After a much-needed hiatus, I’m about to come back. Look for daily readings ramping back up this week sometime.
While you wait, I want to share an update on what’s happened since I started this project. The conversations I’ve had, some of the things I’ve learned, the connections I’ve made, and my related mental state.
One of the most fun things to me is experiencing someone’s reaction when I tell them about the project. Here are some of the most common responses I’ve heard:
- “Have fun with Leviticus.”
- “I’ve heard reading the Bible makes more atheists than it does Christians.”
- “Oh, yea, I tried to read it. Didn’t make it.”
- “I can’t read it, religion makes me angry.”
For the most part, people have been supportive. There are definitely some skeptics on whether I’ll finish or not. Time will tell. This two-week break obviously put me behind the literal 365 days timeline, but I have no plans of quitting.
Conversations + Connections
I’ve had a lot of amazing conversations around the project and the Bible in general. The only one posted so far is the interview with Pastor Sam, but I plan to do more recorded interviews with those who are willing. But I’ve had so many great offline conversations that continue to help me open my mind and evolve the way I think.
I’ve also had a lot of, “Oh, you should meet so and so…” which I love. I’ve been introduced to incredibly smart, kind people. I’ve had the chance to sit down with some, and have a whole list of others to connect with.
My Mental State
I’m still super excited about the project and have learned that this could be a never-ending adventure to read and study the Bible, even outside of a religious perspective.
But the work I did during pride week with the commentary on LGBTQ+ issues and the Bible took a lot out of me emotionally. I questioned what I was putting out into the world (which is rare for me) and saw a lot of hate by throwing myself into this controversy. (I saw far more love than hate, however, which makes my heart happy.)
Overall, I got a lot of positive feedback on my interview with Pastor Sam and my follow-up post. Normally I don’t need external validation, but in this case, I really did. So thank you to everyone who reached out, both publicly and privately.
All that said, I was pretty exhausted after Pridefest and emotionally worn down from the hate I did get. I’m all about self-protection, so I took some time off. But again, I’ll be back!
Support the Project
I’ve also had a lot of people ask how they can support me in this project. There are plenty of ways; here’s a list!
- Share the website on social media or with people who might enjoy it
- Click on the ads that interest you
- Comment publicly on posts or send me private messages with your thoughts
- Become a supporter on Patreon, which starts at just $1/month
- Buy shirts for yourself or others (new ones will be added as they make appearances in my videos)
- Buy products you’re interested in from the links at the bottom of each post
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