Posted by: cindybythesea | January 8, 2016

What Does The Bible Say? (part 1)

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“My people perish for lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6

We live in a day and time when Bibles are more readily available than they have ever been at any other time in history.  From the heavy black book that many of us remember from our childhoods – you know, the one with the gold lettering that our grandparents so carefully penned our family histories into – to the electronic pocket size version that many carry with them today; now more than ever the Bible is readily available in one form or another for anyone interested in reading it. Yet in spite of the veritable explosion of Bibles in every conceivable form, there is (in my opinion) an obvious lack of knowledge and a good deal of confusion when it comes to understanding it.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?

Good question!

In today’s world (at least in this country) most people would categorize themselves as either Christian, Spiritual, but not “religious”, Agnostic, Atheist or of another religious persuasion altogether. By many the Bible is viewed as archaic, narrow or hopelessly out of touch with the times. But is it?

Before we can address that question, we must look at what the Bible says about itself for it makes some very tall claims. First of all, it claims to be the very  word of God. Did you get that? The very word of God – not the word of the President, the words of a great Philosopher or the words of some other highly esteemed individual, but of God!  And, secondly, it claims that there is one way and only one in which to reach God, which is through his son,  Jesus Christ. So, no matter what your religious persuasion, spiritual or not, the claims of the Bible are so big, so profound that they cannot be ignored

SEPARATING TRUTH FROM FICTION

Everyone has an opinion …. which is natural but when it comes to spiritual things most people seem to have a patchwork of beliefs.  A little of this and a little of that. Something they learned in school, heard on a talk show, read in a book or was taught by one religious organization or another. A hodge-podge of ideas that for one reason or another have resonated with that particular individual over time. But, belief (even sincere belief) in something (whatever it is) does not make it necessarily so. And that is what we want to examine today (and through this series which I have titled “What Does the Bible Say?”).  Here I want to examine some of the questions people may have regarding the Bible (and the Christian faith) in order that they might begin to sort truth from fiction. But in order to do that we must first establish the reliability and authority of the Bible itself by asking this question – can the Bible be trusted?

CAN THE BIBLE BE TRUSTED?

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  2 Peter 1:20-21

This verse establishes the important point that the scriptures though penned by men were written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. No individual bias was interjected in to the script. The words of the Bible are therefore God breathed.

It would stand to reason then that if the Bible is as it claims to be” God breathed” it would be the most important document ever created. A document so special, so unique, so profound that it could never be equaled by anything else.  A document as eternal and unchangeable as God himself;  a point which is missed by those who claim the Bible to be altered, mistranslated or suspect for errors.  For the Bible, by its own admission (in order to be the word of God) must therefore be as perfect and inerrant as God  – and as perfect, as Jesus, who lived a sinless life was perfect – for the Bible tells us that Jesus was the word made flesh.  Therefore any attempt to discredit the word of God is an attack on Jesus himself – for they are one and the same.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

The Bible is 66 books compiled in to one volume (the Old and New Testaments) written by 40 different authors that ranged from Kings to shepherds and everyday fisherman and covered a period of 1500 years. Yet the theme of the whole (regardless of who was writing or the time period in which it was written) remains remarkably consistent. In fact, the most ancient manuscripts in possession today show little to no variation from the copy you will find sitting at home by your bedside or on the shelf at your own local Christian bookstore. For the manner in which scripture was copied in those days was extremely laborious and intricate in detail requiring the whole thing be started over from scratch should even one letter be copied in error.

ARCHAELOGICALLY SPEAKING

The Bible is provable by archaeological evidence. And new evidence is being discovered all the time.  Unlike fables, myths or fantastical stories that have their roots in legends, the Bible is meticulous in its accounts of people, tribes, cities, monetary units, genealogical histories and so forth in order that they might identifiable – unlike legends, which are more fiction than they are truth and have no basis in fact.

PROPHETICALLY SPEAKING

The Bible is the only book that is able to determine what the future holds  with 100% accuracy.  Try applying this standard to any fortune teller, sooth sayer or so-called “prophet” we have today (past or present)  and you can see why the Bible, by its own high standards ( 100% accuracy) stands alone in its ability to meet this requirement.

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I know that I have only began to touch on this subject. Obviously there is much more that could be written. And, I know for many of you reading that this is not new information. I hope though that you will bear with me as I seek to establish through this series just exactly what it is the Bible says for those who may not know or may have questions regarding a particular subject.

Therefore, I have in mind to pose a number of questions which I will try to answer to the best of my ability. I plan to start out with very foundational things but, if you have a particular question you would like to see me address, please leave it in the comments section for future consideration. I cannot say at this time how long this series may or may not be as I may interrupt it from time to time for commentary on current events.

Until then,

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. This is going to be good! I will be looking for each and every “part”. Thank you and may God richly bless you in 2016 and beyond.

    • Thank you Karen, I hope so! And many blessings to you and your family for the New Year!

  2. http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0101.htm

    The Scriptures is His story and that of His glory.

    Genesis 1
    1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

    Elohim, God, starts the narration of Chapter one. Yahweh is not mentioned in Genesis Chapter 1, Elohim repeats the creatures creations after “their kind” seven times. But the Elohim does not create man after a “kind”, but, in His image He created He Him.

    http://biblehub.com/text/genesis/2-4.htm

    These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

    This is the first mention the Creator’s name, יַהְוֶה. Yod Heth Vav Heth, Yahweh..Yahweh Elohim made the heavens and the earth. The name, HaShem, from our hebrew brethren.

    Abram, the friend of God was born in the year 2000 after creation. .The Creator,יְהוָה Yahweh, loves man and becomes one of us to save His creation. He starts a people through His loyal and obedient friend, to give Yahweh, sons, the princes of God……the Israel of God.

    Genesis 12
    Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

    2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

    3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

    7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said: ‘Unto thy seed will I give this land’; and he builded there an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

    8 And he removed from thence unto the mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Ai on the east; and he builded there an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.

    Abram pitches his tent with the House of God, Beth – El, on the West, and Ai, the heap of ruins from a fore-time on the East. Abraham was The Friend of God.

    Yahweh inserted His Name into the name of Abram and Sarai, Abraham and Sarah, The Name of God has power.

    There is a heavenly counsel;

    http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt09a22.htm..
    19 And he said: ‘Therefore hear thou the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on his left.

    http://biblehub.com/parallel/ephesians/6-12.htm

    For we wrestle not with flesh and bone, but principalities and …Young’s Literal Translation … because we have not the wrestling with blood and flesh, but with the principalities, with the authorities, with the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, with the spiritual things of the evil in the heavenly places;

    The Lord created Man in His Image as a vessel so that we can contain God and express God. God needs man and has a wonderful PURPOSE for man.

    http://biblehub.com/parallel/ephesians/3-9.htm

    9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

    http://biblehub.com/1_samuel/15-29.htm

    The Strength of Israel will not lie – What God has purposed he will bring to pass, for he has all power in the heavens and in the earth; and he will not repent – change his purpose – concerning thee.

  3. So happy you are posting again, and I look forward to this series!

  4. I am so excited about this. Thank you!!


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