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Sep 21, 2021 16:19:06   #
Parky60 Loc: Champaign, IL
 
[Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar, and the father of lies (John 8:44).

If I were Satan, I would do everything in my power to keep you from the Word of God. I would say anything I could think of, anything I thought you would believe, anything that works, to get you to read other things.

As Paul said, “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). We know how he works. And here are some of the lies I have noticed pouring out of his factory, all geared toward destroying confidence in God’s Word.

1. “You already know it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying to you. You do not know it. I’ve studied the Bible all my life and in no way could I say I “know” it. I know a great deal about it, but there is so much more. For the typical church member to shun the Bible because “I’ve been there and done that” is laughable.

2. “No one can understand it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying. Even a child can understand a great deal of Scripture. Meanwhile, the Ph.D. will find plenty to challenge his thinking. Only a book from the Almighty could touch so much at every level of their existence.

3. “It’s boring. So don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Bible is a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. We’re boring, and that’s the problem.

4. “It’s better left to the professionals. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, using an untruth he once sold to the Catholic church during the Middle Ages. By keeping the Holy Scriptures in the Latin (and not in the language of the people) the church leadership could slant it any way they chose. Some hardy individuals paid for the right for us to have the Holy Scriptures in our own tongue with their very lives. We must not take lightly the privilege we have to own a copy of the very Word of God in our own language.

5. “You need Greek and Hebrews to know what it really means. So, don’t bother reading it.
He’s lying. The English conveys very well the meanings of Scripture in their original languages. However, reading the Bible in its original forms is still thrilling, and I encourage people to study Hebrew and Greek if possible.

6. “The English Bible was not translated correctly. If you doubt that, listen to preachers say, ‘The translators got this wrong. What it really says is….’ So, don’t read it.”
The Devil is lying, and half the time those preachers are misrepresenting the truth too.

7. “It’s contradictory. So don’t read it.”
He’s got a half-truth here, but he’s still lying. There are no contradictions in Scripture regarding any doctrine or teaching of consequence. There are places where one writer says 100 people were killed and another writer said it was 1000. That sort of thing. Scholars often have explanations for this. (To me personally, I love those little shades of differences. They are the very answer to the charge that the church tampered with the Bible to make it say what they want. If so, they would have cleaned up those loose ends!)

8. “Experts disagree on what it means. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Christian church, no matter what denomination, agrees with 90 percent of the Scripture message. Or even more.

9. “The Bible is outdated. Not for our modern times. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. It’s as contemporary as this morning’s paper. Or even more so. And as C. S. Lewis once asked, “What does today’s date have to do with anything?”

10. “The Bible is just a bunch of rules. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying once again. Scripture is anything but that. It contains the greatest stories, most inspiring teachings, and blessed insights imaginable.

11. “You are so far beyond that. The Bible has nothing for you. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. And the best response to this is: “Well, I’ll see for myself,” as you open it up.

12. “Men wrote it. So, forget about it being divine. Don’t waste your time reading it.”
Another half-truth that is a whole lie. True: “Holy men of old wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,” as the apostle said in 2 Peter 1:21. God used men to write the Scripture; it did not drop to earth fully written.

13. “Reading the Bible will turn you into a religious fanatic. And you don’t want people thinking you’re a nut. Do not risk that by reading the Bible.”
You know what they say, that “a fanatic is someone who loves Jesus more than you.” What reading the Bible will do is introduce you to the Savior, teach you about salvation, and nourish your soul. Anything that can do that is your friend and, instead of making you weird, will make you whole. See 2 Timothy 3:15-17. So, Satan is lying.

14. “No one with intelligence reads the Bible anymore. Only religious fundamentalists and extremists. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, just as he has been lying all along. Some of the smartest people on the planet–including scientists and professors and philosophers and my neighbor down the street–read and love the Holy Bible. And they are some of the sanest people on the planet.

15. “You’re too busy. You can read it some other time when you are feeling spiritual, when you have plenty of time, when you’re older. Just don’t read it now.”
He’s lying. You are not too busy, only too lazy. Or too worldly, too unbelieving, or too lost. To wait until you are “feeling spiritual”–whatever that means–is a fool’s errand, and you should not fall for that. To wait until you are older is another ploy he uses on the simple-minded. Many a person has gone out into eternity lost who had planned to take care of these matters down the road when they were elderly. The only problem is they didn’t live to become elderly. Do not let it happen to you.

Anyone see a trend here? The enemy will say anything he wishes in order to keep you from reading the Bible.

Are you playing into his hands? Are you believing his lies?

You do so to your own detriment, friend.

So, get your Bible and get started. Here’s how…

One: Open to the Gospel of Matthew. That’s page one of the New Testament. You can read all 28 chapters of this short volume in less than an hour.

Two: Keep reading. You will read three other gospels similar to Matthew, but different, on the life and ministry of Jesus. Each writer has something unique to offer.

Three: Read on. Acts of the Apostles tells what happened after Jesus left.

Four: And yes, keep on reading. You are now to the “epistles,” a fancy word for “letters,” most of them from the Apostle Paul to churches in various locales. You won’t understand everything, but you can grasp a great deal.

Five: Don’t worry about what you cannot understand. Treasure all that you do understand, because there is a great deal of it.

Six: Read it consecutively (not just jumping around) and in large sections, at least one hour at a time.

Seven: When you finish, go back and start again. You will get more the second time through than you did the first.

Eight: Each time you open the Bible to read, send up a little prayer: “Father, help me to understand this and to get what You want me to see. Thank you for hearing my prayer.”

Nine: After you have read it through a few times, ask a pastor if there is a Bible study class you could attend. To hear a good teacher teach what you have been reading can be a privilege.

