When people become a new-born Christian they mostly seem to know that they should read the Bible. Yes, but HOW? It's actually 66 books, most of them quite different, and so where do you START, and HOW do you do it?
Heard of a guy who started in Genesis and worked his way into Exodus, then Leviticus! Man, oh man! (Don't need to tell ya what eventually happened, do I!!) Nope, start 'em in Matthew. Firstly, cos it's the first book of the New Testament, which is your your lifetime GUIDE-BOOK from God for the REST of your days!!! Secondly, cos it's the very best New Testament book for new-borns to start with anyway!
Next, which TRANSLATION of the Bible to use? (It's totally CRAZY how many we have today!!) I grew up reading the New Testament in the King James Version (KJV) which was translated from the Greek way back in - would you believe! - 1611!! So yep, there are a few things a tad out of date by now (even though it was a truly FABULOUS translation!) A new-born should start with a SIMPLE translation - plain silly not to, IMO! So how about the Contemporary English Version? Have a gander at this from the beginning of Matthew, Chapter 1 - it's actually a GOOD READ I reckon:
18 This is how Jesus Christ was born. A young woman named Mary was engaged to Joseph from King David's family. But before they were married, she learned that she was going to have a baby by God's Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph was a good man and did not want to embarrass Mary in front of everyone. So he decided to quietly call off the wedding. 20 While Joseph was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, "Joseph, the baby that Mary will have is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her. 21 Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 So the Lord's promise came true, just as the prophet had said, 23 "A virgin will have a baby boy, and he will be called Immanuel," which means "God is with us."
24 After Joseph woke up, he and Mary were soon married, just as the Lord's angel had told him to do. 25 But they did not sleep together before her baby was born. Then Joseph named him Jesus.
Oh wow, I think that's just GREAT! Simple, to the point, and understandable!! You can read MORE in the Contemporary English Version if you want: just click HERE.
- BM, with his Mrs!