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How to Understand the Bible

One scripture does not make a theology

The number one is not a sum; it’s a lone number. Twelve is also a number.  Neither number is a sum.

But 1 and 1 = 2, and 10 and 2 = 12, hence a sum. Simple huh?

Here’s the key. The Bible itself says that the “sum of thy worth is truth.” This is found in the most accurate translation of the Bible, the New American Standard Bible.

Psalm 119:160
The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.

In order for you to get a sum you will need two separate scriptures, and preferably three. When you have two or more scriptures working together you have a theology.

For example, the Bible says that Yahshua came to save the whole world, which indeed He did. But that is not a sum. If you believe that alone you might walk away thinking Yahshua saves everyone on planet earth.

You also need to know that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. That is called a conditional phrase. It adds a condition which man must meet before he is saved. So the sum of that is that everyone on the planet can be saved if he/she believes and you now have a tenet of theology. It’s a start. Put many tenets together and you get a creed.

Conditions apply to understanding

In fact virtually everything in the Bible has a condition attached to it. And that condition is faith. We must accept what Yahweh says by faith and then act upon that faith. Once we do, Yahweh confirms His word to us.

John 7:17 If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.

Believe first then see the results

Here is an example of conditional scriptures. “If you continue in my word you are my disciples indeed and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

I can’t tell you how many people tell me – you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

Notice they substituted “set” for “make.”  “Set” indicates an event; “make” denotes a process. It takes time for you to be free as anyone who has tried to kick a habit will tell you.

Do not substitute your own word

But never mind. The real problem is they forgot the conditional part -IF.

Now you can start reading the whole Bible and not just parts, the parts you like. Watch the exact words exactly. Don’t patch in your own ideas and before long you’ll know what you are talking about.

Here is an example of taking one passage and ignoring another passage on the same point.  The Amish have separated themselves deliberately from the rest of the world. They refuse to use many modern conveniences; their dress and modes of transportation are different from the Americans, that they refer to as “English.”

Here is the passage they site:

Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,

This part of the verse the Amish obey. but the rest of the verse is:

so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

And this last half of the verse they ignore.  Obeying Yahweh may mean to be an airline pilot, a translator for the United Nations, or a beautician in Hollywood.  The call of Yahweh and obedience take precedence over any calls to making personal and corporate holiness more worthy than obedience.

Here is where many of us stumble. Not just the Amish. It is very easy to make things and rules more important than the inner man. Yahweh, after all, looks on the heart not on the outside. A heart can be pure, while on the outside a person works for a garbage collection agency. Yahweh does not want us focusing on externals. We will do that anyway!

Holiness is the missing element in the majority of Christian living where anything goes. That is not the heart Yahweh wants.

Obedience is to the whole word of Yahweh, not just the passage we like. If you ever wondered what Yahweh’s will is, there it is.

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PS “Cleanliness is next to godliness” is not in the Bible and neither is “God helps those who help themselves.” I’ll bet some mother thought that one up.

What is Truth

You hear all the time – “If God wants me to believe in Him, He needs to show himself to me. ”   “After I see someone healed I will believe God heals.”  “Seeing is believing so if I can just see something I will believe.”

Starting out on the wrong foot

Here are three people who will not be seeing or believing anything.  In fact the way of God is exactly the opposite – you believe before you see.  Because faith is the substance of something previously hoped for, the evidence (before hand) of what is not yet seen.

There are several things wrong with the assumption of these doubters.  One is that God is trying to sell a product, and like a good ad man wants you to try before you buy.  Or perhaps a test drive like a new car purchase.  If all goes well, and the price is right, you are in the market for a good God.  Well, when you put it in that crass manner you can see it won’t fly.

Instruction is not Linear

When you attend school your books are written in linear fashion, starting with the most basic ideas and graduating to harder and more detailed information. The Bible, alas, is not like that.  Topics are scattered all over the place, both Old Testament and New Testament. That means if you want to know what God thinks you need to read the whole thing.

God has nothing to prove to anyone.  He has chosen to reveal himself through the Bible, through His son as well as His people who preach and teach and minister the word, healing, teaching, temperance, love, and concern.  Of course, total reprobates can do that too, but God is consistent and especially His word is consistent.

False gods are everywhere

A person who is sold on God can just as easily give up the idea when a better more interesting sales pitch comes along.  Drugs are attractive, at least in the beginning, and adulterers will always tell you how great it was – until it went bad.  The God-market is worldwide.  And so is the market for false gods and sin.

But in this simple sentence, John 7:17 – we see that obedience to God’s word comes first and then the revelation opens up.  You need to know God – start with the Bible.  You may need to actually dig hard, but the diamonds are always at the deepest level and the hardest to find.

17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Obey first  and see what happens.

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