Ten: Seek to obey what you have read. In John 13:17, Jesus said, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you obey them.” The blessing comes from obeying His teachings, not from reading or learning them.

Eventually, you will be able to say what Job did. “I have esteemed the words of Thy mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12)

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Sep 21, 2021 16:38:01   #
PLT Sarge Loc: Alabama
 
Parky60 wrote:
[Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar, and the father of lies (John 8:44).

If I were Satan, I would do everything in my power to keep you from the Word of God. I would say anything I could think of, anything I thought you would believe, anything that works, to get you to read other things.

As Paul said, “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). We know how he works. And here are some of the lies I have noticed pouring out of his factory, all geared toward destroying confidence in God’s Word.

1. “You already know it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying to you. You do not know it. I’ve studied the Bible all my life and in no way could I say I “know” it. I know a great deal about it, but there is so much more. For the typical church member to shun the Bible because “I’ve been there and done that” is laughable.

2. “No one can understand it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying. Even a child can understand a great deal of Scripture. Meanwhile, the Ph.D. will find plenty to challenge his thinking. Only a book from the Almighty could touch so much at every level of their existence.

3. “It’s boring. So don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Bible is a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. We’re boring, and that’s the problem.

4. “It’s better left to the professionals. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, using an untruth he once sold to the Catholic church during the Middle Ages. By keeping the Holy Scriptures in the Latin (and not in the language of the people) the church leadership could slant it any way they chose. Some hardy individuals paid for the right for us to have the Holy Scriptures in our own tongue with their very lives. We must not take lightly the privilege we have to own a copy of the very Word of God in our own language.

5. “You need Greek and Hebrews to know what it really means. So, don’t bother reading it.
He’s lying. The English conveys very well the meanings of Scripture in their original languages. However, reading the Bible in its original forms is still thrilling, and I encourage people to study Hebrew and Greek if possible.

6. “The English Bible was not translated correctly. If you doubt that, listen to preachers say, ‘The translators got this wrong. What it really says is….’ So, don’t read it.”
The Devil is lying, and half the time those preachers are misrepresenting the truth too.

7. “It’s contradictory. So don’t read it.”
He’s got a half-truth here, but he’s still lying. There are no contradictions in Scripture regarding any doctrine or teaching of consequence. There are places where one writer says 100 people were killed and another writer said it was 1000. That sort of thing. Scholars often have explanations for this. (To me personally, I love those little shades of differences. They are the very answer to the charge that the church tampered with the Bible to make it say what they want. If so, they would have cleaned up those loose ends!)

8. “Experts disagree on what it means. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Christian church, no matter what denomination, agrees with 90 percent of the Scripture message. Or even more.

9. “The Bible is outdated. Not for our modern times. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. It’s as contemporary as this morning’s paper. Or even more so. And as C. S. Lewis once asked, “What does today’s date have to do with anything?”

10. “The Bible is just a bunch of rules. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying once again. Scripture is anything but that. It contains the greatest stories, most inspiring teachings, and blessed insights imaginable.

11. “You are so far beyond that. The Bible has nothing for you. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. And the best response to this is: “Well, I’ll see for myself,” as you open it up.

12. “Men wrote it. So, forget about it being divine. Don’t waste your time reading it.”
Another half-truth that is a whole lie. True: “Holy men of old wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,” as the apostle said in 2 Peter 1:21. God used men to write the Scripture; it did not drop to earth fully written.

13. “Reading the Bible will turn you into a religious fanatic. And you don’t want people thinking you’re a nut. Do not risk that by reading the Bible.”
You know what they say, that “a fanatic is someone who loves Jesus more than you.” What reading the Bible will do is introduce you to the Savior, teach you about salvation, and nourish your soul. Anything that can do that is your friend and, instead of making you weird, will make you whole. See 2 Timothy 3:15-17. So, Satan is lying.

14. “No one with intelligence reads the Bible anymore. Only religious fundamentalists and extremists. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, just as he has been lying all along. Some of the smartest people on the planet–including scientists and professors and philosophers and my neighbor down the street–read and love the Holy Bible. And they are some of the sanest people on the planet.

15. “You’re too busy. You can read it some other time when you are feeling spiritual, when you have plenty of time, when you’re older. Just don’t read it now.”
He’s lying. You are not too busy, only too lazy. Or too worldly, too unbelieving, or too lost. To wait until you are “feeling spiritual”–whatever that means–is a fool’s errand, and you should not fall for that. To wait until you are older is another ploy he uses on the simple-minded. Many a person has gone out into eternity lost who had planned to take care of these matters down the road when they were elderly. The only problem is they didn’t live to become elderly. Do not let it happen to you.

Anyone see a trend here? The enemy will say anything he wishes in order to keep you from reading the Bible.

Are you playing into his hands? Are you believing his lies?

You do so to your own detriment, friend.

So, get your Bible and get started. Here’s how…

One: Open to the Gospel of Matthew. That’s page one of the New Testament. You can read all 28 chapters of this short volume in less than an hour.

Two: Keep reading. You will read three other gospels similar to Matthew, but different, on the life and ministry of Jesus. Each writer has something unique to offer.

Three: Read on. Acts of the Apostles tells what happened after Jesus left.

Four: And yes, keep on reading. You are now to the “epistles,” a fancy word for “letters,” most of them from the Apostle Paul to churches in various locales. You won’t understand everything, but you can grasp a great deal.

Five: Don’t worry about what you cannot understand. Treasure all that you do understand, because there is a great deal of it.

Six: Read it consecutively (not just jumping around) and in large sections, at least one hour at a time.

