Last Monday in RCIA we read a few passages from the Bible and I was reminded of how very little I know about the New Testament. I’ve done enough research on Jesus that I know the basics about his life and know a decent amount about the historical, mostly non-Biblical evidence that supports Christian claims, but I know very few of the New Testament stories that most people know.
I got a wild idea that night in RCIA that I’m going to read the New Testament cover to cover over the next few months. I turn 30 early next year and would love to sneak in one last accomplishment before that milestone. I feel like this is important for me. I was so sheltered from Christian teaching growing up that I have almost no familiarity with scripture. Obviously I don’t think I need to read it so that I can come up with my own take on what God wants of us, I think the Church has that covered, but I’d just like to know what the thing says.
I put together an Excel spreadsheet to keep myself on track (few events in my life escape quantification in Excel) and realized that at four pages per day I could actually finish on Christmas Day, an appropriate milestone that also gives me leeway before my birthday in case I fall behind.
For some reason it’s really important to me to do this, maybe to make up for all those hours that everyone else has spent in Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. 🙂 Wish me luck.
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