This is a hard one! The point of Scripture is to engage it, chew on it, study it, let it enter your heart and so if wrting in it helps you do that, then it can be appropriate; however, there is also a sense of of awe and reverence when it comes to the Holy Scriptures. The recurring problem which I have encountered concerning this question is that when I am reading my Bible in my daily prayers, I want to allow the Scriptures to speak to me NOW and if it has my thoughts, underlines, highlights, etc. in the margin, it often gets in the way of letting the Scriptures speak. For this reason, I know some people choose to have a Bible which they highlight and write notes in, and another which they pray with. Unfortunately I'm not so versatile! I choose to read, study, pray and meditate upon the same Bible day in and day out.
It depends, if there are special pages in the front and back for writing notes I might use them, but do I write in the margins? No...and not out of any kind of 'respect' but because once you've written in the margins, it's over...the thing you wrote is there forever, and if 5 years later you decide that what you wrote is really dumb, then you're stuck with it, and every time you read that part, you gotta be reminded of your own idiocy yet again..
I do not write in my Bibles, though I may allow that to change in time. I have long been opposed to writing in books in general out of respect for the printed word. After I got a Kindle, I found that I really liked the ability to highlight and leave notes in the text. And so, I have, in a limited fashion, begun to make notes (in pencil) in some of the books I am reading. As time goes on, I may change my mind about Bibles too.
I answered "no", even though I have started to experiment with the notes/highlighting features in Logos. It's hard to imagine myself ever writing in a physical Bible.
No, no, no. I've tried to, but I've never been able to bring myself to write on the Sacred Page, or immediately regretted it once I did - even in cheap, paperback Bibles.Taking notes on a Kindle or in Logos is different.I take notes using, in order of importance, 1) my memory (90% of all notes), 2) the computer (7% of all notes), and finally, J Mark Bertrand's solution, a separate notepad or Filofax (3% of all notes).
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