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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. Read more of this post

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. Read more of this post

It’s Biblical: God Talks to People Without Using the Bible

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If you want to know God’s will for your life, then you need to read the Bible.  If you want God to talk to you, then crack open the book because, hello, it’s the Living Word of God.  Every word in the Bible is inerrant and God-breathed, so if you want God breathing on you, you need to part His lips for Him, and that means opening up those sacred Scriptures.  If you don’t do this—if you slack off and don’t read the Word every single day of your life—then how do you expect God to take your interest in Him seriously?  You’re obviously not serious if you aren’t doing those daily devotions. Read more of this post

Biblical Backup: Why does it matter?

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Of all of the gods being talked about, worshiped, and defended in this world, only three of them are real: Yahweh, Jesus and the magnificent Holy Spirit.  It was these three glorious, uncreated Beings who brought everything that is into existence.  It is these three Beings who we humans are totally dependent on, and it is these three Beings who we will be judged by.

Now if you want to be an idiot, you totally ignore whatever the real Gods tell you and you end up eternally paying for your defiance.  But if you want to be wise, then you listen good when the real Gods pipe up with some bit of instruction about how They want you to treat Them.  And while we’re all on our own individual journeys with our Makers, there are certain commands that are given to us all.  One of those commands is that we humans must reverentially submit to the real Gods as the Supreme Authorities that They are. Read more of this post

The Prophetic Books of the Bible: Who’s Talking?

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When you’re taught to view every word in the Bible as falling from the lips of God, you don’t notice that a vast amount of verbiage in the Bible isn’t being spoken by God at all, but rather by human beings.  Speaking for God is an entirely different thing than speaking about God.  Once God Himself confirms to your soul that a prophet has spoken directly for Him, then you need to treat what was said as a direct message from God, because that’s what it was.  But if a prophet is only speaking about God, or interjecting his own thoughts in the middle of messages from God, well, that needs to be handled quite differently. Read more of this post

Understanding Jesus’ Use of Titles: Son of God, Son of Man, I AM

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When He was walking around Israel in human form, Jesus used several titles to introduce monotheistic Old Covenant Jews to the shocking idea that we humans actually have three separate and distinct Creators, not just one.  In this post, we’re going to explain a few interesting facts about the Old Testament and the New Testament Jewish perspective that will help you appreciate the theological strategy behind Jesus’ title games. Read more of this post

An Introduction to the Gods of the Bible

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When you’re just getting started in Christianity, or when you’ve been poorly taught by other Christians, the Bible can seem rather confusing. You might have heard that the whole Bible is about Jesus. Well, no, this is utterly ridiculous. The Christian Bible has two Testaments: Old and New. Jesus doesn’t show up until the beginning of the New Testament. The only God who is being referred to throughout the Old Testament is Yahweh, or God the Father.  All of those “Messianic prophecies” you hear about were times when Yahweh would drop hints about a coming Messiah–but no one understood that that Messiah was going to be another God.  At the same time that Yahweh spoke of the Messiah, He insisted that He was the only God in existence–that didn’t leave any room for people to assume that the Messiah would be a Divine Being. Read more of this post

All About Circumcision

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In Genesis 17, Yahweh appeared to 99 year old Abraham and established a covenant with him. What was that covenant about? Yahweh said:

“As for Me, My covenant is with you: you will become the father of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you. I will keep My covenant between Me and you, and your future offspring throughout their generations, as an everlasting covenant to be your God and the God of your offspring after you. And to you and your future offspring I will give the land where you are residing—all the land of Canaan—as an eternal possession, and I will be their God.” (Gen. 17:4-8)

Here God is promising childless Abraham (who is still going by the name Abram) that he’s going to have many descendants. In other words, Abraham’s family line will continue on and on—it won’t be some flash in the pan that disappears from the history books after a few generations. Notice how God promises Abraham will end up the father of both nations (signifying great numbers) and kings (signifying importance). So Abraham’s descendants aren’t going to just be a bunch of nobodies—some great men will come from his line. Of course Abraham will be long dead before any of this happens, but in Abraham’s culture, it’s extremely comforting to think that your family line is going to continue long and strong. So God is putting out promises that have a very positive psychological impact on Abraham. Read more of this post

Escaping the Boredom of Reading the Bible

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There are certain portions of the Bible that could be used to make recordings that would cure insomnia. When the Jews start in with their epic genealogies and you find yourself slogging through a long list of “the son of, the son of, the son of”, it’s easy to start fidgeting. When Yahweh starts listing off the precise measurements for the Tabernacle or when Ezekiel is following an angel around as he measures every single dimension of the new Temple, it’s easy to find yourself thinking, “Who cares?!” So what does it mean when you find the Bible painfully boring to read? Does it mean you’re spiritually flawed? Does it mean you’re defying God? Certainly not.

Boredom with the Bible is driven by two things: a lack of interest and a lack of understanding. There are two ways to solve these problems: stop reading and learn more. One of these solutions is sure to work for you. To help you decide which is the best course of action, let’s talk a bit more about each of these options. Read more of this post

How long is a biblical generation?

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“Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” (Matt. 24:34)

This famous statement by Jesus has caused many Christians to start obsessing over the term “generation”. Exactly how long is a generation in the Bible? Many try to argue that whenever God talks about a generation, He has a precise number of years in mind. Well, no, He doesn’t. It turns out that the term generation can be translated to mean many different things. Let’s go through some of its most common usages in the Bible and see why we are being ridiculous to suggest that God uses the term to refer to a specific length of time. Read more of this post