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An independent study of the Bible will reveal that the following are key True Bible Teachings:

  1. The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.
  2. There is only one God - the Father. The Holy Spirit is God's power.
  3. Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.
  4. Man is mortal, having no existence when dead.
  5. By living a sinless life, ending with his sacrificial death by crucifixion, Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.
  6. Belief and baptism are essential steps to salvation.
  7. God raised Jesus from death. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return.
  8. When Jesus returns, he will raise his "sleeping" followers from death and grant immortality to the faithful who have tried to live by God's precepts.
  9. His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God.

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WHY IS BIBLE TRUTH SO IMPORTANT?

Bible Truth

THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLE TRUTH

Is Bible Truth important to your Faith and Salvation ie. will you be saved despite what you believe the bible teaches or does it matter what you believe?

Well the word “truth” appears 237 times in the bible, that alone says it must be important!

Therefore it must be important to understand what “truth” is.

A quick scan of the passages using this word “truth” leave us in no doubt that it is not only important, but vital to our salvation.

John 17:3

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1 John 5:20

20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true,even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

1 Timothy 2:3-4

3For thisis good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

Clearly then knowing what is Bible Truth is important and vital, in addition to this we are also warned that some would depart from the “truth”…

1 Timothy 4:1

1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry,and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

1 John 4:6

6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

From these passages it is very clear that we need to know the “truth” about God and His Son as it is taught to us in the Bible.  This means we must learn what this is from the Bible itself.

 

Don't let your HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL rest with someone else eg. your pastor or minister, YOU owe it to yourself and your family to be fully convinced of what it is you believe to be sure it HOLDS something REAL for you.

We have all been warned by God that there would be many false teachers and Jesus himself has told us that "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."  See Matthew 7:14

 

Sadly when Christ returns to this earth, many will only then realise that they have believed in lies Jeremiah 16:19

"19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit."

Don't let this be you or your family!

 

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“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”  John 17:3

 

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The Greek word for "know" in the passage above is 'ginosko' and it means to have a thorough and deep understanding of the subject. 

 

So if you seek "life eternal" then you must truly "know the only true God and Jesus Christ".

 

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You owe it to yourself and your family to be sure of what it is you believe, the Apostle Paul has told us to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling"  Philippians 2:12

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True Bible Teaching fundamental beliefs are:

  1. The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.
  2. There is only one God - the Father. The Holy Spirit is God's power.
  3. Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.
  4. Man is mortal, having no existence when dead.
  5. By living a sinless life, ending with his sacrificial death by crucifixion, Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.
  6. Belief and baptism are essential steps to salvation.
  7. God raised Jesus from death. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return.
  8. When Jesus returns, he will raise his "sleeping" followers from death and grant immortality to the faithful who have tried to live by God's precepts.
  9. His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God.

 

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The Bible is our only true source for the Truth!

 

If we claim to follow Christ we should trust in the Scriptures as confidently as Jesus and his Apostles did:

Jesus said that: The Scripture cannot be broken.  (John 10:35)

 

Paul said that: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

Peter said that: For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21)

The things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven (1 Peter 1:12)

 

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“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…"  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

 

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

 

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

 

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

 

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

 

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

 

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”   2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

 

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

 

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Godis a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

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A Religion that makes sense

1. WHERE MODERN CHRISTIANITY FAILS

Starting right

Somebody once said that you will never find atheists on a life raft. This is another way of saying that when people are in desperate situations, they cannot afford to leave God out of their reckoning.

The stark fact is that we are all in a desperate situation, always. When people swagger and snap their fingers in God’s face, they are living in a dream world. They are not awake to the fact that life, at its best, is brief and precarious.

That is at its best!

And in these days of world wars and hydrogen bombs, life is more uncertain than ever. There is but a step between us and death.

Let us then begin by acknowledging that we need God. We are all on the same life raft; the sea is rough, and the sky is dark and threatening. We dare not pretend that we don’t believe in Him.

As believers in God, we ask the question: can we find a sensible and satisfying way of worshipping this God in whom we believe?

Would I be right in assuming that we believe in Jesus Christ too? Good! So it looks as if we ought to be enthusiastic members of the community that Christ founded.

What’s missing?

But someone may protest; it’s not so easy as that. Much as we respect and admire Jesus Christ, we don’t feel too happy about modern Christianity. It’s difficult to explain, but there seems to be something missing.

