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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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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Preceding:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Life and an assembly of books

Today, more than ever, men and women are concerned about job satisfaction and a way to live wealthy. Most of them though think money shall bring them the aspired luck. Having so much wealth and so many gadget around them to make life easier and more pleasant, lots of people still do not seem to be satisfied.

Novels in a Polish bookstore
Novels in a Polish bookstore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They do not seem to be able to find “fulfilment“. Being pressed at work, more and more being pushed by society which wants more from man, people become more and more frustrated and sometimes even do not get to the point where the can wonder what the purpose is of this all.

Strangely enough lots of people looking for job satisfaction are confronted with employment itself being partly responsible for the negative experiences of time management and of joblessness because, in allowing people only a limited space in which to cultivate other interests, skills and social ties, full-time jobs can often leave people with few personal and social resources to fall back on.

Lots of people get so much caught up by work they have not time for others and often even not enough time for their own family. That is one of the reasons we see  so many families breaking up.

Many feel an emptiness in their life which does never seemed to feel filled in. All the time when people seem to reach something they are confronted by somebody else who has done better. Whatever a person may achieve in life, there is someone who probably has done better in another side of the world.  As such there is no point boasting about one’s achievements.

The point is that our happiness should not be built on achievements but should flow from fulfilment, from the hole that makes whole. {Have you found the hole that makes you whole}

In this very fast turning around commercial world, lots of people are focusing everything around their own self and do everything they think possible to acquire great things for themself. It takes, for many, a very long time before they come to see that  this attitude is not at all going to make them happy for a long time.

English: Open book icon
Open book icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Focusing on themselves people get to feel the vacuum inside themselves better. They shall have to come to the understanding that already from the beginning of times man wanted to have a partner to be one with, and not until we try to become one with each other we shall like trying to fill an endless deep pit. Every person of mankind shall have to find the right way and the right material to fill  the “hole” to feel truly whole.

This is not the joy that achievement, material wealth or success gives.  Have you wondered why some supposedly successful people commit suicide? {Have you found the hole that makes you whole}

For many it takes many years before they come to see that we have our place in society and that we are in a certain way all connected with each other and with the world around us. Once people start seeing the importance of the relationship between them and those around them, them at last also becoming concerned about how they can relate in a proper and good way to others, helping them to achieve great things, then they shall come to realise they may become partakers on the path of fulfilment.  From then onwards, when they have opened their hearts to others, the hole inside will be filled with joy and that will make them whole.

That essential element in life, becoming partakers of journeying people to fulfilment, is not an easy task laid out for mankind. In case much more people could see that there exist a manual to come to the best life possible, they would much more easier find answers to their questions and ways to make life easier.

It is a fact that the book that tells us why we were made, what our purpose is, how we can make the best of life, is seldom consulted. No wonder so many people are muddled up, do not know were to go or what to do, and are caught up in a big mess.

46 is the earliest (nearly) complete manuscrip...
46 is the earliest (nearly) complete manuscript of the Epistles written by Paul in the new testament. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The book which is already a long time provided for mankind to get on the right path to happiness, is the most unread Bestseller of all times. That book does not exist just out of one story and genre, but is really a library of books. The tittle “Bible” actually means “the Books,” coming from the Greek biblia (“books”).  Those different books are bound together in one or two volumes, because they make up a set. They depend on one another. Together they form a complete story.

Often people use the word “Holy“, meaning “set-apart” or “separate”, put aside for a special use. The bible is different from all other books, because though somebody penned it down, that person is not actually the author himself. When we look at what they write about themselves, we shall be struck with the transparent honesty of those writers, who do not hide the bad things they did, or annoying things which happened to themselves because of their own fault. Their openness in writing of failure and sin, even their own, is most unusual.

Books in the Douglasville, Georgia Borders store.
Books in the Douglasville, Georgia Borders store. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we look at their direct and forceful language, we also notice that they themselves contribute a lot of words or sayings not to themselves but to a Higher Being. That Higher Being they consider the Originator of everything, the Divine Creator of heavens and earth. This Provider of the Voice bringing the Words to those people living here on this earth at different times, also chose Himself those Scriptures to stay in existence. This Supreme Being no man can see and live, took care that His Words were written down and given from one to an other generation. It was Him Who also preserved the words that truly reveal Him and teach us of His person. Even when so many people tried to destroyed His words, they never succeeded in doing so.  They died, decayed, became dust and forgotten, but The Words of God stayed lively continually going from one person to an other, bringing life to many.

English: Stack of books in Gould's Book Arcade...
Stack of books in Gould’s Book Arcade, Newtown, New South Wales (NSW), Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His Words have been of great help for many, throughout the ages. Lots of people turned to those Words in times of need or distress. Those Words form the Book of books were revered and relied on for guidance.

They were the books, therefore, which were copied and translated when others were lost.

Though many of the books are ridiculed and lots of people make a fool of some of the Biblical characters, it is all the distortion of simple Bible facts that has led to ignorance and misunderstanding.

We need to get back to the beginning and to the Biblical truth.
Then we can make some sense of our life.

