Biblical characters given as example

To build up a good relation with the Divine Creator, the Divine Master Maker Himself provided several people who should be an example for mankind to come closer to God.

The temptation of Adam and Eve

Because of the rebellion against their Maker, the first human beings where cast out of the Garden of Eden, but had their offspring also with the blemish of the consequences of their going wrong. From those two people, Adam and Eve, came forth several people and several nations. They were the beginning of all nations and therefore those the Bible refers to as “one flesh”, Eve coming from the same flesh (Adam’s) and being joined together again in marital/sexual union are really inseparable. They were told to multiply in such a way that the whole world would be populated. That is part of the Plan of God.
Their act of defiance, called “The Fall” by many theologians, is a real bummer because from it comes painful childbirth, weeds in our gardens, many problems, lots of pain and, ultimately, death. Moreover, Adam and Eve’s disobedience introduce fear and alienation into humankind’s formerly perfect relationships with God and one another. As evidence of this alienation, Adam and Eve’s son, Cain, murders his brother, Abel.

Building the Ark (Noah’s Preaching Scorned), by Harry Anderson

After that horrible drama it still not went right and even went so bad that God found it more than enough, and therefore would give man a possibility to return to the right path. But they did not; and therefore God brought a great flood over the whole earth.
Noah and his family where chosen to survive the deluge because Noah was

“the most righteous in his generation.”

and as such should be one of the many good examples to follow. Can you imagine what a faith in that God he could not see, he must have had, to build a giant three-decked wooden box in which he, his family, and a whole bunch of animals would have to come to live when there was going to be a massive flood that God was going to send to destroy humankind for its disobedience. For years he worked on that ark in the desert where so many passed and laughed with him, finding him a big idiot.

From the family of Noah the world of man could start again from anew. Once again God could see people not willing to follow Him but preferring to make themselves other gods and believing in them more.

Abraham Taking Isaac to Be Sacrificed – by Del Parson

In those early times of mankind, early 2nd millennium bce, we can find again a man with incredible faith in his God. Though not perfect, Avram, how he was called first, was called by God to leave his homeland in Mesopotamia to venture to an unknown Promised Land Canaan. The tales of Abraham and his wife Sarah are a roller coaster of dramatic events that repeatedly jeopardize God’s promise. The couple its faith was really tested many times. Ironically, the biggest threat to God’s promise was when God Himself commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham did not hesitate to do what God asked from him, but right before Abraham was going to deliver the fatal blow to his own child, God stopped the sacrifice. As a reward for Abraham’s faith, God fulfils His promise to make Abraham’s descendants a great nation, as Isaac’s son Jacob eventually has 12 sons, whose descendants become the nation of Israel.

In Judaism the promised offspring is understood to be the Jewish people descended from Abraham’s son, Isaac, born of his wife Sarah. Similarly, in Christianity the genealogy of Jesus is traced to Isaac, and Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac is seen as a foreshadowing of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. In Islam it is Ishmael, Abraham’s firstborn son, born of Hagar, who is viewed as the fulfillment of God’s promise, and the Prophet Muhammad is his descendant. {Abraham Hebrew patriarch; André Parrot, Encyclopaedia Britannica}

Moses and the Burning Bushes – by Jerry Thompson

To bring over His messages Jehovah God uses human people who live according His wishes. One of them could see how people where not nicely treated and had to be brought out of the yoke of Egyptian slavery. Raised in the royal palace by Pharaoh’s daughter and her servant, the real mother of Moses, he had to flee Egypt for killing an Egyptian who was beating an Israelite slave. God knowing the heart of man, also knew very well what went on in Moses head and why that murder happened. Though no man can see God and live, Jehovah ‘appeared’ before Moses in a burning bush and told him to return to Egypt to deliver the Israelites from their slavery. Lots of faith in God was demanded from Moses, to meet every time the pharaoh bringing over the message of God, Who would bring a plague to the country. With God’s help, Moses succeeded in his mission, bringing the Israelites to Mount Sinai, where God gave him the Law, including the Ten Commandments.

Moses wrote down also the Words of God on the scrolls or manuscripts which we know today as the Pentateuch or the Torah. It are those books which bring us the history of man, but also bring us a picture how we can build up a good relation with God or how we can destroy such a relation.

That God not only wants to have a relation with us when we are totally good, we can see in many other characters, who also did not have a faultless life. In David, for example, we may  find a character who perpetrates one of the Bible’s most heinous crimes: he committed adultery with a woman named Bathsheba, who was the wife of one of David’s most loyal soldiers, Uriah. Though to cover up the crime, David had the Hittite killed. It was after the prophet Samuel confronted David with his sin, that he came to repent. We may see that God is a forgiving One when people repent, but we should know that sometimes we shall have to bear the punishment like it was for David.
Beyond David’s royal exploits (and indiscretions), he’s credited with writing many of ancient Israel’s worship songs, which you can read in the Book of Psalms.
He was is Israel’s second and greatest king and it is out of his lineage an other prophet and king would be born and would bring salvation to the world.

Several other prophets warned people about their lifestyle and how they had to prepare for great days to come. Because many people liked worshipping multiple gods many prophets tried to have them to worship Only One True God.
In order to prove to the Israelites that the Elohim Hashem Jehovah God is the Only True God, the prophet Elijah gathered the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel, where for the main event each deity was given a pile of wood with a bull on it. The god who could produce fire and consume the sacrifice would be called the greatest and win. Baal went first, and for half the day his prophets danced, shouted, sang, and even cut themselves in order to convince their god to answer Elijah’s challenge. When their efforts failed, Elijah prayed to Jehovah God, who immediately brought fire down from the sky to consume the sacrifice. The Israelites rededicated themselves to This Incredible God who listens to people and gives answers to people, and they killed the prophets who deceived them into worshipping Baal.

Isaiah Writes of Christ’s Birth (The Prophet Isaiah Foretells Christ’s Birth), by Harry Anderson

A later figure of importance is the man who with many of his prophecies inspired hope for eventual peace and righteousness on earth. Several of these prophecies were later understood by Christians to be predictions of Jesus, including the birth of Immanuel; the coming of the Prince of Peace, as quoted in Handel’s Messiah; and the suffering of God’s “Servant” for the sins of his people.
That prophet (Isaiah) spoke about a servant and sent one from God, the son of man, coming from the lineage or seed of king David, who can be considered as the most important prophet. It was the Nazarene Jew Jeshua, the ben haElohim or son of God, better known today as Jesus Christ.
He is the one who told many stories and parables so that people could come to know how to live and how to prepare themselves for the Great Day of Judgement that is going to come.
He is also the best example to follow, him being the way to God and the one showing and opening the door to the Kingdom of God.

All the above mentioned characters are only a few of the many presented in the Bible. In that Book of books we may find many men and women who can be brought forward as people of God, having done things we can learn from. Many of them were obedient to God’s commands throughout their life, some even risking their life, like Esther. Other’s their family story, like Hosea‘s, was a metaphor for God’s relationship with Israel.

In stories like the one of Jonah we can see how much better it is to listen to God. And that listening can be done by reading the most precious Book of books, the Bible.
With over 66 books of Scripture, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament, covering thousands of years of history, the Bible makes mention of hundreds of people either in great detail and gives others just a passing mention. From all those spoken off we can learn, the same as we can learn by looking around us and by comparing what is written, in the Bible, about such occasions we encounter in our daily life.

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When there is a relationship with God there is a possibility to grow

How do people want to grow and come closer to the Real God

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Additional reading

  1. The real God
  2. Creation of the earth and man #1 Planet for living beings in a pre-Adamic world
  3. The 1st Adam in the Hebrew Scriptures #4 The Fall
  4. No man is capable of self-improvement on his own
  5. Disobedient man and God’s promises
  6. Old language to confirm the promises
  7. A voice and a Word given for wisdom
  8. Necessity of a revelation of creation 5 Getting understanding by Word of God 3
  9. Necessity of a revelation of creation 6 Getting understanding by Word of God 4
  10. Jehovah God Maker of the entire universe served by a well-trained army
  11. Men who believed and had faith in a Higher Power they could not see
  12. Today’s thought “As wax melts before the fire” (February 5)
  13. Today’s thought “The Land promised and fear of man” (April 18)
  14. Today’s Thought “The whole earth is full of his glory” (May 16)
  15. Today’s Thought “The earth shall be full of …” (May 21)
  16. Today’s thought “Being made prosperous and numerous on conditions” (May 13)
  17. When believing in God’s existence and His son, possessing a divine legislation
  18. On the Edge of Believing
  19. The Exodus Story: History or Myth?
  20. Bamidbar (In the Wilderness)
  21. Adar 6, Matan Torah remembering the giving of Torah
  22. Looking at the time when the Torah was given
  23. The Abrahamic Covenant and Seed of Abraham
  24. Keturah concubine of patriarch Abraham
  25. Ishmael not merely “laughing” but “Issac-ing”
  26. The Son can do nothing of his own accord
  27. Redemption #7 Christ alive in the faithful
  28. Souls and Religions with Nirvana and light
  29. Memorizing wonderfully 2 Biblical Reasons to Memorize Scripture
  30. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  31. When having taken a new direction in life, having become a Christian

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Further related reading

  1. By the Grace of God I am
  2. Makeda, Queen of Sheba
  3. The Mother of Moses: Preaching my essay to myself this morning
  4. More Like Martha: 4 Lessons I Never Heard in Sunday School
  5. What are the Lessons You Can Learn from the Life of Jabez?
  6. 5 Amazing Lessons You can Learn from the Life of the Apostle Philip

How do people want to grow and come closer to the Real God

In this world we see lots of religious groups and can find lots of people they believe in god/God. But we can wonder in which god or God they believe. The majority seems to believe in an other god than the God of the Bible. That god of the Holy Books is a Singular Spirit Being, though the god of the majority of Christians is for example a three-headed god who at moments does not know everything and can not do everything. The opposite, the God of the Bible is an All-knowing God Who is able to do everything. It is a god Who cannot be seen by man, who also can do nothing to Him. The god of those so called Christians is a god who was seen by many (though they did not fall death) and could be killed by man. This should have many wondering more about that non-eternal god who even did not know when he would be coming back or when the end-times would come. That last bit though being of very importance, because than it would be too late for people to change of idea or to come to God.