Yes, there is something inadequate about modern Christianity, Many Christians are agreed about this, and fervently wish it were otherwise. Although the sects of Christendom are many and varied, there is a basic sameness about most of them and there is something missing.

Out of touch ...

Where does modern Christianity fail? To begin with, it isn’t modern enough in the things that matter. Don’t misunderstand me! Many Christian communities are trying desperately hard trying too hard to be “with it”, but they are quite out of touch with the real issues of our day. The world is bristling with problems that modern Christians cannot answer.

Here are some of the problems that are too big for the Christians of today:

Will there be another world war?

Will civilization be destroyed?

What is God’s answer to the bomb?

Can we look forward, confidently, to a time when there will be “glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men”?

Ought Christians to take part in war?

Can we expect God to intervene in human affairs?

Do world politics fit into a programme, or are they a matter of chance?

What is really happening in the Middle East?

If God is a God of love, why does He permit suffering?

There must be something wrong with a Christianity that cannot tackle such vital questions as these.

To pursue the matter just a little further: suppose we were to put the first question. Will there be another world war? To people qualified to speak for some of the larger and more respected Christian denominations. There would be no re-assuring uniformity about the answers, and they would not really tell us anything at all. The answers would probably be of two types. One type could be expressed something like this: “It is impossible to predict precisely what the future holds for us, but it is clear that unless men learn to live at peace with each other, war is inevitable.” A pious truism that helps nobody. The other type of answer would be a dogmatic assertion that, to a true Christian, a third world war would be unthinkable; but not a shred of evidence would be offered to support this pleasing sentiment.

... with Christ

Modern Christianity isn’t modern enough. It cannot grapple with the problems of our day. But, paradoxically, it isn’t ancient enough either. The sober truth is that the Christianity of most Christians today is not the Christianity of Christ. If it were, it would be as relevant now as it was when Christ was on earth. The Christianity of our day is out of touch with this modern world because it is not the Christianity of the first century.

Let us come back to an earlier comment. I said that many Christian communities are trying desperately hard to be “with it”. That’s just the trouble. They are too concerned about keeping up to date. They feel that they have lost their grip, and are afraid that their stock will go down still further if they appear old-fashioned. Accordingly, they have “trimmed” their Christianity, and in their attempts to bring it in line with modern thinking, have robbed it of the very things that have made it unique. See the irony: modern Christians cannot deal with modern problems because they are trying too hard to be modern!

If only the Christians of our day knew the authority and power of the religion that Christ founded, they would lose all their inhibitions and hold their heads high. They would also be able to give a good account of themselves. God knows the answers to the problems that perplex men today: and His servants are invited to learn the answers too.

I have spoken about modern Christians trimming their Christianity to try to bring it into line with modern thinking. Let me be more explicit. In their anxiety to keep in step, many Christians have denied, or played down, two distinctive and essential features of the Christianity of Christ:

1.  The authority of Scripture.

2.  The miraculous element.

There is a striking similarity between the attitude of modern Christians and that of the Sadducees of our Lord’s day. Of the Sadducees, the Lord Jesus said:

“You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God” (Matt 22:29)

Only a Christianity that accepts the absolute authority of Scripture, and believes that God performs miracles, will make sense.

2. A MESSAGE FROM THE CREATOR

God Gives the Instructions

Let us get down to basic things. We believe in God, and we want to worship Him acceptably. How do we set about it?

We can do one of two things. Either we can make our own decisions about how to worship God, and hope that they will be acceptable to Him; or we can follow God’s instructions.

Obviously, the second way is the right one. We are being foolish and arrogant if we try to work out our own system of worship, when God has issued His instructions. We are asking for trouble.

Did you say that you are not sure what God’s instructions are? So you find it hard to make up your mind how you should regard the Bible? Of course you admit that the Bible is an exceptional book; you are very impressed by some parts, especially those about the Lord Jesus Christ; indeed, you have no doubts in your mind that some parts of the Bible are divine; but you would say that other parts so clearly bear the marks of human imperfection that you have no confidence in them.

Drawing the Line – Somewhere

A bit of hard thinking will help here. You say that you believe that some parts of the Bible are divine, but that other parts are human and imperfect. So somewhere in the Bible you have to draw the line between what is human and what is divine. You must agree that the divine parts, because they are divine, are as valuable as anything could be, whereas the human parts are of little worth in comparison. So this business of drawing the line is just about the most important job you will ever be called upon to do. Have you treated it seriously, and really got down to it?