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Preceding articles:

All about love, not needing disasters

Are there certain books essential to come to faith

Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe

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)

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Additional reading:

  1. Opportunity!
  2. Looking on what is going on and not being of it
  3. Science, belief, denial and visibility 2
  4. Being Religious and Spiritual 3 Philosophers, Avicennism and the spiritual
  5. Being Religious and Spiritual 4 Philosophical, religious and spiritual people
  6. Different principle about the origin and beginning of everything
  7. From pain to purpose
  8. This was my reward
  9. A Living Faith #10: Our manner of Life #2
  10. What part of the Body am I?
  11. Luck
  12. It is a free will choice
  13. A time for everything
  14. Are you looking for answers and Are you looking for God
  15. Remember there’s a light in the next day
  16. Count your blessings
  17. the Bible – God’s guide for life #1 Introduction
  18. the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life
  19. the Bible – God’s guide for life #3 Fast food or staple diet
  20. the Bible – God’s guide for life #4 Not to get the best from our diet– or from ourselves
  21. Challenging claim 3 Inspired by God 2 Inerrant Word of God
  22. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  23. the Bible – God’s guide for life #7 Case example – King Josiah #2 Lessons from Josiah’s experience
  24. The very very beginning 2 The Word and words
  25. Glory of only One God Who gives His Word
  26. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  27. Written down in God’s Name for righteousness
  28. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
  29. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
  30. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  31. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  32. Showing by the scriptures that …
  33. Genuine message of salvation
  34. Necessity of a revelation of creation 4 Getting understanding by Word of God 2
  35. An unbridgeable gap
  36. Christian values, traditions, real or false stories, pure and upright belief
  37. Hebrew, Aramaic and Bibletranslation
  38. Food as a Therapeutic Aid
  39. Our life depending on faith
  40. Let not sin reign in your mortal body
  41. Experiencing God
  42. First man’s task still counting today
  43. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  44. Colour-blindness and road code
  45. A little ray of sunshine.
  46. My 2 Words
  47. Being sure of their deliverance
  48. Christian clergyman defiling book which did not belong to him
  49. Devotees and spotters

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Please also do find following interesting articles, worth spending time at:

(Please be careful: We recommending you to read the different articles of different bloggers, does not mean we are in total agreement with those bloggers.)

  1. The Work Dogma and Contraction of the Existential Imagination
  2. Be genuinely interested in everyone you meet and everyone you meet will be genuinely interested in you
  3. Have you found the hole that makes you whole
  4. Purpose is a drive, a motive, you name it!
  5. The Unreasonable Life
  6. A Purposed Life…
  7. Daily Bread : We Believe
  8. The Daily Draw: The World
  9. Living a Life of Fulfillment and Happiness
  10. 20 Tips to Break Through Stress and get to Happier Times
  11. Workshop Ponderings
  12. Out of the Mouths of Babes
  13. Your Spiritual Compass
  14. 2 Timothy 1:7
  15. Outdated command…or is it?
  16. Ten Commandments (7)
  17. Mark 12:17 – Render Unto God
  18. Leading The Most Unlikely…Part 4
  19. Pause.

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Reliability of message appears from honesty writers

In the previous posting we could see that it was God Who spoke to certain men who were favoured by God. Though like all people they were descendants from the people who had gone against the Will of God and as such bore the possibility to sin (going against the Will of God) in them.

Normally when authors write an autobiography they prefer to make themselves to come of it the best as possible. For the Holy Scriptures we can see that they did not cover their sins or did not hide what they did wrong or what went wrong because of their fault.

The scribes who presented the words spoken by God really did everything to take care that everything got notated in the order or in the way God wanted it to be written down. Taking in account what those writers did not hide for the readers, the book shows the honesty of the writers and is part of showing its reliability.

We may not neglect concerning these things that God Himself always let them write it down when He is saying something, so that we can see the difference of whom is speaking. It were men like Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jesus and others that the Words of God were manifested to us. It was not just to tell some pleasant stories or fables that they made known to us what happened in the past, but also warned for things to happen in the future.

Those writers of the Books of the Bible received from God the honour and glory, His Voice having been brought first to men of God but with the intention that all people would be able to hear it.

For the Gentiles it was also to be an opening to him whom belonged majestic glory, That Holy Speaking One saying,

This is my son the beloved, in whom I take pleasure in.

And this voice the apostles heard from heaven brought with him being on the mountain, affirmation of the prophetic words; knowing, that every prophecy of scripture by private explanation does not take place. For not by will of man was borne at some time or other prophecy, but by spirit holy being born spoke the holy or set-apart of God to men. (2 Peter 1:12-22)

The title page to the 1611 first edition of th...
The title page to the 1611 first edition of the Authorized Version Bible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Exodus 4:14  (RNKJV)
And the anger of יהוה {Jehovah} was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.

Numbers 20:12  (RNKJV)
And יהוה spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

2 Samuel 11:27  (RNKJV)
And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased יהוה.

1 Kings 11:9  (RNKJV)
And יהוה was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from יהוה Elohim of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

Jonah 1:1-3 (RNKJV)

Jonah 1
1 Now the word of יהוה came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of יהוה, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of יהוה.

Mark 14:66-72 (RNKJV)
66 And as Kepha was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest: 67 And when she saw Kepha warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Yahushua of Nazareth. 68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. 69 And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. 70 And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Kepha, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto. 71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. 72 And the second time the cock crew. And Kepha called to mind the word that Yahushua said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (RNKJV)
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But יהוה hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and יהוה hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath יהוה chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in the Messiah Yahushua, who of יהוה is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in יהוה.

1 Corinthians 10:11  (RNKJV)
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Romans 15:4  (RNKJV)
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

1 Corinthians 2:10-13 (RNKJV)
10 But יהוה hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of יהוה. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Elohim knoweth no man, but the Spirit of Elohim. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of Elohim; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of יהוה. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Daniel 2:30 (RNKJV)
30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.