Seven: When you finish, go back and start again. You will get more the second time through than you did the first.

Eight: Each time you open the Bible to read, send up a little prayer: “Father, help me to understand this and to get what You want me to see. Thank you for hearing my prayer.”

Nine: After you have read it through a few times, ask a pastor if there is a Bible study class you could attend. To hear a good teacher teach what you have been reading can be a privilege.

Ten: Seek to obey what you have read. In John 13:17, Jesus said, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you obey them.” The blessing comes from obeying His teachings, not from reading or learning them.

Eventually, you will be able to say what Job did. “I have esteemed the words of Thy mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12)
Satan was a murderer from the beginning, and doe... (show quote)


Very good info and very good advice.

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Sep 21, 2021 17:00:25   #
lpnmajor Loc: Arkansas
 
Parky60 wrote:
[Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar, and the father of lies (John 8:44).

If I were Satan, I would do everything in my power to keep you from the Word of God. I would say anything I could think of, anything I thought you would believe, anything that works, to get you to read other things.

As Paul said, “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). We know how he works. And here are some of the lies I have noticed pouring out of his factory, all geared toward destroying confidence in God’s Word.

1. “You already know it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying to you. You do not know it. I’ve studied the Bible all my life and in no way could I say I “know” it. I know a great deal about it, but there is so much more. For the typical church member to shun the Bible because “I’ve been there and done that” is laughable.

2. “No one can understand it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying. Even a child can understand a great deal of Scripture. Meanwhile, the Ph.D. will find plenty to challenge his thinking. Only a book from the Almighty could touch so much at every level of their existence.

3. “It’s boring. So don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Bible is a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. We’re boring, and that’s the problem.

4. “It’s better left to the professionals. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, using an untruth he once sold to the Catholic church during the Middle Ages. By keeping the Holy Scriptures in the Latin (and not in the language of the people) the church leadership could slant it any way they chose. Some hardy individuals paid for the right for us to have the Holy Scriptures in our own tongue with their very lives. We must not take lightly the privilege we have to own a copy of the very Word of God in our own language.

5. “You need Greek and Hebrews to know what it really means. So, don’t bother reading it.
He’s lying. The English conveys very well the meanings of Scripture in their original languages. However, reading the Bible in its original forms is still thrilling, and I encourage people to study Hebrew and Greek if possible.

6. “The English Bible was not translated correctly. If you doubt that, listen to preachers say, ‘The translators got this wrong. What it really says is….’ So, don’t read it.”
The Devil is lying, and half the time those preachers are misrepresenting the truth too.

7. “It’s contradictory. So don’t read it.”
He’s got a half-truth here, but he’s still lying. There are no contradictions in Scripture regarding any doctrine or teaching of consequence. There are places where one writer says 100 people were killed and another writer said it was 1000. That sort of thing. Scholars often have explanations for this. (To me personally, I love those little shades of differences. They are the very answer to the charge that the church tampered with the Bible to make it say what they want. If so, they would have cleaned up those loose ends!)

8. “Experts disagree on what it means. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Christian church, no matter what denomination, agrees with 90 percent of the Scripture message. Or even more.

9. “The Bible is outdated. Not for our modern times. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. It’s as contemporary as this morning’s paper. Or even more so. And as C. S. Lewis once asked, “What does today’s date have to do with anything?”

10. “The Bible is just a bunch of rules. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying once again. Scripture is anything but that. It contains the greatest stories, most inspiring teachings, and blessed insights imaginable.

11. “You are so far beyond that. The Bible has nothing for you. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. And the best response to this is: “Well, I’ll see for myself,” as you open it up.

12. “Men wrote it. So, forget about it being divine. Don’t waste your time reading it.”
Another half-truth that is a whole lie. True: “Holy men of old wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,” as the apostle said in 2 Peter 1:21. God used men to write the Scripture; it did not drop to earth fully written.

13. “Reading the Bible will turn you into a religious fanatic. And you don’t want people thinking you’re a nut. Do not risk that by reading the Bible.”
You know what they say, that “a fanatic is someone who loves Jesus more than you.” What reading the Bible will do is introduce you to the Savior, teach you about salvation, and nourish your soul. Anything that can do that is your friend and, instead of making you weird, will make you whole. See 2 Timothy 3:15-17. So, Satan is lying.

14. “No one with intelligence reads the Bible anymore. Only religious fundamentalists and extremists. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, just as he has been lying all along. Some of the smartest people on the planet–including scientists and professors and philosophers and my neighbor down the street–read and love the Holy Bible. And they are some of the sanest people on the planet.

15. “You’re too busy. You can read it some other time when you are feeling spiritual, when you have plenty of time, when you’re older. Just don’t read it now.”
He’s lying. You are not too busy, only too lazy. Or too worldly, too unbelieving, or too lost. To wait until you are “feeling spiritual”–whatever that means–is a fool’s errand, and you should not fall for that. To wait until you are older is another ploy he uses on the simple-minded. Many a person has gone out into eternity lost who had planned to take care of these matters down the road when they were elderly. The only problem is they didn’t live to become elderly. Do not let it happen to you.

Anyone see a trend here? The enemy will say anything he wishes in order to keep you from reading the Bible.

Are you playing into his hands? Are you believing his lies?

You do so to your own detriment, friend.

So, get your Bible and get started. Here’s how…

One: Open to the Gospel of Matthew. That’s page one of the New Testament. You can read all 28 chapters of this short volume in less than an hour.

Two: Keep reading. You will read three other gospels similar to Matthew, but different, on the life and ministry of Jesus. Each writer has something unique to offer.

Three: Read on. Acts of the Apostles tells what happened after Jesus left.

