The Christian Bible, the Hebrew Scripture, The Muslim Koran: Words are Not Important, Our Actions Are Matt 13:3 "He told them many things in parables. 13:10 "Why do you talk to them in parables?" That's the crucial question: Did God, should God, have intended direct and final communication with us? If so, Jesus certainly failed his mission. There is little evidence that Jesus' appearance cleared anything up or gave us God directly.
The Bible itself provides a binding of old teachings and principles that can be used even to this day. It is true that the Bible holds and teaches fundamental basis and principles in some of the most practiced religions, but incorporating a whole religious faith with politics and government is not of good intention. With the Bible, one can read of stories and traditions that can be used for reference, for knowledge, humor, and even fun. However, a religion is full of traditions, respective cultures and is different to each being that it takes part in it. Each person in some form or fashion incorporates what they value into decision-making, but the uproar is caused when one enforces it upon one another.
It seems that although the writers wrote from their own personal, historical and cultural context and used his own style, each wrote in accordance with God's wishes. Yet, it is easy to see how interpretation of the scriptures may instate doubt in peoples' minds; there appears to be much contradiction in teaching. For example, whilst in the Old Testament God sent the Israelites to fight, the New Tes... ... middle of paper ... ... overcome since interpretation is undertaken with the help of divine intervention. Furthermore, if the meaning of passages remains unclear, then it would seem that they are of little importance or God would have clearly revealed their meaning. We certainly cannot reject the teaching in 2 Timothy that "all scripture is the inspired word of God."
First, he discusses the unreliability of biblical writings, like the gospels of the new testament, stating that "the Gospels cannot simply be taken at face value as giving us historically reliable accounts of the things Jesus said and did", (Ehrman 88), because not only were they written after Jesus 's death, but they were also not from eyewitnesses who 'd personally seen or heard Jesus. Because the sources used in these writings are unknown, and the purpose of them was to, in Ehrman 's words, spread the "good news" of Jesus, the information in them must be carefully analyzed, and compared with other sources, before it can be accepted as true. This leads into one of Ehrman 's main arguments-that because the Hebrew Bible spoke of a messiah who was thought to be the future ruler of the people of Israel, but Jesus did not fit that image because of his pacifistic and compassionate views, Ehrman claims that Jesus 's actions would not have led anyone to believe he was the messiah, ergo he must have told them he was. Another interesting point that Ehrman makes is that some of Jesus 's early teachings differed from the views of early Christians. For instance, Ehrman cites a biblical passage which implies that people who are good and help others can get to heaven, despite the fact that the early church preached that heaven and salvation could only be attained by belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
They have been proven to have errors within some of the books (specifically the book of Tobit) and even contradicts itself. Jesus refers to the Old Testament as noted earlier, and never shows any attention to the addition of this apocrypha (“Study Resources:: The Canon of Scripture”). The early churches never viewed them as scripture and so there was no inherent need to include them any
An excellent example of faith in God in the Old Testament would be Abraham being tested by God. It starts in Genesis 22:1-19 and provides a resounding story of faith in God. After asking Abraham and Sarah to wait all those years and then miraculously giving them a son, God here asks Abraham to give Isaac back as a sacrifice. God had already shown Abraham that when his human reason disagreed with God’s reason, he could always trust God to be correct – and that’s a tough lesson for many people to understand. It would seem Abraham, if he cared to, could have argued from many positions that God had no logic reason to sacrifice Isaac.
First of all, the Kingdom of Heaven is not something familiar in the Hebrew Bible at all. Mainly because that phrase isn’t in any of the Hebrew Scriptures; it is only found in the New Testament and rabbinic literature. In fact, technically the rabbinic phrase “Heaven” does not refer to a place, like heaven as so many Christians believe, but stands as a substitute for the divine four letter name, YHWH, that many Jews could not bring themselves to say in fear of speaking His name in vain. According to Jesus, the Kingdom is not up in heaven or a time in which people must wait for or even a place to go and visit; it is happening and taking place here on earth right this very second. For Jesus, the Kingdom of Heaven is not in the near or even distant future, but something that has already begun.
However, God does want us to know of its existence though, and include many truths about the Trinity in Scripture. Bible does not have the word Trinity and it does not provide a clear definintion of it. However, the Trinity is one of the most important and key beliefs in our faith. Now, the question we have to ask is, “Is the doctrine of the Trinity really biblical?” Even though we can never fully comprehend the Trinity, scripture help us to understand better. Knowing the doctrine of the Trinity and its biblical basis in the old and new testaments is very important.
It cannot be looped with paraphrasing and didactic or literal translations because these focus on keeping the original thought. The Message Bible is a paraphrase that has helped many to understand Christ better. Its intent is to be compared side by side with the Bible and embellish it. Rewriting the Bible undermines its original intended meaning. With each revision, the meaning that b... ... middle of paper ... ...s distorted by authors who are not qualified in writing it and the chance for a soul to be transformed by the Word of God is lost.
For centuries it has been debated whether Paul and James contradict each other’s theology. At times, they do seem to make opposing statements. The Book of Galatians affirms over and over that we are justified by faith in Christ alone, not by works of our own. Most evangelical Christians agree to that concept of sola fide. We are faced with an interesting dilemma when James famously says, “faith without works is dead.” Martin Luther, himself, felt that the Book of James should be removed from the canon of scripture because of such statements.