I am afraid that we spend too much time looking at the Bible subjectively, rather than objectively. We subject it to our biases, presuppositions, and desires rather than trying to read it as it was written.
I am afraid that by playing hopscotch with Bible passages, often taking them out of context, we don’t really get to know God as we should. Somehow we try to remake God in our image rather than let Him remake us into the image of His Son and bring glory to Him.
My advice to any well-meaning Christian is to read the Bible from cover to cover continuously. Try doing it by laying aside all presuppositions and distortions. Eventually, you will have an excellent overview of who God is, what He desires of His children and how He works. You will get a better glimpse of God's attributes in action. You will realize that He is not just all love, but also holy, righteous, just, sovereign and all powerful. I am sure you will easily be able to add to this list as you continuously read the Scriptures from cover to cover. False views of God and how he deals with man will be corrected in your thinking, and you will grow to appreciate God more and more for who He is.
You will also get a correct view of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. You will understand the scope, depth, and width of His sacrifice for your sins, as well as the necessity of His bodily resurrection. The knowledge you gain from reading your Bible will help you to explain salvation to those who have little or no knowledge of God.
Keep in mind that we are not the same country we were even ten years ago. Ignorance of God has grown at an alarming rate, not only in the world but also in the church. Read your Bible again and again. I have done so for many years and still practice this. I continue to find it refreshing and encouraging, and it keeps me on the right path. To appreciate its value, read what Psalm 119 has to say about the Word of God.
In His Grace,
Pastor Ernest F. Brodie Sr.
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:103-105