Four: And yes, keep on reading. You are now to the “epistles,” a fancy word for “letters,” most of them from the Apostle Paul to churches in various locales. You won’t understand everything, but you can grasp a great deal.

Five: Don’t worry about what you cannot understand. Treasure all that you do understand, because there is a great deal of it.

Six: Read it consecutively (not just jumping around) and in large sections, at least one hour at a time.

Seven: When you finish, go back and start again. You will get more the second time through than you did the first.

Eight: Each time you open the Bible to read, send up a little prayer: “Father, help me to understand this and to get what You want me to see. Thank you for hearing my prayer.”

Nine: After you have read it through a few times, ask a pastor if there is a Bible study class you could attend. To hear a good teacher teach what you have been reading can be a privilege.

Ten: Seek to obey what you have read. In John 13:17, Jesus said, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you obey them.” The blessing comes from obeying His teachings, not from reading or learning them.

Eventually, you will be able to say what Job did. “I have esteemed the words of Thy mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12)
Satan was a murderer from the beginning, and doe... (show quote)


You forgot 16; if it appears to disagree with what you wish to be true.................ignore it.

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Sep 21, 2021 17:15:07   #
Milosia2 Loc: Cleveland Ohio
 
Parky60 wrote:
[Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar, and the father of lies (John 8:44).

If I were Satan, I would do everything in my power to keep you from the Word of God. I would say anything I could think of, anything I thought you would believe, anything that works, to get you to read other things.

As Paul said, “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). We know how he works. And here are some of the lies I have noticed pouring out of his factory, all geared toward destroying confidence in God’s Word.

1. “You already know it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying to you. You do not know it. I’ve studied the Bible all my life and in no way could I say I “know” it. I know a great deal about it, but there is so much more. For the typical church member to shun the Bible because “I’ve been there and done that” is laughable.

2. “No one can understand it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying. Even a child can understand a great deal of Scripture. Meanwhile, the Ph.D. will find plenty to challenge his thinking. Only a book from the Almighty could touch so much at every level of their existence.

3. “It’s boring. So don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Bible is a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. We’re boring, and that’s the problem.

4. “It’s better left to the professionals. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, using an untruth he once sold to the Catholic church during the Middle Ages. By keeping the Holy Scriptures in the Latin (and not in the language of the people) the church leadership could slant it any way they chose. Some hardy individuals paid for the right for us to have the Holy Scriptures in our own tongue with their very lives. We must not take lightly the privilege we have to own a copy of the very Word of God in our own language.

5. “You need Greek and Hebrews to know what it really means. So, don’t bother reading it.
He’s lying. The English conveys very well the meanings of Scripture in their original languages. However, reading the Bible in its original forms is still thrilling, and I encourage people to study Hebrew and Greek if possible.

6. “The English Bible was not translated correctly. If you doubt that, listen to preachers say, ‘The translators got this wrong. What it really says is….’ So, don’t read it.”
The Devil is lying, and half the time those preachers are misrepresenting the truth too.

7. “It’s contradictory. So don’t read it.”
He’s got a half-truth here, but he’s still lying. There are no contradictions in Scripture regarding any doctrine or teaching of consequence. There are places where one writer says 100 people were killed and another writer said it was 1000. That sort of thing. Scholars often have explanations for this. (To me personally, I love those little shades of differences. They are the very answer to the charge that the church tampered with the Bible to make it say what they want. If so, they would have cleaned up those loose ends!)

8. “Experts disagree on what it means. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Christian church, no matter what denomination, agrees with 90 percent of the Scripture message. Or even more.

9. “The Bible is outdated. Not for our modern times. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. It’s as contemporary as this morning’s paper. Or even more so. And as C. S. Lewis once asked, “What does today’s date have to do with anything?”

10. “The Bible is just a bunch of rules. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying once again. Scripture is anything but that. It contains the greatest stories, most inspiring teachings, and blessed insights imaginable.

11. “You are so far beyond that. The Bible has nothing for you. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. And the best response to this is: “Well, I’ll see for myself,” as you open it up.

12. “Men wrote it. So, forget about it being divine. Don’t waste your time reading it.”
Another half-truth that is a whole lie. True: “Holy men of old wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,” as the apostle said in 2 Peter 1:21. God used men to write the Scripture; it did not drop to earth fully written.

13. “Reading the Bible will turn you into a religious fanatic. And you don’t want people thinking you’re a nut. Do not risk that by reading the Bible.”
You know what they say, that “a fanatic is someone who loves Jesus more than you.” What reading the Bible will do is introduce you to the Savior, teach you about salvation, and nourish your soul. Anything that can do that is your friend and, instead of making you weird, will make you whole. See 2 Timothy 3:15-17. So, Satan is lying.

14. “No one with intelligence reads the Bible anymore. Only religious fundamentalists and extremists. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, just as he has been lying all along. Some of the smartest people on the planet–including scientists and professors and philosophers and my neighbor down the street–read and love the Holy Bible. And they are some of the sanest people on the planet.

15. “You’re too busy. You can read it some other time when you are feeling spiritual, when you have plenty of time, when you’re older. Just don’t read it now.”
He’s lying. You are not too busy, only too lazy. Or too worldly, too unbelieving, or too lost. To wait until you are “feeling spiritual”–whatever that means–is a fool’s errand, and you should not fall for that. To wait until you are older is another ploy he uses on the simple-minded. Many a person has gone out into eternity lost who had planned to take care of these matters down the road when they were elderly. The only problem is they didn’t live to become elderly. Do not let it happen to you.

Anyone see a trend here? The enemy will say anything he wishes in order to keep you from reading the Bible.

