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the non-religious bibleThe Non-Religious Bible (TNR Bible) is not another Bible translation or version. TNR Bible is a blog that aims to invite non-religious people to read the Bible. The Bible is a timeless book (or collection of books) that contains gems of wisdom profitable for life. There's more to the Bible than just a source of spiritual knowledge; whether you like history, literature, art, architecture, business, politics, romance or entertainment, the Bible is still the best book to go to. We extend this invitation to the "Christians": both the true and the so-called Christians.

Do I have to be religious before I can read the Bible? You don't have to. As much as you don't have to be a Muslim before you can read the Koran, so it is with the Bible. You can read the Bible just like any other literature. If you love poetry, go to Psalms; if you love wisdom, go to Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, if you love plays, go to Job; if you love history, go to the narratives; if you love letters, go to the epistles; if you love romance, go to Song of Songs(or Song of Solomon); if you love parables, go to the Four Gospels; if you love fiction or fantasy, go to Revelation..the list is endless. The Bible is a library of interests.

Will reading the Bible make me religious? It's really all up to you. We all benefit from reading and we get more substance depending on the material we're reading; I would say the Bible is the most substantial reading material available. Knowledge is guaranteed. It may make you wiser or even a better person. If something happens more than that, then it must be something divine. Nevertheless, reading the Bible is a journey and an adventure.

Which Bible version to use? TNR Bible uses the ESV Bible but always compares with the NASB, KJV, NIV, and NLT. Most Bible versions are written for a specific target audience. There are Bibles for kids, teens, English, Americans, and people who have english as a secondary language. Some are literal, some are meaning based; some abide to the word for word translation, others to the thought for thought translation. Try reading one chapter and read it in several different versions. Once done, pick the version that you're comfortable with. For best learning experience, you may use study tools such as Bible commentaries and Bible lexicons. If you wish to study scholarly or desire to be a Bible teacher you can go ahead and enroll to online biblical languages courses. Why not? Bible knowledge is a treasure.

How can TNR Bible help me in Bible reading? The TNR Bible can do nothing more than show you that you can read the Bible without being religious.

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Disclaimer: TNR Bible is not a Bible commentary. Every article from this blog should not be treated as a sermon or Bible exposition. TNR Bible has a high regard for Hermeneutics and is careful as to not arrive to a wrong interpretation of any passage; however, every passage quoted in this blog shall be interpreted from a practical perspective and articles are written with a non-religious approach.

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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