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The selection of the Holy Books of the Bible…

2 Mar

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The original “canon,” (books that are Divinely inspired the Holy Spirit) of the Old Testament were arranged by Jewish Rabbis, at the counsel of Gamnia. Their selection process was based upon, (1)the content of each book which had to harmonize with the Jewish Law. (2) Had to have been written between 1450 B.C. and 450 B.C. since Prophetic inspiration was believed to have begun with Moses (1450 B.C.) and ended with Ezra, (450 B.C.) (3) The language of the text had to have been in Hebrew, (4) and the Book must have had been written in the geographical boundaries of Palestine. Any manuscript which met these criteria were included in the original 39 books of the Old Testament. Extra Biblical Books that were written around this time were the “Apocrypha,” or “Pseudepigrapha,” which means false teachings. These books included The Didache, the Epistle of Barnabas, 1 and 2 Clement, the Shepherd of Hermas, the Apocalypse of Peter, and the Acts of Paul. Which did bare some truth but were not believed to have been Divinely inspired by God. At the beginning of the third century 22 new books , (which would comprise our New Testament) became widely accepted. The criteria for the New Testament books were, (1) Was the Book written by an Apostle, (2) Was the content of the book Spiritual? (3) Was the Book received by the Church? And (4) did the text bare witness to Divine inspiration? Which later led to the inclusion of five more books, (Hebrews, James, 2 Peter, 2 John, and 3 John) which became the authorative Holy Bible. Even though the selection process was done by man lets not forget that all scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21), who even after inspiring man to record the Word of God. Carefully guided each thereafter on selection process for Our study. Be Blessed…

The Holy Spirit, the true author of the Holy Bible…

2 Feb

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2 Peter 1:21, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Many times when discussions about Religion arise people, who believe in a higher power but necessarily don’t know who or what to believe rely on the same question. “Since all of the religions of the world are founded and recorded by men, how do we truly know who is wrong or right? This is actually a really good question, that every person should ask about just who, or what to believe. It is true that all belief systems are written by man, but only one was written by men by way of the Holy Spirit of God. 2 Peter 1:21, states that God used man to manifest His thoughts in the natural world. by way of the Holy Spirit who moved upon Him to do so. This allowed the true knowledge of God to be recorded without being bias to some sin, but rather that all have sinned Roman 3:23. A blind man would not condemn Himself because all men believe that they are righteous in their own mind, but the Bible condemns all Romans 3:10-11, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” Letting those know that we are deperately in need of a Saviour which is the Lord Jesus Christ who took our punishment for our sin to the cross and died and arose to show His approval for doing so by God Almighty. So the next time you hear a conversation on just who is wrong or right let them know the Holy Spirit of God is! The best selling Author of all time. Be blessed!

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Dinosaurs in the Bible…

12 Jan

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Job 40:15-24, “Take a look at Behemoth,which I made, just as I made you. It eats grass like an ox. See its powerful loins and the muscles of its belly. Its tail is as strong as a cedar. The sinews of its thighs are knit tightly together. Its bones are tubes of bronze. Its limbs are bars of iron. It is a prime example of God’s handiwork,and only its Creator can threaten it. The mountains offer it their best food,where all the wild animals play. It lies under the lotus plants, hidden by the reeds in the marsh. The lotus plants give it shade among the willows beside the stream. It is not disturbed by the raging river, not concerned when the swelling Jordan rushes around it. No one can catch it off guard or put a ring in its nose and lead it away.”

Over the years I often heard many people question the Bible on certain subjects, with dinosaurus being one of them. Since modern science states that these ancient reptiles roamed the earth long before man I searched the book of Genesis which I believed was originally the oldest book of the Bible. When a old Christian friend of mine pointed me to the book of Job in the Holy Bible. Upon reading, I was amazed to find out that the book of Job not only gives a very good description of a dinosaur like creature listed in the above scripture simply know as “Behemoth,” but also I learned that the book of Job actually predates the book of Genesis by 650 years! This old text was written by a unknown Israelite around 2150 BC, and gives very interesting facts between the interaction between Job, God as well as with Satan. This accountant takes place before the Earth became null and void as stated in Genesis 1:2, in which some other worldly disaster destroyed the Earth. Take the time to share this with none believers and continue to search your Bibles for the truth of God, remember Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. ” Be blessed!!