man Who Never Reads Bible Frustrated That He Cannot Understand It
Jonathan Chambers considers himself neither a baby Christian nor a slow person. But he can't for the life of him understand the Bible. For the past 12 years of following Jesus he has heard how important it is to consume the word of God. But he just can't get into it.
"I don't understand the Bible," explains Chambers. "It's embarrassing, but I just don't get it. Now, in all fairness, I don't actually read it. I haven't even tried in the last 10 years. But still... I remember hearing that I am saved by faith. So I just don't figure I would have to actually do anything, like read the Bible, to earn or improve on my salvation. I don't think I'm the only one who doesn't understand things they don't study. I had a friend who dropped out of medical school for the same reason. He didn't have a grasp on medicine and practice because he never read the books. So I know I'm not making something up here."
Jonathan's trouble is not his own. Many professed Christians struggle understanding things they don't read. It seems to be some sort of curse. At the same time, most of these same people have a completely thorough understanding of the entirely fictional world of Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The value of Bible reading is not entirely lost on Chambers. "I know the preacher needs to know the Bible. So I usually put a little extra in the offering when the basket comes by. The man has a job, and he should be paid to do it. I don't know how he does it. He probably reads some of the Bible each day. I'm sure glad we have Bible warriors like that in the church."