Jesus told many parables where he showed how careful we have to be not to miss the boat. He warned with his stories how when not being attentive we can miss his return and even worse miss our chances to enter the small gate of the Kingdom of God. Sharp-eyed we should be looking for the signs of that times to come.

In the capitalist world people come more under pressure and with many modern tools and electronic gadgets lots of people are drawn away from the Eternal Divine Creator God. People have become convinced they themselves can create the world how they want it and can do whatever looks best for them, to make them richer. The majority came to love the world and want to be full part of that world, they think they can manage and control.

In this world not many are willing to confess with their mouth the sent one from God who came to save the world. Not many are willing to believe that man would have been taken out of the dead. they should know we are given a chance to be saved.

Romans 10:9 UKJV That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in yours heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.

The majority do not want to see how Jesus is that “sent one from God” by whom we can come closer to God because he is the way to God.

John 14:6-7 UKJV Jesus says unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. (7) If all of you had known me, all of you should have known my Father also: and from henceforth all of you know him, and have seen him.

God provided the Book of books to guide us and to allow us to grow in knowledge of God and of Christ. But not many people are interested in taking up those books and to read them. They prefer to follow their own traditions and if they want to believe and go to church, they prefer to go to a church where not to much of their free time is taken up and where they do not have to listen to much of those old writings. How more entertainment there is given in their church how more they love it. Readings from Scripture are of no interest to them.

Jonah and the giant fish in the Jami’ al-tawarikh (c. 1400), Metropolitan Museum of Art

Also concerning doing something for God and Christ not many feel called to take steps to go preaching about bad or good times and about the Kingdom of God. Some who may hear something, do more like Jonah, who instead of going to Nineveh to preach the Word, as God bade him, disliked the work, and went down to Joppa to escape from it. At all times there have been occasions when God’s servants shrank from duty or even went to teach other things than the Scriptural matters, because those things were much more liked and got more attention. That should remind us of Demas who could have been  a potential champion in the New Testament. He travelled and ministered with Paul on several missionary campaigns. At the moment he was most needed by Paul, the waffling man bolted and sought pleasure over sacrifice; temporal delight over eternal gain. Had he stayed the course in faithfulness his name would be held in high esteem today, but now we see that he was disgraced.

In this world we can see many people who say they are Christian but have taken an other god than Jesus. For many Jesus is their god and blinded by human doctrines they do not manage to hear the words of Jesus when he tells about what he is doing and by Whose Power he is doing all those incredible things.

Many people also want to reap their own deeds, like Jonah did, being filled with their own ways. Instead of playing the Jonah, man should better listen to the Words of God and to the words of His many messengers and prophets, like Moses, Abraham, Isaiah and Jesus. Unless you wish to have all the waves and the billows rolling over your head.

By listening to those words, notated in the Holy Scriptures we are given the opportunity to learn more about all those who worked for God and can come to see and learn how we too can come closer to God, like they also came very close to God.

It is by our willingness to read those ancient books, and by following those words for what they tell, and not for what human beings like theologians want people to believe there should be written, that we can come to understand how everything fits the Plan of God and how we can find the Only Real God Who is One and not two or three.

From history we should know that it is man’s pride which always has brought his fall down. From looking at man’s evolution we should learn about the rise and fall of historic civilisations and what it tells us about our own growth.

Collapse can be defined as a rapid and enduring loss of population, identity and socio-economic complexity. Public services crumble and disorder ensues as government loses control of its monopoly on violence.

Virtually all past civilisations have faced this fate. Some recovered or transformed, such as the Chinese and Egyptian. Other collapses were permanent, as was the case of Easter Island. Sometimes the cities at the epicentre of collapse are revived, as was the case with Rome. In other cases, such as the Mayan ruins, they are left abandoned as a mausoleum for future tourists. {Are We On The Road To Civilization Collapse?}

Those living in the beginning of the 21st century should come to see that they are the ones living in a time spoken about on several occasions in the Scriptures. The Book of books warns us for these times, and it is up to us to see it or to ignore it.

And while our scale may now be global, collapse appears to happen to both sprawling empires and fledgling kingdoms alike. There is no reason to believe that greater size is armour against societal dissolution. Our tightly-coupled, globalised economic system is, if anything, more likely to make crisis spread. {Are We On The Road To Civilization Collapse?}

Man should come to see that he made a mess of it all. He got the right to handle the creation and to show god that he could manage and govern it rightly. Man had doubted God His position to Master it all. Now it is getting high time we come to agree that God is the Most Righteous to govern the universe.

People became increasingly specialised but also very disconnected from the production of food and basic goods. They thought they could play for God, and many did feel as if they were  god. There disrespect for God’s creation made that they even did not come to see how they were destroying their own universe.

Think of civilisation as a poorly-built ladder. As you climb, each step that you used falls away. A fall from a height of just a few rungs is fine. Yet the higher you climb, the larger the fall. Eventually, once you reach a sufficient height, any drop from the ladder is fatal. {Are We On The Road To Civilization Collapse?}

Many passed the Jacob’s ladder and most people got blinded by the many theories from scientists and theologians, instead of listening to the Words written down in the Book of books and showing proper respect for the divine Creator and His creation.

Reflecting about how everything came into being and how so many things went wrong, showing a willingness to listen to what is written in the bible, people can come to know the Only One True God. And that is what we all should do urgently!

It is God’s Will that each individual shows were his or her heart wants to be and if he or she is willing to accept the Eternal Elohim Hashem Jehovah as the Only One true God.

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Tri-union gods and Pagan, Christian, Muslim and Jewish views on the Creator God

A King who wanted to extol a King above all kings

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Additional reading

  1. Creator and Blogger God 9 A Blog of a Book 3 Blog about Prophecy
  2. Science, belief, denial and visibility 1
  3. Only One God
  4. God is one
  5. Is there no ‘proof’ for God? (And why that statement is not as smart as you might think.)
  6. 3rd question: Does there exist a Divine Creator
  7. A 1st reply to the 4th Question Who is God 2 A Singular Supreme Spirit Being
  8. Trinity matter
  9. Denominationalism exists because?
  10. Americans their stars, pretension, God, Allah and end of times signs #1 Abrahamic religions
  11. Americans their stars, pretension, God, Allah and end of times signs #2 War on God’s Plan, Name and title
  12. Back from gone #2 Aim of godly people
  13. Back from gone #4 Your inner feelings and actions
  14. Responsibility bigger than those who talk about worldly matters
  15. Prophecies over coming days
  16. Honest-hearted people are losing faith in humanity and humanity losing faith in God
  17. Decrease in church attendance not only a recent feature #3 The German Scare
  18. Do you really know what you say you believe in?
  19. Entrance of a king to question our position #2 Who do we want to see and to be
  20. Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
  21. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  22. People Seeking for God 6 Strategy
  23. People Seeking for God 7 The Lord and lords
  24. O God, How Long? ~ Psalm 74
  25. Responsibility bigger than those who talk about worldly matters

When there is a relationship with God there is a possibility to grow

When we are looking for some one for having a good or close relationship with, we can assure you the best one to have a good relationship with is the Most High Divine Creator God Who made it possible for you to be here in the first place.

Having a relationship with Him is a requirement for each living soul (human being). The divine Maker of all things wants His creatures to be connected with Him and to have a loving relationship with them as a Father – son relationship, or even more or stronger.

Many people may feel very lonely in this world. Many may also feel very empty.

Emptiness in our heart is the lack of fulfilment in being a set apart or sacred being in the universe. Normally each human being is, from the beginning of times, written in the Book of Life and Death. In that book are all the names of those who shall live and die and of those who shall be able to live again after they died, but also of those who shall have to face their second death after they were taken out of the dead to come before the judgement stool of the returned Jesus Christ.

In this world we are placed and have to find ways to live. We can feel very bad in it or be very happy in it. Though it must be said that there are people whatever they try to do they do not seem to find happiness nor luck or find success in what they are trying to fulfil.

You should know when you feel empty, when you feel a great big void like a very deep well or big hole, then it probably is that there is not yet that light which is available for you too.
You may think there is nothing that can fill that hole, but there really is. There is even such Supreme Being that on top of the hole can build a mountain so high that you shall be able to look down at this terrible word and wonder why you did not see it earlier or did not find Him earlier.

It is never too late to go for Him. Go and find the One Who is the Only One Who is much stronger and grater than any man on this earth or any being in the universe.

Though no man can see Him, He is the Most Powerful, the Mightiest of all. He is also the One Who can give everything you need: fulfilled hope and luck.

If you feel emptiness in your soul He is the One to look for. He is the One Who makes it possible to be found.
But to find Him one must do something.
One has to be willing to find God and therefore to open the mind and heart and let Him to come into the personal being.
One has to let Him fill the heart with the warmth and knowledge of His Word.

Let Him fill your heart and soul, i.e. your whole being, and you shall become richer and richer (in spirit) by the day.

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When there is a God is it possible to relate to Him

Life and an assembly of books

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Additional reading

  1. Creation purpose and warranty
  2. Luck
  3. Experiencing God
  4. Standing within proximity of the glory of God
  5. A Living Faith #10: Our manner of Life #2
  6. Let not sin reign in your mortal body
  7. Sharing the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge
  8. Divine Plan and an Imperfect creation
  9. Not about personal salvation but about a bigger Plan
  10. Preparing for the Kingdom
  11. A way to prepare for the Kingdom
  12. The fear of the Lord
  13. Man’s own fault and the choice to flee from fear
  14. Best intimate relation to look for
  15. Own Private Words to bring into a good relationship
  16. Illuminating our minds and watching out
  17. Why think that (4) … God would reveal himself in words
  18. Being in tune with God
  19. Understanding God’s Wrath
  20. God’s never-ending stream of much-needed mercies
  21. This was my reward
  22. Bring praise to the Creator
  23. Not staying alone in your search for truth
  24. Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #5 Mortality of man and mortality of the spirit

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Further related articles

  1. . When Will “Better” Get Here .
  2. The Discipline of Secrecy
  3. Lovingkindness
  4. What’s Love Got to Do With It?
  5. Four Choices
  6. relationship, not religion
  7. Can’t or won’t?
  8. Daily Thoughts from Exodus: Divine Direction
  9. Persevere
  10. Forgiveness Thursday – God Fulfills
  11. Ask the Lord to Stand with You
  12. Hope and Faith
  13. Advent Reflection: Finding Hope in the Storm
  14. love pact
  15. The Love of God
  16. Three ideas for reading the Bible
  17. Is What I’m Doing Enough?
  18. It should never be about us…
  19. Proverbs 15: God Misses Nothing
  20. Departed God
  21. When serving God makes no sense
  22. Whispers of God…
  23. Having Faith in Faith
  24. Pleasing God
  25. Trust & Relationship
  26. What If Today Is Your Last Day?
  27. second death

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When there is a God is it possible to relate to Him

When wondered about a godhead and having come to the conclusion that there must be a Divine Creator or Supreme Being that surpasses all human and animal beings, we may question if it is possible for us to have a relationship with that Higher Being.