 

English: Jonah, as in Jonah 2:10, "And th...
Jonah, as in Jonah 2:10, “And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”;watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Are there certain books essential to come to faith

Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe

Next talking about those writers who did not hide anything about themselves:

Life and an assembly of books

The Bible’s View of Itself

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Additional reading:

  1. Best intimate relation to look for
  2. A voice and a Word given for wisdom
  3. Inner voice inside the soul of man
  4. Coming to understanding from sayings written long ago
  5. Necessity of a revelation of creation 7 Getting understanding by Word of God 5
  6. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  7. True God giving His Word for getting wisdom
  8. Words God speaks unto all and the Spirit that quickens
  9. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  10. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  11. Challenging claim
  12. Challenging claim 1 Whose word
  13. Challenging claim 3 Inspired by God 2 Inerrant Word of God
  14. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  15. Creator and Blogger God 8 A Blog of a Book 2 Holy One making Scriptures Holy
  16. Creator and Blogger God 12 Old and New Blog 2 Blog for every day
  17. Great things being heard and seen, sings of God
  18. God Statements recorded in a book
  19. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  20. True God giving His Word for getting wisdom
  21. Written down in God’s Name
  22. Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)
  23. Bible, helmet of salvation, God’s Words put in the mouth of prophets for perfecting, to reprove and correct
  24. 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
  25. Eternal Word that tells everything
  26. Great things, Voice of God and terrors
  27. The Need to Understand Genre
  28. Genre – Playing by the Rules
  29. Corruption in our translations !
  30. Atonement And Fellowship 5/8

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Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe

The Aleppo Codex is a medieval manuscript of t...
The Aleppo Codex is a medieval manuscript of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), associated with Rabbi Aaron Ben Asher. The Masoretic scholars wrote it in the early 10th century, probably in Tiberias, Israel. It is in book form and contains the vowel points and grammar points (nikkudot) that specify the pronunciation of the ancient Hebrew letters to preserve the chanting tradition. It is perhaps the most historically important Hebrew manuscript in existence. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the beginning of times Words were given to man declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, that His counsel shall stand, and all of what He likes shall come into being. He has given His advice and the thoughts of His heart, for all generations to learn from it and to get more wisdom.

Man may be slow of mouth but the Most High is the One Who let others speak in His Name. It is His Spirit Which lifted up several men of God, and the hand of יהוה Jehovah the Elohim was strong upon them (Ezekiel 3:14)

Even the most known sent one from God, whom many take as their god, did not use his own words, which he would have done when he is God. Today there are still several people who do not believe what Jesus said that he could not do anything without his heavenly Father Whose words Jesus brought to mankind and spoke to his disciples. (John 5:17-36; 14:10,28)

That Word written down for mankind was spoken so man could take it as a harness, and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word not of human origin but breathed by יהוה Jehovah God for our edification, profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that those who love God may be children of God completed, thoroughly equipped for every good work (Ephesians 6:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Exodus 20:1 (RNKJV)

Exodus 20
1 And Elohim spake all these words, saying,

Exodus 33:11  (RNKJV)
And יהוה spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

Numbers 12:8  (RNKJV)
With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of יהוה shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

Deuteronomy 4:33  (RNKJV)
Did ever people hear the voice of Elohim speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?

Deuteronomy 4:36  (RNKJV)
Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.

Deuteronomy 5:4  (RNKJV)
יהוה talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,

Deuteronomy 5:22  (RNKJV)
These words יהוה spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.

Deuteronomy 18:20-22 (RNKJV)
20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other elohim, even that prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which יהוה hath not spoken? 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of יהוה, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which יהוה hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Isaiah 6:8  (RNKJV)
Also I heard the voice of יהוה, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Isaiah 7:7  (RNKJV)
Thus saith the Master יהוה, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.

Isaiah 46:8-13 (RNKJV)
8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am El, and there is none else; I am Elohim, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. 12 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: 13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

Psalms 119:98-100  (RNKJV)
98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

Psalms 33:11  (RNKJV)
The counsel of יהוה standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Proverbs 1:1-4 (RNKJV)

Proverbs 1
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

Proverbs 9:10  (RNKJV)
The fear of יהוה is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Jeremiah 1:2  (RNKJV)
To whom the word of יהוה came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

Jeremiah 1:4  (RNKJV)
Then the word of יהוה came unto me, saying,

Jeremiah 1:9  (RNKJV)
Then יהוה put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And יהוה said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

Jeremiah 8:9  (RNKJV)
The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of יהוה; and what wisdom is in them?

Jeremiah 23:28  (RNKJV)
The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith יהוה.

Jeremiah 23:29  (RNKJV)
Is not my word like as a fire? saith יהוה; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

2 Samuel 23:1-5 (RNKJV)

2 Samuel 23
1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the Elohim of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, 2 The Spirit of יהוה spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. 3 The Elohim of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of Elohim. 4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. 5 Although my house be not so with El; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.

Ezekiel 1:3  (RNKJV)
The word of יהוה came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of יהוה was there upon him.

Joel 1:1  (RNKJV)
The word of יהוה that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

Habakkuk 2:2  (RNKJV)
And יהוה answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

Luke 5:1  (RNKJV)
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of יהוה, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

Luke 8:21  (RNKJV)
And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of יהוה, and do it.

John 14:10  (RNKJV)
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Ephesians 6:17  (RNKJV)
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of יהוה:

1 Peter 1:25  (RNKJV)
But the word of יהוה endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

1 Timothy 4:1  (RNKJV)
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (RNKJV)
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Yahushua the Messiah. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of יהוה, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of יהוה may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Hebrews 4:12  (RNKJV)
For the word of יהוה is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Acts 1:16  (RNKJV)
Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Yahushua.

Acts 3:21  (RNKJV)
Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which יהוה hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Acts 8:14  (RNKJV)
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of יהוה, they sent unto them Kepha and John:

Acts 28:24-28 (RNKJV)
24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Spirit by Isaiah the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of יהוה is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

2 Corinthians 9:8  (RNKJV)
And Elohim is able to make all favour abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Romans 10:17  (RNKJV)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of יהוה.

