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As many people know, the Bible is actually a miniature “library”, of 66 separate books. Christians refer to the first 39 books of the Bible – Genesis through Malachi – as the “Old Testament”; and the remaining 27 books – Matthew through Revelation – as the “New Testament”.

In addition, most people are aware that the Old Testament is sacred to both Christianity and Judaism. In other words, Christians and Jews both believe that God inspired the writings in the Old Testament.

One item that is not so well known is the fact that almost all of the information in the New Testament is based upon information in the Old Testament. It is estimated that between 90 and 95 percent of the concepts in the New Testament are directly linked to passages in the Old Testament.

  • wholesale jerseys In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1).
  • Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4).
  • So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17 NASB).
  • Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

These are all familiar passages of scripture that demonstrate the importance of “the Word.” Much has been said about the importance and integrity of the Word of God. But what exactly is the Word?

Attention Living Faith & Living Hope!  Many of the people in our church know the Bible fairly well and are able to place themselves in the narrative when we share something…but this is not the case for our region.  According to the most recent Barna Survey for the “Bible-mindedness” of cities in America – Providence is ranked last and Albany is second to last.

Here is a link to the report.  This study speaks to the number of people who:

report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches are considered to be Bible-minded. This definition captures action and attitude—those who both engage and esteem the Christian scriptures. The rankings thus reflect an overall openness or resistance to the Bible in the country’s largest markets.

So new folks that come into our church may not know what we mean when we say certain terms, reference certain things, etc.  I don’t think we need to change our Bible focus to accommodate people who don’t have this, but we need to be mindful of the world around us.  We certainly need to make sure do not talk down the spirit-inspired and God-preserved Scripture.  It should be our go-to guide for teaching people about our great God and helping them know and observe all that Jesus commanded.  And we want to ensure that people hear the gospel and receive the spirit so this sacred text may come alive to them.

The fields are white.

Inauguration Day

I thought this was humorous…

until I thought about how many people are like this when it comes to their faith, doctrine and truth?

Read the Bible. Ask questions. Dig deeper. Don’t believe it just because the preacher says it with conviction. Seek truth.

Here’s the next installment (Part 3) on death.


wherever you are on your journey with the Bible, watch this.

This is the second half of an article about the Comma Johanneum. To read part one click here.

Greek History

Now that I have recounted some of the Latin history of the Comma, I turn now to set forth the Greek evidence. In the following chart are some relevant Greek editions beginning with the most recent first.

Greek Orthodox New Testament (1904)
ὅτι τρεῖς εἰσιν οἱ μαρτυροῦντες ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ, ὁ Πατήρ, ὁ Λόγος καὶ τὸ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, καὶ οὗτοι οἱ τρεῖς ἕν εἰσι·καὶ τρεῖς εἰσιν οἱ μαρτυροῦντες ἐν τῇ γῇ, τὸ Πνεῦμα καὶ τὸ ὕδωρ καὶ τὸ αἷμα, καὶ οἱ τρεῖς εἰς τὸ ἕν εἰσιν

How the Most Trinitarian Verse in the Bible
Proves that the Bible Does Not Support the Trinity

The most Trinitarian verse in the Bible is found in 1 John 5.7 where the text reads “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.”1 Recently in conversation with an acquaintance, I was challenged to accept the doctrine of the Trinity on the basis of this text. However, this scripture is fraught with difficulties and its history is long and dubious, involving both Greek and Latin manuscripts. Before turning to examine the Latin and Greek histories, I will begin by comparing two of the best known and most influential translations in English and German to more recent ones so as to demonstrate the exact difference between them. The words in bold below are known as the Comma Johanneum (henceforth Comma).

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one
another John 13:34 & 35(NASB)

The words of Jesus are very explicit in John chapter 13 so we must ask ourselves some big questions.
1) How did Jesus Love?
2) Did Jesus show his Love to his followers?
3) Did he restrict his Love simply to his follows?
4) When we see the Cross do we see LOVE?

Question one How did Jesus Love?

Recently we had a discussion about the reliability of the New Testament.  In past discussions also, the work of Bart Ehrman has been cited, especially his book, Misquoting Jesus.  In a recent episode of the radio program, Unbelievable, Bart Ehrman himself has a discussion/debate with Bible scholar Peter Williams, who questions the validity of some of Ehrman’s points.  You can listen to it HERE.

Ehrman’s book Misquoting Jesus has been on the best seller list and has been influencing the views of many people regarding the texts of the Bible, especially the New Testament.  But while it gives a good introduction to the field of textual criticism in the first four chapters, his conclusions in subsequent chapters are at best overstated and misleading, according to those who have critiqued it.  Peter Williams, who debated Ehrman on Unbelievable, also has a further analysis of the book, which you can listen to and read HERE.

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