What does it take to begin a relationship with God?

With people around us we may have an idea how we can start a relationship with them, but what about God?

Do we have to wait until something serious happens in our life? Many do that, but is that the right way? Do they not miss a lot because they too late became in a relationship with their God?

Is it necessary to enjoy yourself a lot or to get in trance to come closer to that god or the God?

Or should we spend more time to ourselves or to taking part in religious activities? Or is it necessary to devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds?

Do we first have to become a better person, whatever that might entail, so that God will accept us?

The bible used by Abraham Lincoln for his oath...
The bible used by Abraham Lincoln for his oath of office during his first inauguration in 1861, turned to the page signed by the clerk of the Supreme Court, William Thomas Carroll, attesting that the book was used for Lincoln’s oath of office, and impressed with the seal of the Supreme Court. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We can ask a thousand questions and look for many answers. We might go looking in lots of books and places to find answers. Though we should know we do not have to go far. God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him. In God His Word, the Bible, is explained what happened to mankind, how the relationship was broken and how the relationship was and can be restored.

Does that God hide or is it our pride which makes that we do not want to see and know Him?

Should we have to ask Him first a proof of His identity? do we not need some certification or a security that we do have to do with God? Do we need His sign and his reassurance first before we can come to Him? Should we not know first of all that we are speaking with the right person?

Is it in response to a power displayed, that we should start looking for a relationship with God?

In the following articles you might find why it is necessary to build a relationship with God and how you can personally begin such a relationship with God, right now…

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie:  Als er een God bestaat is het mogelijk om een relatie met Hem op te bouwen

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Some interesting articles to read

  1. Do You Know Him?
  2. Why does God hide
  3. God’s Attribute of Invisibility
  4. Is That You, God? Can I See Some Identification, Please?
  5. It’s Not Them, It’s You
  6. Too Proud To Follow God
  7. Chavakuk: Relationship with God
  8. Guard Your Relationship With God
  9. God Is Your Home
  10. Nooks and crannies
  11. Proverbs 15:2 ” The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. “
  12. Let Us Not Take For Granted..
  13. Rise and fall
  14. Being True to God
  15. Are You In The Habit of Daily Bible Reading?
  16. Hungry
  17. My House Will. Will Yours?
  18. Does God Make You Suffer?
  19. Who you calling “meek”?
  20. Did You Need The Reminder: Be Strong And Courageous!
  21. Heart Call
  22. Come and See: Sermon by Keith, 1.22.17
  23. #JustThinking | Why worship?
  24. The Goodness of God
  25. He Loved Us First: The Difference That Makes
  26. Where does eternity begin?

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Weebly and WordPress Relating to God site analytics for 2016

Relating to God Weebly site False doctrine page 20160309In March 2016 we created on Weebly a website to talk about man’s relationship with God. After we had done all the placing of pages and came to the contact form and placing of a Gravatar for the replies, we were brought to WordPress where we not only could choose a Gravatar but also got an offer for a free blog. This way next to our website “Relating to God” came “Relating to God blog” into existence on March the 9th 2016.

Relating to God Weebly site Blog page on its starting day 2016 03 09
Relating to God Weebly site Blog page on its starting day 2016 03 09

For us it was an interesting experiment, knowing that certain platforms or blog systems generate more or less visitors. As such placing the identical articles and pages on both platform could give us some good overview and get us to know what would be the best platform or system to blog.

About handiness or easiness for publishing, for sure it is WordPress that gains. When looking at the analytics from Weebly, Google and WordPress the cyphers should give us a good indication, we would say, though we had an other impression. So we shall have to see how it goes in 2017.

relating-to-god-blog-wp-2016-religious-people-abscence-living-waterFor 2016 the Weebly site and blog has given us 933 sessions with 1 553 views for 699 users. This is much better than what we could get on WordPress. Here on WordPress we only reached 237 views from 135 visitors for the 58 articles published. Though we must confess from our own Christadelphian and on other sites, links are mostly made to Weebly, which also generates more readers from such links in articles referring to us.

relating-to-god-blog-wp-2016-revolt-against-authority-bibleHaving this blog, being it a blog, makes it as a website also containing a diary or journal on a particular subject, it indicates also that this WordPress site shall contain online ‘personal’ reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks, videos, and photographs provided by us, in opposition to the Weebly site where less hyperlinks shall be placed and no guest-authors shall be writing on it. Here you might find such writings by others. You can consider this blog a website that shall display postings by us but also by other individuals in chronological order and presenting links to comments on specific postings as well as presenting links to other articles on the specific subjects. You also could consider this blog an Internet-based support group that want to share information about a particular topic, e.g., the way of looking for God, the way to come to, find and  meet God.

This blog shall also present a journal giving you an idea of the developments of our journaling and our way to reach people, showing them the Way to God.

Here on the WordPress site or blog, it shall also be much easier for the readers to react.

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A WordPress weblog with the TwentyTen theme, as rendered by Epiphany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some blogs may attract large followings and are monetized through advertisements and in other ways, but we do not receive any money form advertisements, though we have also no money to pay for an advertisement free webspace. As of 2007, there were more than 100 million blogs worldwide and we are just a very little one in the mass presenting not a very popular subject. Though we are convinced the matter is too important to be left in silence. Our master teacher Jesus Christ also gave his followers the task to go out and preach. Therefore we want to go out in the world and let our voice be heard about the coming Kingdom of God. Any support is more than welcome.

All the previous mentioned elements makes this platform going to develop a little bit different than the website, so we are very curious how the ciphers will show up after some time. It shall be worth it to compare the analytics for the blog and the Weebly site in the following years and to see how both evolve and shall be able to generate a public.

As a web log, an online, regularly updated journal or newsletter that is readily accessible to the general public by virtue of being posted on a website, we do hope we may receive more visitors and have more views in the following years.

It is known that many bloggers reach relatively few readers and discuss matters of largely personal interest. We too with this blog present a very specific subject of no particular interest by the mainstream population.

On this blog there shall not be a place for political matters or businesses matters, and we would think normally on this site we shall not go into the matters of the day. For such writings we are pleased that we shall have other places to bring our opinion. As such you shall be able to find some of our writings also on the Belgian Christadelphian Ecclesia site and the Flemish Brethren site (Broeders in Christus) in English and Dutch, the “Messiah for all” site as well on other places like at the Belgian Bible students, the Biblescholars site Bijbelvorsers, on Stepping Toes and on the lifestyle magazine and readers digest From Guestwriters.

It is at the two magazines Stepping Toes and From Guestwriters that we, like other bloggers shall have at times broken important news stories or marshalled public opinions to utter on a matter of public interest. We do hope we may find you there as a reader of our and of the other authors as well.

Welcomeword by Christadelphians
Welcomeword by Christadelphians

Like we are going to write on others their blog some authors shall present their messages also here on this blog, but not on our Weebly site. As such you shall be able to find writings from the Christadelphians who opened this site with “Welcome to this WordPress site” and further presented in 2016 “A King who wanted to extol a King above all kings“.

At this blog you also may find writings by our Guestspeaker, who also shall present some interesting articles from the net and various guestwriters or re-blogged articles.

For the first year he presented the articles “Religious people and painful absence of spring of living water“, “Revolt against the Authority of the Bible” and “The Bible’s View of Itself“.

Article by Marcus Ampe, responsible for the Belgian Christadelphians and several websites
Article by Marcus Ampe, responsible for the Belgian Christadelphians and several websites

Last but not least you also may find articles by the responsible elder of the Belgian Christadelphians, brother Marcus Ampe. He presented the Dutch counterparts of the Weebly site and when necessary shall give some extra information or announcements.

We kindly invite you also to have a look at our About page and its following pages and see how we as a preaching organisation for you are able to help you.

We sincerely hope you might like our Aims, which should motivate you to go deeper into the matter of a godhead and the Real Only One True God and His sent one, the Messiah Jeshua or Jesus Christ, who as son of God we do hope you shall come to recognise as your Saviour and as the Way to God.

Let our writing inspire you further  in the coming year and arouse you to read the Bible more intensive from 2017 onwards.

In the hope to find you reading more of our articles,we wish you all the best for 2017.

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2016 March 9 Beginning of Relating to God

Welcome to this WordPress site

Relating to God is it possible

A Start for looking at the unseen and the treasure to look forward to

For Dutch speaking readers #1 On the first component of a triptych

and find our About page and following pages

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Additional reading

  1. From Bibles and other religious writings and those who witness for Jehovah
  2. Bijbelvorser Review of Five Years on WordPress
  3. Belgian Biblestudents website 2016 in review
  4. From Guestwriters 2016 in review
  5. Messiah for all + 2016 statistics
  6. Do not forget the important sign of belief
  7. Not staying alone in your search for truth
  8. Created to live in relation with God
  9. Call unto God so that He can answer you

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  23. 2016 Retrospective
  24. Where did you go, 2016?!
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  27. Joy in 2016

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Tri-union gods and Pagan, Christian, Muslim and Jewish views on the Creator God

Yesterday we looked at those who have questions about God and how the Christadelphians try to give them an answer and offer a platform where questions can be asked.

