honestly, even though i believe, you couldn't get me to read it. in fact my bible study tried to get us to read sections and only like one of us did. so as you see its hard to get people to read the bible.
Depends on how one defines read: Just to pick it up and open to a random page and start reading? How much do you want? Will $200 bucks work for you? Otherwise Benetheredunthat has the answer nailed. Interest definitely helps. If one is to consider themselves culturally literate; then if that appeals to you, start at "In The Beginning" and keep reading until you get to "Amen". (When I use the term "culturally literate" I am referring to literate in the sense of learning more about Western Civilization.)
I believe what it would take is an inner desire to know what is written in the bible. regardless of any prior slant a person might carry about the thoughts and actions of others that believe or disbelieve,it's always good to learn the roots of anothers spirititual or philosophical thoughts about religion. since so many of the decisions that affect our lives are based on religious thought,what could it hurt to know something about it? I hope I said this clearly.
God will lead whoever you want to read the bible in His time..just pray. You cannot make someone do something, only God can. However you can have faith for that person and encourage them. Continue to edify him or her!
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Roosevelt, I have noticed that you never quote...any...Grace-Age scriptures written by Paul, and I really wonder why...I have looked over your profile, and I think that your Bible teacher is doing you a great disservice, by keeping you "stuck" in scripture that was intended for Jewish Kingdom believers. Here's something Paul wrote to the Jews about this in Hebrews 7:19, I'm using the Amplified Version for extra clarity, "For the Law never made anything perfect, but instead a better hope is introduced through which we now come close to God." he's talking about Grace. And in verse 22,"...Jesus has become the Guarantee of a better agreement---a more excellent and more advantageous covenant." He's saying: 'that which was good, has been replaced with something better'.. I implore you to ask your teacher what does he do with the Grace scriptures, does he just ignore them? Or does he think that Paul's writings are not Truth? Does he just " cherry pick" The Bible, teaching random verses? I'm seriously worried about the way you are being taught. But I pray that you will come to a peaceful knowledge of His WHOLE Truth, amen!