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I took this picture last December when we met a man who looked like an early American mountain man. He was traveling the country alone riding one horse and using the other for pack. It was so cool, like stepping back in time 150 years! I thought you might enjoy what I did with the image. It will get large if you click it so you can see the cool details. I'm always astounded at the things God let's me do in PS! Bless You Lord forever!
It always amazes me how many Christians I meet who don’t know what the Bible teaches. The Bible is the manual for the Christian life and is the revelation of God Himself, who we must love more than anything in order to be saved in the end. Matthew 10:37 Do we read the instructions for a new electronic device, which will wear out in three years or less and need replaced? How much more crucial it is to read and understand the information that will determine our eternal salvation or damnation and that of those we love.

It is dangerous to simply believe everything you hear from another person, even a preacher. We are all imperfect humans and make mistakes. God tells us to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”. Philippians 2:12 We alone are accountable to God for what we believe and how we live. We need to know what He has told us, so we can obey Him and will know when we are hearing lies.

Many people think the Bible is difficult to understand, so they don't try. Actually, it was written on a 6th grade level. Sure there are topics that are open to differing opinions, but the majority is easily understood, especially when you ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you as you study. The Rabbis of old said that scripture has 70 layers of meanings, so after we learn the obvious meaning of a passage, there is still a wealth of knowledge to be gained from further study, with His help.

I am going to "demystify" how to study the Bible in a few short, easy lessons in the hopes of encouraging you to explore the riches it holds for you. Look in the label cloud under "Christianity 101" for lessons you have missed and God bless your efforts! I'm always available to you in e-mail and I pray for everyone who visits here.

CHRISTIANITY 101 - Using Your Bible Lesson 6

Rightly Dividing The Word Of God

When studying the Bible, it is important that we read things in context to rightly divide the Word of God and understand it’s truth. By reading “in context” I mean read the entire passage, the verses before and after the one we are interested in. If we read a single verse we can easily misunderstand or be mislead. Mark 13:22

No scripture will contradict another scripture because all scripture is inspired of God and He does not lie or change. 2 Timothy 3:16; Numbers 23:19; James 1:17 We need to learn the entire Word of God so that we understand the basic principles of God and can discern when we are hearing error. In trying to understand the meaning of a scripture, we read it with the basic principles of the Bible in mind, knowing that there will be no contradiction in scripture. This is part of what is meant by, “who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14

Creating doctrine from isolated scriptures instead of reading them in context and keeping Bible principles in mind as you seek to understand God’s truth is how we have wound up with so many man made denominations and false doctrines. Jesus died for one church, His body, the Bride of Christ. Division is condemned in the New Testament. 1 Corinthians 1:11-13 Jesus prayed for unity. John 17:11 Not unity based on compromising His truth and watering it down so everyone can agree, but unity based on complete adherence to His Word as our Lord, Master and Savior.

Some topics are very clearly covered in scripture and if we can’t agree on them, we are listening to the deception of satan. Matthew 24:24 There are other topics not fully covered in scripture, but by applying clear Bible principles to the subject and bathing our search for God’s will on the topic in sincere prayer, we can do well. He has told us everything we need to know and that He wanted us to know. 2 Peter 1:3

Knowing there will be differing understandings, I believe we need to all agree on matters pertaining to salvation and give each other grace to understand other matters differently.

The most important thing is that we always remain teachable and that we are instantly willing to adjust our personal beliefs to what the Word of God says as soon as we are aware of it. It is never ok to pick and choose what we will believe and obey in the Word of God. He is either Almighty God, our Savior and we belong to Him as our Lord and Master or not. We are saved or not. Either we believe Him or we don’t. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Hebrews 11:6

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