I have to agree with Matt's conclusions that he made on his blog. I never attempted OBOY because I knew I would fail pretty quickly! I agree (IMHO) with his conclusions. I have experienced that morning when you are groggy and your eyes won't focus and that large size 12 font makes it oh so much more easier to concentrate! There are times I want commentary notes at the bottom of my page and there are times I don't. There are times I want to read a formal translation and there are times I enjoy the flow or poetry of a more dynamic translation. I like to walk and even though I have my iphone with me, there are times I like to bring a compact Bible or NT with me to the coffee shop. I think if you are using these different Bibles to study the Word of God and it makes it easier for you (like in Matt's examples) then it is a beneficial endeavor, and to me a lot more fun!
I am of the mindset that the real reason oboy fails for most of us is because our society suffers from choice overload. We are bombarded 24/7 with choices in everything we buy and do. It's why our attention spans are shrinking at alarming rates ... We can't stick with any one thing for any significant period of time anymore. Is it any wonder that even in matters like marriage where the divorce rate is over 50% now we seem to struggle to commit?!? All these different features in bibles have ultimately forced us into this horrific place we all now reside and we have convinced ourselves that somehow it's ok. That is why we only see the older generation with their taped up rubber band bibles... They were born and raised before this epidemic struck our society. Sad isn't it ?
The real reason why most of us fail with oboy is because we suffer from choice overload. We are bombarded 24/7 with choices in everything we buy and do. It has wreaked havoc on our attention spans and even our personal relationships. And yet somehow we have convinced ourselves that this is ok by justifying our need for so many different bibles and features depending on our "needs" for that moment. This is why you only see the older generation with taped up rubber band bibles... They were born and raised before this epidemic took over our society. We are incapable of committing to much of anything anymore... Including our bibles. Makes me very sad....
~ This is why you only see the older generation with taped up rubber band bibles... ~Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by older generation. I'm 62 and I usually switch back and forth between Bibles every few months. And these days I'm reading three different versions a day, which to me is good. Of course, if you're 82 than I'm a youngster! Having said that, I do agree that in many areas we are definitely overloaded with too many choices. Many of them bad.Pax,john
Well I can' t make 82 but to this 77 year old protestant I can tell you 62 looks pretty young.And I m afraid I juggle with numerous versions very regularly so I also don't fit into the older generation stereotype.Agree with your comments though John.EC
Just to clarify I didn't say ALL older generations have taped up rubber band bibles but rather IF we are to see those bibles they are usually the companions of an older generation.
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