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How many of you have read some of the Bible?

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I read the entire Bible, but it was a while back. I have several different translations, including one with the apocryphal books. They were all gifts, but are easily available in my country in almost any bookstore. 

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I have a copy of the New Testament, and I have read through large swathes of it, and also parts of the Psalms. I have also watched a lot of defenders classes from William Lane Craig, maybe hundreds of hours worth, discussing topics from the Trinity to Atonement and have taken in more of the text that way. 

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On 4/20/2019 at 1:49 PM, AaronS said:

Hello, I'm interested to know how many here have read some or all of the Bible. Which parts? How available is it in your country?

 

Salam wa laikum 

May Allah shower his blessings on Muhammad and his Ahlul Bayt. 

Alhamdulilah as a kid I grew up in New Orleans and good public schools were limited. So as a Muslim kid I went to Christian private schools. I attended a Lutheran Christian primary school and middle school and then attended an all boy catholic high school which had brothers of sacred heart monks.  So of course this came with the territory of a lots of bible reading studies and classes through out my youth. 

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I grew up in Belgium and went to church every Wednesday as part of school although I am a Shia Muslim. I also remember reading a serious of books on the stories from the bible later in life and when I worked in a museum I browsed through a copy of the bible oh. Also in school in the United Kingdom we were given small copies of the bible , I had no objection and thought it was a fanciable thing but my Muslim fellow was very angry at me for accepting a copy of the bible. I just thought it was a nice free object to have.

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On 4/22/2019 at 10:50 AM, ChristianVisitor said:

I have read the entire Bible.

Do you have a favorite book? And if so, why?

I'm fond of the Psalms and Proverbs, because I can always find wisdom in them and the writing (at least in most translations) is beautiful. 

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I like the Book of Hebrews. It talks about the importance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. 

I also really like the Psalms and Proverbs. They give excellent comfort and advice for those struggling with walking the Christian path. 

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Thanks everyone for replying. It's really interesting to me.

The reason that I asked is because I've gotten a variety of responses when talking to my Muslim friends. A lot of them say that they really love Jesus, but they've never read the gospels which are all about Jesus! So I was curious to see what all of you said.

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1 hour ago, shadow_of_light said:

Some parts of old and new testaments as well as some parts of the gospel of Barnaba. I love Psalms. It is beautiful.

How available is the Bible in Iran? Just curious.

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I have read the Bible in its entirety in English once and often am reading sections of it due to my studies. I study various classical languages which were important Biblically, including the languages the Bible was written in. I hope to read the Bible entirely in the languages it was written in soon. And since I live in Canada, Bibles are very easy to get (including in Latin, Hebrew, and Greek, though, unfortunately for me, not in Syriac, Ge'ez, or Coptic).

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2 minutes ago, Ibn Al-Ja'abi said:

I have read the Bible in its entirety in English once and often am reading sections of it due to my studies. I study various classical languages which were important Biblically, including the languages the Bible was written in. I hope to read the Bible entirely in the languages it was written in soon. And since I live in Canada, Bibles are very easy to get (including in Latin, Hebrew, and Greek, though, unfortunately for me, not in Syriac, Ge'ez, or Coptic).

How are you able to learn so many languages and read complex text on top of that? How many hours of learning is involved and how long has this taken you? This is probably the most impressive thing I have seen in language ever on this forum. 

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Hello, I’ve read a few parts, and have it in my home, it was gifted to my sister, by a close friend of ours.

On 4/22/2019 at 11:22 PM, AaronS said:

How available is the Bible in Iran? Just curious.

It’s also available in Iran, there are also churches, constructed in the Safavid era, by the fair Shi’ite king, Ishmael:

Shah_Ismail_I.jpg

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When I started to look into Monotheism about 30 years ago I read the Bible and the Qur'an synchronously. Both books stand side by side on my bookshelves.
I also read passages form both books along side other religious literature in my university studies on comparative religion.

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On 4/21/2019 at 4:49 AM, AaronS said:

Hello, I'm interested to know how many here have read some or all of the Bible. Which parts? How available is it in your country?

Hi Aaron

Welcome to this site, my friend.

In answer to your question, I would like to tell you that I have read the three synoptic gospels and the Acts several times because in my Catholic school in India, they were part of my school curriculum.

On my own, later in life, I have read all five books of the Pentateuch and a few others after those five books.

I had planned to finish the whole Bible but I was caught up with other things and left it at that.

In India, there is no dearth of Bibles.

There are many Christian institutions.

We have a significant Christian population there.

 

 

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On 4/23/2019 at 7:22 AM, AaronS said:

How available is the Bible in Iran? Just curious.

According to the Iranian Constitution, there has to a Christian member of Parliament at all times.  

I believe there is a significant Christian population in Iran and you may not find the Bible in every bookshop but it should be available if you contact a Christian shop.

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8 hours ago, Simon the Canaanite said:

Hello, I’ve read a few parts, and have it in my home, it was gifted to my sister, by a close friend of ours.

