As one who loves and adores the Lord Jesus Christ-Yeshua, I understand how anyone can feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of words contained in the Canon Bible, 66-Books written over some 1500-yrs. by some 40-authors. Where an overwhelming number of new readers of the Bible make their first mistake is purchasing a difficult-to-read version of the English Bible translations.
The 1611 “Authorized Version” of the Kings James Bible (KJV) is absolutely beautiful in its construction and easily memorized, but it is NOT the “best selection” for a beginner. The KJV uses archaic terminology that restricts or prevents clear understanding. I highly recommend the new student of the Bible purchase a New American Standard Bible (NASB) or the New King James Bible (NKJV).
Personally, I have found the Hebrew-Greek Study Bible in NASB to be my best resource for study and understanding God’s Word using the original languages for clarification of difficult passages. The Hebrew-Greek NASB uses Strong’s number locators for very important words that references to the Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary thereby permitting the reader to actually see what that particular word looks like and its original meaning…this is Eternally relevant. You will discover that an overwhelming number of supposed “contradictions” or claimed “errors” are explained by studying in “context” and understanding key words in the original text from extant manuscripts.
The next big error the new Bible student makes is attempting to read through the Bible beginning in Genesis through Revelation. Don’t do this…you will inevitably become bogged-down in the Levitical Law and Numbers and History…these are incredibly important but best studied once the student is grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I always recommend new students of God’s Word begin reading, with fervency, the “Gospel of John.” Why? John’s Gospel introduces Messiah-Jesus Christ as our Creator and step-by-step defines and articulates our Lord’s Deity.
Once the student completes a thorough study of John’s Gospel I recommend reading and studying very intently Paul’s letter the Church at Rome – “Romans.” Roman’s introduces and explains the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in my personal opinion, one of the most powerful chapters in the Bible is Romans 1:18–32.
Once the student completes Roman’s, I suggest turning to The Book of Beginnings, Genesis, and enter into the genesis of Time/Creation/Life and Redemption. Read a Book in the Old Testament then read a Book in the New Testament…intersperse and you won’t get bogged down and lose motivation to continue…
Now, for the most important aspect of understanding the Bible. If you have not entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ…UNDERSTAND THIS: you do NOT possess the power and knowledge available through the Holy Spirit for the Holy Spirit is only given to those who are Children of God through faith-repentance and obedience to Jesus Christ. It is NOT possible to fully understand the deeper truths of God’s Word void the guidance and tutelage of the Holy Spirit.
Also, I highly recommend before opening the Bible for study, that the student seeking knowledge, wisdom, understanding, humble themselves and pray fervently to the Lord that their mind and heart be enlivened and open to hear what our Creator is articulating through the pages of Scripture. Again, it is NOT possible to understand the Bible’s Eternal message void the Holy Spirit’s assistance. The Word of God is “Spiritual” and emanates from the unseen-spiritual World; therefore, the deeper truths of God’s Kingdom can only be internalized through spiritual understanding…not of this Earth or in the realm of time.
Finally, if anyone is interested in a simplified explanation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have provided same void any input from denominational-sect-cult influence…simply the pure, unadulterated Gospel of Jesus Christ here: Atheist asks “The Most Difficult Question”
I envy the new student of the Holy Bible for if you approach God’s Word with a diligent and seeking heart, you will find every answer to every question mankind has ever asked…the Holy Bible is the most unique Book ever provided mankind and the Holy Bible truly is God’s “owners manual” to His Creation…you are in for the ride of your life and you will find the Greatest Love known to mankind…the Love of our God, Jesus Christ!
What has happened to American Culture? What has happened to America’s institutions of Government and Law Enforcement? What has happened to America’s Faith – Dignity – Fidelity – Honor – Patriotism – Love? As a 31-year veteran of the Houston Police Department who has been invited into the most intimate areas of American life, please permit me to share via experiential knowledge the TRUTH about why America the Beautiful, One Nation under God, is incrementally destroying itself as a result of confusion and deception i.e. the ideology of Progressivism.
The Progressive-Socialist Ideology has been permeating American Democracy – chipping away at America’s Constitutional Republic – since the late 1880’s. This article is not constructed to discuss the history of Progressivism but only to define what Progressivism is relevant to 21st-Century America.