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The Reliability of the Gospels

Part 1 - Introduction

Consider these two views about the Gospels.

The Reliability of the Four Gospel Records

  1. They are eyewitness documents written by people who were there at the time and who gave an accurate account of what they saw and heard, or
  2. They are documents written long after the event by a group of people who had only a vague idea of what had happened but who used their imagination, and those of other people, to produce an essentially fictional account.

Traditionally the Gospels were viewed as very accurate eyewitness records. However, in the 19th century, skeptical scholars theorised that they were written in the second century by communities of Christians after they had been passed on through generations of oral transmission. They claimed the records were altered by the community that passed them on and sometimes were completely invented.

This critical idea was not based on evidence, but on supposition. Nevertheless, it has proved attractive to modern skeptics, and is often found in popular culture and even among some academic scholars.

The evidence points in a quite different direction. This series of articles examines the evidence and will lead to the conclusion that the Gospels are, indeed, eyewitness records which give a very reliable and accurate record of what Jesus did and said.

External Evidence

Let’s think about what kind of evidence exists. There is direct evidence of accuracy which comes from making a comparison of the accounts in the Gospels with evidence gathered from external sources. One can compare the details of places, people, events and customs written in the Gospels with what archaeologists have excavated.

One can also compare the language in which the Gospels are written with what one knows of the place and time where the events took place. This kind of evidence is known as external evidence.

Internal Evidence

There is also internal evidence, which comes from the text of the Gospels themselves. This helps us to identify whether they are just fictitious inventions or genuine eyewitness accounts.

The evidence of the TextFictional accounts tend to have particular characteristics which are not shared with eyewitness evidence.

In fictional accounts there are few details and those details which exist usually have a direct bearing on the main plot and characters in the narrative. Eyewitness accounts tend to be detailed and to contain incidental details.

Topical, Honest Content

Accounts which were made up by the early Christian community would be expected to deal with the topics that the early church considered important; they would not deal with out–of–date issues. Of course we know what was of interest in the early church from the letters of Paul, Peter, James, John and Jude; later we have the writings of other early church leaders. It is interesting that these are very different from the words and teaching of Jesus.

Fictional accounts made up in communities founded by the Apostles, which produced traditions based on their memory, would have a certain bias. No matter how garbled, they would not contain material which showed these Apostles in a bad light.

The denials of Peter, the constant bickering of the disciples and their failure to understand Jesus’ teaching would hardly have appeared in a fictional account.

Undesigned Coincidences

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The Reliability of the Gospels - Part 2

The Reliability of the Gospels - Part 1

The Reliability of the Four Gospel Records

Historical Background

To understand the writing of the Gospels it is a good idea to have a picture of the history of the period in which they were written. This detailed review helps us to see that the Gospels were set in a real context, against the background of real events and real people.

Jesus worked and taught in Galilee and Judea, at a time when Judea was governed by the Romans and Galilee was governed by a minor king from the Herodian dynasty.

Romans and Jews

While the Roman governor Pontius Pilate nominally ruled Judea, there were only a handful of Romans in the province and much of the real power lay with the priests and scribes of the religious establishment in Jerusalem.

In Galilee the king was Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, who managed to balance Roman power with his own authority.

Both of these rulers had to keep the Romans happy, but as long as they could do this they had considerable autonomy.

Time Chart of New Testament Periods

However, as time went on relations between Romans and the local Jewish authorities grew worse. Both Judea and Galilee had considerable non-Jewish populations who spoke Greek rather than Hebrew or Aramaic and who were highly antagonistic to the Jewish religion.

Conflict

As matters grew worse, violence increased until in 66AD a war broke out between Jewish irregular forces and the Romans. The course of this war was recorded by the historian Flavius Josephus, a Jewish commander who was captured by the Romans and changed sides. Josephus called this “The Jewish War”.

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Thinking About God - God as Revealed in the Old Testament

The popular image of the Lord God in the Old Testament is that of a remote and austere deity, finding fault and sending dreadful retribution on those who transgress His laws. This is a travesty of the truth.

God as revealed in the Old Testament

The Almighty is shown in the Old Testament as a God of awesome majesty who must be approached with respect, but also desiring to be close to His creation, wanting them to love and worship Him.

God Seen in the Law

In the Ten Commandments, given to Moses on Mount Sinai, God sets down principles which are eternal.

