What Do People Want From The Bible?

What Do People Want From The Bible?

There are people who have preconceived expectations when they read the Bible. They expect to find scriptural justification to their behavior. They want the way they live their life to be condoned by Holy Writ. They want to use the Bible to prove the decisions they have made are correct. These types of people are not looking for truth. They are looking for ways to justify their behavior.

When you read text like the Bible, you will find teachings presented in parables and symbolism. This makes it easy for people to twist the scriptures to suit their desires, whatever they may be.

The problem with this type of Christian is that if he or she can back up their bad choices with Bible verses, then they feel complete, and that makes them hard to reach and to see the error or their ways.

Since those types of people are hard to get through to, I’d like to try to help other Christian to avoid that mistake.

How to get the most out of your daily reading of the Bible?

what_do_people_want_from_the_bible1. Be Honest.

2. Be Humble.

3. Be Prayerful.

4. Ask “what does God want me to learn today?”

5. How can I apply this in my life?

If you use these ideas when your reading daily from the Holy Bible then you will see spiritual growth well beyond what you thought possible.

Let’s look at each of these points in detail.

1. Be Honest

Have an honest attitude. Don’t lie to yourself about what you want. Don’t have any preconceived positions when you read the scriptures. Don’t have the attitude that you already know what to do. Let the scriptures tell you what The Lord wants you to know. If you read the scriptures without honesty, no one will know except for you and The Lord. But that is all that matters. If you want to be like Jesus or know what would Jesus do then you need to be honest, otherwise you are just hurting yourself.

2. Be Humble

Being humble goes closely with honesty. Humility is, in part, being teachable. Being humble means you accept that you don’t know everything and are willing to learn from what the scriptures can teach you.

3. Be Prayerful

If your honest and humble and then add prayer to the mix you will be setting yourself up for some major revelation. You will learn things that only God can teach you. You will know the truth of the Bible, not what other people want you to know.

4. Ask “What does God want me to learn today?”

Have you ever read the same scripture over and over again for the tenth time and all of the sudden you feel like this is the first time you have read that verse before? It suddenly has new meaning. This very thing happened to me this week. I read Matthew 5:44, among other things it says to “Love your enemies.”

That verse is powerful with all that it teaches us. Let’s give it a glance: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

I went to Sunday school with a question in mind, “how can this ‘love your enemy’ phrase be applied when talking about ISIS?” They have been killing Christians for a long time but they’re also killing Muslims as well. They are a slightly different type of radical Islamic terrorist group. They are trying to start an Armageddon type war by provoking the West to conflict.

They started by kidnaping for ransom, then turned to beheading people and then burned a living pilot to death. Seeing the response they got they burned more than forty people to death on a beach. This could be the most hard core enemy the world has faced. They are an enemy to the west and to Christianity. How does one love that type of enemy?

We talked at length about this issue and determined that probably the only way to love them is to ask God for the gift of love toward them. We were thinking that it might be impossible to love an enemy like that on our own.

5. How can I apply this in my life?

As was said in section four “have you ever read the same scripture over and over again for the tenth time and all of the sudden you feel like this is the first time you have read that verse before?”

Now my response to this question is different from in section four. The reason why I believe this question is valid is because we grow over time. We grow spiritually and emotionally. We have many more years of life experience tucked under our belt. So with all that, when we read Matthew 5:44 or some other verse or passage, we look at it differently. The doctrine is still the same but our world view is different.

This alone is a good reason to continue to read the scriptures over and over again until the day that we die.

When we are reading a section or a whole chapter of Holy Writ, we need to ask ourselves, how does this apply to me? Or ask how can I apply this teaching into my life right now? Asking these types of questions take that word phrase or verse off the paper and into your life. It takes on a different meaning when you desire to act upon it. Acting upon what you read may be the most important blessing of reading the scriptures daily for the rest of your life.

As you are anxiously involved in doing good? It will be harder to be deceived by the evil one and put you in a place to be taught deeper meanings of the Bible.

Hopefully, these five tips can help your spiritual growth when reading the scriptures and you will not be inclined to use the scriptures erroneously to justify your vain actions. Ideally, these five tips justify the good word by becoming a better Christian by diligently reading and applying the word of God in your daily life.

The Story Of The Birth Of Jesus Christ As Told By The Bible

The Story Of The Birth Of Jesus Christ As Told By The Bible

From The Books of Matthew, Luke and Isaiah

This article is a compilation of passages from St. Matthew, St. Luke and the prophet Isaiah woven together to make one complete, harmonized rendition of the birth of Jesus, otherwise known as the Christmas story.

 

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, nativity-2013lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judæa: for thus it is written by the prophet.

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt.

 

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