but what is the final answer?
The Bible is just that – a collection of books. It was not written by one person – or by God -, nor is it meant to be read like a novel. The canonized Bible contains 66 books, written by at least 40 different authors between 900 BCE and 125 CE. It has been translated into many different languages, with each language having multiple versions. There are well over 100 complete English versions, which include the King James version (KJV), the Geneva Bible (GEN), and the New International Version (NIV), among others. For the purposes of this website and my personal study, I chose the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
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Recently, I watched a documentary on the state-sanctioned execution of Sean Sellers. When he was 17, he murdered his parents. He did not deny he committed the act. He was convicted and sentenced to death. He was executed by lethal injection at 12:17am, on February 4th, 1999 in an Oklahoma State Penitentiary. His case brought worldwide attention because of his age when he comitted the crimes – by law, he was still a child. Nevertheless, after numerous appeals and a clemency hearing, another life was taken from us. The entire situation is a terrible tragedy.
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why isn’t Jesus more direct?
A parable is a story told by Jesus to explain a moral truth. Jesus often uses parables to explain his message to people who couldn’t quite understand the Word of God, either wilfully or unintentionally. It would seem logical that Jesus would tell common people stories with common themes they could all understand, but there is a deeper reason for his teaching in parables.
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We all sin. It is an inevitable fact of life. Whether it is intentional or unintentional, our words and actions have the power to hurt people. They also have the power to create distance between us and God. If we want to have a fulfilling personal relationship with our Father, we must give up the inclination to sin. But how? Continue reading “Salvation Lies Within”
We all get a forgiveness!
God is good! Even after all the crummy, which is an understatement, things I have done and the things I have left undone, God still loves me. He loves us all. It took me over 30 years to realize that I had a huge fundamental misunderstanding of who God is, why He does what He does, and what my place is in His Universe. One thing I learned is that God is patient. God is so patient that He waited for me to come around to the idea that He loves me, unconditionally. He did not try to force me into a relationship with Him, even though, as the Creator, He can do whatever He wants with us. Instead, He waited until I was ready to humble myself to Him, accept that He is real and active in our lives, and embrace His voice and guidance in my life. It would have been utterly pointless for Him to reveal Himself to me, since there was no way at that stage in my life, I would have ever accepted His calling; I was lost. Like many other people, I had to hit the proverbial rock bottom before I was able to clearly look up and see my Father smiling down on me.
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Two thousand years ago, in the Middle East, Mary, a young virgin woman, 14 to 18 years old, received a message from God. An angel of God came to Mary and told her that she is pregnant. God had sent His Holy Spirit into the womb of Mary, and she conceived a baby boy. Mary had no choice but to tell her fiance, Joseph. Joseph was a good man, and even though he had every right to break off the engagement, because it appeared that Mary had been unfaithful, he did not. Instead, he married her, and they began the task of raising the child who was the Son of God.
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when you don’t know what to pray
Prayer is an unbelievably important part of life. It is the primary means by which we communicate with God. There are other means of communication, but prayer directly connects us with our Father. We are able to express things to Him that we feel we can not tell anyone else. He is always listening, even when we are not kneeling with our eyes closed and hands clasped.
Sometimes, we avoid praying because we do not know what to say. This is an easy trap to fall into, but God knows why we do this, and He is not upset. Because there are other ways of connecting with God besides prayer, we are still able to have a fulfilling relationship with God without being in a state of constant, traditional prayer.
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