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Looking At The Bible Versions- NIV (1984)

The New International Version (NIV) is an English translation of the Christian Bible which is the most popular of the modern translations of the Bible made in the twentieth century. The preface to the NIV states, "The first concern of the translators has been the accuracy of the translation and its fidelity to the thought of the biblical writers." This should be of interest to us because the translators tell us that they are concerned about being true to thoughts…

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Looking At The Bible Versions- KJV (1611)

One of the more common questions I receive concerns the various translations of the Bible. Many ask me what version I use, what version I recommend, or what version is the best. My usual answer to this is "yes." That is, I use a number of different versions for reading, for study, and for preaching. I am not particularly interested in "falling in love" with any one version. Rather, I desire a version that accurately communicates the word of God…

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The Gospel of Peace

The Gospel in the Roman World To us, the gospel has always been a reference to the scriptures, the New Testament, or the arrival of the Messiah. We use the word "gospel" to refer to many aspects of the Gods message. However, in the first century the word "gospel" did not refer the New Testament to the Roman listener. The word "gospel" was already in use in the world and referred to something completely different. The Romans used the word…

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How To Interpret The Bible

Can the Bible be understood the same by everyone? Such a thought causes great doubt when we see the number of religions and denominations that exist that claim to be based from the Bible. Unfortunately, too many impasses concerning the scriptures are given the response, "Well, that is your interpretation." Rather than try to understand the scriptures together, we give a cop out that this is my interpretation or that is your interpretation. Can we understand the Bible the same…

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The Bible and The DaVinci Code

It is interesting to see how people are attempting to put forth their ideas recently. Rather than be required to have any factual evidence, people have begun to write fiction novels, but declare the material to be based on facts. Then, if there is a historical discrepancy or untruth, no one can argue with the material because it has been presented as fiction. The Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have certainly enjoyed such success with their…

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Proving the Bible to be God’s Word (2)

Some think the Bible must be used to prove its claims of inspiration. Critics argue that Christians claim the Bible is inspired and then prove it by quoting the Bible. But the Bible can be proved to inspired of God without quoting passages that claim its inspiration. Instead of assuming the Bible to be the word of God, we can begin by demonstrating that the scriptures are reliable and trustworthy historical documents. In a previous article, I pointed out that…

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The Bible is Historically Reliable

Is the Bible we have in our hands historically reliable? Frequently the charge is made that we cannot trust the Bible we hold in our hands today because it was written 2000 years ago. Further, they charge that over the last 2000 years, thousands of errors and discrepancies have found their way into the Bible. Therefore, we cannot know if what we are reading are the actual words of the apostles from the first century. This lesson will address these…

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Proving the Bible to be God’s Word (1)

The Bible declares itself to be the very words of God. This makes the Bible very unique. Other documents shy away from making such a declaration because if the document contains the words of God, then those words must be flawless. As humans, we know we make mistakes and do not want to make a claim that one can go through our writings with a fine-toothed comb and not find an error or problem. Yet that is exactly what the…

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God’s Method of Biblical Inspiration

Before we can discuss the inspiration of the scriptures, we must begin by defining inspiration. In todays language, inspiration refers to anything that lifts the spirit. Therefore, we speak of paintings that are inspirational. We talk about football players inspiring their team to victory. When speaking in these terms, many people admit the Bible to be "inspirational." However, this is not what the Bible means when it speaks of inspiration. The word "inspiration" literally means "the breath of God." Therefore,…

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