1. free-thinker - It's all relative. I go with the flow.
2. avant-garde - I latch onto new ideas quickly.
3. conservative - I believe the Bible, but I use a common sense approach to balance Scripture with the real world.
4. moderate - I try to stay between the lines, but there is a ditch on both sides of the road.
5. fire-brand - I'm like a candle with a fire on both ends. I may burn out quickly.
6. fanatic - I sometimes answer everyday conversational questions with Bible verses.
7. extremist - I make important life decisions by opening my Bible to random places, & following the advice of whichever verse I see first.
8. insane - I commit acts of terrorism and blame it on the Bible.
Yes, this scale is intended to be funny, but I would probably be accused of falling somewhere between a firebrand and a fanatic by most everybody who really knows me. In reality, I see myself as parts of 4, 5, and 6. I have been studying the Bible intensely for 40 years; some years more intensely than others. I've lost count on how many times I've read the whole Bible... last count was in the forties. I've read the book of Revelation a few hundred times. The Alexander Scourby Audio Bible promised free replacements for the cassettes, for as long as you owned them. I wore my Revelation tape out twice, and the Psalms once. By then, I was able to purchase the cd set. And, I have that copied on every electronic device I own. It will never need to be replaced. Imagine that! :)
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 3:14-17 But continue in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned them; And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The above verses advise us to study the Bible. How important do you see the Bible as being? Do you base your salvation on Bible preaching? Do you believe that preachers should stick to the Bible when they preach? How would you feel if they preached from some other reference strictly, or passed out text books and suggested you could leave your Bible at home? I wouldn't like that very much. :)
I enjoy reading the New Testament. The Gospels are the story of Jesus and His life on Earth. Acts follows with the history of the young church led by the apostles after Jesus left Earth. Romans is basically an essay on salvation. Many believe it was written by Apostle Paul. There were 12 letters written by Paul also. Of them, 1&2 Thessalonians are about the end times. 1&2 Corinthians deal with heavy doctrinal questions. 1&2 Timothy and Titus were written as advice to young Pastors. And, Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, & Philemon were intensely about Christ. Galations has been called the "Magna Carta of Christian Liberty." These letters are all followed by some general letters in Christian faith, such as Hebrews, James, 1&2 Peter, 1,2,&3 John, & Jude. They were each written by the Apostle they were named after. And, the New Testament ends with the ultimate end times book, the "Revelation" of things to come, by Saint John.
But, I believe the Old Testament is important, as well. It is divided up by Israelite & world history, poetry, and prophecies of things to come, some of which have already come to pass. Large amounts of the New Testament are just repetitions of the Old Testament, because the writers were basically preaching from the Bible they had at the time, which was the Old Testament. So, really you would be more correct to call it First and Second Bible, instead of Old and New Testament. Though times and cultures change, and many of the historical elements are no longer the same as today, the Bible is still relevant to our lives because of the timeless principles it teaches in the context of that culture. For example, we see through the example of Jacob, David, and Solomon why God commanded monogamy in marriage, because having multiple spouses never ends well :) And, the Golden Rule: Treat others as you want to be treated, is from the Bible.
The Bible is still the foundation for all Christian faith and belief today. It is the rule of measure that we use to know we are hearing truth. I can't imagine hearing any other type of preaching.