The following information is not the culmination of “peer-reviewed” articles and opinions of others, it is my personal observation subsequent to being raised by parents of the Greatest Generation; subsequent to attending America’s public schools through a Master of Arts Degree; subsequent to a tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps Infantry; subsequent to 31.4-years as a Houston Police Officer who watched Progressivism turn the Houston Police Department from a crime-fighting/hard charging law enforcement agency into a sexually perverse, Politically Correct bastion of embarrassing impotency; subsequent to 32-years of Marriage to one-Wife and raising two-beautiful children and most importantly, subsequent to knowing that Jesus Christ-Yeshua is God-Creator.
Progressivism – Satan’s Party of Death
The Progressive-Socialist Elites in America successfully strategized a formula of ideological implementation in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s by the infusion of Darwinian Evolutionary Theory into America’s classrooms in 1963 subsequent to the removal of Jesus Christ via Engel v. Vitale (1962). Darwin’s Evolution idea was the perfect conveyance of palatable deception to infuse Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Moral Relativism into mainstream American thought; after all, Darwinism inspired Hitler’s success in Nazi Germany, why not America as well? Progressive’s knew that as long as an overwhelming number of American citizens were obedient and faithful to the edicts of the Lord Jesus Christ, Progressivism had no portal for changing the conservative, patriotic, moral, hearts of America’s faithful; therefore, historical revisionism, Moral Relativism, Atheism, are necessary to infuse the genesis of Socialism and elitist control over the masses.
Darwinian Evolutionary Theory will be seen by historians in the future, if my Lord tarries, as the most profound, destructive, “ruse” to have been cast upon mankind subsequent to “The Lie” of Lucifer in the Genesis of Creation. Darwinian Evolutionary Theory is a baseless ideology of demonic filth with one primary objective i.e. negate, nullify, destroy the truth of the Biblical Genesis account of Creation thereby nullifying the authority of our Creator, Jesus Christ, thereby nullifying the authority of Scripture, thereby nullifying the truth of God’s dominion, thereby nullifying mankind’s need for redemption from sin and any concerns for the consequences of aberrant, rebellious, sinful behavior. Darwin’s deception will be seen as the impetus for the American Holocaust – pervasive child mutilation via Roe v. Wade (1973) and the affirming of unencumbered aberrant sexual perversion via Obergefell v. Hodges (2015). An unconscionable cheapening of the value of human life and dignity promulgating America’s current culture of death.
Long story short…Progressivism in 21st-Century America has successfully brainwashed two-successive generations of American youth (with only a relatively few exceptions) and turned them into radical Atheists, Humanists, Secularists, Socialists, who are now poised to take the helm of leadership in American society and American government. Never, in the history of America, has there been such a large segment of the populous that radically adheres to the demonic tenets of Satanism-Atheism-Secularism-Humanism-Moral Relativism. In 21st-Century America, the entire Progressive Agenda surrounds this most important deception: demanding the “right” to mutilate the pre-born child in the name of freedom/choice/convenience and the “right” to engage in every form of aberrant-unconscionable sexual perversion and force, coerce, the faithful in America to advocate and support and glamorize this demonic Morally Relativistic deathstyle. All other political mantra chanted by the Progressive-Socialist is fodder for the facade of their true agenda – their perceived “right” to live a life free from the moral constraints of the Living God and to pursue gratification of the flesh – Narcissism – Hedonism – at all costs and to force those who object to this unconscionable immorality into silence, subservience through legislation and public condemnation. Essentially, the Progressive-Socialist has conquered America by aligning with the debased-nature of mankind and seductively infusing acceptance of this deathstyle through all forms of media, America’s educational system, historical revisionism, Biblical revisionism and ultimately, legislation via legal precedent – a bastardization of the Founders intent relevant to the United States Judiciary.
