Category Archives: Bible Study Help

Understanding Jesus: What does it mean to be born again?

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Do you refer to yourself as a “born again” Christian?  If so, why?  Because that’s what it says in the Bible, right?  But have you ever looked up the passages in which that term is used and studied the original context?  Probably not, so let’s do it now, because it’s really quite interesting. Continue reading Understanding Jesus: What does it mean to be born again?

Numerology, Gematria & Bible Codes: Being Stupid with Numbers

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Here’s how it works in the world of numerology.  First, you pick a number—any number.  Then you randomly pluck some concept out of the air that you want to associate with that number.  For example, you might decide that the number 4 represents healing.  Once you accept your own baloney as truth, then you start peddling it to other people.  So when your friend Judy finds out that she has a terminal illness and she comes to you for help, you say something like, “Take heart, Judy.  I’m sure you’ll be healed.  Look: four ducks are swimming in the pond, and four is the number of healing.  Clearly those ducks are a sign from God telling you that He’s promising to give you total healing.”  This is the kind of moron you turn into when you go down the road of numerology. Continue reading Numerology, Gematria & Bible Codes: Being Stupid with Numbers

Judaism, Christianity & Biblical Commands: Sorting Out the Confusion

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The modern Christian Bible is filled with commandments, instructions, and guidelines—many of which are not applicable to Christians.  So before you pin up a copy of the Ten Commandments or start stressing over some rule that you find God laying down in Scriptures, you need to understand some basic facts about Bible commands.  So let’s get into it. Continue reading Judaism, Christianity & Biblical Commands: Sorting Out the Confusion

Defining THE WORD OF GOD: Its Biblical & Modern Day Meanings

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The Word is one of those phrases that has become a jumbled mess in the minds of Christians.  Today we’ve got a ton of false prophets running around declaring, “I have a word!”  Then we’ve got Christians referring to their modern day Bibles as The Word.  The author of Hebrews says that the Word of God is living and active.  The apostle John refers to Jesus as The Word.  The apostle Paul instructs people to take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  So what should we make of all this?  If the Bible is the Word, and Jesus is the Word, does that mean that Jesus is a book or that the book is a God?  No, it  means that we’ve all confused ourselves by attaching too many definitions to the same phrase.  The purpose of this post is to sort out the mess. Continue reading Defining THE WORD OF GOD: Its Biblical & Modern Day Meanings

It’s Personal: Understanding How God Communicates with Humans

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When God is talking to Americans, He talks like an American—using terms, slang, and metaphors that Americans understand.  When He’s talking to Russians, He talks like a Russian.  When He’s talking to Italians, He talks like an Italian.  Because God gave us all of the language tools we use today, and because He understands us better than we understand ourselves, it’s a very simple thing for Him to communicate to us in ways that we will understand.  It’s also a very simple thing for Him to stonewall us, confuse us, and prevent us from pondering certain questions and possibilities.  The point is that if God wants you to understand something, there’s no way that you can stop yourself from receiving that information.  At the same time, if God wants to withhold information from you, there’s no way that you can pry that information out of Him.   Continue reading It’s Personal: Understanding How God Communicates with Humans

Imitating the Idolatry of NT Jews: All Scripture is God-Breathed

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Why do Christians today say that the entire Bible is God-breathed or Divinely inspired?  Where do we get that idea from?  We get it from the apostle Paul.  Paul once said to Timothy:

All Scripture is Divinely inspired and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right. (2 Tim. 3:16)

Of course when Paul said this, he was only talking about the Old Testament, because that was the only “Scripture” that he knew.  But today when we quote Paul’s words, we pretend that he was referring to both the Old and New Testaments, even though the New Testament that you know today wasn’t compiled until long after Paul’s death.  It simply doesn’t matter to you that the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, Hebrews, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Revelation were all written after Paul had died.  You still insist that when Paul said all Scripture was Divinely inspired, he was including documents that he’d never personally heard of.  Are you starting to get a feel for how ludicrous the modern day application of Paul’s words is? Continue reading Imitating the Idolatry of NT Jews: All Scripture is God-Breathed

Bible Study Help: Which translation should you use?

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By now you’ve probably noticed that there are many English translations of the Bible.  In fact, you could easily say that there are too many.  Having all of these choices becomes overwhelming and confusing to Christians who are wanting to do some serious Scripture study. So what do you do?  How can you—a Christian without any special training in biblical study—study the Bible all on your own and actually get something out of it?

Well, let’s start with the basics.

You don’t have any formal training on how to study the Bible—congratulations!  This is actually a huge advantage.  You see, when you go to some expensive Christian school and pay people to tell you how to study the Bible, all you get out of it is a bunch of denominational brainwashing.  Formal Christian Bible study courses and Bible helps actually teach you to read the Bible through a mental filter—and that means they teach you to ignore much of what the Bible actually says.  So if you want to do it right, don’t pay.  If you’re shelling out a bunch of money for Bible study materials, you’re buying the wrong things.  In this post, we’re going to teach you a method of Bible study which won’t cost you a dime and it will help you actually learn the right things—the things that God wants you to learn.  After all, the whole purpose in studying the Bible is supposed to be to get to know God better so that you can treat Him better.  We don’t study the Bible to become show offs and braggarts. Continue reading Bible Study Help: Which translation should you use?