2 Peter 1:16-21  (RNKJV)
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Master Yahushua the Messiah, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from יהוה the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of יהוה spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 2:13  (RNKJV)
For this cause also thank we יהוה without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of יהוה which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of יהוה, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

 

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Are there certain books essential to come to faith

Evolution of the biblical facility.
Evolution of the biblical facility.

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Additional reading:

  1. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  2. How to look for and how to handle the Truth
  3. The Bible: God’s Word or pious myth?
  4. Why believing the Bible
  5. Of the many books Only the Bible can transform
  6. Coming to understanding from sayings written long ago
  7. The Bible is a today book
  8. Written down in God’s Name for righteousness
  9. Appointed to be read
  10. Do Christians need to read the Old Testament
  11. Bible for you and for life
  12. Unsure about relevance Bible
  13. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  14. Possibility to live
  15. Power in the life of certain
  16. Who Wrote the Bible?
  17. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  18. Pure Words and Testimonies full of Breath of the Most High
  19. Fools despise wisdom and instruction
  20. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  21. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  22. Eternal Word that tells everything
  23. Hearing words to accept
  24. Bible Word from God
  25. Bible, God speaking words profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
  26. 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
  27. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  28. Bible, helmet of salvation, God’s Words put in the mouth of prophets for perfecting, to reprove and correct
  29. God-breathed prophetic words written torah and the mitzvot to teach us
  30. Scripture words written for our learning, given by inspiration of God for edification
  31. The Right One to follow and to worship
  32. The radiance of God’s glory and the counsellor
  33. Did the Inspirator exist
  34. Believing what Jesus says
  35. When you don’t know what to do and hate yourself
  36. Bible ownership and Bible knowledge slumped
  37. Why can’t Bible scholars agree on how to interpret the Bible?
  38. Out of Context: How to Avoid Misinterpreting the Bible
  39. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  40. Cosmogony
  41. Getting to know the Truth
  42. Not all christians are followers of a Greco-Roman culture
  43. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  44. Luther’s misunderstanding
  45. Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers
  46. Celebrating the Bible in English
  47. What English Bible do you use?
  48. The Most Reliable English Bible
  49. 21st Century Version of the Christian Scripture or Mark Heber Miller Bible
  50. NWT and what other scholars have to say to its critics
  51. The NIV and the Name of God
  52. Cell phone vs. Bible
  53. Determined To Stick With Truth.
  54. Bringing Good News into the world
  55. Bible like puddle of water
  56. Working on the Bible being like re-wiring an old house
  57. The manager and Word of God
  58. Feed Your Faith Daily
  59. Rebirth and belonging to a church

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Are there certain books essential to come to faith

When we are looking for God and want to find Him are there certain books in which we should belief and follow?

Parinirvana Buddha
Parinirvana Buddha (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many people create themselves gods. We can see that in how people have idols and sometimes go so far to worship those human beings. There are also people who take elements from nature as their god and they speak or pray to trees, sun, stars or look for a god behind everything that happens in nature, and as such have a god for the rain, wind, thunder, sky, or even for each day of the week.

But when we look how those gods respond or what they can do we see that something is lacking. It is always questionable what those gods can do and what they really provide.

Though there is One God Who is superior to all those gods and can do much more than they. About Him is a lot written down throughout the years. But one particular library is very trustworthy and should be best referred to. When we consult that library of Books of books we can find the Word of that God of gods, Who is most reliable.

White-collar criminal defense lawyer Joel Cohen questions if the Bible’s factuality is essential to faith.

Many people wonder if one can trust what religious people say about the Bible. Is there reason to believe in the factuality of the Bible’s contents, and that the Almighty God Himself was its Author?

Cohen writes:

Indeed, to worship God as religion demands, must one believe that God actually performed the acts attributed to Him; must we accept as authentic His purported interactions – His Creation of the universe and mankind, the plagues that He visited on Egypt, His splitting of the Red Sea and His conversations with mankind, Moses, Abraham and David.  More to the point, must we obdurately accept them in the particular and peculiar ways described in the Bible? {Is the Bible’s factuality essential to faith?}

A bible from 1859.
A bible from 1859. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It all depends how you want to look at that Book of books. In which way do we have to look at those different writings, and take them as stories or real reviews of what happened at the earlier times? Several people do find that we have to take those Biblical accounts as morality plays or anecdotal narratives, created by human beings without God’s help or involvement.

When you take a closer look at them, you will find strange things, which would shed a light on those writers, they normally would hide for others.

We may choose to believe that God dictated nothing whatsoever to Moses, and merely instructed a spiritually inspired Moses to write of the Creation.

writes Cohen and continues

We may choose to believe that all that God really wants from mankind is for it to live a conventionally moral life based on civility, charity and love of one’s fellow man.  That a moral life is not only the sine qua non to a life of faith, but is also its sole prerequisite.  We may believe that all of the meticulous laws of animal sacrifice (morphed, upon the Temple’s destruction, into communal prayer), the Sabbath’s sanctity and kashrut were fashioned by man himself in order to nationalistically (if you will) create a “culture.”  Perhaps even, a culture that designated this particular Society as having been chosen, while others were not. {Is the Bible’s factuality essential to faith?}

Today we have different media and we always can pick up what is written or filmed before. At the old times there were no sources people could consult and not all where so literate they could read the stones or scrolls. For that reason passing the word form one generation to the next mostly was done in the aural way and history had to be so compressed or said in such manner people could easily remember it.