Though President Trump is giving up his health, his reputation, his pursuit of wealth and comfort to Make America Great Again, understand that in the political hallways of deception there awaits numerous Progressive-Millennial’s fully prepared to implement the demonic Progressive Agenda into American Democracy. America’s Constitutional Republic cannot be sustained when the Progressive Ideology of Moral Relativism is the primary constraint on human behavior. Without an abiding faith and allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ having been internalized by an overwhelming number of American Citizens, there are simply insufficient numbers of police officers, prosecutors, judges and penal institutions to maintain order in a society governed under the auspices of a Constitutional Republic (an experiment in Democracy); therefore, Progressivism necessitates the infusion of an omnipotent-omniscient Federal Government inundated with Socialist-Elites espousing their demonic view of morality; therefore, it will be necessary to control the subservient masses via a classless-powerless-defenseless society where the voices of the faithful, the patriotic, will be stamped-out and ultimately silenced.
In response to Woodrow Wilson’s destructive ideology of Progressivism, President Calvin Coolidge, July 5, 1926, stated…
A spring will cease to flow if its source be dried up; a tree will wither if its roots be destroyed. In its main features the Declaration of Independence is a great spiritual document. It is a declaration not of material but of spiritual conceptions. Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man – these are not elements which we can see and touch. They are ideals. They have their source and their roots in the religious convictions. They belong to the unseen world. Unless the faith of the American people in these religious convictions is to endure, the principles of our Declaration will perish. We cannot continue to enjoy the result if we neglect and abandon the cause.
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.
– John Adams
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
– John Adams
God “Blessed” America and we surrendered Her to our enemy, the perverse and deadly cult of the Progressive-Socialist-Elite,
The major religions of the world, particularly Christianity and Islam, emphasize the importance of belief in the right god and right religion at the moment of death. Christianity is split between whether belief alone gets you saved, or whether belief plus the right deeds and behaviors gets you saved. Either way, the right belief upon death is almost always part of the equation.
So what does god do when you have a person with two heads?
Response to article – an explanation and answer to the “Most Difficult Questions When It Comes to Being Saved By Faith”
by Rickey D. Holtsclaw, @RickeyDale07 (Twitter) (Editing in progress)
The corruption of the Human Genome resulting from sin/rebellion does not thwart or negate the plans and purposes of our Omniscient and Omnipotent Creator. When there exists two-minds and one-body there exists two-spirits, one for each cognitive entity that will give an account to the Lord Jesus Christ at the Eternal Judgment. Though these beautiful ladies strive in one-body while constrained within this realm of “time,” if they trust and obey the Lord Jesus Christ, they will each be blessed with a sinless body of perfection in the soon to come Kingdom of God…for in the coming Kingdom, the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the crippled will walk and give glory to our beautiful and compassionate Creator-Jesus Christ…paradise lost in the Genesis of Mankind will be paradise restored in the coming Kingdom of God.
Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ – Explained
In response to the false description of salvation articulated within paragraph-one of the attached Atheistic article…
True Christianity, that which is exclusively obedient to the Gospel of Jesus Christ void the demonic influence of denominations, cults or sects, is NOT confused regarding faith and works.
No man or woman can find righteousness (a right standing) before our Creator-Jesus Christ void faith and obedience. The man or woman seeking forgiveness of sin and righteousness with our Lord must FIRST approach the Lord with “faith” by believing that our Lord Jesus Christ is exactly Who He has said He is in His Word [God] and that our Lord is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. In other words,
1) One must diligently seek the Creator in faith by believing that Jesus Christ is Lord-God and that He died for our sins.
Gift of the Holy Spirit…
2) Subsequent to “believing” and trusting that God is True, that person receives the Gift-the Guarantee of their relationship with our Creator by receiving the Holy Spirit who takes-up residence within the believer and renews and strengthens the believer to live a life that is worthy and reflective of the holiness of our God.
Repentance – Obedience
3) In the process of redemption-salvation, REPENTANCE IS MANDATORY! In other words, the one who comes to God seeking forgiveness of sin must agree to repent/stop/turn away from their sinful/rebellious behavior. This is ONLY possible by obedience to the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Works – Obedience: A Sign of Salvation’s Authenticity
4) Behavior/works then, and only then, becomes relevant in that the believer does not trust in works to find a right standing with God, but “good works” and “good behavior” and “good deeds” are the manifestation of having a secure relationship with our Loving and Compassionate God…the “good works” are the “evidence” of one’s authentic salvation. As it is written, “Faith without works is dead.”
