A common question that many Christians face is how to properly introduce the Bible to non-believers. Or, maybe, for whom it has been a while since they last read the Bible. There are several reasons why non-believers may feel uncomfortable reading the Bible, such as complicated language or complex stories. While some of this would require more effort to understand, there are several ways that a believer can help.
Here are some suggestions for introducing the Bible to non-believers:
Read it in a Group
If you have a small group of people who have similar reasons for not wanting to read the Bible, you could suggest that they come together and take turns reading it. While this would require many more participants than simply having one-on-one sessions, it might also allow for easier conversation about what is being read because there will be people who can help provide insights or ask questions.
Use a Modern Translation
Although many people argue that using contemporary translations of the Bible is not as effective as using a literal translation, this would help non-believers because it may be easier for them to understand and relate to. This could be very helpful in making the Bible feel more relevant and accessible than other, more complicated translations.
Read the Bible with a Non-believer of the Same Age Group
For example, if you are an adult trying to get your children interested in reading it or believe that they would benefit from its message, ask them what their favorite stories are and read only those together. This is easier than facing the entire text at once because it can allow you to find what most interests the person and go from there.
Read it With a Non-Believer of the Opposite (or Same) Gender
This is especially true if they are in college or younger. While you wouldn’t be reading it for them, they might feel more comfortable asking someone older – but not too much older – about the material instead of an authority figure.
Ask Non-believers Questions About Beloved Characters
If there are any passages or stories that are particularly important to them, ask them why they think so. This could be especially helpful in determining what parts of the Bible might have the most meaning for the person.
Now that you know a few ways to introduce the Bible to non-believers, it’s time to put them into practice! Remember, don’t be discouraged if non-believers do not respond well at first. They may need more time in order for the Bible to feel relevant and easy to understand. With a little patience and a lot of love, you can help your friends grow closer to God.
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