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:2-3).

This is hardly surprising. Since God created everything, why should people worship anything other than Him? The commandments continue logically.

“I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love Me and keep My commandments” (v5–6).

Those who are critical of the God of the Old Testament forget that as Creator He has a right to expect that His creation will love and worship Him.

We should take careful note of that little word ‘love’. This is the Bible concept of love, a practical quality which is demonstrated through the actions which it prompts. God shows amazing love to those who love Him,

He would not wish them any harm at all, and He expects them to show that love in response.

Pursuing the idea of the awesome character of God, this is how He revealed himself to Moses a little later:

“The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty” (Exodus 34:5–7).

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Thinking About God - God is ONE

The Holy Bible is our only source for Truth about GodThe Bible is absolutely clear: there is only one God. It is our only source of information about Him, and it is explicit on this point. Early in the Old Testament we read:

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4).

This is reinforced in the New Testament by the Apostle Paul.

“Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that ‘an idol has no real existence’, and that ‘there is no God but one” (1 Corinthians 8:4).

 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”  (1 Timothy 2:5)

Dangerous Mistakes

The Religious Dictionary (ed. Lyman Abbot) states that belief in a God of three persons came long after the Bible was completed. It was not until the beginning of the fourth century that the trinitarian view began to be elaborated and was formulated into a doctrine. Then efforts were made to reconcile it with the church’s belief in one God.

There is a serious issue here. The notion of a ‘trinity’ is not found in the Bible, and there is no mention of the word or the idea all the way through it.

So to introduce such a concept is to try and redefine what the Bible says – an approach which is both wrong and dangerous. It is condemned in the Bible itself:

“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” (Revelation 22:18–19).

This means that we have to accept what is found in the Bible as God’s final revelation to us. We cannot add to the words of Scripture, nor can we take away from them. Our understanding of God must conform to what is in His Word.

A Father and Son Relationship

So we must also try to understand the relationship between the Lord Jesus and Almighty God. Again the Bible is quite specific. Jesus is the Son of God, and never, ever described as ‘God the Son’.

The gospel of Luke uses these words in recording the message which the angel Gabriel gave to Mary, the mother of Jesus, telling her that she would have this remarkable son:

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy — the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).

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Thinking About God - God in Creation

I know God exists

There are many ways in which we can see the evidence of God in the world around us.

Some may be particularly struck by the intricate beauty of a flower. Others are amazed at the majesty of the night sky, especially when seen away from the intrusive lighting of our towns.

Gazing heavenwards to look at the light of distant stars, especially if using a telescope and in some remote place, the number of stars and the vastness of the sky can be awe-inspiring.

For others, it is to delve with a microscope into the intricacies of the cell.

The detail and ‘technology’ which we find in this building-block of living material can be breath-taking.

Many people look at the remarkable phenomena in nature and see quite clearly that everything has been designed by a divine creator.

Sadly there are many others who see nothing of the sort. They will not accept that the wonder and beauty of our world is evidence of a designer or creator. They see the diversity, beauty and stunning precision of this world only as evidence of blind chance. This conveniently removes the need to acknowledge the existence of a divine power.

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Does It Matter What We BelieveYES IT DOES MATTER!!!

To believe otherwise, would be to suggest that any number of different beliefs, ideas and worship is acceptable to God and rewarded by Him.

Or to put it another way God’s not fussed about what you think or do, He’ll give Life Eternal to anyone on any basis.

I'm sure the reality of such a suggestion is not believed by the average thinking person.

I mean could such a suggestion really be true?  Surely God has a line so to speak somewhere on what is Right vs Wrong when it comes to a true belief in the ONE TRUE GOD of the Bible vs the many gods that man has imagined over time or the false teaching about God that is taught even within Christianity today.

Could the ONE TRUE GOD really reward those who believe in false teaching about Him?

The Apostle Paul writes:

"Now faith is the substance (AV marg. ground or confidence) of things hoped for, the evidence (RV proving) of things not seen..."  Hebrews 11:6  

"...And without faith [belief] it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

We learn from this that having Faith or more particularly ‘The Faith’, as it is referred to by the Apostles, is critical in our "seeking" and our acceptance and “reward” with God.  Immediately we note that God did not say "any faith", but He said "The Faith".

This Faith or Belief is the Truth that was preached by the Apostles, concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.

Some examples of New Testament usage of the term "the faith" - occurs 42 times

1 Corinthians 16:13

"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."