It’s also available in Iran, there are also churches, constructed in the Safavid era, by the fair Shi’ite king, Ishmael:

Shah_Ismail_I.jpg

his mother was a Christian 

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halima_(mère_d'Ismail_Ier)

Name and Lineage

Isma'il Mirza, known as Isma'il I, the son of Shaykh Haydar, was born in Ardabil on Tuesday Rajab 25, 892/July 26, 1487. His lineage goes back to Shaykh Safi al-Din Ardabili through 5 generations. His mother, Baygum Agha, was the daughter of Uzun Hasan Aq Qoyunlu. The original name of Isma'il's mother was Marta; she remained a Christian until her death, and was buried in the monument of Shaykh Safi al-Din al-Ardabili.

http://en.wikishia.net/view/Isma'il_I

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I have a bible in my house which I read a big part. I read most of the new testatement and some parts of the old testament (the old testament is very long). I found the old testament very boring and difficult to read and found it in some parts very strange and full of non senses but there were also many interesting things. About new testament this is shorter than old testament but I was a little disappointed to see that the majority of the new testament is in reality written by Paul Of Tarsus who never meet Issa (عليه السلام) and finally the parts talking strictly about Issa (عليه السلام) are very short (in particular when we compare it with all the stories we have about Muhammad (عليه السلام) and his family (عليه السلام) ) and I find it again interresting to read but I don’t see how we could really manage a society with that (there are some general guidelines of moral but too few laws for really show how to manage in a good way a society) so yes I had read parts of the bible some years ago approximately.

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On 4/24/2019 at 3:30 AM, Mohammadi_follower said:

 About new testament this is shorter than old testament but I was a little disappointed to see that the majority of the new testament is in reality written by Paul Of Tarsus who never meet Issa (عليه السلام) and finally the parts talking strictly about Issa (عليه السلام) are very short (in particular when we compare it with all the stories we have about Muhammad (عليه السلام) and his family (عليه السلام) ) 

Right. Of course in Acts it says that Paul actually did meet Jesus, on the road to Damascus. Acts chapter 9.  

To your last point, would you agree that there is far more about the life and purpose of Jesus (ie what he taught, how he lived, about his death and resurrection etc) in the gospels than in the Qu'ran? It just seems like there is very little said about Jesus in the Qu'ran, and what is said is significantly different from the gospel accounts. Let me know what you think.

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On 4/24/2019 at 3:30 AM, Mohammadi_follower said:

 I find it again interresting to read but I don’t see how we could really manage a society with that (there are some general guidelines of moral but too few laws for really show how to manage in a good way a society) so yes I had read parts of the bible some years ago approximately.

Yes, I agree with that. Of course, the Old Testament has an enormous amount of civil law to govern the kingdom (in the days of David, Solomon, etc), but Christ says in Matthew 5 that he came to fulfill all of the law.

I think the New Testament was never intended to govern a society. It isn't a book of rules or laws that are designed to manage a government etc, rather, it shows what the life of a Christian should look like and how someone can enter into that new life through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus. 

A good example is Ephesians 2. 'For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Not a result of works, so that no one can boast'

We believe that Christ will one day rule in a physical kingdom on this Earth, but for now he is ruling in the hearts of people who have been transformed by his grace.

Does that make sense?

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I have read much of the 4 gospels, though didn't read virtually everything as of yet, I am focusing on the Qur'an. I am close to finishing Matthew.

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I have read some of it. Genesis OT up till the part where, astaghfirullah, Lot's daughters intoxicate him and (...) astaghfirullah, and then the book where Jesus confronts the Jews and they try to have him say something against the Romans, asking him about taxes.

In Pakistan, the Bible is widely available, for free.

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I went to a Catholic school, we (me and my Muslim friends) were forced to read it for several years. 

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I grew up Catholic and went to Catholic school until the 8th grade. Mass was in Latin. So I didn't learn much from the Bible there. I believed I needed a priest or nun to explain it to me. So I decided I would be a nun when I grew up. In Catechism class, I saw a picture of Jesus surrounded by little children. I imagined I was the little girl in a beautiful white dress sitting on Jesus' lap. I finally met Jesus when I was 22, in 1976. I wasn't an innocent girl. I was a sinful woman. But He wanted me anyway. Giving my heart to Jesus changed my mind so that I wanted to read the Bible and learn more about Him. I couldn't read it enough. I've read it almost every day since then. It's like being in love. It just keeps getting better. I love the gospels. They melt my heart. This probably sounds crazy...My favorite book is Revelation. I can't wait to see Jesus in His glory and worship the Father with many saints from every nation.

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1 hour ago, MartyS said:

Mass was in Latin

Wow! When did the Church change from Latin Mass to the local language? We had a priest who would occasionally read Mass in Latin, but he always announced it in advance and there was an English language Mass on the same day. I actually enjoyed Latin Mass, but that was probably due to the novelty and the fact that I studied Latin in school. 

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NotMe,

I don't remember exactly when mass started being in English. It may have been in the early or mid 60's. (Are there any Catholics who can help me?) I think it is very cool that you studied Latin. I wished I would have. Are you in medicine?

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16 minutes ago, MartyS said:

NotMe,

I don't remember exactly when mass started being in English. It may have been in the early or mid 60's. (Are there any Catholics who can help me?) I think it is very cool that you studied Latin. I wished I would have. Are you in medicine?

No, engineering and ecology, but when I was a child I was undecided and the Latin teacher was a fun teacher. 

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I have 

I had Bible app on ma phone n I used to read it

I haven't read much tho But I guess I read those parts about creation of the world 

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I grew up with stacks of cases of Bibles. My Father was a Gideon, he among others handed out New Testaments to grade five students in every school they could reach. My Father is actually responsible for being the first to get New testaments into the hands of French Catholic grade 5ers. He's been in Quebec for 50 years, still doesn't speak the language, but that didn't stop him.
I have a Bible, for many years it was also a notebook. Many points highlighted, underlined, crooked asterisks and lousy handwriting. Then my daughter stole it. 
Biblegateway.com gives you a long list of versions in many languages.   godrules.net gives you Hebrew and Greek, with Strong's interpretation.  

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I have read my textbook bible, all of it, several times.

Last month I wanted to re-read something and several times I knew the next line before I turned the page.

Now days, I only reread a few places or lookup stufff.

Same with Qur'an, know the next line as above(in the first translation I got as a gift from a Syrian) and so on. Rereading it currently -a portion at a time.

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