• Understanding the Bible can be difficult. For many centuries, the Catholic Church taught that the Bible could only be understood by an ordained priest. In modern times, people like N.T. Wright and other well-credentialed theologians are often held up as having profound (even special or unique) insights into God's word due to their advanced degrees [more]

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  • The Ten Commandments are recorded in Exodus 20. They were given to Moses by God and written on tablets of stone. According to IMDb, the classic 1956 movie "The Ten Commandments" (staring Charlton Heston) is the seventh highest grossing film of all time! The Ten Commandments were central to the Mosaic Law but were only [more]

    Categories: Authority, Bible ConceptsTags: , , , , , Last Updated: August 18th, 2021
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  • God has relied on messengers throughout history, but tracking the messengers of God through Scripture reveals some interesting things about God's character and His word. It also has implications for those that make claims about their own supposed "anointing" by God to speak His words today. God hasn't always used messengers. There are several [more]

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  • How we interpret Bible prophecy presents a unique challenge, at least to the extent that the question should be asked...Is Bible prophecy even something we can interpret? interpret (verb): 1-to explain or tell the meaning of : present in understandable terms. 2-to conceive in the light of individual belief, judgment, or circumstance. Merriam-Webster We ask [more]

    Categories: Authority, End Times, ProphetsTags: , , , , , Last Updated: December 28th, 2020
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  • Some maintain that Jude quotes from the apocryphal book of Enoch. Often, this is put forward as a statement of fact in order to move forward to the much "larger" discussions regarding the meaning of extra-Biblical quotes, their place in Scripture, and the question of their inspiration. The book of Enoch is part of what's [more]

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  • "It's a miracle!" That's an exclamation we hear often and have probably uttered ourselves. It might be used to describe passing a test you didn't study for or to sum up a great, come-from-behind victory. For example, the great Olympic victory by the U.S. Men's Hockey team is known as the "Miracle on Ice." [more]

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  • Whether or not the Bible is the complete revelation of God has profound implications on Christianity today. If the Bible isn't the complete revelation of God, then the door remains open to "other" revelation. "Other" could be other scriptural authority such as the Quran or the Book of Mormon. Or, evangelists claiming to speak [more]

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  • How worship to God happens and what it actually looks like varies around the world. In fact, others' offering of worship to God in your own community may look completely different from how you worship. Of course there are differences in how people dress and things they might recite, but this question is [more]

    Categories: Authority, God the Father, WorshipTags: , , Last Updated: August 29th, 2021
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  • Scripture weighting is not a term you will find in Scripture. However, it's a practice you may recognize when coming to conclusions about Scripture. Fundamentally, it's the practice of ignoring Scripture. That might sound egregious -- but it's fairly rampant in the world of Bible study and theology. A primary objective of this [more]

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  • Where we worship God has often been debated through the years. Some hold to the idea that worship must occur in a cathedral -- an often ornate structure dedicated to the worship of God. Others don't take much stock in the structure at all, whether an official worship building or someone's house. Yet [more]

    Categories: Authority, God the Father, Holy Spirit, WorshipTags: , , , Last Updated: August 29th, 2021
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  • The children of Israel were surrounded by prophets that claimed to be speaking for God but they were actually false prophets. In fact, by most accounts in the Old Testament, most "prophets" were false prophets and there were two kinds. First, there were prophets associated with other gods. For example, when Elijah is all [more]

    Categories: Authority, ProphetsTags: , , , , Last Updated: August 12th, 2021
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  • The word Bible is from the Greek and Latin meaning "book" or "books". The Christian Bible as we know it is made up of two Testaments or Covenants (Old and New) and might also be referred to as the Holy Writ, Holy Scriptures or Word of God. It is a collection of sixty-six different [more]

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  • Scripture interprets Scripture is built on the belief that all Scripture is from God. Essentially, if all of the Bible is from an unchanging God then it must also be inerrant and without contradiction - being from one, divine author. Therefore, the goal should be to let Scripture interpret Scripture as much as is [more]

    Categories: AuthorityTags: , , , , Last Updated: October 2nd, 2021
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  • It's a common refrain from those in the world. "Follow your heart." Or maybe you've heard someone say, "the heart wants what the heart wants." It's usually meant to be aspirational and reassuring, giving the individual confidence to do whatever it is they have a mind to do. Pop singer Madonna released a [more]

    Categories: AuthorityTags: , , , , , Last Updated: June 4th, 2021
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  • Has the God of the universe changed over time? Is God's character subject to "evolving" the same way that you and I would develop over time? God's character not changing is sometimes described as the immutability of God (defined by Dictionary.com as "not mutable; unchangeable; changeless"). However, some struggle with this question. For example, [more]

    Categories: Authority, God the FatherTags: , , , , Last Updated: October 2nd, 2021
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  • The sinner's prayer is something frequently referred to by preachers today. In fact, at the close of every sermon from Joel Osteen he asks those that are not saved or have fallen away to pray with him. The prayer is asking Jesus to "come into their lives." He might also ask them to [more]

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  • "Judge not, that you be not judged." (Jn 7:1) Right out of Jesus' sermon on the mount and one of the most quoted phrases from scripture. It speaks to the issue of judging others. Jesus' statement in John is usually uttered when someone is criticizing another's actions. Specifically, it's typically used as a first line [more]

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  • You've probably seen the red letter Bible -- in fact, you probably own one. These Bibles place all of Jesus' words in prominent red letters in order to stand out from all the other recorded words in Scripture. This is obviously a man-made introduction to Scripture, along with the chapter/verse breaks and chapter/paragraph [more]

    Categories: Authority, Jesus the SonTags: , , , , , , Last Updated: May 26th, 2021
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