People believe the strangest things, and the really strange thing is that most beliefs are never challenged. What I've discovered is that when people disagree about the meaning of a Bible passage, it nearly always boils down to what they already believe. ...continue reading "Beyond Belief"
Two Grace Aware Bible study techniques are in this video:
Looking up words that you think you know, and
Seeing what's not there
The focus is the Christmas account found in Luke chapter 2:
Luke 2:9-11 NKJV - 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
If you've been around Christians long enough, you'll eventually come across this strange teaching: "God requires obedience—even your very thoughts; You need to bring every one of your thoughts into obedience to be truly right with God."
The Bible was not originally written in English. Because of that, there is no "inspired" English translation. If there was, you'd immediately stop seeing new English translations hit the market. So how can we tell which translators "got it right?" Fortunately, with today's modern tools it's easier than you might think. Download your FREE Greek Verb Quick Reference Guide at the bottom of this post....continue reading "Understanding Greek Verbs"
You may have seen Bibles for sale with things like "NKJV" or "NIV" or even "HCSB" written somewhere on or inside of them. These are the indicators of what translation that particular Bible is using. Since the Bible was originally written in Hebrew (with some Aramaic thrown into the book of Daniel) in the Old Testament and then Greek in the New Testament, both of which are languages that nobody uses in their ancient forms anymore, we have relied on Biblical scholars and theologians to translate these sacred words for us into something that we can understand. ...continue reading "The Importance of Digging Deeper"