How to study the Bible!
Did you know that during a study of the Bible that God can speak directly to YOU if you will only ask Him to? You can understand the basics of His word all by yourself, just by reading his Word. You do not need a priest, preacher, scholar, church denomination, etc. to interpret it for you. God will show you the way. However, in order for God to speak to you, you must put aside your preconceptions and ask Him to speak to you from His Word.
Have you ever questioned the traditions of religion passed down through the ages? Where did they come from? Did they exclusively come from a study of the Bible? Are you willing to put aside any preconceived notions or beliefs revolving around God, Jesus, salvation, heaven and hell, death, the afterlife and the purpose and destiny of man? If you are willing to approach the Scriptures with an open mind and a willingness to believe what God teaches you, your studies will open up vistas of truth that will amaze you.
Your first copy of God's word
You can never go wrong with obtaining a King James translation of the Bible to study. Although some of its words are a bit dated, many reference tools such as Strong's Concordance are keyed to its verses. You can purchase this translation, at a very reasonable price, through online retailers like Amazon. If you simply do not have the money to buy a copy of God's word, organizations like The Gideons provide them free in such places as motels and hotels. You may also wish to try contacting a local church in your area. One sure way of obtaining a copy is to use a search engine like Google or Bing to find free copies of Scripture.
Please visit our article, comparing and contrasting more than 20 popular and widely used translations, to determine which one is right for you.
If you own a computer or have access to one the site suggests purchasing software that can greatly enhance your studies. We recommend using a package called Quickverse. The software comes with many translations, commentaries, handbooks, books on history, maps, charts, photos, art, sermon helps and so on. For the new student, it offers the ability to view translations side by side as well.