Again, mankind can NEVER “work” or be good enough to find favor in the sight of our HOLY, Just, God, but “good works” follow faith, redemption through “obedience.” There is no salvation or relationship unless one is “obedient” to the Son of God, Jesus Christ. As it is written, “He who believes in the Son has Eternal Life, but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life but the wrath of God remains on him.”
Clarification: I don’t want the reader to believe that absolute perfection in behavior and thought is expected from the believer in order for salvation to be made possible or maintained for this is not possible in our sinful bodies. Why? Though a man or woman has trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ and received the indwelling Holy Spirit, we must continue to deal with, to struggle with our sinful nature inherited from our father, Adam. We will not rid ourselves of this rebellious nature until the death of this body of flesh, but…with that said, the truly faithful, the redeemed, those who have received the indwelling Holy Spirit CANNOT continue to live a life of “wilful sin and disobedience.” The redeemed child of God is no longer a slave to the desires of this World…but…do we still sin??? Unfortunately, yes! There are times when we, in our flesh, in a moment of weakness, will disappoint our Lord – BUT – the relevant distinction or differentiation between a child of God and one who is lost and “in the World” is the “response” to our sin.
When the lost-unredeemed individual sins…there may be a hint of remorse, generally nothing more, but when the child of God sins, there is IMMEDIATE conviction by the Holy Spirit and the child of God seeks forgiveness for their sin…NOT to maintain their salvation, but to maintain a close, intimate, relationship with our Lord. You see, once the believer has experienced the love of God in their life, this love is so consuming and over-powering and intimately beautiful that the child of God wants NOTHING to interrupt that relationship. Our sin creates a relational chasm between the Lord and the believer…the believer’s salvation is “SECURE” for Eternity, but sin drives a wedge between intimacy-relationship – there is a loss of joy and peace; therefore, the child of God confesses his/her sin to our Lord and requests forgiveness and in response our Lord is faithful and just to forgive us of our sin and restore the intimacy of relationship.
Please don’t misunderstand my meaning here…simply because an individual makes a profession of faith or “believes” they are a Child of the Living God – A Christian, it is the behavior, the works, the deeds, the “lifestyle” that is the “evidence” of true salvation and relationship with our Lord. Be warned, many will approach the Lord Jesus Christ in the Day of Judgment and find that they have lived in self-deception for they were never truly a child of God and my Lord will order them to depart from His presence because He never knew them as His Child. It is their disobedience to my Lord’s will that is the indicator, the tell-tale sign of their unfaithfulness and lack of belief. As my Lord has warned, only those who endure to the end will be saved.
A true, faithful, child of the Living God has the assurance of God’s Salvation by the change in desire/life’s priorities that comes from knowing and loving the Living God and the power and strength of the Holy Spirit living within them. As a Christian matures in their knowledge of God through study of God’s Word and prayer and obedience, that maturity is accompanied by assurance, understanding, strength, knowledge of the Spiritual, an all encompassing love for our Creator-Jesus Christ and an all encompassing desire to live and serve the Living God…by this, we “know” we are children of God.
In the following Scripture, note the confession of the Apostle Paul, one of the most committed and beloved men of the Bible who penned most of the New Testament. Listen to his heart and confession about our struggle with sin…
See Paul’s answer to this most profound question…“Who will set me free from the body of death?”
Again, as those who love and adore the Lord Jesus Christ, we will never attain absolute perfection in word and deed while encapsulated within this Earthly body of sin and death, but the believer no longer lives in sin or desires sin and strives moment-by-moment with the power of the Holy Spirit to live a life that is honorable to our Lord. When we fail, we acknowledge our failure through prayer and our Lord is faithful to restore us, to support us as a loving and compassionate Father who desires to provide us an abundant life of joy and peace, now and throughout Eternity.
5. The believer, in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, should submit to “baptism” as a public profession of their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Baptism does not “save” anyone; baptism is simply an act of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ and His will for every believer. In the act of Baptism, the believer is symbolically participating in and publicly acknowledging their faith in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Finally, the process of salvation is critically important because every man and woman has sinned against our Holy, Just, God; therefore, we are under a death-penalty. Jesus Christ-Yeshua is God who entered time from Eternity and clothed Himself in human flesh to live a perfect, sinless, life thereby meeting the only acceptable standard for the payment of sin…the shedding of innocent blood. Jesus willingly walked to the horrific death of Crucifixion on a Roman Cross to pay the sin-debt of mankind (your debt, my debt)…a debt that mankind could NOT pay. When a man, woman or child humbles their self before the Lord and believes that Jesus died for them and prayerfully asks God the Father to forgive them of sin and save them from Eternal death, God will NEVER turn away anyone who honestly, truly, faithfully, humbly, seeks Him for our God desires that all men, women, children, be saved and come to a knowledge of the Truth.
