“The Bible – 101” ... A Simple… What it is / What it is not!
Thank you… for taking you time to read this blog. After spending some time this week on Yahoo Answers, in the “R&S” section… I thought it necessary to share some thing with those that appear so ignorant [uniformed].
From the many… Bible Questions it is plain to see ‘Who’ is there to Mock the Bible and who is there just asking ‘real’ questions about the Bible. There are more mocking “Pseudo Questions” than ‘sincere’ questions. Many do not have the faintest idea of where or how or what the Bible contains. Nor do they want to… Either!
Most have not… even read the Bible through, but simply have some head knowledge about only ‘some’ of the happenings. Most only know… “hearsay”… and nothing more. You would think that they would have looked first at some text in the Bible… before making a fool of themselves… on a public site… in front of thousands.
The Bible is… NOT a book of… “All the Answers”… about God and His workings with the Human Race. He has hidden “His Truth and His Wisdom”… from the proud and haughty members of mankind. The Bible is not written like a… ‘Text Book’… but rather like a Mystery. The Mystery of Godliness!
When God choose… His Special People, He gave them His Law, His Precepts, His Statutes and His Ordinances. He did not give then to any other peoples. God wanted all the Nations of the Earth to see how His people were to live and to worship God alone and not idols of stone.
(Deuteronomy 7:7-to-10) Jehovah did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people, for you were the fewest of all people.
(Deut 7:8) But because Jehovah loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn to your fathers, Jehovah has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you out of the house of slaves, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
(Deut 7:9) Therefore, know that Jehovah your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.
(Deut 7:10) And He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slow to repay him who hates Him. He will repay him to his face.
Many are confused… by the Dietary Commands of the Old Testament and think that they apply to us today. Still more argue over worship on Sunday or Saturday. Still others take out of context, some of the commandments to Israel and build a false doctrine restricting something.
During the transition… of Grace, when the predominately Jewish Believing Church came to accept Gentiles into the Kingdom of God, they wrote ‘letters of instruction’ to those new gentile believers. It settled the conflict that had arisen when some of the Jewish Christians said that the Gentile Christians should have circumcision, keep the Jewish dietary regulations and become Jews instead of Gentiles.
(Acts 15:27-28-29) Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who will also announce to you the same things by word.
(Acts 15:28) For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these necessary things:
(Acts 15:29) that you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; from which, if you keep yourselves, you shall do well. Be prospered.
This cleared… the air of conflict between the Jewish Christians and the Gentile Christians. The entire issue of who was a Jew was settled when Titus the Roman ransacked Jerusalem, 70/73 AD when all the Birth Records of Jewish Lineage were destroyed. Furthermore the Scriptures plainly speak to WHO is a Jew and Who is Not!
(Romans 2:28-29) For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that outwardly in flesh;
(Rom 2:29) but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart; in spirit and not in letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.
There are even… some Christian sects that teach that the promise of God to Israel have been given to the New Testament Church. This too is in Error! Obliviously... GOD gave to Israel, the Land... and did not take it back to give now to the Gentiles.
Jesus even spoke… in parables so that they would not take Him as King in rebellion against the Roman government who had been oppressing Israel for years. Israel had all the Goodness that God could give one nation and they still…. Left off from following God and His Words. Time after time in the Old Testament you may see this cycle repeated. Blessing – Rebellion – Persecution – Repentance – Deliverance.
(Luke 8:9-10) And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
(Luke 8:10) And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Even the Gospels… Matthew, Mark, Luke and John do not all contain the same information. Some are confused by that. Most are not really looking for… The Truth. God will not reveal His Truth to those that will Mock Him. The simple Truth can only be revealed to those that are really looking for Truth.
(Jeremiah 29:11-12-13) For I know the purposes which I am purposing for you, says Jehovah; purposes of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
(Jer 29:12) Then you shall call on Me, and you shall go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
(Jer 29:13) And you shall seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Criminals do not… want to find a ‘Police Officer’. Likewise those... that do not ‘really’ want to find God… “Will Not Find Him!”
Thanks for Your EAR! Roger R. //Email// firstname.lastname@example.org