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This week I’d like to make several points concerning bible accuracy.

First, if every book of the bible told each story exactly the same, word for word, the writers would be
accused of collusion.  They would be accused of working together and orchestrating their testimony.  Their credi-
bility would be gone.

It is natural and authentic to have slightly different perspectives, but the core of their witness should be consistent.

Secondly, the scriptures are written with Anthropomorphism.  Anotherwords, they’re written in a way
that gives God human characteristics.  

For example, Exodus 15:8  By the blast of your nostrils the water piled up.  The surging waters stood firm like a wall.

God doesn’t have a nose.  He is a spiritual being.  It is written this way so that humans can relate and understand.

Lastly, God is so superior to man, that the bible is written in God Baby Talk.  Again, it written this way so
that humans can relate and understand.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

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As we have read, there are no original manuscripts of the bible.  For example, there are no original manuscripts
that were written by Moses, Job, Mathew, Paul, etc.  The manuscripts in existence are copies that were produced
by scribes.

A biblical manuscript is any handwritten copy or fragment of a portion of the bible text.  A manuscript can’t be
mechanically printed or reproduced in some automated way.

The New Testament has been preserved by more manuscripts than any other work.  There are over
25,000 manuscripts of the New Testament.  There are over 5800 complete or fragmented Greek manuscripts
(original language), 10,000 Latin manuscripts and 9300 manuscripts in various ancient languages including Syriac,
Slavic, Gothic, Ethiopic, Coptic and American.

Surprisingly, the variations in these manuscripts are minor and actually help us figure out the original
meaning.

For example:

Manuscript #1:  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Manuscript #2:  In the beginning, God created the earth and the heavens.

Manuscript #3:  At the beginning, God made the heavens and the earth.

Manuscript #4:  In the beginning, God created the sky and the earth.  (As we have read in Heaven 4, heaven is
above the clouds.  The sky refers to the heavens).

Manuscript #5:  In the beginning, Jesus created the heavens and the earth.  (As we read in Trinity 2-6, Jesus, the
Father and the Holy Spirit are all considered God).

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

About 600 to 1000 years after the Dead Sea Scrolls were the Masoretic Text.  The Masoretes were a
group of Jewish scribes from 600 AD to 1000 AD.  They meticulously assembled and codified the traditional
Hebrew Bible or Old Testament.

The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, a language which originally did not use vowels.  To preserve the
writings, the Masoretes added vowels and diacritical marks above the vowels for correct pronoun-
ciation.  This version of the Hebrew Old Testament is known as the Masoretic Text.

The meticulous care in which the Masoretes edited the text was described by FF Bruce, a well respected biblical
scholar:

          The Masoretes wrote with the greatest imaginable reverence, and devised a complicated system of safe-
          guards against scribal slips.

          One group of scribes, known as the Masoretes, set its standard much higher than all other scribes.  The
          Masoretes counted every single letter, word, and verse of the Old Testament to preserve its accuracy.

Scholars have compared the text of Isaiah from the Dead Sea Scrolls with the text of Isaiah pre-
served by the Masoretes.  What they discovered was that- even with 600 to 1000 years difference in
text- the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Masoretic Text agreed word for word 95% of the time.  The re-
maining differences were from minor spelling variations.  Other scrolls like 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and Deuteronomy
do not differ in any way that effects any crucial Jewish or Christian belief.

This shows the care in which the scribes had worked to maintain scriptural accuracy.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

Welcome.  Let’s continue to establish who wrote the books of the bible.  I know this is redundant but I think it is
important to establish bible accuracy.

According to Jewish tradition, the book of Judges was written by Samuel.  Several scriptures state “in those
days there was no king.”  This tells us Judges was written after the time of Moses and Joshua and before the first
King Saul.  In 1Samuel 16, the Prophet Samuel anoints Saul as the first King of Israel.

Although the book of Job was about Job, he was not the author.  The author of Job was probably an Israelite, 
since he frequently uses the word Yahweh for God.  We don’t know who the Israelite was, but it had to be
divinely revealed to him.  He received information only God could know.  For example, the conversation between
God and Satan concerning Job.

Proverbs was written by a group of wise men or scribes.

Several scriptures suggest that Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon.  It was written in the first person,
using “I”.  Ecclesiastes 1:1  The words of the Teacher, son of David, King in Jerusalem.  Ecclesiastes 1:12  I, the
teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

Isaiah himself was thought to have written Isaiah.  He is often thought of as the greatest of the writing
prophets.

Daniel was written by Daniel himself.

The book of Jonah (and the whale) is traditionally thought to have been written by Jonah.

Jeremiah was written by Jeremiah.  Jeremiah 36:2  “Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken
to you concerning Israel, Judah and the other nations.

Most of the books of the Old Testament were written by the prophets.  Next week we will read who wrote the
New Testament.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

Let’s answer the following questions?  Why are we here?  What is the meaning of life?

Jesus answered this question when the Pharisees (religious leaders of the day) asked him, what is the greatest
commandment?

Jesus summed up the entire bible (Old Testament and New Testament) with his answer.  The greatest command-
ment is “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul.

This is why we are here!  This is the meaning of life!  This is why we were created!  To love the Lord
our God!

When we love the Lord and pray to the Lord and he answers with his wisdom, this is the relationship that God
wants from us (his creation) and has wanted from people since the beginning of time.

I think it’s important to remember that God is a Spirit that is omnipresent and this Spirit is invisible to the
human eye.

Remember John 4:24  God is Spirit and his worshipers must worship him in the Spirit and in truth.

Next week we will start “Bible Accuracy.”

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Hell 5

Posted: July 27, 2017 in Hell
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This week, most Christians know that Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead after three days, but where
did Jesus go during those three days?

1 Peter 3:19  …He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit, through whom also he went and
preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah
while the ark was being built.

Jesus descended into hell for three days and preach to the unbelievers of the past.  He may have pro-
claimed the gospel or he may have made a declaration of victory or both.

Contrary to some Christians belief, Christ DID NOT descend into hell to bring early believers out of a place
called Abraham’s Bosom.  There is no such thing as Abraham’s Bosom- a so called good area of hell that
held believers until the time of Jesus.

The false idea of Abraham’s Bosom comes from Luke 16:19-26.  These scriptures are a story or parable to make a
point.  Jesus often spoke in parables.  The phrase Abraham’s Bosom is never mentioned.  The great chasm
between the rich man and Lazarus refers to the separation between hell and heaven (heaven is where Abraham re-
sides) and not the separation between hell and some holding place where Abraham supposedly resided.

Again, there is no such thing as a holding place.  Reading 2 Corinthians 5:8 Apostle Paul says “We are of good courage, I say, and prefer to be absent from the body and home with the Lord.”  Believers go immediately to
heaven and nonbelievers go immediately to hell.

Next week we will conclude our study of hell.

Thank you so much for reading. God bless.

Jeff

Last week we read that the heavens are upward in the sky and start near the clouds, but how high do the heavens
go?

As you read the following verses, notice that heaven is plural “heavens.”

Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Jeremiah 32:17  Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and out-
stretched arm.

Hebrews 4:14  Therefore, since we have a great priest who has gone through the heavens, …

Nehemiah 9:6  You alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry
hosts, …

Revelations 10:6  And we swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in
them, …

2 Corinthians 12:2  I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven.

Clearly, the above scriptures tell us there are several heavens or several layers to heaven.  At least three.
The highest heaven reaches to the stars.  How far into the stars we do not know.  To be sure, the heavens
are massive in size.

Next week, which layer of heaven does God live?

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff