Two Bibles?

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In posing this question Two Bibles, I am not at all referring to the number of English Translations (estimated at around 900 according to American Bible Society). What I am referring to, is there really that much of a difference in interpretation of two bibles? 

This came about from a conversation yesterday with two women I met. One said she could not believe the state our country had recently come to (riots and the like), the other started playing the poor, poor troubled folks card; to which I quoted 2 Thessalonians 3:10, if a man work work he don’t eat!’ 

BOOM! she immediately accused me of the age old “that is just your opinion” and then “anyone can take one verse out of context and make it say what they want”  and of course tuned me out immediately when I tried to explain the biblical truth. 


CONTEXT:

Before we look at the text let us BRIEFLY look at HOW TO INTERPRET BIBLICAL TEXT:Be a Berean

Telling me, ‘my Pastor says’ does not mean you have a good understanding of the text, Pastor’s are human and makes mistakes to, you need to be a Berean (ACTS 17:11) and check EVERYTHING they say. 

Telling me ‘the Bible says’ does not mean you have a good understanding of the text, as we noted with 900 translations, yours might not agree with mine. 

God commands us in 2 Timothy 2:15 to study and properly handle His Holy word. If you can not do this BE QUITE!

Biblical Hermeneuticsis the Key to Proper Biblical Interpretation of Text, the bible is to be taken literally, historically, grammatically, and contextually. Finally Scripture will always interpret Scripture that is it will always support or back itself up.

Finally and one most lay people, those not in ministry, overlook is the original text languages. I am not a Hebrew or Greek scholar by any means but I daily use Hebrew and Greek Lexicons, Concordances and the like to assist me in proper biblical interpretation. It is key to know what the original meaning and intent was.  


BREAKDOWN: 

As many of you know I am a Chaplain with Mission M25 Ministries. The M25 comes from Matthew 25:40 “The least of these…”  If I were to take just that phrase and build a ministry from it who is to define “The least of these?” Everyone with their hand out? Is that what the bible really says? Or does it say something more along the lines of:

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Genesis 3:19, Proverbs 13:4, Proverbs 20:4, Proverbs 24:30-34

So my comment ‘if a man work work he don’t eat!’ was not really just my opinion, it was good Biblical Hermeneutics, backed up by God’s Holy Word. 

Should we help the least of these, YES!!! Who are the least of these? Those who are incapable of caring for themselves. Not those who are just used to hand-outs, and are to lazy to get a job.  Not those have can come up with every excuse known to man for why they can’t get a job or can’t do this or that; the bible calls sluggards and has no use for them. 

On the other hand those who the church is supposed to care for 1 Timothy 5 must be taken care of. Likewise in Paul’s instructions to the church at  Ephesus, Ephesians 4:11-16 he tells the body to look out for each other. 


APPLICATION:

There is only one Word of God! I didn’t write the book, I don’t interpret the book with my own opinion(s), I (and those who take God’s word seriously) only use good Biblical Hermeneutics to expound what the Holy Spirit had man write long before I was conceived. 

I take seriously ( I pray more would also ) the WARNING of the Apostle John in Rev 22:18-19 about messing with or misrepresenting God’s Holy Word.  What about you?

 

 

 

Keep Watch

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Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. – Matt 25:13 (KJV) 

Do you remember playing Hide and Go Seek as a kid? If you were the seeker at the end of counting to 100 you’d yell out “ready or not here I come.” If I had to pick an analogy for this verse (and the preceding parable (vs. 1-12) that easily comes to mind. 

Let’s look at the parable briefly; we have ten marriages happening all at night. Of the ten, half are smart prepared in advance for the nights activities the other half get so caught up in the hoopla of the event that they are ill prepared for the actual event itself when it comes (pretty hard to have a wedding in the dark). 

Let us leap forward and make a practical application to the church today. The oil in the lamps represents the Spiritual food or daily bread we need to sustain us and prepare us for Christ’s second coming. Many, actually far to many, can be likened unto the foolish brides to be. Oh the are pretty (brides) “Christians” they go to church, they tithe, and do the “right” things. What they do not do is what the God commands that is to study scripture, to be prepared. (Joshua 1:8, 2 Timothy 3:16-17.) They were content in whatever their preacher said on Sunday and are convinced that is all they need, they are not Bereans (Acts 17:11). 

Unlike Harold Camping, Jack Van Impe and other false teachers the bible makes it clear no one knows neither are they to guess at the day of Christ’s return. What we are to do, as the Amplified Version puts it is to be on the alert [be prepared and ready]” keeping watch for that glorious day. 

 

 

 

 

Living With Blindfolds

Living with blindfolds…
is what most people do…
believing lies and deception…
that have twisted what’s true….

Continued at Source: Living With Blindfolds

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This is not a new phenomenon of course but in the age of computers and such,  there is really no excuse for a “believer”  not living daily as a Berean (Acts 17:11). Yet far to many follow the Jews of old, Jeremiah 6:10 ESV “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised, they cannot listen; behold, the word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn; they take no pleasure in it.” or those of the modern church Paul warned of 2 Timothy 2:3-4  “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”  I cannot count the number of times I have heard “my Pastor says or said” and when I ask, great but what does the Word of God say?  It is a rarity when I do not get that deer in the headlights look of confusion. – Mike