2 Corinthians 13:5

"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves."

Philippians 1:27

"...that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel."

Colossians 2:7

"Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught..."

1 Timothy 4:1

"Now the spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith..."

Jude vs3

"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."

Since it is God's prerogative alone to set the terms on which He is worshipped we need to examine His word to find the answer.

And God says that our “FAITH”(belief)  is very important!

Hebrews 11:6

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Why is Faith so Important?

Because prior to Paul preaching the Gospel message to them they were;

  • “…without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world”          (Eph 2:12)

So important was this new knowledge called “truth” or “the faith” that they were told by Paul to believe no other;

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”  (Gal 1:8)

So we learn from this that IT DOES MATTER WHAT WE BELIEVE.  That God has made this very clear through is word, and as we will now find out, very clear through examples that God has given to us in His relationship with man.

Let us now have a look at the HISTORICAL  importance of belief and doing what is Right vs Wrong before God and as a result how God accepts or rejects us based on what we do or belief.  We’ll look at a couple of actual examples to learn this.

Cain and Abel - Genesis 4

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The Authority of Jesus

Authority of Jesus

Jesus was, and is, both kind and compassionate.

But we would be wrong to think him simply a sentimental philanthropist.

His kindness arose out of strength.

When he spoke, there was a decisiveness in his tones and words that revealed power and authority. We read that:

The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes (Matthew 7:28–29).

Authority in Teaching

It is important to consider Jesus’ authority, for if his claims are well founded we can accept his teaching with confidence.

His authority was not the sort that comes from having just learned a great deal: the authority of Jesus was essentially a personal one, an authority that came because of who he was.

This comes out clearly in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7), where Jesus teaches very clearly about how men and women should live, and about God’s purpose with them. Jesus implicitly makes profound claims about himself, as well as definite pronouncements concerning future things as they affect his hearers.

When Jesus begins by saying who are ‘blessed’, he does so with finality; there is no argument, but a simple statement of fact that the poor in spirit, the meek, the seekers after righteousness, the merciful and the poor in heart are blessed. He tells us why. He says these qualities of life are good because those who possess them have qualities that belong to a future life. Theirs is the kingdom of heaven (that is, God’s kingdom, as the parallels in the other gospels show); and they shall see God.

An ordinary teacher cannot make such statements: these are based on God’s purpose.

Yet Jesus always speaks with the assurance of one with full knowledge on the subject.

The same knowledge of God’s purpose is seen in his saying that the Father knows the needs of His children, and that those who seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness will have all they need by God’s blessing (Matthew 6:32–3).

Authority Over the Future Life

Some of his sayings in these chapters specifically refer to the conditions upon which men and women can enter a future life. He indicates that the conditions will not be easy and will not evoke a popular response.

We must enter God's Kingdom by the "narrow gate"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:1314).

Perhaps the most astonishing of his claims concern his own relationship to man’s destiny.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

Jesus does not accept anyone claiming to follow him, who does not live obediently in the way he instructs. It is God’s will that must be done; however Jesus is clearly personally involved in judging the issue. He is involved directly as the means by which God makes, communicates and carries out His decisions. Not only this, but Jesus explains that his words are the basis upon which men and women’s future will be determined.

Introducing the story of the two builders, Jesus says:

“Whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock… But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand” (Matthew 7:2426).

It is no wonder then, that the men and women who heard Jesus recognized the authority with which he taught them. This was not man-made or self acclaimed authority, this was the authority from association with God.

Explaining His Authority

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WHAT HAPPENS TO US WHEN WE DIE?

The constantly repeated message of the Gospel is the way to eternal life is through the work of GraveyardChrist. Those obedient to God's commands will spend immortality in a state of perfection ~ the reward for righteousness. This being the only immortality of which the Bible speaks, it follows that the conscious eternal suffering for wrongdoing is without Biblical support.