Are you playing into his hands? Are you believing his lies?

You do so to your own detriment, friend.

So, get your Bible and get started. Here’s how…

One: Open to the Gospel of Matthew. That’s page one of the New Testament. You can read all 28 chapters of this short volume in less than an hour.

Two: Keep reading. You will read three other gospels similar to Matthew, but different, on the life and ministry of Jesus. Each writer has something unique to offer.

Three: Read on. Acts of the Apostles tells what happened after Jesus left.

Four: And yes, keep on reading. You are now to the “epistles,” a fancy word for “letters,” most of them from the Apostle Paul to churches in various locales. You won’t understand everything, but you can grasp a great deal.

Five: Don’t worry about what you cannot understand. Treasure all that you do understand, because there is a great deal of it.

Six: Read it consecutively (not just jumping around) and in large sections, at least one hour at a time.

Seven: When you finish, go back and start again. You will get more the second time through than you did the first.

Eight: Each time you open the Bible to read, send up a little prayer: “Father, help me to understand this and to get what You want me to see. Thank you for hearing my prayer.”

Nine: After you have read it through a few times, ask a pastor if there is a Bible study class you could attend. To hear a good teacher teach what you have been reading can be a privilege.

Ten: Seek to obey what you have read. In John 13:17, Jesus said, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you obey them.” The blessing comes from obeying His teachings, not from reading or learning them.

Eventually, you will be able to say what Job did. “I have esteemed the words of Thy mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12)
Satan was a murderer from the beginning, and doe... (show quote)


He’s not lying to me, but I’m positive everyone including satan is lying to you.
What is a poor Mother to do ?

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Sep 21, 2021 17:16:02   #
Milosia2 Loc: Cleveland Ohio
 
lpnmajor wrote:
You forgot 16; if it appears to disagree with what you wish to be true.................ignore it.



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Sep 21, 2021 17:31:19   #
Rose42
 
lpnmajor wrote:
You forgot 16; if it appears to disagree with what you wish to be true.................ignore it.


Why do you troll?

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Sep 21, 2021 17:34:15   #
Rose42
 
Milosia2 wrote:
He’s not lying to me, but I’m positive everyone including satan is lying to you.
What is a poor Mother to do ?


Yeah he’s lying to you. You simply don’t recognize it.

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Sep 21, 2021 17:57:05   #
Bad Bob Loc: Virginia
 
Parky60 wrote:
[Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar, and the father of lies (John 8:44).

If I were Satan, I would do everything in my power to keep you from the Word of God. I would say anything I could think of, anything I thought you would believe, anything that works, to get you to read other things.

As Paul said, “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). We know how he works. And here are some of the lies I have noticed pouring out of his factory, all geared toward destroying confidence in God’s Word.

1. “You already know it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying to you. You do not know it. I’ve studied the Bible all my life and in no way could I say I “know” it. I know a great deal about it, but there is so much more. For the typical church member to shun the Bible because “I’ve been there and done that” is laughable.

2. “No one can understand it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying. Even a child can understand a great deal of Scripture. Meanwhile, the Ph.D. will find plenty to challenge his thinking. Only a book from the Almighty could touch so much at every level of their existence.

3. “It’s boring. So don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Bible is a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. We’re boring, and that’s the problem.

4. “It’s better left to the professionals. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, using an untruth he once sold to the Catholic church during the Middle Ages. By keeping the Holy Scriptures in the Latin (and not in the language of the people) the church leadership could slant it any way they chose. Some hardy individuals paid for the right for us to have the Holy Scriptures in our own tongue with their very lives. We must not take lightly the privilege we have to own a copy of the very Word of God in our own language.

5. “You need Greek and Hebrews to know what it really means. So, don’t bother reading it.
He’s lying. The English conveys very well the meanings of Scripture in their original languages. However, reading the Bible in its original forms is still thrilling, and I encourage people to study Hebrew and Greek if possible.

6. “The English Bible was not translated correctly. If you doubt that, listen to preachers say, ‘The translators got this wrong. What it really says is….’ So, don’t read it.”
The Devil is lying, and half the time those preachers are misrepresenting the truth too.

7. “It’s contradictory. So don’t read it.”
He’s got a half-truth here, but he’s still lying. There are no contradictions in Scripture regarding any doctrine or teaching of consequence. There are places where one writer says 100 people were killed and another writer said it was 1000. That sort of thing. Scholars often have explanations for this. (To me personally, I love those little shades of differences. They are the very answer to the charge that the church tampered with the Bible to make it say what they want. If so, they would have cleaned up those loose ends!)

8. “Experts disagree on what it means. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Christian church, no matter what denomination, agrees with 90 percent of the Scripture message. Or even more.

9. “The Bible is outdated. Not for our modern times. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. It’s as contemporary as this morning’s paper. Or even more so. And as C. S. Lewis once asked, “What does today’s date have to do with anything?”

10. “The Bible is just a bunch of rules. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying once again. Scripture is anything but that. It contains the greatest stories, most inspiring teachings, and blessed insights imaginable.

11. “You are so far beyond that. The Bible has nothing for you. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. And the best response to this is: “Well, I’ll see for myself,” as you open it up.

12. “Men wrote it. So, forget about it being divine. Don’t waste your time reading it.”
Another half-truth that is a whole lie. True: “Holy men of old wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,” as the apostle said in 2 Peter 1:21. God used men to write the Scripture; it did not drop to earth fully written.

