TRUTH

Finding the Truth in the Bible

Your goal ought to be to find what God is truly saying in the words that you read in the bible. We do not have any of the original documents that make up the New Testament, therefore we have to work with what we have. Copies and translations of the originals. But all is not lost this is not that difficult. We have tools and truth can be found. You have to want to know God and want to know the truth about Him and His ways.  

Finding truth should be an ongoing process.

If you see something in your studying of the Bible that contradicts what you have been taught or have seen in movie, you need to willing to change. This is growth and it should be what you desire. Too many people approach the Bible to confirm what they already believe with no desire to changer grow. These people can argue the points very well, but do not have the relationship with God as they should. Kinda  sounds like the scribes and Pharisees. 

The difficulty in finding truth;

I heard a very well renowned theologian say that he is heard many say that we need to get back to the Christianity of the reformers of the 14-15th century, he went on to say that he disagrees thanks that what we need to do is return to the Christianity of the first century. To that I agree I think much more was lost in the 2nd and 3rd centuries than most realize. To be plain about what I am saying, is that those who put together the Greek texts but we have and use readily, as well as the first translators into English, they could not and did not write the Bibles that wrote to contradict their current theologies. Knowing better and keeping that I'm mind makes progressing easier and something to be desired.

The exercises listed below will do two things for you, they will get you familiar with your software and how to use it. And they will also get you started in your quest into the Bible to find out what the disciples were really saying about God.

If you decide to read the exercises below and not do them but instead read and agree with them that is a Greek word dechomai. 

If instead you decide to read and do them that would be the Greek word Lumbano.


Exercises to do to get into Bible

first learn to look up a Word

I recommend keeping this simple, the point is to be able to look up everywhere a word is used in the Bible.

Here are some suggestions;


Noah

{With a Bible program with search capacity its very easy to look up everywhere the word Noah is in the Bible. And once you do that you will see for yourself how much of the recent movie Noah, was not in the Bible.}


Job

Grace
Promise
Righteousness
Justified
Fornication (singles especially)

Mystery

Knowledge
Power
Comforter
Advocate


You can use this for any word. But I'll warn you some words are used many times in the Bible.


Look up a words definition

Looking up word and then finding its definition. I recommend starting with these words in 

Romans 10:9. 

Mouth
Lord
Saved

Word Study

A word study is when you look at other places same word is used to get a better understanding of what is meant by that word. 

The good word to start with is 'Saved'.


Look up the definition, then by looking at other verses where the same word is used you will have a better understanding of what the word means and you might be surprised.


Prior usage

After I got the level on computer I came across this verse, and I thought to myself I am not sure what this verse means, and what does Jesus mean by 'go and learn'.

I have a Bible that uses a different Bold Font to designate when a verse has been used elsewhere in the Bible.

In Mat 9:13 Jesus is quoting Hosea 6:6.


Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.


Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.


The Bible I athareferring to is called The Companion Bible. It is very handy the way this works, it has a special Font only used for when a verse is used somewhere else in the Bible.

I have found that you can learn quite a bit by looking at the passage of Scripture that is being quoted. To understand Matthew 9:13, you have to know that Jesus is corning Hosea 6:6, but you also need to know what is going on at Hosea 6:6. That means if you don't already know what Hosea is about, you need to. This would have been hugely powerful to the audience Jesus was was addressing because they would've known the book of Hosea I want to understood exactly what Jesus meant by quoting the verse that he did.

Romans 

I'll give you a hint but you need to go read the whole book of Hosea yourself to really grasp why Jesus uses this verse here. In the book of Hosea God is fed up with this people and I'm this verse He is saying, I would much rather you have the heart that I do instead of going through the motions of doing the things but I ask without meaning them. Go read Matthew 9, then the entire book of Hosea it is not that long book and is pretty straightforward, then come back and reread Matthew 9.

This is something you can do when you come across phrases or verses that are quoted from other parts of the Bible. It'll open up quite a bit of understanding for you, because the author didn't haphazardly do this.

Some more recommendations;


Romans 8:36 and Psalm 44

Romans 10:6-8 and Deuteronomy 30:12-14 {I do not think it is possible to understand Romans 10:6-8 without realizing it's quoted from Deuteronomy 30:12-14 and seeing that passage in its context. You will find that to be true many times when Old Testament is quoted in the New Testament.


When looking at where these passages are quoted from, I highly recommend reading the whole chapter and possibly the whole book they are taking from to understand. 

Who to and Who by

Look at every book of the New Testament and see who wrote it and who the wrote it to. This becomes very important at times.



 

Greek definition, usage and comparing similar to Greek words and noting the differences.

Let's look at 2 Timothy 2:15


Approved - not the same word as in Acts 2:22

Look at the Greek word used in each verse and look at the entire passage and you should see the difference.

Try to see what Paul is saying to Timothy. This is a letter from Paul to Timothy. 

How many books to Timothy with Paul?

Most people nowadays look at this verse and think the word study means to get out a concordance, and study the Bible.

It would not make sense tell Paul to be telling Timothy to do this, because Timothy correct many of Paul's letters and understood what that meant.


Study =  spoudazo = diligently labor, diligence, TO REALLY TRY to hurry/carefully, be diligent, make haste


It is translated 11 times; 

3x endeavour, 5x diligence or dilegent 1x be forward, 1x labour, and only one time is it translated 'study'. 


So you can see if it would be an error to use the word study in this verse, the way we currently use that word.