When you look at the world of those who claim that they worship the True God, we may find Jews, Christians and Muslims. Though by the Christians and Mohammedans questions may arise. Next to Christianity we can see Christendom where there are people who call themselves Christian, and often consider themselves part of Christianity, though do not really follow the teachings of Christ (the Kristos) Jesus, whose original name is Jeshua from Nazareth, from the tribe of king David. Those so called Christians do believe in a tri-une god, like before the time of Jesus there have been also many others who believed in some three-une or three-headed gods, but of which the Bible say that they are false gods and that there is Only One True God, the God of Israel, Who is One (and as such not two, three, eight or more).

trinity-doctrine-found-in-most-pagan-religionsOf those trinitarians there are who do not seem to know about other three-headed gods, and others who claim that their tri-union god is different because he would be having all the same qualities in each personality. Though than then they do seem to miss that the god they claim to be omnipotent, omnipresent, and as omniscient all knowing, at certain points said he did not know it, though they claim he would never lie. If god knows everything (what God does) and Jesus would be God than Jesus would know when he would come back, he would know when the end-times are, he would know who would be saved, he would know who would be seated next to him, he would know he is a spirit, though he clearly stated he is no spirit and does not know all those matters, because it is only known to the Spirit God, Who has no beginning, can not be tempted, can not be done any thing by man, can not die, though Jesus was tempted many times, was killed by man (or faked his death), was three days in hell (not exactly a place for God to be), was taken out of the dead (God never be able to be death would not exactly be under the dead, is it not?), would have been taken in to the heaven to come to sit next to God (though when Jesus is God then he would sit on his own throne never next to himself but at the place of himself).

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Dattatreya or Dattā, deity by people from India and Nepal, having Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in him

Those Christians who think their tri-union god or tri-une godhead is different than the other three-headed gods, like several tri-une Hindu gods (a.o. Brahma, Trisiras and Dattatreya);

Triglav - a Slav three-headed warrior god
Triglav – a Slav three-headed warrior god

or European Slav and Celtic gods like Ambisagrus or Jupiter Optimus Maximus, Nantosuelta, goddess of nature, the earth, fire, and fertility in Gaul, Triglav the three-headed warrior god, or Thor, should think twice and compare the attributes contributed to those gods and theirs, which seem to be very similar.
In several pagan religions we do find a trinity with a god father or god mother, a god son or a god word and a god spirit or god light or god thought or soul.

The Bible also speaks of such trinitarian gods like Nimrod. The Word of the One True God calls him

“a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah”

We can see that in 4th C.C.E., at the Council of Nicea of Constantine Christendom simply picked up the idea of tri-une gods to win over the pagans. They suddenly made YHWH Jehovah, Jesus and the Holy Spirit 3 persons in one godhead.

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Tri-une Hindu god who is considered the creator god, but also by other groups has four faces. He is also known as Svayambhu (self-born), Vāgīśa (Lord of Speech), and the creator of the four Vedas, one from each of his mouths

Question is if tri-une gods like the creator god Brahma or the Indian Mandhata represent the same Creator God Jehovah, but just under an other name?

Maybe similarities between Kama and Cupid, Vishwakarma and Vulcan and Indra and Zeus may lead many to hastily conclude that Hindu mythology is similar to Greek mythology. It is said that the Greeks believed in polytheism, the belief in many gods, but many Hindus say they believe in one god and as such should belong to monotheism. For them like for trinitarian Christians their god is one god who appears in different forms. For Hindu religious people their one god shows the world the different aspects of the supreme Brahmanthe supreme existence or absolute reality, avatars or incarnation of this deity on earth, like certain Christians take Jesus as the incarnation of their god or of their supreme being. In the earliest Vedic literature, all supernatural beings are called Asuras, mythological lord beings. in the Vedic religion of India and in later Hinduism, one of many gods, often roughly divided into sky, air, and earth divinities on the basis of their identification with the forces of nature. In the pantheistic systems that emerged by the Late Vedic period, the devas became subordinate to the one supreme being. 

We can see that those who want to defend the Trinity search for their answers in a lot of philosophical human tangle of thought, like in the article “The Trinity Logically Defended” where they go into numerology (a thought of man) instead of using God’s Word to show their way of thinking would be right. The writer Renassault, at Reasoned ruminations, claims the other tri-une gods may not exist whilst his tri-une god exist, though he does not evince it at all, nor does he give any proof the other deities would not exist. For him moreover, the philosopher who popularized Nominalism to the present day, the  medieval French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician Peter Abelard, considered the past and future to be just as non-existent universals as numbers, so do we have to accept that the past nor the future exist? And what has this to do with the reality of a tri-une god or with the existence of the Real One God who created the being and the elements man uses to divide time?

The writer of the above mentioned article The Trinity Logically Defended says he is not arguing that what he says proves there must have been a God who created everything/something at all. But he writes

I’m only pointing out that the answer is the same logically consistent answer as how the Trinity can be true and non-contradictory. If the cause that originated the universe was eternal, why did it create the universe in this way? Randomly and arbitrarily you say? But if there were an infinite number of possible random variations, like Zeno’s Paradox, how was one even “picked”? {The Trinity Logically Defended}

For him the answer of it all lies in or deals with the Trinity. He also does not seem to believe man would ever be able to follow God’s commandments. With that thinking he implies God demanded from the start something He knew man would never be able to keep, which makes of this God a very cruel God.

For that writer the God

Father is the source of the Trinity and the Son and Spirit both have their source in the Father, yet without a point in time being created. The three person all have the same Will—that of the Father, they cannot contradict each other, or operate independently, they only do the Father’s will. {The Trinity Logically Defended}

In many other faiths where they worship a three headed god they also claim their gods being from the same source and having the equal powers, having the same will. He claims his tri-union god cannot contradict each other though we see Jesus claiming God is greater than him, which would be a contradiction if Jesus is that same God. At one point Jesus also prays to God and says that he wants that the Will of God shall be done and not his (Jesus) will. In case Jesus is God it shall always God’s or his will.

Nowhere does he proof that

Christ also confesses He has a second another will–that of a human. {The Trinity Logically Defended}

In several defences of those who believe in a tri-une god, we never come to see a real logical explanation or a real clear Biblical explanation of that three-headed construction. Having another will than that of God would make the god those trinitarians adhere not having a god of the same will, like the other trinitarian gods in polytheism.

A monotheist religion should only be called this way when it really has one (mono) god as the main figure to be worshipped. Jews, Christians and Muslims claim to be part of the monotheist religions.

It is not bad to have a look at what those religions teach about their God. At the end of 2016 two websites got to see the light of this world. One tries to look at the God of the Muslim world in comparison to the God of the Christian world. That new site, dares to pose many questions and wants people to look at possible answers many communities offer for the questions which are on many believers and non-believers lips. Questiontime-Vragenuurtje is there for you to ask your questions and to go in dialogue. A Lastige Vragensteller or a Troublesome Inquirer takes the floor and shall bring quotes for the Quran as well as the Christian Bible to put answers from Scriptures in the spotlight.

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Some of the vital questions already posed are:

  1. The first question: Why do we live
  2. 2nd question: What or where is the beginning
  3. 3rd question: Does there exist a Divine Creator
  4. Is there no ‘proof’ for God? (And why that statement is not as smart as you might think.)

and some of the answers already posed:

  1. Looking for answers on the question Is there a God #1 Many gods
  2. Looking for answers on the question Is there a God #2 Pantheon of gods and celebrations
  3. Have no other gods besides Me
  4. Nature Is A Reflection Of God

Immanuel Verbondskind looks at the difference between the Jewish tradition and Christian faith and the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Who according to the Holy Scriptures was also the God of rabbi Jeshua, Jesus Christ and his disciples, though the tri-une god of many Christians would never be the God of the Jews.

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Immanuel started at his site to explain that having the name Immanuel does not mean that person is God.  After having looked at “Called Immanuel does not mean to be Jesus being God” he opened with a series on how to read the Holy Scriptures, this with the idea that to come to know the Real True God and to find out who Jesus really is, he thinks it is “Best to read and study the Bible

Immanuel Verbondskind shall look at the teaching of the different Christian denominations and compare them to the teachings of the Jewish rabbi Jeshua, better know today as Jesus Christ. Jesus and his disciples their knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures plays an important role in how shall be looked at the distortions which may have come into Christendom. Immanuel shall take those basic Judaic Scriptures and examine what the chosen pupils of Jesus made out of it and what they wrote down in the Messianic Scriptures, better known by many Christians as the New Testament. He shall not be averse to look at Jewish traditions and other Jewish literature or theological works, comparing it with Christian theological works and Christian traditions to find out how they fit in the way of thinking of the Messiah Jeshua, the Christ Jesus.

Both new blogs should be a good asset to come to know the divine Creator and to come to know how Jehovah God relates to Jesus and Jesus to the world.

