My first answer is no. This is remarkably similar to my second answer, which is something like “sure, why not, but it means little to nothing to say you’ve read Holy Writ from Genesis to Revelation.”
To start, if you read “the bible” as a single book, you are doing a grave injustice to it. First, “the bible” is a disastrous name for it. It is rather the holy writings or some such thing. While we have put it in a box as one book (hence the singular, bible), it is a group of writings written by different people (I would say at least one woman and maybe even a Gentile) over a course of centuries. It has been redacted, edited, copied, and closed. To read Genesis as if it precedes Exodus and so on and so forth is to dismiss the books likely written before it such as Isaiah, or at least some of Isaiah. To then proclaim that you have the mystery of the faith because you have read the bible straight through is to first deny the character of the writings and second, to claim to have read something that simply doesn’t exist.
And of course, there is part two. What does reading Scripture ever do for anyone? I mean, people read Daniel and Revelation, look around, and assume that these two books are speaking directly to our times. The Young Earther reads Genesis and believes that God is nothing more than a Loki-like deity. The husband who seeks control looks at Ephesians 4 and believes it gives him the right to own, in every sense of the word, his wife. John Piper reads Romans and believes he is suddenly God and King. Reading does little, unless it is for pure devotional or a spiritual discipline. To study, however, to study Scripture is to take Scripture at what it said and to see what it says.
Of course, what ever gives you comfort in attempting to gain some measure of spiritual authority over someone else I guess is alright. Right?
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