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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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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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If Jesus was God, why did he pray to himself?
Jesus praying to The Father

Jesus Praying to Himself

Some people think that human intelligence will made them bible wizards. But the true is, that even when The Bible is targeting educated and non-educated people, the bible is not mean to be understood according to human knowledge.

1 Corinthians 2:13-14

“13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

The first step to understand the scriptures, is to accept that you are a sinner. The second step, is to repent sincerely. Then, we need to recognize that all perfect wisdom and all perfect gifts are coming from God. We need to recognize that all men are liars, but God is truthful. We need to understand, that we know nothing, but God has all the answers.

Isaiah 29:11-14

“11 And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed. When men give it to one who can read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” 12 And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.” 13 And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment of men learned by rote; 14 therefore, behold, I will again, do marvelous things with this people, wonderful and marvelous; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hid.”

God is Spirit and his word should be understood spiritually. The problem is that the fleshy man sees all

spiritual things as without meaning. The spirit is known by experience. It’s not a feeling. It’s knowledge. It’s faith.

Spiritual is what is true in our hearts. Sometimes, the spiritual is manifested in our emotions. The reason is that the emotions express what is deep in our hearts. When emotions overpass our reasoning, we can say, they are coming from the heart, or from the spirit. But you can be certain, they have a reason to be.

For example, I can say, this person has no reason to be mad at me. I am not happy with this person’s attitude, but I can’t feel upset no matter what. I just can’t. This can be called love or trust. This is what

stop us from feeling anger even when reasonable we should. It’s not

is coming not from our mind. This is coming from our hearts. It’s a spiritual feeling or probably not feeling, but perception. It’s stronger than our mind’s will.

So it’s God. He is true and we know him. We do not know him because of words, but because we experienced him.

In the passage above, God complains that this people honor him from the mouth and not from their hearts. They are like automate worshipers that are not really into what they are doing. They do it because someone told them to do so. It’s not from their own hearts. They do not mean what they are saying when they sing. They do not do good because their hearts drive them to do so. We can say, it’s from the flesh.

Some people misunderstand what comes from the flesh. They think that from the flesh mean sinful. But, it just means that it’s not from the spirit. It could be with good intention, but not truthful and not from the heart. And because of this, it does not last.

Then, is Jesus God or not?

“Jesus is praying to himself” is one of the many popular comments that men and women without spiritual understanding make. They have no clue of what is God and who is Jesus.

If Jesus is God, why Jesus prayed so much?

Understand once for all, that God is spirit. God is not a man, neither a son of man.

The bible explains very clear that Jesus was praying to the Father “God.” He said, that he was not The Father, That the Father was bigger than him. That he came from The Father.

The relationship between God and Jesus has been a theme of debate for centuries.

If God is spirit, he can never be just a man. But he can be in a man. God was in Jesus.

Jesus is Christ. Christ means the anointed. We recognized Jesus as The real Tabernacle of God. The only way for us to know God.

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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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