Orality, epic singer [Credit: Courtesy of John Miles Foley]the first and still most widespread mode of human communication. Far more than “just talking,” oral tradition refers to a dynamic and highly diverse oral-aural medium for evolving, storing, and transmitting knowledge, art, and ideas. It is typically contrasted with literacy, with which it can and does interact in myriad ways, and also with literature, which it dwarfs in size, diversity, and social function. {Encyclopaedia Britannica}

What is so special about that aural tradition, that not likewise other aural stories, these stories kept the same over centuries.

Nicolas de Largillière, François-Marie Arouet dit Voltaire (vers 1724-1725) -001.jpg
François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. – Portrait by Nicolas de Largillière, c. 1724

Even Voltaire, who wanted to destroy the Bible and distributed pamphlets against that book, had to confess that he could not imagine that when there would be a watch that there would not be a watchmaker. Looking at mankind and the plants and animals around us, and when you get to know how wonderfully they are made it would be very strange to believe there would be not a Master Inventor or Maker behind them, providing this life. When those people grew up and multiplied from one generation to an other, they carried with them the stories of their families. To their next of kin they brought stories from kings (Solomon) herdsman (David), man who could tell about things which happened many years later and as such were visionaries (Isaiah, Zacharia), fisherman (John) doctor (Luke), publican (Matthew), scholar (Paul) etc..
That collection of stories written on 3 continents: Africa, Asia and Europe, under different circumstances: in desserts, humble homes, palaces, prisons, etc., written in three languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, became the first translated Great Book, and became the most translated and reprinted book in the world, a best-seller of all times.

Voltaire is death. His house and the printing machines became again used, this time to print bibles.

Interesting to note is that those writers also told not such nice things about themselves. Proud being inherited by man you would expect their visions would be contributed to themselves. But more than 3800 times the writers do say that their words do not come form them but from the Higher Power God, the Adonai Elohim Hashem Jehovah.
Every time we read:

Jehovah, god, said to me

or

The word of the Most High, Jehovah God, came to me

Naturally you could assume they were telling lies; But how could they tell about things which had not happened yet and could use names which did not mean anything yet at the time they lived?

Would such liars than be able to produce such special writings which can inspire so many people and can bring forth so much goodness? Bitter sources cannot bring forth sweet waters.

The 40 different writers of the assembly of books, written over a period of more than 1500 years, also never contradict each other. This whilst they wrote about one of the most sensitive subjects on earth: God.

Though many rabbis as well as priests and ministers say it does not matter if the Bible is written under the guidance of God or if their congregants want to read the Bible with skepticism, or see it as somewhat of a work of historical/Biblical fiction.

In the monotheist religions we have seen several groups which started to put more accent on human writings and gave preference to keep to human doctrines instead of holding to the clarity of the simple words written in the books of the Bible. This created many schisms in those religious groups and even made it possible that certain people came to consider themselves still monotheist though they started worshipping what they call a tri-une god, three gods in one.

The man of justice correctly looks at the real question

what do the rabbis themselves believe? Do they say aloud “it doesn’t matter” because they recognize that defending the Bible’s stories to moderns simply won’t (or can’t) be effective, leaving congregants to turn elsewhere or pay less attention to what observant Jews tend to believe?  Or is it because they, themselves don’t believe in their authenticity? {Is the Bible’s factuality essential to faith?}

In the Catholic Church we can find many examples of people who call themselves “theologian” and do not believe in God. For them being part of an institution which pays for their living is very handy. Also for the other priests we can ask the same question as for the Jewish rabbe or the Muslim imam when they utter either in their sermon or tete a tete that a Holy Scripture account’s authenticity “doesn’t matter,”

do they immediately then mutter to themselves: “But yet it happened”?  And, really, does it and should it matter if an observant rabbi/teacher doesn’t himself believe in exacting fashion that the Bible is God’s literal Word transmitted by God to Moses at Sinai? {Is the Bible’s factuality essential to faith?}

If you want to get to know the only real God, in a way it does not matter if you believe it or not that the Bible is God’s Word. But it is essential to come to see and understand what happened to mankind and to get to know Who is behind it all.

Do you want to take it as an allegory or metaphor, that is your good right, but then also dare to take the words written in it to take for what they (literally) say. For example when there is written “the son of God“, do not think in your head “god the son” because that is not at all what is written there. Only by accepting the words like they are written down, saying what they are saying and not what some theologians may want you to believe what should be implemented by that saying.

God is a god of order and clarity who does not tell lies. When those writers claim to have written down what God ordered them to write down, we may expect that they did not write down lies but wrote what was meant to be said. Then we also should not fix our eyes on one phrase but look at all the phases being connected with each other and in unison with each other. As such we should always look at the text in contexts with the sayings at other places in that Holy or put or set apart Book of books.

Joel Cohen asks

Can we, ourselves, determine what the Bible truly means to us?  While it may be controversial or provocative to articulate it that way, that’s exactly what’s at stake. And, lest it go unsaid, this decision, dilemma if you will, is not limited to Judaism.  How different is it that the Fathers of the Church, years after Jesus’s time, dictated that Jesus is actually part of the Holy Trinity (part of God Himself) , even though the Christian Bible never said that.  Yet, would a modern Christian remain in good standing, if he doesn’t believe (or, at least state he believes) in a Triune God? {Is the Bible’s factuality essential to faith?}

Real lovers of God should come to see how certain people prefer to be off this world, instead of being of God, following God His advice and wise Words.

When you shall take the historical books and the Bible, you shall come to see that the idea of a three-headed god does not come from Jesus, nor from somewhere in the bible but from those people who wanted to live in peace with the Roman leaders and came to an agreement with emperor Constantine the Great.

You also than come to understand what it means to be from the world or of the world, to belong to the world and what it is to be living in this world being of God or to belong to God.

Those people whose lives are steeped in faith – split so that approximately 50% said they accepted the Bible’s account; the other 50% did not, will have it more difficult to see the light and come to the truth.