13. “Reading the Bible will turn you into a religious fanatic. And you don’t want people thinking you’re a nut. Do not risk that by reading the Bible.”
You know what they say, that “a fanatic is someone who loves Jesus more than you.” What reading the Bible will do is introduce you to the Savior, teach you about salvation, and nourish your soul. Anything that can do that is your friend and, instead of making you weird, will make you whole. See 2 Timothy 3:15-17. So, Satan is lying.

14. “No one with intelligence reads the Bible anymore. Only religious fundamentalists and extremists. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, just as he has been lying all along. Some of the smartest people on the planet–including scientists and professors and philosophers and my neighbor down the street–read and love the Holy Bible. And they are some of the sanest people on the planet.

15. “You’re too busy. You can read it some other time when you are feeling spiritual, when you have plenty of time, when you’re older. Just don’t read it now.”
He’s lying. You are not too busy, only too lazy. Or too worldly, too unbelieving, or too lost. To wait until you are “feeling spiritual”–whatever that means–is a fool’s errand, and you should not fall for that. To wait until you are older is another ploy he uses on the simple-minded. Many a person has gone out into eternity lost who had planned to take care of these matters down the road when they were elderly. The only problem is they didn’t live to become elderly. Do not let it happen to you.

Anyone see a trend here? The enemy will say anything he wishes in order to keep you from reading the Bible.

Are you playing into his hands? Are you believing his lies?

You do so to your own detriment, friend.

So, get your Bible and get started. Here’s how…

One: Open to the Gospel of Matthew. That’s page one of the New Testament. You can read all 28 chapters of this short volume in less than an hour.

Two: Keep reading. You will read three other gospels similar to Matthew, but different, on the life and ministry of Jesus. Each writer has something unique to offer.

Three: Read on. Acts of the Apostles tells what happened after Jesus left.

Four: And yes, keep on reading. You are now to the “epistles,” a fancy word for “letters,” most of them from the Apostle Paul to churches in various locales. You won’t understand everything, but you can grasp a great deal.

Five: Don’t worry about what you cannot understand. Treasure all that you do understand, because there is a great deal of it.

Six: Read it consecutively (not just jumping around) and in large sections, at least one hour at a time.

Seven: When you finish, go back and start again. You will get more the second time through than you did the first.

Eight: Each time you open the Bible to read, send up a little prayer: “Father, help me to understand this and to get what You want me to see. Thank you for hearing my prayer.”

Nine: After you have read it through a few times, ask a pastor if there is a Bible study class you could attend. To hear a good teacher teach what you have been reading can be a privilege.

Ten: Seek to obey what you have read. In John 13:17, Jesus said, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you obey them.” The blessing comes from obeying His teachings, not from reading or learning them.

Eventually, you will be able to say what Job did. “I have esteemed the words of Thy mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12)
Satan was a murderer from the beginning, and doe... (show quote)



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Sep 21, 2021 20:13:59   #
TommyRadd Loc: Midwest USA
 
Parky60 wrote:
[Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar, and the father of lies (John 8:44).

If I were Satan, I would do everything in my power to keep you from the Word of God. I would say anything I could think of, anything I thought you would believe, anything that works, to get you to read other things.

As Paul said, “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). We know how he works. And here are some of the lies I have noticed pouring out of his factory, all geared toward destroying confidence in God’s Word.

1. “You already know it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying to you. You do not know it. I’ve studied the Bible all my life and in no way could I say I “know” it. I know a great deal about it, but there is so much more. For the typical church member to shun the Bible because “I’ve been there and done that” is laughable.

2. “No one can understand it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying. Even a child can understand a great deal of Scripture. Meanwhile, the Ph.D. will find plenty to challenge his thinking. Only a book from the Almighty could touch so much at every level of their existence.

3. “It’s boring. So don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Bible is a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. We’re boring, and that’s the problem.

4. “It’s better left to the professionals. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, using an untruth he once sold to the Catholic church during the Middle Ages. By keeping the Holy Scriptures in the Latin (and not in the language of the people) the church leadership could slant it any way they chose. Some hardy individuals paid for the right for us to have the Holy Scriptures in our own tongue with their very lives. We must not take lightly the privilege we have to own a copy of the very Word of God in our own language.

5. “You need Greek and Hebrews to know what it really means. So, don’t bother reading it.
He’s lying. The English conveys very well the meanings of Scripture in their original languages. However, reading the Bible in its original forms is still thrilling, and I encourage people to study Hebrew and Greek if possible.

6. “The English Bible was not translated correctly. If you doubt that, listen to preachers say, ‘The translators got this wrong. What it really says is….’ So, don’t read it.”
The Devil is lying, and half the time those preachers are misrepresenting the truth too.

7. “It’s contradictory. So don’t read it.”
He’s got a half-truth here, but he’s still lying. There are no contradictions in Scripture regarding any doctrine or teaching of consequence. There are places where one writer says 100 people were killed and another writer said it was 1000. That sort of thing. Scholars often have explanations for this. (To me personally, I love those little shades of differences. They are the very answer to the charge that the church tampered with the Bible to make it say what they want. If so, they would have cleaned up those loose ends!)

8. “Experts disagree on what it means. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Christian church, no matter what denomination, agrees with 90 percent of the Scripture message. Or even more.

9. “The Bible is outdated. Not for our modern times. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. It’s as contemporary as this morning’s paper. Or even more so. And as C. S. Lewis once asked, “What does today’s date have to do with anything?”

10. “The Bible is just a bunch of rules. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying once again. Scripture is anything but that. It contains the greatest stories, most inspiring teachings, and blessed insights imaginable.

11. “You are so far beyond that. The Bible has nothing for you. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. And the best response to this is: “Well, I’ll see for myself,” as you open it up.

