Thursday, January 30, 2020

New Bibles Galore, Part Three: Finishing Up

Some relevant Bible verses
  • Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
  • Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
  • Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
  • Acts 8:30-31 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
  • 1 Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
  • 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works
  • 2 Peter 3:16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
A few words from the NIV, do you know them?
The over-proliferation of Bibles causes loss of trust – regardless of what scholars “know” or think they know, what do people in the pew and on the pavement think?

The Bible does not make detailed theological knowledge the distinguishing mark of the Christian. Some of the best Christians I know cannot explain “camel furniture” and “goiim.” They do not know the conjugation of Greek verbs, and whether or not you read Hebrew from right to left. Some of the best scholars I know do not exhibit high forms of unfettered grace and unconditional love. Among both KJ-Only and Anything-but-KJV partisans can be found the most bitter, hateful, mean-spirited folks who call themselves Christians. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,” Jesus said, “if ye have love one to another.” (See John 13:34-35.) “By their fruits ye shall know them” Matthew 7:16-20.

The best way to determine Bible reading comprehension is by observing whether what is being read is also being lived.

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