Remember this, it is not OUR good works/our OUR self-righteousness that “saves” us from the death penalty of sin, but when we trust in Jesus Christ as Lord, we receive the imputation of Jesus’ Righteousness over our life and God the Father, through His grace (unmerited favor), chooses to no longer see our sin but He sees ONLY the righteousness of His Faithful Son – Jesus Christ-Yeshua our Lord. With Jesus Christ as our Mediator, we are therefore, NOT GUILTY!
To God be the glory for His Compassion and Mercy,
Rick Holtsclaw, Questions? @RickeyDale07 (Twitter)
In the 21st-Century, sophistication, enlightenment, self-sufficiency, entitlement, Moral Relativism, SCIENCE, mock and scoff at the concept of the Spiritual, Creationism, God, Sin, Redemption, Heaven, Hell, The Kingdom of God. Know this: Progressivism-Socialism-Democratic Party initiatives/agenda i.e. Evolution, Abortion, Moral Relativism, Unencumbered Sexual Perversion, Atheism, Humanism, Secularism all emanate from the Pit of Hell and are authored by the Father of Lies and Death – Satan. Two successive generations of American youth have been institutionally and demonically programmed to seek the Portal of Hell while America’s Constitutional Republic is being systematically dismantled and destroyed – how?
Interacting with the demonic, the deceived, the lost and dying Atheist on Twitter has certainly been an eye-opening experience. I have observed some rather consistent themes in the Atheistic World as these self-proclaimed “free-thinkers” angrily rebut my Christian positioning.
First of all…
Though it should come as no real surprise, I’ve noted that many who have succumbed to the lies and deception of Atheism are members of the LGBTQ Cult[ure]. I don’t know if the decision to engage in homosexual conduct preceded the fall to Atheism or if Atheism, the rejection of Jesus Christ-our Creator, was the impetus for succumbing to the deathstyle of aberrant sexual perversion.
I do know that my Lord’s Word, as articulated in the first-chapter of Romans, does develop a time-line or chronology of unbelief giving-way to a “debased mind” and subsequently the pursuit of aberrant sexual desire.
During my discussions with the Atheist/Humanist/Secularist/Moral Relativist, I find they are almost exclusively the victims of Evolutionary deception. I believe there are possibly two plausible explanations for the Atheist having fallen victim to this lie from Hell.
The infusion of Darwinian Evolutionary Theory into America’s classrooms in 1963 (a strategy of the Progressive-Socialist Agenda) to the almost complete exclusion of Creationism. (One year subsequent to the SCOTUS ruling of Engel v. Vitale/1962) This point is evidenced by noting the vast numbers of atheists within the Millennial Generation who are at the correct age to have internalized the lies of Evolution through every successive grade-level. Do not be deceived, Evolution promulgates Atheism and these are blood-brothers emanating from the Pit of Hell. Darwin’s Evolution idea was the perfect conveyance of palatable deception to infuse Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Moral Relativism into mainstream American thought; after all, Darwinism inspired Hitler’s success in Nazi Germany, why not America via America’s youth as well?
It is also possible, to a lesser extent, that Evolution fits neatly into the Atheistic-Homosexual paradigm by making every attempt to negate the Genesis of God’s Creative account thereby negating the foundation for the Word of God thereby negating the Authority of God thereby negating any form or sense of culpability relevant to the Atheist-Homosexual rebellion to the edicts of God’s Word thereby negating the Eternal Judgment (the second death) for having rejected the Written Word of God and the Living Word of God – Jesus Christ/Yeshua. Complete self-deception paving the pathway to the Portal of Hell.