12. “Men wrote it. So, forget about it being divine. Don’t waste your time reading it.”
Another half-truth that is a whole lie. True: “Holy men of old wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,” as the apostle said in 2 Peter 1:21. God used men to write the Scripture; it did not drop to earth fully written.

13. “Reading the Bible will turn you into a religious fanatic. And you don’t want people thinking you’re a nut. Do not risk that by reading the Bible.”
You know what they say, that “a fanatic is someone who loves Jesus more than you.” What reading the Bible will do is introduce you to the Savior, teach you about salvation, and nourish your soul. Anything that can do that is your friend and, instead of making you weird, will make you whole. See 2 Timothy 3:15-17. So, Satan is lying.

14. “No one with intelligence reads the Bible anymore. Only religious fundamentalists and extremists. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, just as he has been lying all along. Some of the smartest people on the planet–including scientists and professors and philosophers and my neighbor down the street–read and love the Holy Bible. And they are some of the sanest people on the planet.

15. “You’re too busy. You can read it some other time when you are feeling spiritual, when you have plenty of time, when you’re older. Just don’t read it now.”
He’s lying. You are not too busy, only too lazy. Or too worldly, too unbelieving, or too lost. To wait until you are “feeling spiritual”–whatever that means–is a fool’s errand, and you should not fall for that. To wait until you are older is another ploy he uses on the simple-minded. Many a person has gone out into eternity lost who had planned to take care of these matters down the road when they were elderly. The only problem is they didn’t live to become elderly. Do not let it happen to you.

Anyone see a trend here? The enemy will say anything he wishes in order to keep you from reading the Bible.

Are you playing into his hands? Are you believing his lies?

You do so to your own detriment, friend.

So, get your Bible and get started. Here’s how…

One: Open to the Gospel of Matthew. That’s page one of the New Testament. You can read all 28 chapters of this short volume in less than an hour.

Two: Keep reading. You will read three other gospels similar to Matthew, but different, on the life and ministry of Jesus. Each writer has something unique to offer.

Three: Read on. Acts of the Apostles tells what happened after Jesus left.

Four: And yes, keep on reading. You are now to the “epistles,” a fancy word for “letters,” most of them from the Apostle Paul to churches in various locales. You won’t understand everything, but you can grasp a great deal.

Five: Don’t worry about what you cannot understand. Treasure all that you do understand, because there is a great deal of it.

Six: Read it consecutively (not just jumping around) and in large sections, at least one hour at a time.

Seven: When you finish, go back and start again. You will get more the second time through than you did the first.

Eight: Each time you open the Bible to read, send up a little prayer: “Father, help me to understand this and to get what You want me to see. Thank you for hearing my prayer.”

Nine: After you have read it through a few times, ask a pastor if there is a Bible study class you could attend. To hear a good teacher teach what you have been reading can be a privilege.

Ten: Seek to obey what you have read. In John 13:17, Jesus said, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you obey them.” The blessing comes from obeying His teachings, not from reading or learning them.

Eventually, you will be able to say what Job did. “I have esteemed the words of Thy mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12)
Satan was a murderer from the beginning, and doe... (show quote)





You left one out though:

16: The Devil will tell you to believe the Bible says things that it doesn’t, just like he did in the Garden when he told Eve she would be like god, just for knowing good and evil, and that’s why she should disobey God’s commandment!

Otherwise, great list and great advice!

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Sep 21, 2021 20:46:07   #
grandaddyw Loc: FLORIDA
 
A very good article. There are several online Bibles such as Blue latter Bible that will help you. Get involved in Sunday school. Download an of line Bible such as E-Sword.

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Sep 21, 2021 20:59:59   #
Bad Bob Loc: Virginia
 
TommyRadd wrote:


You left one out though:

16: The Devil will tell you to believe the Bible says things that it doesn’t, just like he did in the Garden when he told Eve she would be like god, just for knowing good and evil, and that’s why she should disobey God’s commandment!

Otherwise, great list and great advice!
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What language did the Devil use?

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Sep 21, 2021 21:11:08   #
Roamin' Catholic Loc: the Frozen Tundra
 
Parky60 wrote:
[Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar, and the father of lies (John 8:44).

If I were Satan, I would do everything in my power to keep you from the Word of God. I would say anything I could think of, anything I thought you would believe, anything that works, to get you to read other things.

As Paul said, “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). We know how he works. And here are some of the lies I have noticed pouring out of his factory, all geared toward destroying confidence in God’s Word.

1. “You already know it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying to you. You do not know it. I’ve studied the Bible all my life and in no way could I say I “know” it. I know a great deal about it, but there is so much more. For the typical church member to shun the Bible because “I’ve been there and done that” is laughable.

2. “No one can understand it, so don’t read it.”
He’s lying. Even a child can understand a great deal of Scripture. Meanwhile, the Ph.D. will find plenty to challenge his thinking. Only a book from the Almighty could touch so much at every level of their existence.

3. “It’s boring. So don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Bible is a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. We’re boring, and that’s the problem.

4. “It’s better left to the professionals. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, using an untruth he once sold to the Catholic church during the Middle Ages. By keeping the Holy Scriptures in the Latin (and not in the language of the people) the church leadership could slant it any way they chose. Some hardy individuals paid for the right for us to have the Holy Scriptures in our own tongue with their very lives. We must not take lightly the privilege we have to own a copy of the very Word of God in our own language.

5. “You need Greek and Hebrews to know what it really means. So, don’t bother reading it.
He’s lying. The English conveys very well the meanings of Scripture in their original languages. However, reading the Bible in its original forms is still thrilling, and I encourage people to study Hebrew and Greek if possible.

