While reading the ESV Bible has changed me as a person it has also changed me as a reader. When I began to read larger books when I was younger I used to speed read through books. I remember reading the Harry Potter series as a child and when I was finished there would be large portions of the book that I would completely forget and it was often difficult for me to describe anything in detail of what happened. I never searched for themes or ideas that may have been put into the book, instead I just would read it as fast as I could so I could move on to the next one. This completely changed once I started to truly read into the ESV bible. I started to truly read into what message the written words were conveying.
An easy example of the change in how I read would be the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22:1-19. God told Abraham to take Isaac to the land of Moriah and to sacrifice him on a mountain. When Abraham and Isaac got there Abraham started to tie down Isaac and a moment before he went to sacrifice his son God sent him a lamb to sacrifice in Isaac’s place. When reading this the first time I just thought it was a story were God changed his mind at the last second. After reading it through the text of the ESV Bible I grew aware that God didn’t just change his mind but, instead...
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...ent. It also can teach you lessons, which is where it is very similar to the Bible. Mere Christianity has affected my understanding of the ESV Bible because it gives reasons and examples of why what is written in the Bible must be true. This book has strengthened my beliefs and my understanding of the Bible for this reason.
The English Standard Version of the Bible has had a significant impact on my development as a reader because it has forced me to read deeper into what message is really being sent through the text. The Catholic Bible is different from the ESV Bible because the verses are harder to read as well as having a different view on how to achieve salvation. The Book Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis contrasts with the bible because it is not a divine book teaching moral lessons instead it is a book which describes one end of an argument on Christianity.
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