Something I have learned this past year in seminary: Bible Study is tough work.
When Martin Luther broke from the Roman Catholic Church in the Sixteenth Century he was warned by the RCC. He was warned that if everybody was given the opportunity to read the Bible on their own, then anybody can interpret it on their own, potentially leading to many negative things. The Church no longer told the masses what to think. Now anybody could read the text in their language and come to different conclusions, no matter how wacky they might be. During the era of the Protestant Reformation, you had several factions rise up, opposing each other over different readings of Scripture. Nearly 500 years later, we see that Rome was right, if everybody could read the text in their own language, then anybody could make up any point on their own. Freedom spawned not only spiritual fervor, but also chaos.
See, studying the Bible is tough work, because anybody and everybody can have an opinion on the text. That is why I view my training in a seminary as both important and humbling, because I know teaching others is a heavy and joyous burden. There are hard passages in Scripture. There are difficult questions raised that many try to gloss over or ignore.
Who knows, it could happen to anybody. It could happen today.
What tools do you use to help you study the Bible?