Then, after everyone had opened their eyes, the moment of truth arrived:  I asked those who had only  “confidentially” acknowledged that they didn’t believe the Bible’s account to raise their hands in full view of the now eyes-wide-open congregation.  Only a handful raised their hands.  How does one explain this?  For me at least, the overwhelming majority of those “non-believers” of the Red Sea story who sat on their hands were comfortable in their belief, but only privately.  They apparently didn’t want their community to know; essentially, they didn’t want their neighbors to think “less” of them. {Is the Bible’s factuality essential to faith?}

Lots of people are afraid to talk openly about what they really believe. Lots are convinced that one’s faith is a very personal thing, and should remain so.

People might believe in only certain things their religion places before them, irrespective of whether the Author is divine. But even if they don’t believe in all of it, they remain believers in God, as well as believers in the importance of faith in their lives. {Is the Bible’s factuality essential to faith?}

says Joel Cohen.

We do believe that in case you are wiling to read and study the Bible as a book to come to enlightenment and to learn about the Most High Divine Creator of all things, it shall offer you enough insight to come to understand that it is really the Word of God, and that there is really only One True God of gods, Who is One, and that we do have a sent one from God who is one mediator between God and man.

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  1. Looking for Answers
  2. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  3. Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places
  4. Coming to understanding from sayings written long ago
  5. From the very early beginning of the universe
  6. Possibility to live
  7. People Seeking for God 1 Looking for answers
  8. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  9. Did the Inspirator exist
  10. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  11. Do you believe in One god
  12. God is one
  13. God of gods
  14. Only one God
  15. A God between many gods
  16. Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
  17. The Trinity – the Truth
  18. Christianity without the Trinity
  19. For those who believe Jesus is God
  20. Believing what Jesus says
  21. Jesus Christ Waiting For An Invitation
  22. 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
  23. The Almighty Lord God of gods King above all gods
  24. God giving signs and producing wonders
  25. Jewish and Christian traditions of elders
  26. An uncovering book to explore
  27. The Need to Understand Genre
  28. Genre – Playing by the Rules
  29. Why think that (4) … God would reveal himself in words
  30. Why think that (5) … the Bible is the word of God
  31. The Word of God in print
  32. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  33. An unbridgeable gap
  34. Inspired Word
  35. Book of books and great masterpiece
  36. Bible, God speaking words profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
  37. Challenging claim
  38. Challenging claim 1 Whose word
  39. Challenging claim 2 Inspired by God 1 Simple words
  40. Challenging claim 3 Inspired by God 2 Inerrant Word of God
  41. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  42. the Bible – God’s guide for life #1 Introduction
  43. the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life
  44. the Bible – God’s guide for life #3 Fast food or staple diet
  45. the Bible – God’s guide for life #4 Not to get the best from our diet– or from ourselves
  46. the Bible – God’s guide for life #5 What is God like
  47. the Bible – God’s guide for life #6 Case example – King Josiah #1
  48. the Bible – God’s guide for life #7 Case example – King Josiah #2 Lessons from Josiah’s experience
  49. the Bible – God’s guide for life #8 Looking to Jesus #1 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
  50. Authority of the Bible
  51. No other god besides Jehovah who gives all explanation
  52. Creator and Blogger God 8 A Blog of a Book 2 Holy One making Scriptures Holy
  53. Unread bestseller
  54. Written down in God’s Name
  55. Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)
  56. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  57. Colour-blindness and road code
  58. Who Gets to Say What the Bible Says?
  59. Vision And Mission By The Word Of God
  60. Theologians and a promised Spirit to enlighten us
  61. Background to look at things
  62. Gone astray, away from God
  63. The very very beginning 2 The Word and words
  64. Necessity of a revelation of creation 3 Getting understanding by Word of God 1
  65. Necessity of a revelation of creation 6 Getting understanding by Word of God 4
  66. Necessity of a revelation of creation 7 Getting understanding by Word of God 5
  67. Necessity of a revelation of creation 8 By no means unintelligible or mysterious to people
  68. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  69. Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
  70. Necessity of a revelation of creation 11 Believing and obeying the gospel of the Kingdom of God
  71. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  72. Necessity of a revelation of creation 13 Getting wisdom
  73. Necessity of a revelation of creation 14 Searching the scriptures
  74. God’s forgotten Word 2 Lost Lawbook 1 Who has still interest
  75. God’s forgotten Word 3 Lost Lawbook 2 Modern scepticism
  76. God’s forgotten Word 4 Lost Lawbook 3 Early digressions and Constantinic revolution
  77. God’s forgotten Word 5 Lost Lawbook 4 The ‘Catholic’ church
  78. Looking on what is going on and not being of it
  79. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
  80. I can’t believe that … (4) God’s word would be so violent
  81. To find ways of Godly understanding
  82. Engagement in an actual two-way conversation with your deities
  83. Luther on Being a Theologian: Oratio, Meditatio and Tentatio
  84. Are Science and the Bible Compatible?
  85. Bible containing scientific information

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All about love, not needing disasters

When we go looking for God we should realise that God is all about love. When we are not willing to love ourselves (being creatures created in the image of God), love those around us, love the creatures, animals and plants around us, it will be difficult to come to see where God’s Hand is at work.

Lots of people do not see God at work as long as everything looks good for them, but as soon something terrible happens in their life they start looking for God. Though we do not need something terrible to happen in our life for going to look for God or to find Him. He is everywhere and wants to be found.

A rope tornado in its dissipating stage, Tecumseh, Oklahoma.

He does not punishes anybody with earthquakes, tsunamis or other natural disasters. He is a God of love who calls for His creatures without putting an extra burden onto them. When we are willing to look at the beauty of the earth around us we shall come to see the Master’s Hand.

