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A new translation every day
I use many different Bible translations every week to study the Christian Science Bible Lesson. On Monday, I look up every citation in the Good News Translation; on Tuesday, I use The Message; on Wednesday, the New Living Translation. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday vary because I enjoy several other versions, especially the James Moffatt Translation, the New International Version, and the English Standard Version. I turn to the King James Version on Sundays and when I reread the Bible Lesson in the evening.
My Christian Science teacher urged his students to continually read through the New Testament, a practice I started many years ago. In the last ten years, I have read through a different translation each time. Last year, I began reading the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament, in The Message. Before that, I had never read the Old Testament through consecutively. My understanding and demonstration of Christian Science have increased with this in-depth study of the Bible, which I truly enjoy. I’ve been able to converse with other Christians more easily and with more confidence—they realize that Christian Scientists do value and study the Holy Scriptures.
About the author
Kathleen Cramer is a Christian Science practitioner from Azusa, California.