Another interesting Atheistic theme is the Atheist’s overwhelming affiliation with the Progressive-Socialist-Democratic agenda and the lies of historical revisionism denying America’s Christian heritage. This is not surprising seeing that the Progressive-Socialist Party (Former Democratic Party) espouses, promotes, the demonic deception of LGBTQ and has even pursued a “protected class” status for those who participate in aberrant sexual perversion. Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) (Same-sex “marriage”) is a manifestation of the Progressive-Socialist agenda that spits in the face of our Creator who created us “male and female,” but this unconscionable compromise with death and perversity secures a Progressive voting-base comprised of the sexually perverse under the auspices of “tolerance,” inclusion, freedom and Political Correctness.
Also, the Progressive-Socialist Agenda is rabid Anti-Christian/Anti-Christian God and pro-Allah/Islam i.e. Satan. This is surprising seeing that Jesus Christ died to set the Homosexual free from the demonic chains of sexual perversity and the Islamic god-Allah (Satan) seeks to kill the Homosexual through adherence to the tenets of Sharia Law. This anti-God positioning of the Progressive-Socialist aligns perfectly with the Atheistic-Humanistic-Secularist-Moral Relativist Ideology. Confirmation of Satan’s strategic role in this demonic conspiracy is evidenced by the Progressive-Socialist’s obsession with child mutilation via Roe v. Wade (1973).
The Atheist-Evolutionist will argue that only through free-thinking, logic and reason (The Atheistic god i.e. SCIENCE) can man understand the deeper truths of the Universe and mankind’s genesis. The Atheist, in their self-endowed intellectual superiority, laugh and mock the Christian and blaspheme the Word of the “Bronze-Aged” Book, the Holy Bible. Our conversation generally concludes with my adamant request that the Atheist-Evolutionist provide me an explanation of origin. I desire to know their explanation for the origin of the constituent matter that forms the Universe and all of life. I’ve recently posited this question to Mr. Steven Hawking (a lesser god of the Atheist) – I’m awaiting a response.
The Truth is, science and the emissaries of Satan through such men as Hitches, Dawkins, Hawking, will NEVER explain origin because all that we see, the atom, the constituent elements that form our existence emanate from the unseen – spiritual World; therefore, origin is beyond man’s comprehension/intellect for our mind is constrained by the elemental factors within “time.” The finite will never explain or define the infinite. That which is created cannot fully comprehend the Eternal Creator for He is beyond knowledge though our Lord Jesus Christ actively demonstrated/introduced the unknowable God some 2017-years ago.
produced for NASA by the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics…
“The ultimate mystery is inspiring new ideas and new experiments.
No one knows how the first space, time, and matter arose. And scientists are grappling with even deeper questions. If there was nothing to begin with, then where did the laws of nature come from? How did the universe “know” how to proceed? And why do the laws of nature produce a universe that is so hospitable to life? As difficult as these questions are, scientists are attempting to address them with bold new ideas – and new experiments to test those ideas.”
My point is, anyone who rejects the Gift of God’s Salvation through faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ/Yeshua is crippled mentally for it is not possible to comprehend the deeper truths of our Creator without the Spirit of God dwelling within the soul of the individual seeking Truth and Knowledge. Understand this, when a man or woman humbly, honesty, desperately, seeks to know God the Father through the Son, Jesus Christ…when one places their faith and trust in the life, death, burial, resurrection of Messiah-Yeshua-Jesus…that individual is given, as a promise/a guarantee of their salvation, the Gift of the Holy Spirit who dwells within every redeemed man and woman and child. It is ONLY by the Holy Spirit and our faithfulness/obedience to Him that mankind can know the deep and incredible truths of the Spirit and Eternity and Destiny and Purpose and Reason.
The Atheist/Secularist/Humanist/Moral Relativist are cognitively crippled/impaired for they can only comprehend the things of the finite world, the carnal, the temporary, ultimately the futile and only through faith and obedience to Jesus Christ can one understand that which is Eternal and ONLY the Spirit of God can reveal these secrets.
Finally…Know that every man, woman, has sinned against our Holy, Just, Righteous, Creator and is therefore under a death penalty….ONLY by trusting in and obedience to Jesus Christ as Lord/Savior/Mediator can YOU find LIFE, righteousness (a right standing) before the Living God who will judge the living and the dead…beware and prepare adequately by trusting in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and an assurance of life and peace in the coming Kingdom of God!
