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to a very unusual web site, where we try to show why the world has
"lost the plot" as far as understanding the truth about the nature of
God and His reason for creating humankind.
To get back to the original truth, we need a new way of reading the Bible.
old way - "believing that every word is truth" - has not worked, and
for a very good reason. Every word in our English Bibles is not truth.
in his attempt to "deceive the whole world" has inspired men to mix
in errors with the original truth. Unfortunately for
mankind, Satan's method has worked, and the majority of people
are deceived about the true nature of God, and His Christ, and His master plan.
If you want to know:-
* Why God is about to destroy man's civilizations, as He did with Noah's flood. [Because mankind has not obeyed God's instructions]
* How Satan has deceived the whole world. [By getting men to say that "every word of the Bible is true" - when it is not].
* How to calculate God's Biblical calendar. [By using the "lights of the sky" to set the "seasons"].
* Or what you can do to come to understand the Master Plan God has for His creation (including you). [God is creating a spiritual family - but only out of those who will accept the "conditions"].
Then this site is for you.This web site is about
showing people what a big difference it makes when we read the Bible
the new understanding, that each verse of our English Bibles may - or
may not - be truth. In other words, we need a way of extracting the
truth and rejecting the errors.
The 66 books that make up the
Bible, have been written by men. Some of the Bible records the words
spoken by God, as well as the words of the prophets inspired by God. However,
there are words in the Bible that have not been inspired by God -
especially the copy errors,
translation errors, interpretation errors
and inserted lies.
Remember, both Testaments in our English
Bibles, are translations from
another language - the OT one, the NT two. As I have read, all of the New Testament was first written in Aramaic (the
language Christ and the disciples spoke) and then was translated into Greek by a "local" when a letter or
at their church or group.
I believe this is the source of so many Greek
New Testaments (around 3000) that are all different - there were
no "panel of language experts" involved in the initial translations.
of the Greek translators did not fully
understand the Aramaic idioms, so some key points in the original was
lost. Then the Greek was later translated to English, with more loss of
purity. Unfortunately it appears that the original Aramaic
has not been preserved all that well, though what remains can stil be
say that God somehow "inspired" 3000 different Greek versions of the
NT, is just ridiculous, as is saying that all of our English NT (pulled
from many of these 3000 different sources) is also "inspired".
are we commanded by God to live by "every word of the Bible". In fact, to call
the whole Bible "The word of God" is a lie, and - as I see it - a form
of blasphemy. Men have "twisted" the translation of 2 Tim 3:16 (the word "is", has been inserted by translators) to
indicate that every verse in the Bible has been personally inspired by
God (which is not true) so that they can claim God's backing to their
mistakes, lies, and personal preferences.
In summary (and making a long
story short), to understand what is truth and what is error, we
need to apply these two major rules, along with other minor rules, as
we read the Bible.
The First Rule. [more
most important part of
the Bible - and with the highest authority - are the words spoken by
(Ex 15:26, Deut 8:3, Mat 4:4). These are the words we are to live by.
God said to listen (Jer 26:4,5) to the words of His
prophets, so they come next in authority (Jesus was
also a prophet - Deut 18:18, Mat 13:57),
followed by the Apostles (sent out
by Christ as a witness), and then the words of wise men, followed by
men just recording the "facts" as they saw them. The words of a
lesser authority should never be used to override the words of a higher
authority. The First Commandment requires us to put God - and what He
says - first.
The Second Rule. [more
should look for themes running throughout the Bible, rather than
looking at specific verses in isolation. Copies were originally made by
hand, so a copy error in one place did not affect the other places the
topic is mentioned. We
need to find out all
the Bible has to say on any given topic - and be willing to overlook the exceptions - before coming to a conclusion
about any doctrine.One of the minor rules to also apply is understanding what is fact and what is a figure of
speech (see Appendix 6, Companion Bible), and it helps to understand
meaning of names.
we are willing to apply these two main rules (and the other minor ones), then the plan of God and the
reason we are born - to be part of that plan - becomes crystal clear.
this stage, the
articles on this site are written with no
particular audience in mind. To put it another way, this site is a
"holding bin" for me to record thoughts and understandings as they come
to hand, so in one sense I am writing to myself (but you are welcome to
look over my shoulder). I very much appreciate God's help in expanding
understanding of Him and His master plan. I hope that, in time, by
changing your way of reading the Bible, you
will be able to say the same thing.
If this is your
first time at this site, then may I suggest you start with the "Introduction".
you want an overview of how the "errors" of our English Bibles have
been used by men to hijack the Christian faith, then go to "How Men
Have Come Between 'Christians' and Their God".
If you have had any contact with any of the Churches of God, I encourage you to read my latest Open Letter.
I think it is a good summary of what has gone wrong in the past,
and what needs to be done to restore our relationship with God.
For a range of topics - click on the Main Index and/or the Miscellaneous Index.
understanding the Bible is important.There
are strong parallels between the world of today and the world that
existed in Noah's day. Christ said that this would be the case.
the site, emphasis in Bible quotes is mine.]
Mat 24:37 NIV As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
world of Noah's day was so evil (Gen 6:5), that God destroyed it all
with a worldwide flood. Down through history, every society or nation
that has rejected God and His laws, has in turn been rejected and
destroyed by God. A few examples:- Israel, Babylon, Tyre, Moab, Egypt, Roman
Empire, Assyrian Empire, Sodom and Gomorrah, and so on.
it stands to reason that God will also destroy our world, because we
too are rejecting God and His Commandments.
the Bible confirms that this is exactly what is going to happen. It
won't be with a flood this time, but the destruction of our corrupt
systems, will happen. The article "The Greatest Threat to Civilization
Today" outlines some of the ways God has said he will use to
bring the nations to their knees.
As I understand
it, no individual can stop it from happening, but if you correctly
the Bible you can know why God is going to do it, and the prophecies
that spell out the sequence of events.
God gives no guarantees, surely working with God, rather
God, must give us a better chance of survival. There is a hint of this in the following two Scriptures,
Rev 3:10 NET. Because you have kept my admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
Zep 2:3 NET Seek the LORD's favor, all you humble people of the land who have obeyed his commands! [Obeyed His spoken word - not man's written words] Strive to do what is right! Strive to be humble! Maybe you will be protected on the day of the LORD's angry judgment.
Orchard (site started April 2008)
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