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Often you see that two or more Christian denominations have a very different point of view about the same subject.  They both claim to base their arguments in the bible.

And I will tell you, this is true.  They are both based in the scriptures.  Does this means the bible contradict itself?

To your surprise, I will tell you, the bible does not contradict itself.  The bible could be complex to outsiders because it speaks of the relationship of God and his people.

Let’s use this example.   Some denominations affirm that Jesus is God, others that he is not God, and some will say that he is the only God.

This three groups have a sincere conviction on what they are saying.   They all support these affirmation with scriptures. (more…)

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There were many wide-spread lies in the dark ages in the church.  Many of those lies were bound by the reform.  But when it comes to the nature of God.  There is a concept that still persists and preached as if it is true.  It’s not based on scriptures or anything.  It’s just a very defended concept that many support.

This is the saying that Trinity is a mystery that no one can possibly understand.  It’s a way to close the subject before any question may arise.  Whoever even touches it, is automatically considered heretic.  This was one of the main causes of mass killing by the Catholic church based on heresies. (more…)

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bible“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the traditions of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8

If I do, what the bible says?

Do I know what is there in that book?

This is the time to know for yourself rather than blindly following the crowd.  We are living times of darkness where many want to make us believe that bad is good and good is bad. (more…)

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The canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke &...
The Canonical Gospels of Mathews, Mark, Luke and John
Isaiah 28:9-11  9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

The bible is more than a collection of religious books and letters.  To us, believers, it’s the road map to Heaven.

We need to make sure, we understand what it means if we want to follow what it says.

  1. I know nothing: The first thing is to empty ourselves of all old teaching, prejudice, and self justification.  Let’s understand, that we know nothing.  That the knowledge we are looking for, is in this book.  It is not in what we already know, or what we think we know.
  2. Genisis 3 of The Holy Bible, King James versio...
    The book of Genesis

    Pray: Since we know nothing, let’s ask the one who knows.  Let’s pray, and ask our Father for wisdom, so he can open our minds and we can understand.

  3. Let’s focus:  Sometimes our minds are traveling while we are reading.  If this is the case, let’s keep reading until we are sure we are paying attention to what we are reading.
  4. Word meaning: If there is a word that we are not familiar with, let’s get the meaning in the dictionary.  It would be better to use a bible dictionary, but a regular dictionary may also help.
  5. Dig into: While we read, let’s ask ourselves questions like why, how, where?  For example, if we are reading on David and we find that he was betrayed by his own son.  Let’s read farther and try to figure out why this happened?
    We are going to find out that everything seems to have a reason why.
  6. Compare stories: Look for patterns, meditate in the stories.
  7. concordance: If you are concentrated in the reading of a specific passage, try different bible versions.  Try also to analyze the words and their origin.  Also study the historical contest.  What was going on at that time?  What happened before?  What could be the mentality of the person in the story?
  8. Do not try to speculate: If is not there, do not create anything.  Be honest to yourself and others when you share the word of God.  Do not be afraid to say, I do not know.  Remember that this is the word of God, not ours.
    The fact that we are Christian does not mean that we need to know what we do not.
  9. Study Help: Also study other books of help, but do not relay completely on any book.  Remember that the source is the bible.
  10. Complement the bible study: Study the history of the church.  It comes very handy to understand our current situation.  Also to study the fathers of the church help us to understand the Apostolic church and what was really the primitive church.

Another important aspect to consider is the location of books in the bible.

If you who are new to the bible, you need to know that the bible is divided into two major portions

The old testament and the new testament.

The old Testament is divided :

The Old Testament contains 39 books.

Pentateuch of first five books of the bible which contains:
foundation history located Genesis and exodus

Books of law: Deuteronomy, Leviticus, Numbers

Then history of Israel: Judges, I&II Samuel, I&II Chronicles, I & II Kings, Ruth and Esther, Esdras and Nehemiah.

Literature or poems: Psalms, Proverbs, Songs of Songs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations

Prophets: Major and minors

Then The New Testament:

The New Testament contains 27 books which are mostly letters.

4 versions of The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Book of Acts, Book of revelation and in between many letters written by The Apostles to the churches.  Most of the letters where written by Paul.

The bible is a very important book.  To us, believers, it’s the road map to Heaven.

We need to make sure, we understand what it means if we want to follow what it says.

  1. The first thing is to empty ourselves of all old teaching, prejudice, and self justification.  Let’s understand, that we know nothing.  That the knowledge we are looking for is in this book, not in what we already know or think we know.
  2. Since we know nothing, let’s ask the one who knows.  Let’s pray, and ask our Father for wisdom, so he can open our minds and we can understand.
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The Bible

John 5:39-40
39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

Obviously, The Lord was not referring specifically to our bibles.  The bible was not put together yet.  He was talking of individual books well-known by the Jews and accepted as the word inspired by God.