A collection of facts with references relevant to the Codex Sinaiticus…
Two of the oldest complete (or nearly complete) manuscripts are the Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus. They are both written on parchment, and have a large number of corrections written over the original text.
Codex Sinaiticus, also known as “Aleph” (the Hebrew letter א), was found by Count Tischendorf in 1859 at the Monastery of St Catherine on Mount Sinai. Portions of the manuscript were found in the monastery dump, and a larger portion was presented to Tischendorf by one of the monks. It is a large codex, with 400 pages (or leaves) comprising about half of the Old Testament in the Septuagint version and the full New Testament. It has been dated to the second half of the 4th century and has been highly valued by Bible scholars in their efforts to reconstruct the original biblical text. Sinaiticus has heavily influenced the translation work of modern Bible versions. Though it is considered by some scholars to represent an original form of the text, it is also recognized as the most heavily corrected early New Testament manuscript.
There is much to be learned from examining these and other ancient texts, and they should continue to be highly valued by scholars. While there may be differences in opinion as to how they are to be used, one thing is certain—even with their textual variations, they show us that God has preserved His Word through the ages. We may debate the particular wording in a few passages, but the fact remains that over 90 percent of the New Testament text is unanimously supported by all the ancient manuscripts. In those passages where the proper reading is disputed, there is no major doctrinal change, and we can rest assured that we have the accurate, revealed words of God passed down to us.
The CNN article notes that many of the changes are as minor as “the alteration of a single letter,” while the BBC News article states that “many of the other alterations and differences are minor.” Indeed, we examined several discrepancies; the omitted verses are, almost across the board, not central to the biblical accounts. For example, consider two of the verses missing: Matthew 23:14 and Luke 17:36. Removing those verses does not change the Bible from saying that Jesus is Lord to saying that He isn’t, or from saying that Jesus rose again to saying that He didn’t. If a person were to try to strike all verses from the Bible that recorded miracles or Jesus’s claims to be God, the result would be a very different (and far longer) list of missing verses.
Many modern Bible translations either exclude or bracket the verses in question, anyway. For instance, the New American Standard Bible and the Holman Christian Standard Bible put such verses in brackets and note that some manuscripts omit the bracketed text. The New King James Version does not bracket such verses but does footnote that some manuscripts omit the passages. The New International Version excludes the verses entirely. So it’s not as if the missing verses are presented by modern English translations as original when they really might not be; most modern versions acknowledge that there is some uncertainty over whether or not the verses were part of the original, inspired manuscripts. And, again, since these verses are not central to Christianity, it’s less of an issue than some suggest.
The Bible didn’t drop out of the sky in completed form; we recognize the role of inspired and godly individuals in recording, collecting, and preserving God’s Word. From the time of the Apostles’ ministry to the closing of the canon, fragments of both genuine and fake gospels circulated (though the latter only later). Human copyists and translators through the centuries could introduce an error—accidentally or intentionally—just as easily as any of us could today (and the Codex Sinaiticus has missing Old Testament fragments as well). The existence of minimally divergent manuscripts shows the role of human error but, conversely, elevates the important role of the early church in weighing the evidence and clarifying which books were canonical and which were erroneous (again, by accident or by intent). Likewise, the inclusion of Apocryphal books may have been done for historical purposes, even though the early church consistently rejected these books as canonical.
As always, presuppositions come into play. If two versions of a book are slightly different, does that mean one has added material or that the other has deleted material? Furthermore, there is no concrete way to determine (1) which extant manuscript was first (the Codex Sinaiticus or the Codex Vaticanus), (2) the content of manuscripts that no longer exist, or (3) whether just because a manuscript is the oldest means it is the most accurate copy.
Ignored by news reports is how similar the codex is to the today’s Bible. The media points out the few, mostly minor, discrepancies but ignores the fact that the essential message of the New Testament remains unchanged.
Ultimately, believers and unbelievers alike are faced with a key question, “Who would die for a lie?” And if all the supernatural doctrines of Christianity were introduced after the fact (as some skeptics believe), why do the earliest manuscripts not omit all references to Christ’s deity, the miracles, the Resurrection, etc.? The Codex Sinaiticus is an interesting insight into early church history, and while it reminds us of the important role copyists and others played in preserving God’s Word, its age and similarity to today’s translation confirm, rather than dispute, the Bible’s accuracy.