6. “The English Bible was not translated correctly. If you doubt that, listen to preachers say, ‘The translators got this wrong. What it really says is….’ So, don’t read it.”
The Devil is lying, and half the time those preachers are misrepresenting the truth too.

7. “It’s contradictory. So don’t read it.”
He’s got a half-truth here, but he’s still lying. There are no contradictions in Scripture regarding any doctrine or teaching of consequence. There are places where one writer says 100 people were killed and another writer said it was 1000. That sort of thing. Scholars often have explanations for this. (To me personally, I love those little shades of differences. They are the very answer to the charge that the church tampered with the Bible to make it say what they want. If so, they would have cleaned up those loose ends!)

8. “Experts disagree on what it means. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. The Christian church, no matter what denomination, agrees with 90 percent of the Scripture message. Or even more.

9. “The Bible is outdated. Not for our modern times. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. It’s as contemporary as this morning’s paper. Or even more so. And as C. S. Lewis once asked, “What does today’s date have to do with anything?”

10. “The Bible is just a bunch of rules. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying once again. Scripture is anything but that. It contains the greatest stories, most inspiring teachings, and blessed insights imaginable.

11. “You are so far beyond that. The Bible has nothing for you. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying. And the best response to this is: “Well, I’ll see for myself,” as you open it up.

12. “Men wrote it. So, forget about it being divine. Don’t waste your time reading it.”
Another half-truth that is a whole lie. True: “Holy men of old wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,” as the apostle said in 2 Peter 1:21. God used men to write the Scripture; it did not drop to earth fully written.

13. “Reading the Bible will turn you into a religious fanatic. And you don’t want people thinking you’re a nut. Do not risk that by reading the Bible.”
You know what they say, that “a fanatic is someone who loves Jesus more than you.” What reading the Bible will do is introduce you to the Savior, teach you about salvation, and nourish your soul. Anything that can do that is your friend and, instead of making you weird, will make you whole. See 2 Timothy 3:15-17. So, Satan is lying.

14. “No one with intelligence reads the Bible anymore. Only religious fundamentalists and extremists. So, don’t read it.”
He’s lying, just as he has been lying all along. Some of the smartest people on the planet–including scientists and professors and philosophers and my neighbor down the street–read and love the Holy Bible. And they are some of the sanest people on the planet.

15. “You’re too busy. You can read it some other time when you are feeling spiritual, when you have plenty of time, when you’re older. Just don’t read it now.”
He’s lying. You are not too busy, only too lazy. Or too worldly, too unbelieving, or too lost. To wait until you are “feeling spiritual”–whatever that means–is a fool’s errand, and you should not fall for that. To wait until you are older is another ploy he uses on the simple-minded. Many a person has gone out into eternity lost who had planned to take care of these matters down the road when they were elderly. The only problem is they didn’t live to become elderly. Do not let it happen to you.

Anyone see a trend here? The enemy will say anything he wishes in order to keep you from reading the Bible.

Are you playing into his hands? Are you believing his lies?

You do so to your own detriment, friend.

So, get your Bible and get started. Here’s how…

One: Open to the Gospel of Matthew. That’s page one of the New Testament. You can read all 28 chapters of this short volume in less than an hour.

Two: Keep reading. You will read three other gospels similar to Matthew, but different, on the life and ministry of Jesus. Each writer has something unique to offer.

Three: Read on. Acts of the Apostles tells what happened after Jesus left.

Four: And yes, keep on reading. You are now to the “epistles,” a fancy word for “letters,” most of them from the Apostle Paul to churches in various locales. You won’t understand everything, but you can grasp a great deal.

Five: Don’t worry about what you cannot understand. Treasure all that you do understand, because there is a great deal of it.

Six: Read it consecutively (not just jumping around) and in large sections, at least one hour at a time.

Seven: When you finish, go back and start again. You will get more the second time through than you did the first.

Eight: Each time you open the Bible to read, send up a little prayer: “Father, help me to understand this and to get what You want me to see. Thank you for hearing my prayer.”

Nine: After you have read it through a few times, ask a pastor if there is a Bible study class you could attend. To hear a good teacher teach what you have been reading can be a privilege.

Ten: Seek to obey what you have read. In John 13:17, Jesus said, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you obey them.” The blessing comes from obeying His teachings, not from reading or learning them.

Eventually, you will be able to say what Job did. “I have esteemed the words of Thy mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12)
Satan was a murderer from the beginning, and doe... (show quote)


Good article Parky! There is so much beauty, majesty and excitement in this ancient, profound, unchanging Holy Word of God!

I am blessed to be a lector at Mass and to read the scripture aloud to the congregation is a very powerful experience!

And the responsorial reading of the Psalms, singing along in plainsong chant with the cantor, sometimes brings me to tears of ecstacy and awe!

✝️ 💒

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Sep 21, 2021 21:39:43   #
Canuckus Deploracus Loc: North of the wall
 
lpnmajor wrote:
You forgot 16; if it appears to disagree with what you wish to be true.................ignore it.


Or make up stuff that's not actually there so you can sleep easier...

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Sep 21, 2021 21:40:34   #
Canuckus Deploracus Loc: North of the wall
 
TommyRadd wrote:


You left one out though:

16: The Devil will tell you to believe the Bible says things that it doesn’t, just like he did in the Garden when he told Eve she would be like god, just for knowing good and evil, and that’s why she should disobey God’s commandment!

Otherwise, great list and great advice!
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Much better worded than my first reply

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Sep 21, 2021 22:04:22   #
TommyRadd Loc: Midwest USA
 
Bad Bob wrote:
What language did the Devil use?


All we need to know is what he said, and that Eve understood what he said. She admitted that the serpent beguiled her.

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