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"Thou shalt not troll on thy forum, lest ye shall be condemned."
(Why I became an agnostic deist for a few months and why I still have friendship/trust issues and other stuff: http://christianchat.com/testimonies...ml#post2937513)
The law of Moses says that we are to stone anyone in our family that tries to get us not to keep the Sabbath day or that tries to get us not to believe in God. That's a commandment.
There are 100's of them like this one.
James says if we fail to keep one law - we are guilty of it all.
Obviously something has changed in the New Covenant. We live in the New Covenant and in this one "we believe on Christ and walk in love" 1 John 3:23 . Those are the New Covenant commandments. If we mix in the Old with the New - we ruin both of them for the purpose they have.
The new man in Christ - the new creation that is created in righteousness and
holiness hears the heart voice of the Spirit and not an old head noise of the letter
of the word. The Pharisees knew "bible knowledge" but they did not
know God's heart and so they erred in really understanding what the
scriptures were saying.
The Lord wants us to look through His eyes and to live from His heart towards
people, towards Him and towards ourselves as well.
“True eloquence consists of saying all that is necessary, and only that which is .” François Duc De La Rochefoucauld
I am the righteousness of God, in Christ Jesus.
Honesty is always the best policy...
And galatea....no shame ever on you.
Jeepers Creepers...we gotta get new peepers.
Mat 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
In the beginning, it's good to take a bible study and become acquainted with scripture from
beginning to end. Once that is done, the Bible becomes a book of inspiration. Primarily the
N/T guides us to the examples that Jesus taught. It leads us to salvation, truth and love.
It also leads us to a beautiful personal relationship with God. Once we depart from the flesh
and become a new Spirit, we have become a new creation.
…16So from now on we regard no one according to the flesh. Although we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
For us to get to that point, it is necessary to read scripture, perhaps about a dozen verses, then meditate on what we have read. That leads us to holiness and Spiritual growth and ever closer to be absorbed in the Spirit of God. If we read only for knowledge and so nothing with the knowledge, we have missed the entire message of Jesus.
Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life.
--Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra, from Paulo Coelho Blog
I feel that it is necessary and ordained that I should be alone, a stranger and an exile in relation to every human circle without exception.
i read it only once thru and thru so far.
next time i try to remember what i read earlier to tie it all together better.
People are offended that God is God.
"My beloved is mine, and I am his." - Song of Songs 2:16
I used to think the Bible had to be read in a quiet place without distractions sort of "officially" with due respect and reverence. Needless to say, it got read rarely because it became a hardship associated with guilt for not getting to it like I should. That was discouraging before I even started. Today I see that was a ploy of the enemy to keep the Word from being sown.
Today it's very different. I have it set up in messages & sermons on CD and DVD and on radio and TV for when I'm home working or sitting. It's set to go by CD by the bed so it's the last thing to hear before going to sleep. It's set in the car in words and music. It's subscribed to from different on line sources on my email so it's in my inbox and it's read as often as the computer is turned on.
Then the Bible in my carry all bag along with computer when I go to work and church. It's in a small booklet of the Psalms to take out and read the promises and be reminded Jesus is there with me. I literally must be reminded all the time of this truth especially in these middle years of my life.
Without this set up I would not have survived long in this life over the last 10 years. Literally the Word is the only consistent light on my path. Psalm 119:105 "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Not sure how any Christian can survive without making these kinds of arrangements to be on guard from within and without from attacks that seek to stop us from hearing the Word and getting faith we desperately need to live here on earth.
It's literally protecting myself from my flesh, the world and the devil. They are all 3 there seeking to influence me all the time unless I'm careful and prepared. The only way to be influenced by the Bible is to have it available at all times in all the usual places I go.
That's the problem is people think literal translation of the Word means, to take every word literally. It's literally translated according to it's context and genre, you don't take allegorical writings like a poem or a parable and translate it literally word for word, that's were as you mentioned the problems start. Context is more than what book, chapter and verse, it also includes it's historical context as well, what the book, chapter or letter was written in response too. Just like the Gospels there is meaning for the Church in them, but the overall meaning is to the Jews and their perversion of the Law. That's why there is a general call to repentance, because they were called/chosen with/in Abraham, Deuteronomy 10:15 “Yet the LORD set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.”
One of the most misquoted verse in the Gospels is Matthew 16:24 "Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." "after" opisō, behind, after, at ones back, Jesus is saying if you have the mind set of man, get a cross follow me to the punishment I am going to go through, drink of the cup of His affliction.
People say take up your cross daily, when it doesn't say that nor does it mean that. Look at what happened before Jesus saying that. Matthew 16:21-23 "From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
This is just after Jesus said “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” Jesus is saying if you want to set your mind on the things of man, take up your cross and follow me. In other words, if my sacrifice or what the prophets have said of me, is not good enough for you, get a cross follow me and die for your own sins, is the general idea. Taking up our cross, is if you have the mind set of man, according to Jesus. I know it almost sounds like blasphemy, but in context, it's not a way of salvation, it's a rebuke of the idea that Jesus did not need to go to the cross. This is something liberal, being translated as allegorical or as a parable, when it's not.
With eyeballs!How Do You Read the Bible?
Since I was first given to have faith in Jesus Christ I have read the Book from Genesis through the final amen of Revelation. After that final amen, I would begin again at Genesis repeating the previous. This occurred repeatedly over the decades. This was my regimented reading.
At the same time I would read what subject was put into my heart separately.
I always read the Word aloud saying the Word to the creation so all hear . I derived this practice from knowing that every creature should be aware of our Father's will, his love and all that entails what is true knowledge and wisdom.
This is how I read the Word. Now, the only understanding I could possibly retain is that given me by the Holy Spirit. This is true for all who believe, while for those who may read and not believe, their understanding is nil.
God bless all who are in Jesus Crhist, amen. PS I do not include here the languages I have read the Word in......with prayer and care, all versions of the Word say the same with minor erros in translations that have no lasting effect to change the meaning of the covenants.
From the Mouth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, or do you call Him Yeshua?
Mat 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.