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A Start for looking at the unseen and the treasure to look forward to

Relating to God is it possible

Can you question the existence of God

Are there certain books essential to come to faith

A King who wanted to extol a King above all kings

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  1. Christadelphian Yuku Platform
  2. Trinity matter
  3. Questiontime-Vragenuurtje
  4. Immanuel Verbondskind

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Additional reading

  1. Only One God
  2. God is only One
  3. Attributes to God
  4. Glory of only One God Who gives His Word
  5. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  6. Christianity without the Trinity
  7. Hellenistic influences
  8. Germanic mythological influences up to today’s Christmas celebrations
  9. Our World: Jewish and Christian traditions of elders
  10. Denominationalism exists because?
  11. Silence, devotion, Salafists, quietists, weaponry, bombings, books, writers and terrorists
  12. Jesus three days in hell
  13. Eostre, Easter, White god, chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and metaphorical resurrection
  14. Revelation 1:8 – Who is Speaking?
  15. How did the Trinity Doctrine Develop
  16. History of the acceptance of a three-in-one God
  17. Altered to fit a Trinity
  18. It happened on May 2 295
  19. 1691 years ago on June the 20th in 325
  20. Necessity of a revelation of creation 2 Organisation of a system of things
  21. Framework and vehicle for Christian Scholasticism and loss of confidence
  22. How Did Jesus Become White? By Richard Stockton
  23. Problems correspondents have with the Trinity Doctrine

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Further reading
  1. Three-headed gods
  2. Three Headed Hindu God Shiva :Tri Mukhi Hindu Lord Mahadev
  3. Lakshmi Maa
  4. Triglav – The Three Headed God
  5. Pokristjanjevanje alpskih Slovanov
  6. Is God comprised of three persons, or is He just one person?
  7. The Trinity: paganism or Christianity?
  8. The History of the Development of the Trinity Doctrine
  9. Trinity And Pagan Influence
  10. James White and John 1:1 Regarding “Was”
  11. John 1:1,2 – The Word was Mighty
  12. John 4:26 – EGO EIMI and Jesus’ Claim to be the Messiah
  13. Luke 1:35 and the Trinity
  14. The Real Reasons for Not Believing the Trinity
  15. The God of Jesus
  16. Questions for those who believe in the Trinity
  17. “If God Exists”
  18. Who Created God and What Existed Before Him
  19. The Trinity Logically Defended
  20. Christianity – Nature of God
  21. A Perfect Example of Acedia
  22. Edward Gibbon on religion in the Roman Empire
  23. The Lie of White Identity
  24. Njord God of… Fire?
  25. Henotheology!
  26. Twelfth Night & Wassail
  27. Christmas: a miracle of understanding
  28. Merry Christmas 2016
  29. Surah 16:71 – How Could The Creator Be Compared to created?
  30. How is that God? Objections and Responses to the Argument From Change
  31. Reblog: Many Gods

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Can you question the existence of God

The Question Is What Is the Question?
The Question Is What Is the Question? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may wonder if there really exist a God. You have all reason to question His existence and to check if you are feeling right or thinking the right way. We are even  requested to examine our own faith. It is important to know what you want to believe, what you want to take for the truth.

Lots of people  are looking for answers in their life. Many of them also have an inner feeling that sometimes frightens them. They do not know where to look at for what is troubling their inner soul.

They might think others have a catchphrase, a cliché, or a phrase to throw around lightly, but all should know that the matter of the Divine Creator is not something to take light hearted. It is serious business.

All people should know that we were created in the image of the Divine Creator for a good reason. We are expected to have fellowship with Him. But we also must know that from the beginning the great deceiver himself was there – doing everything he could to separate us from our Creator and from each other. It is that adversary which troubles our hearts and makes us wandering about on this globe where we can see so much trouble and suffering, all because so many are not living according to the wishes of the Most Divine and by doing so they are making a mess of it.

But then Who is that Most Divine? Who is that Divine Creator? Who is the Originator of everything what we see around us?

That are good questions we should pose ourselves.

We have all reason to wonder if there really can exist Some One Who can heal the brokenhearted and set captives free. [Psalm 34:17-18 and John 8:36]. And if He really can move mountains and change lives [Psalm 97:5 and Colossians 3], or can cause the rise and fall of nations [Psalm 33: 8-12].

Do you know there is even a place where you can ask such questions or have your thoughts running free. On the net there is a message board or forum where your questions are welcome.

Christadelphian Forum (started August 2016)

While there is no quick fix, God’s Word is clear and the message is simple.

At the place Christadelpian where many people may exchange ideas easily hopefully many will bring forth some good subjects also. To start off the following opening articles can be found

  1. Welcome to Christadelphian
  2. Places of interest to get more knowledge about God
  3. Places of interest to get more knowledge about God
  4. Christadelphian a Christian
  5. A god, The God and gods
  6. How do you look at religion
  7. What or which god are you looking at and going for and who or what do you want to worship
  8. Christianity and Religiosity in Europe

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Relating to God is it possible

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  1. 3rd question: Does there exist a Divine Creator
  2. Looking for answers on the question Is there a God #1 Many gods
  3. Looking for answers on the question Is there a God #2 Pantheon of gods and celebrations
  4. Have no other gods besides Me
  5. When feeling sad, not sure of there being a Divine Creator
  6. Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
  7. Science, belief, denial and visibility 2
  8. The Question is this…
  9. Pascal’s Possibility
  10. The Presence of God
  11. Not staying alone in your search for truth
  12. What I Hope For Is What You Hope For
  13. God Our Refuge
  14. Jehovah steep rock and fortress, source of insight
  15. Al-Fatiha [The Opening] Süra 1:1-7 Help from God our Maker
  16. On the Edge of Believing
  17. Ideas about Religiosity
  18. Religions and Mainliners
  19. Christians, secularism, morals and values
  20. Engagement in an actual two-way conversation with your deities
  21. Nature Is A Reflection Of God
  22. People Seeking for God 5 Bread of life
  23. People Seeking for God 7 The Lord and lords
  24. Lord in place of the divine name

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Further reading

  1. Addressing the God Paradoxes
  2. Does God Exist?
  3. Does God Exist? The Moral Argument, Part 1
  4. How do we know God exists?
  5. Change Happens. Does that Mean God Exists?
  6. Existence of God
  7. Quote 24: Existence of God
  8. “If God Exists”
  9. Convince Me There’s A God – Archaeology 30
  10. Convince Me There’s A God – Archaeology 32
  11. Convince Me There’s A God – Archaeology 34
  12. Convince Me There’s A God – Archaeology 35 + Convince Me There’s A God – Archaeology 35
  13. Steve Fuller on Proofs for God’s Existence: An Interview, Eugene Loginov
  14. Does God Exist? Summary Video
  15. Quest for God 2
  16. Can Atheists Know That God Does Not Exist? by Garland M. Robinson
  17. Theism Is Ill-Defined
  18. What is God Like? Attributes of God
  19. Ontological Argument For God’s Existence: Anselm of Canterbury

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The Bible’s View of Itself

Though being the most reprinted and most translated book many people doubt the authority of that bestseller of all times.

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End page of the Lübeck Bible (1494), showing the end of the book of revelation and the printer de:Steffen Arndes’ kolophon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not all people are convinced it has something to say for them. Even lots of Christians never took the time to read the Bible from A to Z. Lots of people do think it is from the old times and as such ‘passé’. They have no idea how the Bible is still best for contemporary use. Much more people should come to see that it is really a book to cherish because it offers many lessons for life and sustains future hope, bringing meaning and power to the present.

In the previous message we said already that Western civilization is in a severe “authority crisis” which is not confined solely to the realm of religious faith, nor is it specially or uniquely threatening to Bible believers.

We should be much aware that our look at the bible can influence our society very much. Too many people do forget that regard for the Bible is decisive for the course of Western culture and in the long run for human civilization generally. People should come to recognise that there is more behind the human writers who scribbled down many words, not of their own. Many wise words they never claimed to be their own. They even say that what they wrote down is not written down from  their own inspiration but form the Higher Being which directed them.

Let us therefore have a look at what an encyclopedia of the Bible says about this library of books its own view.

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(KJV) 1631 Holy Bible, Robert Barker/John Bill, London. King James Version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bible’s View of Itself

The intelligible nature of divine revelation — the presupposition that God’s will is made known in the form of valid truths — is the central presupposition of the authority of the Bible. Much recent neo-Protestant theology demeaned the traditional evangelical emphasis as doctrinaire and static. It insisted instead that the authority of Scripture is to be comprehended internally as a witness to divine grace engendering faith and obedience, thus disowning its objective character as universally valid truth.

Somewhat inconsistently, almost all neo-Protestant theologians have appealed to the record to support cognitively whatever fragments of the whole seem to coincide with their divergent views, even though they disavow the Bible as a specially revealed corpus of authoritative divine teaching. For evangelical orthodoxy, if God’s revelational disclosure to chosen prophets and apostles is to be considered meaningful and true, it must be given not merely in isolated concepts capable of diverse meanings but in sentences or propositions. A proposition — that is, a subject, predicate, and connecting verb (or “copula”) — constitutes the minimal logical unit of intelligible communication. The OT prophetic formula “thus saith the Lord” characteristically introduced propositionally disclosed truth. Jesus Christ employed the distinctive formula “But I say unto you” to introduce logically formed sentences which he represented as the veritable word or doctrine of God.

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The Angel Appears to John. The book of Revelation. 13th century manuscript. British Library, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bible is authoritative because it is divinely authorized; in its own terms, “all Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Tm 3:16 NIV). According to this passage the whole OT (or any element of it) is divinely inspired. Extension of the same claim to the NT is not expressly stated, though it is more than merely implied. The NT contains indications that its content was to be viewed, and was in fact viewed, as no less authoritative than the OT. The apostle Paul’s writings are catalogued with “other scriptures” (2 Pt 3:15, 16). Under the heading of Scripture, 1 Timothy 5:18 cites Luke 10:7 alongside Deuteronomy 25:4 (cf. 1 Cor 9:9). The Book of Revelation, moreover, claims divine origin (1:1–3) and employs the term “prophecy” in the OT meaning (22:9, 10, 18). The apostles did not distinguish their spoken and written teaching but expressly declared their inspired proclamation to be the Word of God (1 Cor 4:1; 2 Cor 5:20; 1 Thes 2:13).

Elwell, W. A., & Beitzel, B. J. (1988). In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (p. 298). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

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Life and an assembly of books

The Bible a book of books

Revolt against the Authority of the Bible

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Additional reading

  1. Necessity of a revelation of creation 1 Works of God and works of man
  2. Necessity of a revelation of creation 6 Getting understanding by Word of God 4
  3. Necessity of a revelation of creation 13 Getting wisdom
  4. Redemption # 1Biblical doctrine of salvation
  5. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  6. In a world which knows no peace sharing blessed hope
  7. Theologians and a promised Spirit to enlighten us
  8. Our life depending on faith
  9. Collection of books
  10. A collection of holy writings to show God and His Works
  11. One not without the other
  12. Recommended articles about the Book of books the Bible
  13. Unread bestseller

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Further reading

  1. The Good News: A Bible Study
  2. Unfolding God’s Word
  3. Best news I’ve heard!
  4. Pennies from Heaven
  5. Changes
  6. What Does The Bible Say About Friendship?
  7. In a Whisper
  8. There is something missing!
  9. Psalm 39 – Please Ignore Me
  10. Slap To Reality
  11. Live Your Life Worthy
  12. There’s no other way
  13. One of The Great Metaphors: The Tree of Life
  14. Taking That Step of Faith
  15. Your Word for This Day: “Faithful to God, No Matter What…”
  16. God’s Word
  17. 283 Things In The New Testament
  18. Therefore Jesus Said to Them
  19. Word
  20. Morning Prayer: Forgive Our Seeking
  21. Little by Little
  22. Bible-In-A-Year Day 237: Ezekiel 5-8
  23. Wisdom 2.6
  24. Our Great High Priest
  25. A Highway in the Wilderness
  26. God’s Glory
  27. Trust In God’s Mercy
  28. “Every day sees humanity more victorious in the struggle with space and time”*…
  29. I Don’t Like the Word “Religion”

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Revolt against the Authority of the Bible

Concerning the authority of the Holy Scriptures there has bean much debate. Let us have a look on what is written about the Power of God’s Word and its authority in a well-known encyclopedia of the Bible.

