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Welcome to a very unusual web site, where we try to show why a new and different way of reading the Bible that gives much better results.

The old way.

A recurring theme in most Christian religions, is that the Bible is referred to as "The Word of God".  This implies that every word (less a few "translation" errors) has the full backing of God behind it.

Thus - the Bible is viewed as a "book of instructions from God" - with some history mixed in.

The new way.

The Bible is viewed as history - with some instructions from God mixed in. Only those words  recorded in the Bible as being "spoken" by God, can be called "the words of God".

To put God first, and to please Him, we need to make sure that our beliefs are founded on the words directly spoken by God, or His words passed on to us via His prophets.

This means that most of the Bible is just history from a man's point of view, and thus is the "words of men" - rather than the "words of God".

This new concept makes a huge difference in our understanding of the plan God has for mankind, and the reason for mankind being given life.     

But it gets much more serious.

It is my understanding that God has used the way Satan has influenced men to include errors and lies in the Bible, to create a test for all Christians.

Just as Christ was tested by Satan in Mat 4, we are being tested by how we read the Bible.

In Christ's test - Satan mixed up truth and lies, or used bribes, in a bid to get Christ to do something that would be against God's will.  Christ saw through the trap, and refused to follow through on Satan's instructions.

As I see it we have two choices in how we read the Bible.

The first - is to read the Bible to find out God's will. What does He tell us to do - or not do?  If we are looking for God's will, then we must reject every verse that tries to tell us to do something that is different to God's will.

The second - is to look for verses that "justify" our rejection of God's will. In other words - use a mixture of verses - some truth, some error (and there are hundreds of those to choose from).

How important is God's will?

The man Jesus was very concerned with doing God's will - even to the point of accepting a brutal death.

Mat 26:39 NET  Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will."

Note Christ's very chilling words in the next three verses.

Mat 7:21-23 NET  "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven — only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 
(22)  On that day, many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?'
(23)  Then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!'
                                 
No matter how many Christian "good works" we might be doing or are involved in, if we are not putting God's will first, then we are considered by Christ to be just common lawbreakers, and not a fit person for the Kingdom of God.

And certainly - as I see it - not a fit person to be taken to the place of safety.


If you want to know:-

* How to read the Bible.

    [By looking for the words spoken by God, and rejecting all the verses that disagree with God's spoken words].

* 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 that is not the case].

* 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 with 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 and/or instructed 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 - but also the words of men, just recording their thoughts. 

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 an Aramaic letter or Gospel arrived at their church or group.

I believe this is the source of so many Greek New Testaments (more than  3000) that are all different - there were no "panel of language experts" involved in the initial translations, just locals trying to help.

Many 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 useful.

To 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".

Nowhere 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 (for starters, 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.

The most important part of the Bible - and with the highest authority - are the words spoken by God (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  "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. 

We 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 the meaning of names, and that prophecy can have more than one application.

If 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.

At 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 my 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".

If 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 article "Hindsight".  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.

Why correctly 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.

[Across 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.

The 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.

So it stands to reason that God will also destroy our world, because we too are rejecting God and His Commandments. Prophecy in 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 understand the Bible you can know why God is going to do it, and the prophecies that spell out the sequence of events.  

While God gives no guarantees, surely working with God and heeding His instructions, rather than ignoring God's instructions, 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.

Not new - just better.

Some people get upset when I say that some parts of the Bible should be ignored when it comes to formulating our belief structure.

However, this is exactly what people are doing already. I'll show you how they are doing that in a moment.

The big difference is that individual leaders of Christian churches make their own decisions about what is "in" and what is "out", while our new understanding of the Bible, puts God as the one making the decisions. All instructions from the mouth of God are "in", and any verses that disagree with God are "out".

A simple example.

People use the example of the Apostle Paul - while he was traveling, taking the first day of the week as a chance to to have a meal and speak to the people - as an excuse to override God's instructions.
 
Act 20:7 NET  On the first day [Sunday] of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul began to speak to the people, and because he intended to leave the next day, he extended his message until midnight.

God spoke these words to ancient Israel.

Exo 20:8 NET  "Remember the Sabbath day to set it apart as holy.

People are ignoring this very simple - easy to understand - verse.

So - if you are reading the Bible with the new understanding that the words from God's mouth (Mat 4:4) come first, then there is no room for personal interpretation.

The Friday night sundown to Saturday night sundown Sabbath (as kept by Jesus) still stands, regardless of what anything a man - or even an Apostle - does or says.

Currently ignored verses.

There are many, many verses in the Bible that Christian churches already ignore today (and for many of them - rightly so).

King David is often held up as an example of a man "after my heart" (Acts 13:22), but there are things done and said by David that are not taught as the way to do things in the churches of today.

2Sa 11:3-4 NET  So David sent someone to inquire about the woman. The messenger said, "Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"  (4)  David sent some messengers to get her. She came to him and he had sexual relations with her. (Now at that time she was in the process of purifying herself from her menstrual uncleanness.) Then she returned to her home.

Thankfully, most men in charge of churches do not see the above verses as "the Word of God", and thus ignore them as far as formulating doctrine goes. Adultery is out - and rightly so.

2Sa 8:2 NET  He defeated the Moabites. He made them lie on the ground and then used a rope to measure them off. He put two-thirds of them to death and spared the other third. The Moabites became David's subjects and brought tribute.

As far as I know, no Christian church suggests that people who are submissive (lying on the ground) should be murdered. Another good verse to ignore for doctrine, but as history it can teach us lessons.

Summary.    

Right now, men are choosing to follow some verses and ignore others.

To do this correctly (according to the instructions given to us) we need to:

Put the words spoken by God at the top of the "to do" list.

Then the words passed on to us via the prophets (and Christ was a prophet).

Then the Apostles, followed by the wise men.

And at no time, should the words of men - or those lower down the list - be used to override the words spoken by God.

A simple formula that works - if you have what it takes to follow it.


Bob Orchard (site started April 2008)

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