A year ago, I was this blissful Christian, going to Church on Sundays, listening to what the preacher taught me. I read my bible when I had the time. I got involved with the church. I tried my best to be a good person and “Love my neighbor as myself”.
But, all this changed when a dear friend of mine showed me something. She showed me the Bible, all at once, like a story. From Genesis through Revelation. And about 3 hours into this session, I saw our Bible in a totally new light. No disconnect between Old Testament and New Testament. The Bible for what it is… one single book!
Now, many would automatically say… “Obviously”, “The Bible is obviously one book”. Then why do we put more interest and importance on the New Testament? Why would we ask a new believer to read the New Testament first? The answer to that question from many would be that the New Testament contains the most important things, such as Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection and the work of the Holy Spirit.
But, can one really understand a book if He or She does not read it from the beginning? Do we buy any book for that matter, off of a shelf and straight off turn to chapter eight? You could still get the gist of the book by doing that. But would you really get a perfect understanding of it by starting off at the middle? And would you have the correct interpretation of the second half by skipping the first half?
This is what I believe has happened to most Christians today. Almost all Christians including myself have turned the book to Matthew, when we should have started at Genesis and followed through.
Some would say, “What’s there to know? those are just some stories”. 2000 years after the events written in the New Testament, we are so removed from the people, the language and the culture of the Bible, that we do not even realize where we are and what we are doing.
In the days and weeks to come, (with the help of God) I plan on discussing and posting my findings on themes such as (in no particular order)
- Jesus’ real name
- Who were the Pharisees
- Is God’s name LORD?
- What and when is the Sabbath? Is Sunday the Sabbath? Can it be any day?
- Did Jesus do away with God’s Commandments?
- Is Law against Grace?
- Biblical Definitions (Sin, Scripture, Israel, Jew, Gentile, Church, etc.)
- Did Jesus or any of His Disciples break God’s Commandments?
- House of Israel & House of Judah
- Passover or Good Friday?
- Jewish Feasts or God’s appointed times?
- Clean & Unclean foods
- What is the Old Covenant & the New Covenant?
- Is the Trinity doctrine scriptural?
My prayer for you is, that you would come to know the Bible and start doing Bible things in Bible ways.
Special Note: Please don’t believe anything that a man says or writes. That includes everything written in this Blog! We are so lucky to live in an age where each of us has a copy of the Holy Scriptures. (This wasn’t the case, even in Paul’s time). Read for yourself. Test everything. May the Holy Spirit guide you to the whole truth!