The Power of God’s Word.

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United St...
The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United States Library of Congress, demonstrating printed pages as a storage medium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bible remains the most extensively printed, widely translated, and frequently read book in the world. Its words have been treasured in the hearts of multitudes like none other. All who have received its gifts of wisdom and promises of new life and power were at first strangers to its redemptive message, and many were hostile to its teaching and spiritual demands. In every generation its power to challenge persons of all races and lands has been demonstrated. Those who cherish the Book because it sustains future hope, brings meaning and power to the present, and correlates a misused past with the forgiving grace of God, would not long experience such inner rewards if Scripture were not known to them as the authoritative, divinely revealed truth. To the evangelical Christian, Scripture is the Word of God, given in the objective form of propositional truths through divinely inspired prophets and apostles, and the Holy Spirit is the giver of faith through that Word.

Carl F. H. Henry

Elwell, W. A., & Beitzel, B. J. (1988). In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (p. 300). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Bible, Authority of the.

View that the Bible is the Word of God and as such should be believed and obeyed.

Image from the Book of Kells, a 1200 year old ...
Image from the Book of Kells, a 1200 year old book. Category:Illuminated manuscript images (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Western civilization is in a severe “authority crisis” which is not confined solely to the realm of religious faith, nor is it specially or uniquely threatening to Bible believers. Parental authority, marital authority, political authority, academic authority, and ecclesiastical authority are all being deeply questioned. Not only particular authorities — the Scripture, the pope, political rulers, and so on — but the concept of authority itself is vigorously challenged. Today’s crisis of biblical authority thus reflects the uncertainties of civilizational consensus:

Who has the power and the right to receive and to require submission?

Revolt Against Biblical Authority.

As the sovereign Creator of all, the God of the Bible wills and has the right to be obeyed. Judge of men and nations, the self-revealed God wields unlimited authority and power. All creaturely authority and power is derived from that of God. The power God bestows is a divine trust, a stewardship. God’s creatures are morally accountable for their use or misuse of it. In fallen human society God wills civil government for the promotion of justice and order. He approves an ordering of authoritative and creative relationships in the home by stipulating certain responsibilities of husbands, wives, and children. He wills a pattern of priorities for the church as well: Jesus Christ the head, prophets and apostles through whom redemptive revelation came, and so on.

The inspired Scriptures, revealing God’s transcendent will in objective written form, are the rule of faith and conduct through which Christ exercises his divine authority in the lives of Christians.

Revolt against particular authorities has in our time widened into a revolt against all transcendent and external authority. The widespread questioning of authority is condoned and promoted in many academic circles.
Philosophers with a radically secular outlook have affirmed that God and the supernatural are mythical conceptions, that natural processes and events comprise the only ultimate reality. All existence is said to be temporal and changing, all beliefs and ideals are declared to be relative to the age and culture in which they appear. Biblical religion, therefore, like all other, is asserted to be merely a cultural phenomenon. The Bible’s claim to divine authority is dismissed by such thinkers; transcendent revelation, fixed truths, and unchanging commandments are set aside as pious fiction.

In the name of humanity’s supposed “coming of age,” radical secularism champions human autonomy and creative individuality. Human beings are lords of their own destiny and inventors of their own ideals and values, it is said. They live in a supposedly purposeless universe that has itself presumably been engendered by a cosmic accident. Therefore human beings are declared to be wholly free to impose upon nature and history whatever moral criteria they prefer. In such a view, to insist on divinely given truths and values, on transcendent principles, would be to repress self-fulfillment and retard creative personal development. Hence the radically secular view goes beyond opposing particular external authorities whose claims are considered arbitrary or immoral; radical secularism is aggressively hostile to all external authority, viewing it as intrinsically restrictive of the autonomous human spirit.

Any reader of the Bible will recognize rejection of divine authority and definitive revelation of what is right and good as an age-old phenomenon. It is not at all peculiar to the contemporary person “come of age”; it was found already in Eden. Adam and Eve revolted against the will of God in pursuit of individual preference and supposed self-interest. But their revolt was recognized to be sin, not rationalized as philosophical “gnosis” at the frontiers of evolutionary advance.

If one takes a strictly developmental view, which considers all reality contingent and changing, where is the basis for humanity’s decisively creative role in the universe? How could a purposeless cosmos cater to individual self-fulfillment?

Only the biblical alternative of the Creator-Redeemer God, who fashioned human beings for moral obedience and a high spiritual destiny, truly preserves the permanent, universal dignity of the human species. The Bible does so, however, by a demanding call for personal spiritual decision.
The Bible sets forth the superiority of humans to the animals, their high dignity (“little less than God”—Ps 8:5) because of the divine rational and moral image that all bear by reason of creation.

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Print 3330 in volume 27 of the Bowyer Bible in Bolton Museum, England. From page 12 of Volume 1 of “A-Z of Artists in the Bowyer Bible” by Phillip Medhurst. Photo 4 of 117. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the context of universal human involvement in Adamic sin, the Bible utters a merciful divine call to redemptive renewal through the mediatorial person and work of Christ. Fallen humanity is invited to experience the Holy Spirit’s renewing work, to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, and to anticipate a final destiny in the eternal presence of the God of justice and justification.

Contemporary rejection of biblical tenets does not rest on any logical demonstration that the case for biblical theism is false; it turns rather on a subjective preference for alternative views of “the good life.”
The Bible is not the only significant reminder that human beings stand daily in responsible relationship to the sovereign God. He reveals his authority in the cosmos, in history, and in inner conscience, a disclosure of the living God that penetrates into the mind of every person (Rom 1:18–20; 2:12–15). Rebellious suppression of that “general divine revelation” does not wholly succeed in suspending a fearsome sense of final divine accountability (Rom 1:32).
Yet it is the Bible as “special revelation” that most clearly confronts our spiritually rebellious race with the reality and authority of God.

Title page from the Great Bible published by G...
Title page from the Great Bible published by Grafton and Whitchurch in 1539. It depicts an enthroned Henry VIII receiving the Word of God and bestowing it upon his bishops and archbishops (top third), who in turn deliver it to the priests (middle third). Finally, the laity hear the Word and loyally recite, “Vivat Rex” and “God save the kynge” (bottom third). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Scriptures, the character and will of God, the meaning of human existence, the nature of the spiritual realm, and the purposes of God for humankind in all ages are stated in propositionally intelligible form that all can understand. The Bible publishes in objective form the criteria by which God judges individuals and nations, and the means of moral recovery and restoration to personal fellowship with him.

Regard for the Bible is therefore decisive for the course of Western culture and in the long run for human civilization generally. Intelligible divine revelation, the basis for belief in the sovereign authority of the Creator-Redeemer God over all human life, rests on the reliability of what Scripture says about God and his purposes. Modern naturalism impugns the authority of the Bible and assails the claim that the Bible is the Word of God written, that is, a transcendently given revelation of the mind and will of God. Attack upon scriptural authority is the storm center both in the controversy over revealed religion and in the modern conflict over civilizational values.

Elwell, W. A., & Beitzel, B. J. (1988). In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (pp. 296–298). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

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Preceding:

Are there certain books essential to come to faith

Life and an assembly of books

Reliability of message appears from honesty writers

The Bible a book of books

Continued with: The Bible’s View of Itself

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Additional reading

  1. God does not change
  2. God wants to be gracious to you
  3. God receives us on the basis of our faith
  4. Doctrine and Conduct Cause and Effect
  5. Mishmash of a legal code but importance of mitzvah or commandments
  6. Cosmos creator and human destiny
  7. Christian values, traditions, real or false stories, pure and upright belief
  8. Cognizance at the doorstep or at the internet socket
  9. I can’t believe that … (4) God’s word would be so violent
  10. The business of this life
  11. Importance of parents 2
  12. Control your destiny or somebody else will

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Further reading

  1. Why study prophecy? And what does apocalypse really mean, anyway?
  2. Church Shopping: Engraved
  3. Spiritual Sucide
  4. Church Shopping: Renovation
  5. A Simple Case for Postmillennium
  6. Warnings to 7 churches are so relevant today
  7. How to Destroy the Faith in Five Easy Steps
  8. The Baptist Confession of Faith
  9. They All Point To Him
  10. Sovereignty
  11. The Authority
  12. Delegating authority: a two-way traffic
  13. Positioned to Reign
  14. Rant: Debating People that have Authority Over You
  15. Aphorism of the Day: Ideas + Force = Force
  16. The Power of Words
  17. Life essentials: bite my tongue
  18. Book Review: “All Authority”
  19. Article: Authority in Spiritual Direction Conversations: Dialogic Perspectives, by David Crawley
  20. Governor of the Jews
  21. Hannah Arendt: The Solution to Conscience
  22. Light Up The World
  23. Lines of Flight: For Another World of Possibilities
  24. You Are a Ruler
  25. The Authority of Jesus
  26. Society…what happened?
  27. We sit ignorant of the authority given
  28. God’s Will > Your Will
  29. Digging Deeper Into Worship: Jude’s Doxology
  30. Kingdom Life and the 21st Century

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The Bible a book of books

A library of sacred or set-apart books
A library of sacred or set-apart books

God has used people to write down His Words. Those Words are collected in several scrolls or books, we call the “Bible”  (from Biblia = collection of books) or the Holy Scriptures or book of books.

