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Monday, July 14, 2008

How You Can Memorize The Entire Bible

If you do a search on the internet for ways to memorize the bible, you’ve undoubtedly ran into a myriad of sites that teach basic memory (mnemonics) techniques, songs that teach you to sing bible verses, and various strategies and gimmicks, such as writing verses on 3X5 cards and carrying them with you throughout the day.

Unfortunately, if you’ve tried any of those, although they do work if you are persistent, none of the well practiced methods will produce dramatic results, even if you do them consistently over a long period of time.

Perhaps you have tried, I have…

When I was 19, I was a Christian missionary in the British Midlands, and I really wanted to learn as much about the Bible as I could. I would wake up every day and from the hours of 5am to 9:30am, I would study, pray, and memorize as much of the Bible as I could.

When I had been over there for about 2 months, I ran into an Islamic family with several sons. Two out of the three sons had the entire Koran memorized, word for word and could recite it in Arabic, one of the sons had the entire sayings of Mohammad memorized (several thousand pages of additional text, longer than the entire Bible in itself).

This fascinated me, and I thought there was nothing to it but practice, so I decided if an Islamic family could memorize the Koran, surely I could memorize the bible simply by working hard.

I’ve never been more wrong. For the next year I spent almost a full 2 hours every day in the attempt to memorize the New Testament. I did this by reading passages aloud over and over again, pacing back and forth and dramatically rehearsing them, carrying 3X5 cards, and the list went on and on.

The point is, I tried, probably harder than anyone I ever met. The result? I eventually memorized so much information that I reached a breaking point. In order to retain the scriptures that I had previously learned, I had to spend hours repeating them every day, and I no longer had time to repeat anything new.

This happened somewhere around 100 pages… The problem was, the new testament I was using was somewhere around 400 pages long (lots of footnotes)… In order to memorize more, I would have had to increase my memorization time by several hours a day! (I didn’t have time for that, either.)

So how in the world do Islamic families, Indian Yogis, and other faiths have their entire scriptures memorized, when Christian people barely ever have more than a few popular verses of the Bible?

Simple. They are trained differently.

In the last several years, the combination of modern research and ancient knowledge from cultures all around the world has uncovered the science of how memory functions. The result? Thousands of people all over the world who have been privy to this information have memorized entire textbooks, scriptural passages, entire phone books, and a LOT more.

The only way to learn this is to be trained by the right people. Don’t expect to buy a book or read an e-course about memory and be able to master it. You need someone who has been there to walk you through.

About a year ago I stumbled on to a school that did just that, and became a student. It has revolutionized my Bible study by allowing me to memorize as much as a full page of scriptures in an hour or less. I am challenging 1,000,000 Christians around the world to memorize the entire bible with me, beginning with the New Testament.

As Christians, we have always been commanded to study the scriptures. The Bible is the living will and word of God, isn’t it time to write it on your heart?

By: David Michael Wood

David Michael Wood is a memory expert and consultant who specializes in helping Christians to know God better through remembering his words. You can gain access to his e-zine at www.knowyourmaster.com

1 comment:

Memory Article said...

Interesting idea

It's a shame you've given up on mnemonics though, mnemonics (used properly) is still, in my opinion, the best way to go.

The key is to try to maximize your emotional response to whatever you are trying to memorise. Use as many parts of your left and right hemispheres too (images, words, sounds, emotions all used together)