This Biblical Christianity website encourages people to know and to live, God’s Word; thus enabling us to live now as God intended for us to live, and preparing us for eternal life in God’s kingdom.
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God has revealed to us, in the Bible, all the necessary elements and information that make for a complete and satisfying life, it just remains for us to search them out and live by them. The sixty-six books of the Bible should be our final authority and standard in assessing all other information, because it is the Truth of God as revealed to His servants (1 Cor. 2:12-13; 2 Tim. 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). Moses is believed to have compiled the first five books of the Bible called the Pentateuch. The Bible was written by about 40 different inspired authors, during a period of about 1500 years, covering about 4000 years of history. None of the original manuscripts are known to be in existence, but of these original writings Evangelical Christianity has historically believed them to be the very words of God given to men and completely free of error. Jesus fully authenticated the Old Testament Scriptures and used and taught them throughout His earthly ministry (Luke 24:25-47).
HEBREWS 1:1-4.... IN MANY separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets, [but] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order]. He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God's] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high, [taking a place and rank by which] He Himself became as much superior to angels as the glorious Name (title) which He has inherited is different from and more excellent than theirs.
The Bible states that God revealed Himself and His will for mankind immediately after He had created them, "So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. [Col. 3:9,10; James 3:8,9.] And God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth. And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food" (Genesis 1:27-29). We are informed in the second, third, and fourth chapters that God continued to make Himself and His will known to them even though they had already made some disastrous mistakes.
The point we wish to establish is, that God did not give up on mankind because they made mistakes, He still wanted to make Himself known and to work with them to correct the situation, and to continue with His plans for them. The whole Bible makes it clear that this is God’s intention, and that if there is any lack of a knowledge of God it’s man’s fault and not God’s. There are several instances in Scripture where God pleads with His people to turn from their wicked ways and back to Him, but our irrational inclination is to blame God for our blindness and misery, and to continue in our selfish pursuits instead of seeking and obeying God.
The more we disregard God the more blind we become, God knows this even if we don’t. Therefore God had to have a plan whereby He could reveal Himself and His will to those who desired to know Him – the Bible is the result of that plan. Here is how God describes it, "For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart" [Deut. 4:29-30.] (Jer. 29:11-13). Therefore, those who wish to know God and His will must search the Scriptures that He inspired, preserved and gave to us – there is no other way or information available to us. So we see how important and vital God’s Word is, and how foolish it is to look somewhere else!
Someone may ask, how do we know that there is no other way or information available to us? Compare anything you know of or can find with the Bible, nothing even comes close - the Bible is superior in countless ways. Not that we have to personally examine every contender; we have scholars, past and present standing by, that have critically appraised everything the world has presented, and all other sources of information and knowledge have all been shown seriously lacking in comparison to the Word of God. The devil’s current popular attempt to discredit the Bible is through Eastern Mysticism and other Occult phenomena. But no other source answers all the questions about life as fully, completely and satisfyingly as the Bible does!
Someone else may ask, why did God take so long to fully reveal Himself and His plan, why didn’t He just step down out of heaven and say I’m God and here’s a manual to live by, why did He use human writers over so long a period of time? The Bible was written by about 40 different inspired authors, during a period of about 1500 years, covering about 4000 years of history. As writer after writer added to the Holy Writ, a mountain of indisputable evidence began to accumulate, without any contradictions and with the capability of being checked out by historians and archeologists, and is well proven by fulfilled prophesy. We have had the completed Bible now for about 1900 years. The Bible has probably been examined and scrutinized by more scholars than any other material ever written. Any sincere person that will take the time to carefully examine the Bible cannot help but be overwhelmed by the fulness and accuracy of the revelation contained therein. Thus, God has proven Himself to any rational human being through His written Word – it probably could not have been done any other way!
Others may ask, why did God choose the Bible as His method of revealing Himself? Probably because man is so naturally inclined to disregard God and to seek his own will that God chose to gather together mountains of evidence, concluding with Christ and the Apostles, of His goodwill for man so that anyone who took the time to examine it would be overwhelmed by the magnitude of His evidence, wisdom, goodness, power and ability.
It took about sixty-five years from the resurrection of Christ until the full revelation of the Truth as God wanted us to have it was finished – we should learn to know it, love it, cherish it, live by it, protect it, and proclaim it!
Life-in-Christ Scriptures: (Ps. 91; Jn. 15:1-10; Col. 3:1-6; Rom. 6:1-8:39; 1 Cor. 2:1-3:23; 1 Cor. 11:1-15:58; Gal. 2:19-21; Eph. 1:1-3:21; Phil. 3:1-21; Col. 2:1-23).
The Life-in-Christ Scriptures above are a very special group of passages found in the Bible that best explain the way that God has provided, through Christ Jesus, for us to live the Christian life. Jesus is the solution to our every problem, the fulfillment of our every hope and aspiration, and the Savior and lover of our soul. God has clearly revealed the details of our new life in Christ, but if we will not, or cannot grasp and apply them they will be of no help to us. I have seen people crying for help, but when God’s instructions are given, they are unable to respond for one reason or another. Perhaps the primary reason is the work of the enemy who delights in blinding "the unbelievers' minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ" (2 Cor. 4:4). Satan attempts to blind our minds by adding to or subtracting from what God has declared to us in His Word, and God has warned us of the results of doing this (Rev. 22:18-19). Neither Satan nor this world has anything to offer that is better than or improves upon what God has given to us in His Word.
Probably the next greatest hindrance is the person themselves. Jesus taught us that a love for this world and the things of it can prevent us from being able to understand or accept His teachings. "And He replied to them, To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has [spiritual knowledge], to him will more be given and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is the reason that I speak to them in parables: because having the power of seeing, they do not see; and having the power of hearing, they do not hear, nor do they grasp and understand. In them indeed is the process of fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: You shall indeed hear and hear but never grasp and understand; and you shall indeed look and look but never see and perceive. For this nation's heart has grown gross (fat and dull), and their ears heavy and difficult of hearing, and their eyes they have tightly closed, lest they see and perceive with their eyes, and hear and comprehend the sense with their ears, and grasp and understand with their heart, and turn and I should heal them. [Isa. 6:9,10.] but blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are your eyes because they do see, and your ears because they do hear" (Matt. 13:11-16; 1 Cor. 7:31).
There can be little doubt that Jesus is referring to an overindulgence in the things of this world that leaves no room or place for the things of God in the hearts and lives of many, not only in His day, but in our own as well. If people choose to remain in this state, not even Jesus can help them! Jesus is the only Way, Truth and Life; those who attempt to use devices such as those used by Purpose Driven and The Emerging Church to lead people to Christ are instead increasing the obstacles and barriers – they are themselves defeating the very goal they set out to accomplish.
Most pastors are going to use devices to build their church, instead of God’s Word concerning the crucial issue of New Life In Christ and How To Live It. The result is going to be immature and malformed children, and anyone who suggests that they are being feed an improper diet will be labeled and rejected as divisive. Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen to us.