I met at the Panera Bread Company this morning with a good friend from church. We are talking about becoming accountability partners. That basically means that we'll get together once a week to talk about how well we are doing with our quiet time: bible reading, praying, journaling and sometimes talk about personal or spiritual matters. As we sat today for our first meeting one of the managers from Panera that I talk to often comes over, sits down, and says, "So you guys are into the Bible. Why would anyone want to read the Bible? I think my first response was, "Oh no you didn't....." I think my jaw hit the ground.
After talking for a little while she shares that she grew up Catholic and was forced to go to church as a kid even though her parents didn't go. She told us she was from California and was warned last Summer when she moved to "the Bible belt" that people wouldn't be so open minded. She basically said we were brainwashed into feeling that we need to read the Bible.
I kind of shared my faith a little bit and finally told her that I crave reading the Bible. I also brought up that it is the all time best seller, most paraphrased book ever. It is pretty good reading. The Old Testament has some graphic and gory stories. I'm not sure how much of an impression I left on her.
I guess she did come to us and ask so she must be curious. She did manage to share that she was unhappily married so maybe she is searching for answers. Not sure if I gave her what she wanted. I'll still go by daily and spend my 6:30-6:55 in Bible study and prayer so I'll be ready should she feel confortable to ask any more questions.
What do you feel about the Bible and do you read it often?