We're still going to take a good look at the most effective ways some of the wisest, most committed followerers of Christ spend their actual time with Him - but first - I must confess - I left something out of yesterday's post.
The thing I left out is - a single, allbeit personal comment, that comes from decades of observation in talking to college and university students - and it's actually a pretty simple idea.
Wherever you might be in your own Bible reading - regardless of whether you've only ever heard scattered verses and the only Bible you own is a little new testament given to you by a guy in a suit volunteering his time with the Gideons or whether you're Maria Teresa Calderon (who Wikipedia records as being able to read 80,000 words per minute) and you can read the Bible through in a little under 10 hours - this tip could be enormously beneficial.
Maybe we should get back to reading the Bible for the sake of knowing God better. Period. That's more than sufficient reason to read it. Maybe - reading it for sciency sorts of reasons, and political sorts of reasons, and argument's sake has taken a toll on reading it as much as anything else. Maybe reading it for the sake of clobbering ourselves, or anyone else with sciency and political agendas with it - has diminished it. Maybe reading Scripture for the deceptively simple, yet far from easy reason of seeing it as a doorway to some of the deepest questions humanity has ever asked - is more than enough. It is far too easy to allow all these other reasons to diminish the main reason countless humans over millennia have taken enormous pains to keep this book around and intact. It's all well and good to search for a unified field theory or theory of everything - but this is not the same thing as sitting humbly with a 784,000 word book that spans at least 3 millennia and seeking God.