Immortality Conditional

Immortality (living forever) is conditional, and is not something which we naturally possess, as the following passages prove:

  • "Christ has … brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2 Tim. 1:10; 1 John 1:2).
  • "unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life (inherent) in you. Whoever eats My flesh … has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:53-54) - to give him this "eternal life". Christ's reasoning throughout John chapter 6 is that He is the "bread of life", and that only through correct response to him, is there immortality (John 6:47, 50, 51, 57, 58).
  • "God hath given to us (believers) eternal life, and this life is in his Son" (1 John 5:11). There can be no hope of immortality for those not "in Christ". Only through Christ has immortality been made possible; He is the "the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him" (Hebrews 5:9, Acts 3:15 A.V. mg.). Therefore immortality for men came through the work of Christ.
  • The true believer seeks for immortality, and will be rewarded by the gift of eternal life - something he does not naturally possess (Rom. 2:7; 6:23; John 10:28). Our mortal body "must put on immortality" at the return of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:53); thus immortality is something promised, not now possessed (1 John 2:25).
  • God alone has inherent immortality (1 Timothy 6:16).

What is the Soul?

In the light of the foregoing it ought to be inconceivable that man has an 'immortal soul'. The Hebrew 'Nephesh' and Greek 'Psuche', which are translated 'soul' in the Bible are also translated as: body, breath, creature, heart, mind, person, himself. The 'soul' therefore refers to the person, body or self.

Man & Beast

There is no difference between man and animals in our fundamental nature and death:

  • "For what happens to the sons of men also happens to beasts: one thing befalls them (note the double emphasis): as one dies, so dies the other … man has no advantage over beasts … All (i.e. man and animals) go to one place (the grave): all are from the dust, and all return to dust" (Ecclesiastes 3:19, 20).

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The Book of Revelation Explained - Part 1

The Book of Revelations Explained

This last book of the Bible was penned by the apostle John, probably towards the end of the First Century. He writes in a time of persecution, when he has been sent into exile by the Roman authorities, marooned on the island of Patmos “on account of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus” (Revelation 1:9). Patmos is a tiny island off the coast of Turkey, about 13 square miles (34 square kilometers) in area.

Inspired Visions

The Revelation is the record of a series of inspired visions in which John sees and hears his Master Jesus talking to him, passing on a message for the Christian brothers and sisters. The opening verse is important – “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place” (Revelation 1:1).

In doing this we are told that this message of the future of mankind ie. the rise and fall of world powers and governments, was revealed to John in a symbolic way ie. in Revelation 1:1 it goes on to say that "he (Christ) sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John."  

The symbols used are the same as those found in earlier prophecies in Isaiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. So in understanding Revelation we much first appreciate this way in which it was written and that much of what we read is a symbol of a future power and powers to arise and that the depictions of them and the events they would bring about are not to be interpreted in a literal sense but by the symbols used.

The vision was to show John things that must take place, so it was a prophecy, like the prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. It predicted the course of events far into the future, so that God’s servants would be prepared and strengthened in times of persecution, knowing that world events are in God’s hands, and move steadily towards the goal of His Kingdom being established on earth.

To appreciate the book of Revelation we need to have read the rest of the Bible first, because it is full of links and allusions to the earlier writings. Practically every phrase and theme has been plucked from the Old Testament (in some cases the New Testament), and applied to a new but similar situation.

We will find strong links to the visions of the prophet Daniel, who saw four amazing beasts with features that foretold the course of history from his day up to the First Century. John’s visions take over where Daniel’s left off, and we shall meet Daniel’s beasts in a new guise, used this time to predict the events of European history through many centuries.

Perfect Number

A key idea in the Revelation is the number seven. Seven is the perfect number, the cycle of days that completes a week and then starts again.

The book is divided into groups of sevens – seven lampstands and seven letters, seven wax seals on a scroll, seven trumpets that blow in turn, and seven altar bowls poured out on the earth.

There is another twist – seven in seven. This concept comes from the conquest of Jericho by Joshua.

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THE OFFER OF LIFE OR DEATH

 
 

The Offer of Life or Death“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn awaytheir ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”    2 Timothy 4:3-4

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”   John 4:23-24

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God's Declared Purpose with YOU and the EARTH

 

The Book of Revelations Explained

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SEEK THE TRUTH WITH WRESTED SCRIPTURES!

 
 

Use this True Bible Teaching Resource to help understanding some of the more difficult passages that many take in isolation to the rest of the Bible and claim that they teach things that the Bible does not teach.

The Bible is a large book, but it teaches us the truth from beginning to end, therefore anything towards the end of the Bible eg. The New Testament must agree with what is taught in the Old Testament, also remember that the divisions of the Bible into Old and New Testaments is a manmade one, the whole Bible is God's WORD to us and must be undersood consistently as such.


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The Man of Sin, The Antichrist and the "mystery of iniquity" are all about Roman Catholicism

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