For many Christians reading the Bible is not exactly fun. After getting through some of the more “exciting” passages, the rest of the Bible can appear to be a boring set of pages that make no sense.
If you have ever felt that way, you are not alone.
St. Augustine, one of the best known Christian saints of all time, wasn’t a big fan of the Bible either. In fact, for many years he avoided opening up the Bible and preferred reading other literature that was more pleasing to his tastes.
He writes in his Confessions, “For not as when now I speak did I feel when I tuned towards those Scriptures, but they appeared to me to be unworthy to be compared with the dignity of Tully; for my inflated pride shunned their style, nor could the sharpness of my wit pierce their inner meaning.”
The writing style did not suit Augustine, who was a very cultured man and preferred reading Greek poets and philosophers over the bland writing found in the scriptures.
However, his heart began to change when St. Ambrose began to teach him how to read scripture and to see the beauty of salvation history.