Here is my disclaimer. I am not ordained and have not gone to seminary or studied theology. These are my observations on studying the Bible over the last year.
When a person studies the Bible, there are all sorts of questions that arise. Where do I start reading from? How often do I read? What if I don’t understand what I am reading? Etc. What I have learned is that it does not matter where you start, how often you read, or if you understand immediately or not. What becomes important are the absolutes or undeniable facts that remain constant regardless of time or place.
I have come to learn to understand the Bible better because of the absolutes. Hopefully, they will bring some clarity to your readings.
- The Bible is God’s Word– What this means is that the WHOLE Bible is God’s Word. Not sections of it. Not just what Jesus said. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is all of God’s Word. It does not matter who spoke or wrote – ALL OF IT IS GOD’S WORD. This also means that it does not matter what version of the Bible you are reading. God gifted people in order to translate the Word into language that is understandable to all. Everybody has their preference of how they read the Word, but in the end, our understanding of the Gospel in order to spread His Word is all that matters.
- God is Perfect – God, in all of His glory and grace, is perfect. Holy beyond anything we could imagine. Because God is perfect, He is infallible. This means that He does not contradict Himself. Which means that the Bible does not contradict itself. If you are still confused, understand it this way. There can not be any verses, regardless of who spoke or who wrote, that can go against another verse. If this is the case, then the Bible would have been proven to be written by man and discredited. Thankfully, this is not the case.
- TRUTH – The Gospel is Truth. The Bible is God’s way of communicating to us. It is not man’s way to manipulate the masses.
Mathematically, if you take the numbers above, you can see the equation.
Bible + God = Truth
The equation above makes the following words ring absolute as well.
The TRUTH will set you FREE!
I am a working man with a family so my time is limited, but I am hoping that God extends me some Grace in order to spread His word through this blog.
Until next time, God Bless You All!