When I’m talking to people about Christianity and about why I decided to follow Jesus, I often suggest that they commit to reading the New Testament. I realise that the Bible is a big book (or rather, collection of books) but I tell people that the New Testament is actually relatively short, and could be read in just a few days. I feel that even atheists or agnostics should give this a go, so they can make an informed decision about who Jesus is and His relevance to our lives.
Better still, how about reading the whole Bible in one year? If you are willing to dedicate twenty minutes a day to reading scripture, it’s not such a tall order. There are Bibles available that split the scriptures into 365 daily readings, with each day offering a section from the Old Testament, a section from the New Testament, and a reading from the book of Psalms or Proverbs. You can find such a Bible on Amazon; just search ‘One Year Bible’.
There are many English language translations of the One Year Bible available, so the version you pick depends on what kind of writing style you like. If you like very bold, old-fashioned English, pick the King James Version (also called the Authorised Version). If you prefer something a bit more modern and accessible, try the New International Version. Or you could go with my current favourite, the New King James Version, and get the best of both worlds.
So how about it then? Are you be willing to take up the One Year Bible challenge?