Friday, May 23, 2014

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Accept or Reject

          There are those who reject the first and the last books of the Bible, either because they are too hard to understand or have been influenced by other people not to be bothered.  There are others who selectively go through the Bible, deciding for themselves what is true and what is not.  There are those who completely reject any authority of the Bible.  Some of us believe that the Bible is actually the inspired Word of God, trust that He exists, and that He has the ability to relate to us the information He wants us to have. 

          The Old Testament records things that were going to happen, while the New Testament refers back to them as proof that they did.

          I can't personally prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Bible is totally accurate in all that it presents.  I have often said that the Bible we have today may not be by every jot and tittle exactly as it was originally written, but that it is used by God to get to us the information He wants us to know.  I can relate that, because of my studies, I have come to believe it is truly the inspired Word of God..  It is up to each of us to, through earnestly seeking (study), decide what he or she is able to understand.  A hardened heart and/or a closed mind, on the other hand, has never accomplished anything of value.  Without the proper research, there is no way to give adequate judgment on any basis to establish a belief system fulfilling our needs.  Some will say, "it's just too hard to understand", and just give up the quest.  A serious loss of understanding for self development is the result of this attitude.  The Bible itself says: "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth"[1] and "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"[2]. 

          Only through study can each of us decide if God exists or not.  Not that our decisions can or cannot establish His existence, except in our own minds.  No other source available to us can establish this truth, except the Bible.

          There are many other religious works available to us, but that's what they are "religious works" and not Gods Word.  Some of these works, such as the Koran, are based on plagiarized adaptations of the scriptures contained in the Bible.  Many are so obviously made up by the mind of man, that they seem silly when looked at objectively. 

          There is no way that I can transfer the truths that I have found into your reality, so the best I can do is tell you: "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord".

          We all know the basic story of Jesus, and what He did, to bring us into a one on one relationship with the Godhead.  He gave us free will, to be able to accept or reject Him; which is the only decision He requires us to make.  That is why the Bible says there is jubilation in Heaven, every time someone humbles himself to accept the Lord. 

          The Bible is the only source we have available to truly get to know the creator of the world.  It always amazes me, that every time I read through the Bible, He shows more and more of Himself to me. 

          To begin one's quest to know God, I suggest the Gospel of John.  It starts with what the Bible starts with: "In the Beginning"[3] and that's where we can begin.

[1] 2 Timothy 2:15
[2] 2 Timothy 3:16
[3] Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1


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