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What’s Your Preferred Bible Reading Tool: E-Bible Or Physical(Paper) Bible?

Tomorrow is Sunday and as I prepare my dress and items I’d be taking to church, I look towards my big Bible and pack it into my bag with pride. I remember how a long time ago, the bigger the Bible, the prouder you were in church. That Bible is also accompanied by a Big Tambourine. Harllerluryar! As a little girl, whenever I spotted a person with these two items, I see them as  serious Christians. Oh, How can I forget a jotter and a pen?! Those were the fourth and fifth items to make the ‘zealous christian’ look complete. Then it came to having Thin and sleek Bibles for convenience of its portability. Though some zealots were quite uncomfortable with that, it was still accepted. Now, times have changed. In more than 10 years, the digital Bible has made its way to our homes and churches via Teleprompters, Projectors and Smartphones. Five people out of Ten have an e-Bible. Good thing. …You’d say but how good is it? It may shock you to know how controversial this idea is. I opened a debate on this and everyone had their own opinion and I thought I’d share it here.

I am quite traditional in my ways so you know I’d choose the traditional Bible with ‘HOLY BIBLE’ written on it in bold gold fonts. Lol. That said, I’ve been with some die-hard loyalists to the e-Bible and they give valid reasons why that’s a way to go.

  • The world has gone digital so should your bible.
  • Smartphones are the most used item for the millenial  (wo)man. Since that’s the case, the Bible should be part of that.
  • Easy to access when there’s no Bible around.
  • No weight or extra item to carry.

While these are all valid reasons, I’d like to share what I and some traditionalists think about the e-Bible.

  • It can be distracting to the person seeing you scroll the phone. Just holding your phone and staring at the screen while the preacher preaches can come up as disrespectful. Imagine a morning devotion with all smartphones whipped out for the sermon.
  • It can be distracting to you. Imagine reading Deuteronomy Chapter….and a Facebook notification of a reply from your crush comes up. Where were we again? Deuteronomy Chapter 5 verse….a debit alert comes in and you totally abandon what you’re reading and start getting enraged by how your bank just deducted 700 Naira for COT.
  • Can staring at a phone screen be as deep and commiting as reading the physical Bible? Different strokes for different folks but personally I don’t think so.
  • There’s just something about holding your physical Bible and going through pages. You get to mark it, highlight and emphasize on scriptures you like. More apps come up with these features but that neon green highlighter on a verse or two in a physical Bible , does it for me.
  • An E-Bible is good but not good enough for me. It could be my ‘side chick’ while the Physical is the ‘Wify’. Bubu! How dare you compare the Bible with relationship status? *crucifix sign*

Besides, from research, here is what I found about reading paper Bibles.

  1. Tangible materials leave a deeper footprint in the brain.
  2. Physical materials produced more brain responses connected with internal feelings, suggesting greater “internalization” of the subject matter.
  3. Physical material involves more emotional processing, which is important for memorization.

So do you share same views with me or you don’t?  Make yourself heard at the comments section. Tomorrow is Sunday. Carry your Bible with you and not dwell only on projector screens for the scripture reading. Have a lovely weekend.

 

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  • Reply
    Oma
    March 10, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Hmm… Personally I love my ‘hardcopy’, ‘paper’ Bible. We’ve been through the most, (lol) but currently, I prefer my E-Bible for one huge benefit that I think trumps every con it may have, which I didn’t see in the list above – I love my E-Bible mostly for the fact that you have access to a ton of transliterations. I love to study with my E-Bible because of that. I don’t see E-Bibles as distractions to someone else if that is all the device is being used for in any fellowship. It obviously becomes a problem when the user uses the device for other things (except the person beside me has chosen to not concentrate). As for it being a distraction for the owner of the device (phone alerts, etc.), the solution is simple – airplane mode. As for highlighting, I prefer doing that on my E-Bible because you can readily access verses that you’ve highlighted (with space for extra notes!) because once you highlight, it is stored. However, with a physical Bible, when you highlight, you may forget where you highlighted if you don’t memorise or note it somewhere else. In addition, if you have one Bible app on multiple devices, you can have an account (to sign up); meaning you have access to all that you’ve highlighted on ALL your smart devices. So if you need to look up a scripture you highlighted, and you’re not with one device, you may be with the other. Besides, you’re always with your phone (or tab), you’re not always with your physical Bible. This is only a problem if the battery of your devices are dead.

    I hope with these few points of mine, I’ve been able to make you a believer. *covers face* lol.

    • Reply
      Bubu
      March 11, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Youve convinced me. This is a beautiful comment. Thanks Oma

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    Kachee
    March 21, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I just bought a new paper bible last week! I love the e-bible especially the Youversion one – for on the go readings, lots of devotionals, seeing what other people are reading & lots of translations. But for deeper study, I think the paper bible is to go. So, it’s a mix of both totally!

    http://www.KacheeTee.com

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      Bubu
      March 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Kachee Baby! Long time. I know you’ve noticed my absence. At the right time, I will tell you the events happening right now. It’s for a good cause.Lol. Thanks for stopping by darl. xo

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