This page last updated November 2nd, 2023
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The Bible is an essential source for the christian faith. Yet it is also the cause of many difficulties.

Some stories in the Bible are hard to believe. Others we don’t want to be true, for they suggest a God far less loving than was revealed in Jesus.

A way to read the Bible without tears

Most of the difficulties arise if we assume that the whole Bible is equally true and applicable to us. That barbaric commands in the early Old Testament are as applicable today as the Sermon on the Mount.

But that is an assumption. We can consider other approaches.

My approach is to carefully examine what the Bible does, and doesn’t, say about itself, and to balance that against what historians and archaeologists say.

This leads me to a view that the Bible records a process of revelation that begins with almost pagan myth or legend. But over time God revealed, and his people came to understand, new truths, better ways, and a deeper revelation of his character.

This approach gives new and exciting understandings that remove many difficulties and open up new appreciations of the character of God.

I don’t pretend to have all the answers. But after 60 years as a christian, trying to serve and obey God, having read the Bible right through several times and having read and studied the New Testament in great detail, even undertaking some formal theological study, I believe I have some insights to share.

In the words of Richard of Chichester, I pray that these pages will help you “know him more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly”.

Pages to help you on a journey of discovery

Understanding the Bible

Reading the Bible

Issues to resolve

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