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The books of the Judaic Scriptures or Old Testament, showing their positions in both the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible, shown with their names in Hebrew) and Christian Bibles. The Deuterocanon or Apocrypha are coloured differently from the Protocanon (the Hebrew Bible books which are considered canonical by all). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In that “Collection of books” that constitute the Scripture of the Christian churches we find 66 books of which it is agreed they should be considered as the infallible Words of God. Though for the Jews only the first part of the Bible, the Judaic Books or Old Testament is considered as God’s Word we should take at heart. These Pre-messianic Scriptures talk a lot about the Messiah to come. The Jews or children of Israel, are still expecting this promised Messiah, but we as Christians do believe that Jeshua is the send one from God about whom was been spoken all the time in those older works. We fall under that ministry of him in which we also have become in a restored relationship with God now being able to call ourselves children of the promise and  children of God.

Roman Catholics add apocryphal books (from the Greek ἀπόκρυφος, apókruphos,  meaning “hidden” or apokruptein ‘hide away’) to those adopted by other Christian bodies. By the Eastern Orthodox per the Synod of Jerusalem those books are called anagignoskomena. By protestants those books are also sometimes called deuterocanonical books.
The Apocrypha include the following books and parts of books: First and Second Esdras; Tobit; Judith; the Additions to Esther; Wisdom of Solomon; Sirach (also called Ecclesiasticus); Baruch; the Letter of Jeremiah (in Baruch); parts of Daniel (the Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men; see also Bel and the Dragon and Susanna1); First and Second Maccabees; the Prayer of Manasses (see Manasseh). All are included in the Septuagint and Vulgate versions but not in the Hebrew Bible, with the exception of 2 Esdras (4 Ezra). However, they were not included in the Hebrew canon (ratified c.C.E. 100), being considered Sefarim hizonim (extraneous books).
Jewish and Christian works resembling biblical books, but not included among the Apocrypha, are collected in the Pseudepigrapha. {The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. 2016; The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 2006}
Anglican and Protestant translations of the Bible have, since the 16th century, placed books of the Apocrypha between the Old and New Testaments.

According to Christian belief, the collection of 5 (hence also called Pentateuch or Humash) Law books (Torah) with 22 Prophetic books (Nevim or 2nd main division of the Tanakh) and 12 Writings or Kethuvim Aleph as 3rd part of the Tanakh form the Old Testament were supplemented with the Messianic writings or Kethuvim Bet which consist of 27 books also called the New Testament.

English: Hebrew Bible, Jer. 27
Hebrew Bible, Jer. 27 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those books are given to mankind so that he can come to see what the Divine Creator wants from him and what the Plans are. In all those writings man can find God’s revelation of what all people need to know about their origins, rebellion against God, sinful nature, salvation, spiritual development, and destiny.

The idea of a collection of holy writings developed early in Hebrew-Christian thought. Daniel in the 6th century B.C. E. spoke of a prophetic writing as “the books” (Daniel 9:2). The writer of 1 Maccabees (2nd century B.C.E.) referred to the Tanakh or Old Testament as “the holy books” (12:9).

Master teacher rabbi Jeshua, in the present world better known as Jesus Christ used the scrolls to show people the way to God. He alluded to the Tanakh as “the scriptures” (Matthew 21:42), and Paul spoke of them as “the holy scriptures” (Romans 1:2).

Matthew 21:42  (RNKJV): Yahushua saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is יהוה’s {Jehovah’s) doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

Romans 1:1-3 (RNKJV): Romans 1
1 Paul, a servant of Yahushua the Messiah, called to be an apostle, separated unto the glad tidings of יהוה, 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son Yahushua the Messiah our Saviour, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

After Jeshua (Jesus Christ) died and the apostles of Jesus Christ got enlightened by God‘s Spirit they dared to come out of their isolation and wrote down what they remembered from their adventures with their master teacher. They had very well listened to the send one from God and knew his importance for mankind. Because they were convinced he was that promised Messiah, and the son of God who could lead us to God, they presented his words to their pupils and gave us the Messianic writings so that our and coming generations also would be able to find the Way to God.

Books_NTSeveral Christians talk about the Bible and then think only of the New Testament, but they should know that the New testament cannot be without the previous Old Testament. Because rabbi Jeshua constantly refers to the Judaic Scriptures followers of Christ should also have to know the Pre-Messianic Scriptures or the Old Testament. Actually “testament” is the translation of a Greek word that might better be rendered “covenant.” It denotes an arrangement made by God for the spiritual guidance and benefit of human beings. Through the ages many covenants were agreed between God and man. As such we can find an Edenic, Mosaic, Abrahamic, Old and New Covenants. The covenant is unalterable: humankind may accept it or reject it but cannot change it. “Covenant” is a common Old Testament word; of several covenants described in the Old Testament, the most prominent was the Law given to Moses, often referred to as Mosaic Law. While Israel was chafing and failing under the Mosaic covenant, God promised them a “new covenant” (Jeremiah 31:31).

Jeremiah 31:31  (RNKJV)
Behold, the days come, saith יהוה, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

The term “new covenant” appears several times in the New Testament. Jesus used it when he instituted the Lord’s Supper; by it he sought to call attention to the new basis of communion with God he intended to establish by his death (Luke 22:20; 1 Corinthians 11:25).

Luke 22:20  (RNKJV): Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

1 Corinthians 11:25  (RNKJV)
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

The apostle Paul also spoke of that new covenant (2 Corinthians 3:6, 14; Hebrews 8:8; 9:11–15).

2 Corinthians 3:6  (RNKJV):Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

2 Corinthians 3:14  (RNKJV)
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in the Messiah.

By the offering of Jesus, giving his body for the sins of all people, and God accepting his ransom offering, for those who will come in Christ the veil shall be taken away whilst the Jews still face the Old or Παλαιος (ancient) in contrast to καινος (fresh, verse 6) arrangement. The detailed description of Gods new method of dealing with people (on the basis of the finished work of Christ at the stake) is the subject of the 27 books of the New Testament.

From the older works we come to hear how God got on with and arranged matters for people in anticipation of the coming of this Messiah (Hebrew equivalent of “Christ,” meaning “anointed one”). His promise made in the Garden of Eden (long before Abraham was born) presenting a solution against the curse of death, is certainly the major theme of the 39 books of the Pre-Messianic books or Old Testament, though they also deal with much more than that.

Latin church writers used testamentum to translate “covenant,” and from them the use passed into English; so old and new covenants became Old Testament and New Testament.

At least the first half of the Old Testament follows a logical and easily understood arrangement. In Genesis through Esther the history of Israel from Abraham to the restoration under Persian auspices appears largely in chronological order. Then follows a group of poetic books and the Major (not meaning important, but meaning the books that are relatively long) and Minor Prophets (meaning the books that are relatively short), known as the Shnem Asar, i.e. ‘The Twelve’.

The Second Writings, variously called the Netzarim or Nazarene Writings, the Messianic Writings, Kethuvim Bet, the New Covenant, haBrit haHadasha or the New Testament, also follows a generally logical arrangement. It begins with the presentation of the personal views from Jeshua his chosen disciples. As personal representatives those chosen ones describe the birth, life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in four Gospels.

In that first part of the New Testament we witness already how Jesus trained his disciples to carry on his work after his ascension. How they carried on is further shown in the Book of Acts. It details the founding of the church and its spread through Mediterranean lands.

In the latter part of the Messianic writings the spotlight focuses on Saul of Tarsus better known as the apostle Paul and his church-planting activities. In the Pauline letters or epistles Paul addresses the churches he founded or young ministers he tried to encourage. Following the Pauline Epistles comes a group commonly called the General or Pastoral Epistles.

The last book, Revelation of John, also called Book of Revelation (Lat., revelare, ‘to unveil’) or Apocalypse of John or Vision of John, is an apocalyptic work, using  the epistolary, the apocalyptic, and the prophetic genre. It is perhaps, by its extensive use of visions, symbols, and allegory, including figures such as the Whore of Babylon and the Beast, culminating in the Second Coming of Jesus, the most difficult book of the collection. It is itself also a collection of separate units composed by unknown authors who lived during the last quarter of the 1st century, though it purports to have been written by an individual named John — who calls himself “the servant” of Jesus — at Patmos, in the Aegean Sea. The text includes no indication that John of Patmos and John the Apostle are the same person. It begins with John, on the island of Patmos in the Aegean, addressing a letter to the “Seven Churches of Asia“.

Three languages were used for the Holy Scriptures: Hebrew with a few isolated passages in Aramaic in the latter books of the Old Testament and mainly Greek for the Messianic writings which are therefore also often called Greek Scriptures or Greek Writings.

The first books, or the Pentateuch, were written by Moses by about 1400 B.C.E. (provided one accepts the early date proposed for the exodus). If the last of 12 Old Testament books that bear the names of the Minor Prophets was written by  Malachi (a transliteration of a Hebrew word meaning “my messenger”, before 400 B.C.E.), composition took place during a thousand years of time. All the writers (some 30 in number) were Jews: prophets, judges, kings, and other leaders in Israel.

If James was the first to write a New Testament book before the middle of the 1st century and if John was the last (composing Revelation about C.E. 95), the New Testament was written during a 50-year period in the latter half of the 1st century. All the writers (probably nine) were Jews, with the exception of Luke (writer of Luke and Acts of the apostles), and they came from a variety of walks of life: fishermen, doctor, tax collector, and religious leaders.

In spite of great diversity of authorship in the Hebrew Writings or Old Testament and the Greek Writings or New Testament, and composition spanning over 1,500 years, there is remarkable unity in the total thrust. Christians believe that God must have been superintending the production of a divine-human book that would properly present His message to humankind.

We believe the library of books from those people God chose Himself to write down His messages bring not only the history of mankind but also a divine revelation.

The Old Testament starts with the beginning of the universe and describes man and woman in the first paradise on the old earth or old world; the New Testament concludes with a vision of the new heaven and new earth or new world.
The Old Testament sees humankind as fallen from a sinless condition and separated from God; the creatures themselves having chosen to go against God’s Wishes and damaging their relationship with God. The Hebrew Writings then focus on how God offered mankind a solution for their act of rebellion. Throughout the 39 books of the Old Testament there is regularly spoken of a coming Redeemer who will rescue men and women from the pit of condemnation.

