Wednesday, August 22, 2007

An slpime alipcatoin of a wrod tcrik to rdeanig bliabcl nratveirs

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty
uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg.

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the
ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat
ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a
porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not
raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Amzanig huh? (via)


The reason you can comprehend the above paragraph is because you naturally read the individual parts of the words in light of the whole word and the whole sentence. After you start the sentence, it becomes easier to read the words because you can anticipate what is coming next.

My question: if our mind works this way when reading words, why don't we read the Bible like this? I don't mean with jumbled letter orders, but rather with a view toward the whole story of the Scriptures.

If you study John 3:16 and never the book of John, or Rom 9 and never Paul's entire argument, or the NT and never the OT, or if you read "God is love" without reading 1 John, then you will certainly miss something that was never meant for oversight. If in your sermon/lesson/devotional time, you only focus on one verse or one passage, or if you never read the Bible from Gen to Rev, or even Matt 1:1 to Matt 28:20, you will never catch the fullest meaning of the text.

Such a practice would be like seeing and studying the letter "J" one day, and then "h" the next, and then "i" the next, and never realizing that these letters function as a part of the complete sentence, "Jesus is the Messiah."

The Bible is a book that requires every word it contains
to be read in light of the story it tells.

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