Surrounded by all luxurious materials we live in a world where many are not interested in God, but that should not keep you away form looking for Him. All those things you see around you should make you wonder if you deserve them and how it comes to be possible to live in such a world of technology and wonders of nature.

Every season brings new and different beauties and shows how miraculously inventive everything is made. No man would ever be capable to make such microcosm.

There is the miniature world which surpasses anything what man can make. Though man wants to place himself most often in the centre of the universe he is just a small-scale model of that grand universe, which is spoken off in the Book of books, presenting the many stars as grains of sands on the beach, uncountable.

“Man is callyd the lasse worlde, for he shewyth in hymselfe lyknesse of all the worlde,”

wrote John Trevisa when he translated the Latin text of Bartholomaeus Anglicus’ encyclopedia in the 14th century. {Examples of microcosm in a sentence – Merriam Webster dictionary}

English: The stages of life from infancy to ol...
The stages of life from infancy to old age. Woodcut from De proprietatibus rerum by Bartholomeus Anglicus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Putting one foot in front of the other, to keep going in this system of things, each person receives many influences and can have contact with many ideas or thoughts, bringing him in positions to chose.

When hearing all those people expressing their ideas, being confronted with so much variety of understandings, you should know that there is that Book of books which can give so much clarification and which can give you so much insight, making your search so much easier. Therefore best provide yourself with a copy of the bible.
In it you shall be able to find examples of many people who also where doubting about their existence and the role of a god or the God in it. In it you shall also hear about disasters that took take place and about trouble people got themselves in, and how God came to their rescue.

By going back in history looking at the many examples who found God and who let themselves be guided by God you also shall be able to find God.

Try finding people around you with whom you can talk about God and about His creation. Know that it does not always have to be big churches that are bringing Biblical truth. Remember also that Jesus gave his followers the task to go out into the world to preach the gospel of the coming Kingdom. Try to talk to such people who walk on the streets or who come at your doorstep. Those preachers following Jesus probably are the best ones to get you on your way to look for God.

We are here for you. In the hope of helping you, we also hope you shall be able to find some sincere lovers of God in your neighbourhood to help you. But do not worry if you do not find them. Even on your own, you shall be able to find God if you sincerely want to look for Him.

Do not wait until something bad happens in your life, but start today, not postponing because it is now you have to live with the idea that it can be finished at any moment.

Success.

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Additional reading

  1. Luck
  2. Live …
  3. Doubting and going astray
  4. Experiencing God
  5. Creator and Blogger God 5 Things to tell
  6. Creator and Blogger God 6 For His people
  7. Creator and Blogger God 7 A Blog of a Book 1 Believing the Blogger
  8. The very very beginning 2 The Word and words
  9. Necessity of a revelation of creation 8 By no means unintelligible or mysterious to people
  10. Best intimate relation to look for
  11. Jehovah God Maker of the entire universe served by a well-trained army
  12. Are you looking for answers and Are you looking for God
  13. May the Lord direct your hearts to …
  14. Great things being heard and seen, sings of God
  15. Summerholiday season time to read the Bible
  16. Material gain to honour God
  17. Cognizance at the doorstep or at the internet socket
  18. Dealing With the “Silence” of God
  19. Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
  20. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love
  21. God demonstrates his own love
  22. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
  23. What Jesus did: First things first
  24. The Law of Christ: Law of Love
  25. Unconditional love
  26. Christianity is a love affair
  27. When discouraged facing opposition
  28. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
  29. Engaging the enemy
  30. If You want to start winning the war
  31. Do not forget the important sign of belief
  32. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  33. The task given to us to love each other
  34. To be chained by love for another one
  35. Agape, a love to share with others from the Fruit of the Spirit
  36. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  37. Reflect on how much idolizing happens
  38. Life and attitude of a Christian
  39. Reflection for today: hating your brother
  40. Self-preservation is the highest law of nature
  41. A treasure which can give me everything I need
  42. Unarmed truth and unconditional love
  43. Blessed are those who freely give
  44. Work with joy and pray with love
  45. No fear in love
  46. The one who has not had a taste of love
  47. God loving people justified
  48. The Greatest of These is Love
  49. Love envieth not
  50. Growth in character
  51. Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness
  52. Spread love everywhere you go
  53. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
  54. When we love we do not need laws
  55. Love turns one person into two; and two into one
  56. Love is like playing the piano
  57. Love will cure more sins than condemnation
  58. Love and cultivate that which is pure
  59. If we love one another, God lives in us
  60. Those who make peace should plant peace like a seed
  61. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #16 Benefits of praying
  62. God let my compassionate affection be tolerant and kind
  63. The Spirit of God imparts love,inspires hope, and gives liberty
  64. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  65. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  66. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  67. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
  68. When not seeing or not finding a biblically sound church
  69. When seeing a biblically sound church
  70. a little church
  71. Small churches of the few Christadelphians

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For Dutch speaking readers #3 Dutch triptych’s closing site

English: Bible in candlelight.
Bible in candlelight. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bible, like other scriptures, is open to interpretation depending on an individual’s religious background, personally-held beliefs, general understanding and many other factors. But we do have to be aware that it is God’s message to the world. It is His Word He has given to His creatures so that they might find Him and build up a good relationship with Him. It is the source which can bring us out of darkness.

Those assembled 66 books form the guide we are asking you to take with you on your trip to finding God. On the third component of the Flemish Triptych around looking for and finding God, the aim is to help those who have managed to do the first steps, namely looking for God (Op zoek naar God) and secondly finding the way which can bring us to God (De Weg naar God).