I was recently asked “How are Christians dealing with the resurrection not appearing in the Bible recently published online as the worlds oldest bible?”
I thought you might be interested in my answer:
I take it you are talking about the “codex sinaiticus” The resurrection does appear in all four gospels… However there is a part of mark that is “missing” this really isn’t news. Most modern bibles note that some manuscripts don’t include the end. The codex itself is something scholars have had access to for some time, although it was split up. It’s not actually that old compared to many of the other manuscripts (4th century vs 1st Century). The media has reported poorly on this. I am excited to have it online though. It is a VERY important manuscript.
However it is not oldest manuscript
Also it does not leave out the resurrection anywhere but does “omit” appearances of Jesus to many people FOLLOWING the resurrection at the end of MARK (one of four gospels)
The way Christians deal with that is pretty simple.
1) We either believe that particular section is not “inspired”
2) We believe it was an Oral tradition similar to the “women caught in adultery” passage that was added by a scribe, but validated in the process of Canonization (my personal take)
3) We don’t care… or some other perspective
There is NO greater decision to be made in the life of a man or woman than choosing their Eternal destination. Life in the realm of “time” is NOTHING but preparation for life in the realm of the Eternal and there are only two choices.
1) Eternal Life through faith in – and – obedience to Jesus Christ.
2) Eternal death in Satan via the rejection of God’s Son and His Gift of Salvation.
Beware, as a result of Satan’s fervor and prevalence in America and around the World in these last days, there is an overwhelming spirit of apathy, a subtle desensitization to evil while our senses are numb to the signs of the times and our need for invigoration by the Spirit of Truth. Believer and Atheist alike are increasingly numb to the call of God’s Spirit while we lull away the hours, days, months, years in a de-synthesized morass of sensory obesity.
As I converse with the deceived and spiritually dead Atheists on social media, I am amazed at the tremendous success of our spiritual enemy, Satan. Satan has successfully deceived many-MANY millions of young American’s by his infiltration of the public education system. Satan’s most prolific tool has been the infusion of the demonically based lie of Evolution into the American classroom in 1963, the year subsequent to the eviction of Jesus Christ via the SCOTUS decision of Engel v. Vitale (1962). Evolution is, without a doubt, the most devastating “ruse” to have been cast upon mankind subsequent to “The Lie” of Satan in The Genesis. Evolution promulgates Atheism and thus Eternal death – BUT – Satan continues his deception by means of the demonically inspired Progressive-Socialist-agenda by infusing “teachers” of deception into our public schools who espouse historical revisionism thereby exacerbating the deception of America’s youth into believing that America’s Founding was perverse and shameful.
I am old now and subsequent to a tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps and over three-decades with the Houston Police Department, it is almost overwhelming to watch my America systematically destroyed by the Evil One using our blood-lust via unencumbered infanticide (Roe v. Wade 1973) and our insatiable aberrant sexual appetite (Obergefell v. Hodges 2015) to defile our Land with innocent blood and unconscionable immorality, but then I remember…all of these things have not only been foretold by my Lord, but that I am to expect them and understand that this “falling away” is necessary so that “the day” of my Lord can be ushered in.
As America enters into a new year – 2018 – please allow this old Cop to offer a piece of relevant advice to those who love, trust, obey the Lord Jesus Christ. America, in spite of the booming Stock Market and a strong Executive Branch of Government, is knocking at death’s door for we have sinned against and alienated the God who not only founded this Great Land but has sustained it for over 240-years. If one understands our Lord’s “technique” in dealing with the unfaithful, you will know that our God patiently waits for a Nation’s iniquity to foam to the rim of the cup and when that point is reached, His wrath is invoked and great is the fall of those subject to same; therefore, in this coming year I plead with you to grow ever so close to God the Father through knowledge of His written word and His Living Word, Yeshua-Jesus Christ. I also ask that you not forget to look-up into the Heavens for our redemption is drawing near and as the World grows increasingly dark, lost and vile, thus positioning itself to seek the destruction of God’s Holy City and His Chosen People, know that these things must come to pass before the promise of His return is manifest. Smile and be joyful for having been blessed with God’s mercy and compassion for a New Earth free from the horrors of sin, disease and death awaits those who endure to the end.