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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Who can Interpret the Bible?

2 Timothy 2:15
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

   Does a computer have that capacity to understand its creator? Will a computer formulate his own way to understand the MAN who made him? Of course that would be foolish and impossible. The only way a computer will know the detail about his creator is when the creator input the data into his memory card or encoded program. The only way a computer will know its origin is through its inventor, not another computer telling him how he was invented. Likewise man, can not all by himself write about how he was created aside from what God said.

   The problem with most Bible readers is that they try to “interpret” what was written therein. No one, not even Christians must interpret the Bible. The Bible speaks for it self. Meaning, it will explain itself. There is no more mystery of our faith, which was often recited by Priest during masses nor Jehovah's Witness telling you secret knowledge nor Pentecostal churches claiming new prophesies for our times. Don’t be fool by that. The Mystery had already been revealed 19 Centuries ago.

Colossians 1:24-27
King James Version (KJV)

24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
   That was just one of several scriptures that say the same thing that there is no more hidden knowledge. Everything had been revealed once and for all.  

Romans 16:25-26
King James Version (KJV)
25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

1 Corinthians 2:7-10

King James Version (KJV)
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Background Doesn't Matter

   Religion had taught us that in order to understand the Bible we should undergo religious studies but is that what the Bible taught us. Understanding the Biographies of Bible character or even their physical abilities doesn't matter to God. Moses had speech difficulties. Peter was a fisherman. Remember also who God sent to defeat Goliath? The boy David... 

Can the human brain fathom God?
Here's how theology is defined by Wikipedia:
   Theology (from the Greek Θεός meaning "God" and λόγος meaning "study of") is the systematic and rational study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truths, or the learned profession acquired by completing specialized training in religious studies, usually at a university or school of divinity or seminary
"Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?"--Job 11:7
 Romans 11:33 ...Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
 Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
 Ecclesiastes 7:24 Whatever wisdom may be, it is far off and most profound--who can discover it?
   Don’t write another gospel. The content of the Bible is already finish and does not need any new revelation like the apparition of Fatima, or the dancing sun, or the dancing Sto. Nino, or the Crying Virgin Mary idols, or Jehovah’s Witness Watch Tower, or Canons, or anything else that was added… Just look what happen when they add teachings to God’s word, now Pope Benedict XVI remove the teaching of Limbo into Catholicism. Isn’t that foolishness? 
   God is perfect and does not need to change His mind.
   Interpreting the Bible according to our finite mind can not fathom an infinite God. God had already provided us the answer, all we have to do is to look for them in His own words. Many false prophets had gone out of this world interpreting the Bible according to their own understanding and selfish intent. Gnosticism has spread into this world were people tries to reveal mysteries of God. They are claiming now that Christianity is also the same as “esoteric” religion. Esoteric means secret knowledge. Oh no. God does not withhold secret, He is willing to reveal Himself. Only evil men will hide in darkness.

Gnostic Religions
.Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.--Isaiah 40:28

   Despite the clamor by some that there are many kinds of Religion, in reality if you look at the basic tenet of all religion you will discover that there are only two kinds of religions. The Religion’s of Abel and Cain. Both Religion had the same goal…to please God. The Big difference of the two? Cain’s methods were to do it his own way, while Abel do it according what God commanded.
   It’s like Cain saying “I’ll get to heaven my way.” I work hard to harvest these fruits, I till the ground, plant the seed, remove pest, water it daily, etc…
   Or you can paraphrase them as “I go to church daily, pray every hour, give alms to the poor, I flagellate my flesh, I minister to the poor, etc…”
   For thousands of years, religions, since the death of Abel, had tried to please God with their own strength and knowledge. But God had stress the point to Cain, that it was not the labour of men’s fruit that pleases Him but obedience. Cain had tried to offer unto God his capacity and skill as a farmer but Abel offered the best animal among his flock.
   For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.-- Hosea 6:6
For the yoke I will give you is easy

   The writer of the Holy Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit but it does not need to inspire the readers. If so, it does not need to inspire the writer. It does not need an inspired man to interpret an inspired man.
   Jesus said “Seek first the Kingdom of God…” not build first the kingdom of God. So why form religion when all we have to do is seek the kingdom? It simply suggests that the Kingdom can be found. Jesus wouldn’t said that if the kingdom is not yet build. Jesus would said that, if He is hiding a mystery…

   All religion has told us was to seek self-righteousness, self-sacrifices, self-services, self-salvation and so on…A personal savior? Did Jesus die just for you alone? Not at all. He died for every one of us… so don’t be selfish.
   Don’t listen to teachers and prophets, that does not have Bible references but teaches “New” knowledge. First Century Churches have already knew its Mystery and had already proclaimed them long ago.
Mt. 28:18-20, Mk. 16:15,16.
   Yes, the Mystery had been on the mind of God since the beginning of the world, and had been only partially revealed in the Old Testament and the prophets. But after the New Testament was compiled, everything is fully taken cared of. The provisions and needed materials to have a Total spiritual life was already there in the Bible.

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— if indeed you have heard of thestewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery,as I wrote before in brief. -- Ephesians 3:1-3
   Ephesians chapter 3 clearly explains Paul's Stewardship's. That he is the Apostle for the Gentiles and that includes you and me who are not born as an Israelite.  He wrote in verse 8 "To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, " 
1. the mystery was revealed to him-verse 3,2. when the Christians read Paul's letter they could perceive his understanding of the mystery.They understood it then.3. We see in verse 5 that the "mystery" was revealed to the apostles and the prophets by the Spirit.4. Paul's mission was to MAKE ALL MEN see what was the dispensation of the mystery for ages which had been hid in God.
A Love Letter
   The Bible should be treated as a love letter from God and not as a mystic book. Since God so loveth the world, he has already given the only begotten son…And who is the son?
   Jesus Christ-- The wisdom or the Word of God. 
   When we treat the Bible as a Love Letter, we will understand its real intent. However, when we consider the Bible as a mystery book we will just draw out speculations and theories which was never the intent of God. God is not a god of confusion. Our Father want to reach to us through these messages of love and compassion and salvation. 
   The Bible is not a is a Love Letter from God.

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