God vinden = Finding God
God vinden = Finding God

The blog on the third panel of the triptych opens with saying that we only can find something when we looked thoroughly “Vinden komt pas na goed zoeken“. Already in the first component of the triptych, as on our pages on the Relating to God site, we told our readers that we must know that our Creator Himself is ready to be found. He calls us. He wants to be found (De Schepper God wil gevonden worden).

In this system of things, the world offers many religions and also in Christendom there are many controversies. When we look at reactions of certain people who call themselves Christian it is understandable that non-believers in a god, atheists, are weary about those religious people. Sometimes the way those who call themselves God’s people think and act, makes it difficult to interest unbelievers in the God and His sent one and to hold those who are new in the faith.

Whilst the second component has its focus on the way to come to God, the final shutter looks at affirming the decisions which a person has to take when looking for God. Parts of texts published here in English shall be presented over there in Dutch. As such you may find the series on the seen and unseen, the touchable and untouchable, the transient and the imperishable, in Dutch on that site as well in different episodes.

This way you may find there already “Naar het vergankelijke of het onvergankelijke kijken” (Looking at the perishable and imperishable) parts 1, 2, 3, 45 and 6 covering the same subject as in our previous writings “A Start for looking at the unseen and the treasure to look forward to” and “Looking at the seen and going for the unseen“.

The God of Israel said that Israel’s closeness to Him will be seen by the nations around about and it is Him Who all people in the world should come to find and worship. Him alone, and no other God. The God of gods warned people that He wants to relate to them only when they do not make any graven images of Him.  Yes He Who demands not to make an idol for ourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth, is calling His creatures to come to Him and to give only worship to Him. the act of revering or adoring with dignity  and high standing should only be done to the Almighty Divine Creator, the Elohim Jehovah Host of hosts.

Exodus 20:1-7 (RNKJV)

Exodus 20
1 And Elohim spake all these words, saying, 2 I am יהוה {Jehovah} thy Elohim, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other elohim before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I יהוה thy Elohim am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7 Thou shalt not take the name of יהוה thy Elohim in vain; for יהוה will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

In that third section shall be given much attention to That One Who cannot be seen by man.

Exodus 33:19-20 (TS2009)
19 And He said, “I shall cause all My goodness to pass before you, and I shall proclaim the Name of יהוה {Jehovah} before you. And I shall favour him whom I favour, and shall have compassion on him whom I have compassion.” 20 But He said, “You are unable to see My face, for no man does see Me and live.”

The Way to God, God His only begotten son, the Nazarene man of flesh and blood, who really died, can be seen and it is him that we should follow. Whilst in the second component the focus is on Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the third component brings all knowledge together and looks at our relationship between Jesus, Godother people and other created elements like the plants and animals.

Our main focus over-there shall be on the one Who is Spirit and has nothing to do with gold or silver that man wants to use to portray Him.

Acts 17:29  (TS2009)
“Now then, since we are the offspring of Elohim, we should not think that the Elohim is like gold or silver or stone, an image made by the skill and thought of man.

John 4:24  (TS2009)
“Elohim is Spirit, and those who worship Him need to worship in spirit and truth.”

In the first two components we show how we may not be limited on our thinking, to what is going on in the world around us. All panels of the triptych show how we do have to become transformed. Transformed to God sensitivity, understanding the Awesomeness of His Presence around.

All three sites show the reader how we have to allow the Spirit of God to reside in us. To come to a good relationship between God, Jesus and each-other, we do need an open mind and to let the Scriptures bring us assurance that we belong to God when we give ourself up as His children.

Galatians 4:1-8 (TS2009)

Galatians 4
1 And I say, for as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, though he is master of all, 2 but is under guardians and trustees till the time prearranged by the father. 3 So we also, when we were children, were under the elementary matters of the world, being enslaved. 4 But when the completion of the time came, Elohim sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under Torah, 5 to redeem those who were under Torah, in order to receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, Elohim has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, also an heir of Elohim through Messiah. 8 But then, indeed, not knowing Elohim, you served those which by nature are not mighty ones.

Romans 8:9  (TS2009)
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Messiah, this one is not His.

Romans 8:16  (TS2009)
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of Elohim,

Romans 8:24-28 (TS2009)
24 For in this expectation we were saved, but expectation that is seen is not expectation, for when anyone sees, does he expect it? 25 And if we expect what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance. 26 And in the same way the Spirit does help in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray, but the Spirit Himself pleads our case for us with groanings unutterable. 27 And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the set-apart ones according to Elohim. 28 And we know that all matters work together for good to those who love Elohim, to those who are called according to His purpose.

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In het Nederlands is er de triptiek die ook op deze site gebrachte teksten in het Nederlands vertolkt over de drie componenten.

Het derde deel “God vinden” concentreert zich op het eindpunt van misschien een lange weg, warbij wij meerdere keren voor een keuze zullen geplaatst worden.

In de voorziene artikelen zal aangetoond worden dat wij ons betere concentreren op die dingen die niet kunnen gezien worden maar die als wij willen wel waar genomen kunnen worden. Want ook al is God niet zichtbaar voor de mens kunnen wij Zijn wonderwerken en Zijn Kracht wel waar nemen. Wanneer lezers bij het derde deel van de trilogie komen zouden zij op het punt moeten staan waar zij bereid zijn God in zich te laten nestelen. Want pas als wij ons zelf over geven aan God kunnen wij opgenomen worden als kinderen van Hem. Hiertoe moeten wij echter het kinderschap met de wereld opgeven en bereid zijn om die hechte relatie met de Enige Ware God aan te gaan die geen verering duldt van andere goden.

God vinden - Relatie met God pagina
God vinden – Relatie met God pagina

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

For Dutch speaking readers #2 Second component of triptych

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  2. Living In The Presence Of God
  3. Fathers of the Church on the Unity of the Church……

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