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THE BIBLE PLAIN OR COMPLICATED

There are two ways to write a message. First write the message or information so it will be difficult to find and understand. This would require someone with the needed knowledge and ability to interpret what is written actually means. This is done in war time so if the enemy gets the message they can’t determine the secret information. 

Second write the message or information so it will be plain and easy for anyone to understand. Just by taking what is actually said for what it means does not require an interpreter. The first way puts the foundation not on the written message but on what the interpreter says it means. The second puts the foundation on what is written and not what an interpreter says it means. With the Bible we must choose which foundation we will trust our eternal destiny on.  In general there are two ways the Bible is translated. First is the literal translation, word for word. The best English word used today for the word used in the original language. Examples would be the KJV, NKJV, American Standard, and the New American Standard.  Second is the thought translation. That is when the translator gives the thought he thinks is being expressed in the original. Examples would be the NIV and Living Bible. These and other books are helpful in our learning and understanding but the final authority must be God’s words. Very few Christians can go to and read the original languages, so we must rely on a word for word translation to our own language.

In essence we have two types of foundations to build our beliefs on. First is what God actually said and second is what a translator says God meant. Simply put its God’s words or what men say God meant to say.

Don’t misunderstand me I believe there are many good Bible teachers. I have learned much are encouraged by them regularly. My point is that each of us is personally responsible for what we believe and now we live our lives, our standards and practices. Even some of those setting under the teaching of Paul and Silas taught the Bereans, but they still went back to their homes and studied the Scripture for themselves to verify what was being taught, for this they were complemented.(Acts 17:11)

In Acts chapter four the rulers, elders, scribes and the High Priest the “educated” religious leaders. They took note that Peter and John were “unlearned” that is to say not educated in their schools of religion. They also noted that they had been with Jesus.  ”Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men. They marveled and they took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus.”  Acts 3:13.  Today anyone has that opportunity that Peter and John had. That is to be taught by Jesus, with the Bible in hand to study and pray for understanding. 

If one follows false teaching or doctrine it’s usually because they had not taken the time and effort to know the truth.  False teaching is usually reinforced by taking verses out of context to support the error. We must take all the scripture says on the subject to know the truth. A Bible concordance allows one to do this, yes it will take time.  Look to the clear plain statements of the Scriptures to clarify the unclear.  

“When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense, but take every word at its primary, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context clearly indicate otherwise.”  Dr. David L. Cooper  If you follow this rule, it is relatively easy to understand Scripture, if you ignore it you will always be in error.  Just take God at His Word.

Our eternal destiny rest upon what we believe and our choices, we must rely on God’s promises as given in His Word. His word is sure and steadfast.   “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Mt 5:18

For ever, O LORD thy word is settled in heaven. Ps 119:89       

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.   2 Peter 3:9

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.     John 3:16

 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:9-13

 

Some things we can never understand or comprehend. Why and how God could love all mankind and be willing to become man himself, willing to be rejected and crucified so He could forgive any who would come to Him in repentance and faith.

But God commendeth his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

“Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision and make it plain on tablets that he may run who reads it.”  Habakkuk 2:2

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