The Bible is the way to learn about Christianity, because it is the Word of God, as opposed to the words of men surrounding it like clouds of chaff surround threshed grain.
The Bible is clear that the Word of God carries magical power, as one would expect from the words of a Being superhuman beyond comprehension. "Magical" is a poor metaphor aimed at beginners - obviously my words are just the words of a man, so they are useful only insofar as they persuade you to listen to the Bible instead.
Almost everything written about the Bible is wrong, because it is the words of man describing the Word of God, which is impossible to do. If you don't already know the Bible, then don't trust anything written about the Bible, no matter how commonsensical it may appear to be. If you do know the Bible, then I don't need to tell you about the problem with commentary. But I doubt you know the Bible.
If you have read the Bible "five or six times", and spent a lifetime as a Western Christian absorbing doctrine, commentaries, sermons etc, then you don't know the Bible. You know some things about the Bible, most of which is dubious anti-knowledge that cancels out whatever actual Bible may be in there.
You can't describe a human in a sentence or a paragraph and expect it to be complete or even accurate, and God is far beyond a human. Thus the convention of analyzing the Bible into verses and then quoting them out of context results in terrible anti-knowledge. It is like taking random notes out of a symphony and assembling a completely different ditty.
The way to know the Bible is not to assemble a list of its verses and derived doctrines into a superstructure worldview for your modern Western mind. It is to cease to be a modern Westerner, and instead become an Iron Age Middle Easterner of the kind favored by God. The goal is not to transform the Bible into something comprehensible to the modern mind, but to transform the modern mind into something pleasing to God. And the fact that He is mighty scarce in modernity should be a big hint that He likes us about as much as He did Noah's contemporaries.
The Bible was written for an Iron Age mind, and can only be properly understood by the same. You don't have to be sold on self-transformation to accept a temporary shift for the sake of reading comprehension.
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Listening to the Bible straight through once, or some small variation on that theme, is what most people do, and unsurprisingly it does little for them. I guess it's useful for beginners who literally don't know what's going to happen next, but it quickly gets old after a few repetitions.
It's not the material that's tired, but the order. The Bible is divided into chapters, and these divisions are far less arbitrary than the verses, in terms of correspondence to topical shifts. The solution is to listen to the Bible on random chapter shuffle.
There are a practically infinite number of permutations. The endlessly novel juxtapositions reveal the sublime interconnectedness of God's Word. This is not merely my assertion, but how the Bible references itself. For example, Jesus spoke in an allusive Old Testament patchwork. If you want to imitate Christ, examine how he spoke to learn how he thought, and do likewise.
At synagogue, the Bible recounts that they would read a passage from the Bible, then expound. The Bible was heard in those pre-printing press days, and that is the correct way to receive it. It was obviously not designed for sequential reading, overall. Rather, it is repetitive and reinforcing, in the ancient style.
If you are a beginner, random Bibleaudio will yield endless questions, which will force you to correct your ignorance. If you are advanced, Bibleaudio will lead to endless insights and life applications.
The function of the Holy Spirit is to remind us of what Jesus said. If you are not willing to plug in your earbuds and listen to that, why should the Holy Spirit bother telling you anything new? In fact, if you appreciate how God communicates in the Bible, you will have already realized that randomization (like throwing lots) plus meditating on God's Word is an excellent channel for subtle divine guidance. The nice thing about subtle guidance is that the punishment for failure to notice and follow is correspondingly light - it's low risk, high reward.
Bibleaudio provides a complete template for the soul, a whole ethos which one may adopt in substitution for one's culture and upbringing, a rock and sure foundation. How valuable is that? Priceless.
Once you understand the Bible in this manner, then you will see the endless foolishness of commentaries by the untransformed, always pontificating about various parts of the elephant, never joining the herd thereof. No matter how well meaning such Christians are, their life work comes to naught, because they are conformed to this world, and like a fish in water cannot even detect it.
For example, Pastor Steven Anderson is one of the best of men, and yet because of his incorrect immersion method he has missed one of the most obvious ethoi of the Old Testament (and New): ethnocentrism as basic masculine virtue. Just because God de-facto initiated the dissolution of the Jewish Christian race into the Gentiles with the post-crucifixion Roman crackdown, doesn't mean that God has declared the same for all races. The Jews killed their rightful king before they got dissolved, remember? Had they not done so, they would have continued as an ethno-state.
Jesus did not die to flash our moral firmware to the current year. He returns with a sword, not a seminar. Get the Iron Age mindset today.