Humans are not simple. They are complex. It is my belief that God has spoken. We need to listen.
In For Your Information I will be helping you with tools to do just that.
Feel free to add comments. Let's make this a dialogue.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Let us get back to basics. I have told you time and again that the source of truth and trustworthiness is the Bible.
Since that is so we need to study it more. I admit I approach the Bible with a big bias. God has spoken and He has caused what He has spoken to be written down. All accounts of historical places, names, and events are assumed to be accurate and true.
So when we hear it being preached from the pulpit we are hearing God's word being spoken. True, it is being heard by us in the voice of a man but the words he is reading are God's word.
It is then our job to read it for ourselves and not just by ourselves. We need small groups. We need to discuss what God has said. We must realize that the words are as important as the thoughts. We can have confidence in its message.
I do not recommend a paraphrase. A paraphrase acts as a commentary not a direct word. I recommend the New American Standard or the New King James. Be careful using the New International version. It is good, but in places it leans toward nonliteral in word choice. I will discuss translations later so I will not, in this posting, venture there.
What translation do you use? Maybe that is soemthing I can post about if there is interest.