By Amy Julia Becker

If you’re new, or if you’re prone to overachieving, consider scaling back that New Year’s resolution.

It’s New Year’s resolution time, and for some subset of the population, reading the Bible is one of those things—like weight loss and exercise—that people vow to do more of at the beginning of each year. Countless plans and systems exist to help people try to keep up (as Tim Challies documents here). These plans encourage reading the entire Bible in 365 days (or in some cases, two to three years), start to finish.

I’ve read through the Bible before, and I suspect I will do it again. I consider the Bible the Word of God, inspired by God and authoritative in my life and in our world.

And yet I also wonder about the helpfulness of reading the Bible in its entirety. Plenty of people admit to falling off the wagon, so to speak, when they get to Leviticus (the third book of the Old Testament), and plenty more get tripped up by the warfare and sacrifices throughout, but my concerns about this type of Bible reading go deeper than the practical problems some of our ancient Scriptures pose.

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Source:: Christianity Today