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Downgrading the Devil: Debunking the Myth of Lucifer

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Among Christians, it is commonly believed that bad ole Satan wasn’t always the shady, malicious character he is today.  Instead, Christians are told that a long time ago, evil Satan used to be a beautiful, brilliant, perfect and powerful angel named Lucifer.  Lucifer had it all.  Lucifer was the chief angel—God’s right hand guy.  But then Lucifer got a big head and all greedy for more power.  So he staged some kind of coup against God, which sparked a massive civil war among the angels.  A third of the angels sided with Lucifer, the rest sided with God.  Team Lucifer lost, and they all got booted out of Heaven, cursed, and turned into the ugly, slinking creatures we know as demons today.  The archangel Michael then took over as the top commander of all the good angels, and today he and Lucifer are constantly going at it.  This is the quick summary of who Christians think Lucifer is.  And guess what?  It’s all a bunch of hooey. Read more of this post

Genesis 6 in Context: Demystifying the Nephilim

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Today it is commonly taught that Genesis 6 describes male angels having sexual relations with human females, the outcome of which is a generation of angel-human hybrids called Nephilim.  So is this really what is going on in Genesis 6?  No, it’s not.

There are many translations of the Bible, and each translation is working towards a certain set of goals (see Bible Study Help: Which translation should you use?).  When the goal is to convey the general idea of a passage as simply as possible, translators end up taking a lot of liberties with the text.  Now suppose you are a Bible translator.  Once you decide in your mind that angels are being described in Genesis 6, then you might put the word “angel” or “supernatural being” in your translation of that chapter, even though that’s really not what the text says.  In your mind, you’re making the passage more clear to others, but in reality what you’re doing is shifting the language to reflect your own interpretation of words which could be interpreted multiple ways.  When people come along and read your revised version of the passage, they don’t see the other options you had to choose from, because by not translating the original language more accurately, you make your interpretation sound like the only one that’s possible.  This happens with Bible translations all the time, which is why it’s very helpful to compare different translations of the passage you’re studying. Read more of this post

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? Read more of this post

How We Got the Bible: A Reality Check for Christians

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God hates idolatry and the common Christian attitude towards the Bible is quite idolatrous.  Today we are taught to think of the Bible as a replacement for God in our lives.  Don’t believe it?  Well, consider how we refer to it as the Living Word.  What kind of foolishness is this?  A book is not alive, yet we talk as if the Bible is, because to us, the Bible is not just a book, it is a deity.  Then we go on to say that the Bible speaks to us.  No, it really doesn’t.  God speaks to us, but God is not a book.  God will certainly use material in the Bible to communicate some point to us at times, but so will demons, and so will other humans.  The Bible is hardly some magical talisman which we can use to force God Almighty to speak at our command.  And yet this is how we’re taught to use it by the Church.  Need a word from God?  Need guidance?  Need comfort?  Don’t talk to God, crack open the book.  Here’s a popular Christian ditty: “God can’t speak until you part His lips for Him,” and when we say this, we’re referring to the covers of our Bible as His lips.  This is quite an irreverent and derogatory way to talk about God, and yet we do this all the time because the Bible is not only our replacement for God, it is also a means by which we try to control God. Read more of this post

Spiritual Maturity in the Bible: Where is it?

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We shouldn’t be trying to tell God what to do. We shouldn’t be bossing Him around. We shouldn’t be instructing Him about how to run His own universe, telling Him when to forgive and help others, or trying to manipulate Him with a bunch of insincere worship. But we all do—especially when we are spiritually young, or in a state of spiritual rebellion. Read more of this post

Creating a Different God: How the Bible is Being Changed to Lead You Astray

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When you pick up a translation of the Bible, you are trusting that the men and women who put that translation together for you were people of high character who were committed to helping you understand the true meaning of the text. Unfortunately, your trust has been sadly misplaced. Today’s Bible translators are not toiling to give you the most accurate understanding of the text. They have a far more sinister agenda. They are trying to control your theology about God. More specifically, they are trying to drive you away from certain realities about who God is and how He operates. They do this by making subtle changes to the text. A quiet modification here and there, the scrubbing out of some offensive terminology, and suddenly we’re getting a very different picture of God. His wrath isn’t so wrathful. He goes from being purposeful to being passive. The crude language and shocking threats that He uses towards His own people quietly fade from the text. Don’t believe it? Let’s look at some examples. Read more of this post

The Bible Isn’t Perfect: Now what?

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The Bible isn’t perfect. It’s a collection of historical documents which were composed by imperfect humans. Did God have a hand in making the Bible what it is today? Of course He did. Nothing happens in this universe without God’s involvement. God is certainly the One who made the Book available to us, but He never taught us to view it as perfect. We did that ourselves. We turned the Bible into an idol and we taught other Christians to do the same. That was a major error on our part. Read more of this post