Traditionally, we understand that all the books in the bible were written by men and inspired by God.
We believe on everything that is written as the word of God.

Who decided that those books were inspired?

Who decided that these books belong into the bible?

There were individual scriptures where the most important was the book of the law or the Pentateuch ( The first 5 books of the bible).

It wasn’t until around the year 70 when the old testament was put together.

We obtained our New Testament after many attempts to gather, what was going to be the authentic word of God.  There were many disagreements.  And some of those disagreement persists still today.  Not all Christian bibles are composed by the same books.

The Christian bible was first organized around the years 300 and 400.

The protestant church rejected the Apocrypha.  The Apocrypha are five to nine other books belonging to the Catholic bible. But what many protestants ignore is that the Catholic bible is older than the protestant bible.  I also thought at one point that our bible was first.

One thing that always bug me about the number of the books of the bible, is that the bible itself says in Revelation that 6, is a number of man and incomplete.  So we have 66 books in most of our protestant bibles.

Another thing is that the bible refers to some books that were never found.  These are the lost books of the bible.

Examples of these references are:

Joshua 10:13, 2 Samuel 1:18, Numbers 21:14, 1 kings 4:32 & 11:41, 1 Chronicles 29:29, 2 Chronicles 9:29 and some others.

There is also the Nag Hammadi library.  This one was unknown until the past century. I believe, it was 1945.  Correct me if I am wrong.

As a Christian, I believe that there is more to know about our Lord.  That the bible is our road-map to heaven, yet not complete without at least taking a look to those other scriptures not included in our cannon.

Like Paul said in 2Timoty 3:16

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”

He also says in 1 Thessalonian 5:21

“Test everything. Hold on to the good.”

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Have you ever seen two people arguing, and then realize that they are both defending the same point of view?

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The bible open source

Often, people start a discussion without listening to what the other party has to say.

When it come to Christians, there are so many points in which we all agree. The bible is clear enough for us to understand that God is not pleased in non-productive arguments.

  • We all know that Jesus put his life to save us from our sins.
  • Every soul is valuable to God, and so should be to us.
  • We all know that The Lord wants us to love each other as if we were one.
  • We all know that God hates sin and we should not practice it.

It seems that the most important points are perfectly clear and everyone agree. But why so many allegations of being the only one saved and the rest will go to Hell?

Let’s stop listening without understanding.  Let’s take the bible as a series of books all combined.  No more isolated passages to defend a point.  Let’s genuinely seek for the will of God like someone who knows nothing and eager to learn.

If the world of God is revealed by The Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It looks so clear that practicing arguments among believers is contradictory to what we profess.

There is no need to try to convince someone of certain doctrine. After teaching someone, all that is left is to pray.

The person need to realize the true by himself in order to have absolute faith on it. The sawer, in the parabola of Jesus, just throw the seed. The Lord is the one who cause the seed to grow according to the bible. We can’t force the word into anyone. No matter how good our intentions may be. God is the one who does the work in each persons’ heart.   Jesus has to enter into a person’s heart.  We can’t force it.

When it come to Christians, the scriptures says:

Jeremiah 31:33
“No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”

Should The Bible be interpreted only by church authorities? For many centuries, the word of God was confined to the priesthood for teaching it, and for interpreting it.  The reason was to stop blasphemies and heresies.

After a while, we got a big corruption inside the church.  The bible became a prohibited book. Nobody knew anything other than what the church authorities let them know.  People started believing that killing under the name of God was good.  It took Martin Luther  and many small battles and even blood to bring the freedom to read the word of God, again.

All of this, is absolutely shameful to the body of Christ.

Why is important the freedom to open interpretation?

My salvation concerns me first.  I am the most affected if I get lost.

Why should I relay on the clerical to read the bible for me?  What about if they are wrong?

I will listen to the authorities but with a conscious.

I won’t argue.  But, I won’t close my eyes when things are wrong.

I pray to God for direction.

I will ask him questions when in doubt.

Without a doubt, He has all the answers.

If I can’t listen to.  Then I would ask for a sensitive heart and mind, and also for wisdom.

I will trust God with all my heart and I will stay alert on everything I hear.

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TraditionsAmerica is changing. This is a fact. The nation that protected religious freedom is getting caught under their own principles of freedom.

It’s a fact that true believers won’t embrace the gay culture and their practices as part of social diversity.
The Gay Community wants to be accepted as well as their practices and their living standards. Under Christians principles, gays are accepted if they repent, but never their practices. This is not acceptable to Christian principles. The worst part is that there are so many called Christian, who condemn us who believe homosexuality as a sin that they are calling us hate groups. (more…)

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