In the New Testament is revealed how those Words spoken by God in the garden of Eden become a reality and as such all those words from God ‘become flesh’. From the beginning all things came into being by the Word of God and after long waiting the world could find that now there came a new opportunity to have life. That life was the light of mankind which shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it. The books after the major and minor prophets give us the words of the send one from God, the prophet whom God declared to be His only begotten beloved son.

John 1:1-5 (Ref.B.): John 1
1 In [the] beginning+ the Word*+ was, and the Word was with God,*+ and the Word was a god.*+ 2 This one was in [the] beginning+ with God.+ 3 All things came into existence through him,+ and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.

What has come into existence 4 by means of him was life,+ and the life was the light+ of men.* 5 And the light is shining in the darkness,+ but the darkness has not overpowered it. (Ref.B)

By God His speaking everything came into being and from the birth of that send one from God new life could come into existence. Those who come to believe in that send one from God can become partakers of his body and as believers are restored to favour through the sacrifice of Christ.
The New Testament reveals the Christos or Christ who brought salvation.

In most of the Old Testament the spotlight focuses on a sacrificial system in which the blood of animals provided a temporary handling of the sin problem; in the New Testament, Christ appeared as the one who came to put an end to all ritual sacrifice — to be himself the supreme sacrifice.

In the New Testament Jesus refers often to what was told in the Old Testament. He gives more information and helps people to understand those previous writings better. His actions and his words should people come to realise that Jeshua, Jesus Christ, is that in numerous predictions foretold coming Messiah who would save his people. In the New Testament scores of passages detail how those prophecies from the Tanakh were minutely fulfilled in the person of Jeshua, Jesus Christ: the “son of Abraham” and the “son of David”.

Matthew 1:1  (RNKJV)
The book of the generation of Yahushua the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

As Augustine said more than 1,500 years ago,

“The New is in the Old contained; the Old is in the New explained.”

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Preceding articles:

Are there certain books essential to come to faith

Life and an assembly of books

Reliability of message appears from honesty writers

Continued with: Revolt against the Authority of the Bible

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Additional reading

  1. Sharing thoughts and philosophical writings
  2. Are you looking for answers and Are you looking for God
  3. People Seeking for God 1 Looking for answers
  4. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  5. Inspired Word
  6. A question to be posed
  7. Looking for Answers
  8. Background to look at things
  9. Why believing the Bible
  10. Unsure about relevance Bible
  11. Coming to understanding from sayings written long ago
  12. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  13. Who Wrote the Bible?
  14. The Bible: God’s Word or pious myth?
  15. Scripture Word from God
  16. Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)
  17. The Word of God in print
  18. Why think that (4) … God would reveal himself in words
  19. Why think that (5) … the Bible is the word of God
  20. How to look for and how to handle the Truth
  21. Determined To Stick With Truth.
  22. Bible and us
  23. Showing by the scriptures that …
  24. the Bible – God’s guide for life #1 Introduction
  25. the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life
  26. the Bible – God’s guide for life #3 Fast food or staple diet
  27. the Bible – God’s guide for life #4 Not to get the best from our diet– or from ourselves
  28. the Bible – God’s guide for life #5 What is God like
  29. the Bible – God’s guide for life #6 Case example – King Josiah #1
  30. the Bible – God’s guide for life #7 Case example – King Josiah #2 Lessons from Josiah’s experience
  31. Appointed to be read
  32. Bible basic intro
  33. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  34. Bible Word from God
  35. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  36. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  37. Pure Words and Testimonies full of Breath of the Most High
  38. Bible in the first place #1/3
  39. Bible in the first place #2/3
  40. Bible in the first place #3/3
  41. Loving the Word
  42. Fixing our attention
  43. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  44. Human and Biblical teachings
  45. An uncovering book to explore
  46. Necessity of a revelation of creation 1 Works of God and works of man
  47. Necessity of a revelation of creation 4 Getting understanding by Word of God 2
  48. Necessity of a revelation of creation 6 Getting understanding by Word of God 4
  49. Necessity of a revelation of creation 7 Getting understanding by Word of God 5
  50. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  51. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  52. Necessity of a revelation of creation 13 Getting wisdom
  53. Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places
  54. An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(1) Approaching the Bible
  55. When reading your Bible be aware of changing language
  56. Jesus spoke Hebrew and Aramaic
  57. Revival of Jesus’ language at Oxford
  58. Missional hermeneutics 1/5
  59. Missional hermeneutics 2/5
  60. Missional hermeneutics 3/5
  61. Missional hermeneutics 4/5
  62. Missional hermeneutics 5/5
  63. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  64. Book of books and great masterpiece
  65. Unread bestseller
  66. The Bible is a today book
  67. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  68. Bible in a nutshell
  69. Bible like puddle of water
  70. Of the many books Only the Bible can transform
  71. Possibility to live
  72. Genuine message of salvation
  73. Power in the life of certain
  74. Bible power to change
  75. Written down in God’s Name for righteousness
  76. Challenging claim
  77. Challenging claim 1 Whose word
  78. Challenging claim 2 Inspired by God 1 Simple words
  79. Challenging claim 3 Inspired by God 2 Inerrant Word of God
  80. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  81. Miracles of revelation and of providence 2 Providence
  82. Scripture words written for our learning, given by inspiration of God for edification
  83. Bible, sword of the Spirit to come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man
  84. Written by inspiration of God for our admonition, to whom it shall be imputed if they believe
  85. Full authority belongs to God
  86. Authority of the Bible
  87. The radiance of God’s glory and the counsellor
  88. Is God hiding His face when He is seemingly silent
  89. God’s promises
  90. Divine Plan and an Imperfect creation
  91. An unbridgeable gap
  92. Childish or reasonable ways
  93. Fear of God reason to return to Holy Scriptures
  94. Plain necessary food of the gospel
  95. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  96. In case you find contradiction between Old and New Testament
  97. Genre – Playing by the Rules
  98. The Need to Understand Genre
  99. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  100. Colour-blindness and road code
  101. God’s design in the creation of the world
  102. God’s instruction about joy and suffering
  103. God His reward
  104. Incomplete without the mind of God
  105. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  106. Looking for blessed hope
  107. Working of the hope
  108. Words to bring into a good relationship
  109. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
  110. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
  111. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  112. Written down for God to bring us up to a virtuous life
  113. Written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope
  114. Scripture words written for our learning, given by inspiration of God for edification
  115. Testimonies to observe, inspired by God
  116. Who Gets to Say What the Bible Says?
  117. I can’t believe that … (4) God’s word would be so violent
  118. God’s will is that all sorts of men should be saved
  119. Creator and Blogger God 10 A Blog of a Book 4 Listening to the Blogger
  120. Creator and Blogger God 12 Old and New Blog 2 Blog for every day
  121. Interpreting the Scriptures (Part 5)
  122. Learn to read the Bible effectively
  123. Materialism, would be life, and aspirations
  124. Food as a Therapeutic Aid
  125. Bible containing scientific information
  126. When you don’t know what to do and hate yourself
  127. Bible for you and for life
  128. The Way To Life
  129. Chief means by which men are built up
  130. Engagement in an actual two-way conversation with your deities
  131. To find ways of Godly understanding
  132. Believing what Jesus says
  133. Do Christians need to read the Old Testament
  134. The importance of Reading the Scriptures
  135. Why can’t Bible scholars agree on how to interpret the Bible?
  136. Out of Context: How to Avoid Misinterpreting the Bible
  137. Archaeology and the BibleStatutes given unto us
  138. Summerholiday season time to read the Bible
  139. A feast for the Word of God
  140. Bible ownership and Bible knowledge slumped
  141. TV literary adaptation of The Bible
  142. Hebrew, Aramaic and Bibletranslation
  143. Some Restored Name Versions
  144. Celebrating the Bible in English
  145. What English Bible do you use?
  146. Murdock or Murdoch Bible
  147. 2001 Translation an American English Bible
  148. The NIV and the Name of God
  149. Use of /Gebruik van Jehovah or/of Yahweh in Bible Translations/Bijbel vertalingen
  150. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  151. The Bible and names in it
  152. Comparisson Bible Books in English, Dutch and French
  153. Bible Translating and Concordance Making
  154. Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers
  155. iPod & Android Bibles
  156. Cell phone vs. Bible
  157. Bible Companion now also available on Blackberry phones
  158. The Most Reliable English Bible
  159. NWT and what other scholars have to say to its critics
  160. King James Bible Coming into being
  161. Dedication and Preaching Effort 400 years after the first King James Version
  162. Codex Sinaiticus available for perusal on the Web
  163. Working on the Bible being like re-wiring an old house
  164. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  165. Feed Your Faith Daily
  166. Devotees and spotters
  167. Discipleship way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life
  168. Bringing Good News into the world
  169. Bible exhibition
  170. Souls and Religions with Nirvana and light
  171. Breathing to teach
  172. Teaching Holy Scriptures in Schools
  173. How to Choose a Bible for Preaching

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Further reading

  1. The Bible
  2. The Bible: Unbreakable
  3. God’s Transforming Word
  4. God’s myth
  5. Books every Jew(-to-be) should have
  6. Amazing Tanakh, Or Five Reasons I Learned to Love the Old Testament
  7. Yeshayahu Thirty-Four: The Book of the Lord
  8. The New Covenant in Judaism and in Christianity
  9. 05.29.16 Guiding Light
  10. Is the Bible’s definition of faith opposed to logic and evidence?
  11. Yeshayahu Forty-One: Remember
  12. Yeshayahu Forty: Shepherd
  13. God vs. Abba
  14. Who are the Children of God?
  15. Children of God
  16. I am Abraham and this is my Isaac
  17. What Are You Building?
  18. Deliverance
  19. Did the Bible predict thousands of Muslims converting to Christ in Europe?
  20. Are We Really Too Busy?
  21. Color Coding Your Bible
  22. A Chivalry scroll
  23. The Evolution of Writing a Story
  24. Newly Discovered Egyptian Scrolls Reveal Pyramids were Built with Retarded Slaves
  25. The Mighty Quill, Wax Seals and Scrolls – scribal resources
  26. The Ultimate Reason We Must Weep
  27. New Technology Could Reveal Secrets in 2,000 Year Old Scrolls
  28. Titles of Psalms (4)
  29. What Do I Take For Granted?

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