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Sep 21, 2021 23:06:54   #
Blade_Runner Loc: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
 
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)
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Finally, my Brethren, be strong in the Master, and in the Power of his might.
Put on the Whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6





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Sep 22, 2021 05:39:52   #
Bad Bob Loc: Virginia
 
TommyRadd wrote:
All we need to know is what he said, and that Eve understood what he said. She admitted that the serpent beguiled her.


Who was the 3rd person there?

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Sep 22, 2021 09:43:02   #
TexaCan Loc: Heart in W Texas - feet on the beach in Al.
 
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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Each person, especially Christians, should steer clear of theologians of today and yesterday, and depend on The Word and not their words! The Holy Spirit was our gift when we each accepted Jesus Christ, the Son of God and 2nd of the Trinity, as our Savior. He is the one that will guide us………not a person who has declared that he and he alone has been given a new revelation of interpretation! We are warned:


Acts 20:28-30

28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.

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Sep 23, 2021 11:11:19   #
Roamin' Catholic Loc: the Frozen Tundra
 
Bad Bob wrote:
Who was the 3rd person there?


God

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Sep 23, 2021 11:23:16   #
Bad Bob Loc: Virginia
 
Roamin' Catholic wrote:
God


Did God write Genisus?

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Sep 23, 2021 15:00:31   #
Rose42
 
Bad Bob wrote:
Did God write Genisus?


Why do you troll?

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Sep 23, 2021 15:02:43   #
Bad Bob Loc: Virginia
 
Rose42 wrote:
Why do you troll?


No answer?

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Sep 23, 2021 17:01:36   #
Rose42
 
Bad Bob wrote:
No answer?


You don’t care about the answer, you just want to troll with endless questions.

So why do you troll?

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Sep 23, 2021 17:07:50   #
Roamin' Catholic Loc: the Frozen Tundra
 
Bad Bob wrote:
Did God write Genisus?


God definitely created Moses, and it was most likely Moses that wrote Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The Torah. Prior to Moses, Hebrew history was carefully passed down by word of mouth only.

God created Moses to be the leader of His chosen people, the Hebrews. Moses was taught to read and write by the royal scribes in the court of Pharoah. He went on to write the Torah.

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Sep 24, 2021 10:39:05   #
TommyRadd Loc: Midwest USA
 
Rose42 wrote:
You don’t care about the answer, you just want to troll with endless questions.

So why do you troll?


My feelings exactly. Endless questions only produce strife. If that isn't the purpose and goal of the questions, what is?

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Sep 24, 2021 10:46:24   #
Rose42
 
TommyRadd wrote:
My feelings exactly. Endless questions only produce strife. If that isn't the purpose and goal of the questions, what is?


He used to troll the daily devotional thread but never really got anywhere. He is here just to annoy people

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Sep 24, 2021 11:11:24   #
TommyRadd Loc: Midwest USA
 
TexaCan wrote:
... We are warned:
Acts 20:28-30
28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.



Thank you for engaging in conversation with me by commenting on my post.

It is also written:

"But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves.” James 1:22

And again,
“As I urged you…that you might command certain men not to teach a different doctrine.” 1 Timothy 1:3

You do realize, he was specifically commanding people to not teach beyond what they taught in the scriptures, right?

“Now these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that in us you might learn not to think beyond the things which are written, that none of you be puffed up against one another.” 1 Corinthians 4:6

Peter referred to being, “established in the present truth” that he and the other apostles delivered:

12Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you of these things, though you know them, and are established in the present truth. 13I think it right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you; 14knowing that the putting off of my tent comes swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15Yes, I will make every effort that you may always be able to remember these things even after my departure.” 2 Peter 1:12-15

“1This is now, beloved, the second letter that I have written to you; and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind by reminding you; 2that you should remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandments of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior” 2 Peter 3:1-2

Paul also wrote:

“17Now I beg you, brothers, look out for those who are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the teachings which you learned, and turn away from them. 18For those who are such don't serve our Lord, Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of the innocent.” Romans 16:17-18

So tell me, how much time, care, and effort, do you, personally, take to check and purge yourself of beliefs that originated and were developed after the writing of the New Testament? Do you just automatically presume that what you have been taught, and the way you interpret scriptures, is the way the earliest disciples of Christ read and understood them? And what is your attitude when others challenge you regarding your extra-biblical beliefs?

Here's the attitude we are supposed to have:

“21Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22But be doers of the word…” James 1:21-22

Note that Jesus said who it is that talk about keeping the commandments to others but don't keep them themselves:

“1Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, 2saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses' seat. 3All things therefore whatever they tell you to observe, observe and do, but don't do their works; for they say, and don't do. 4For they bind heavy burdens that are grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not lift a finger to help them.” Matthew 23:1-4

“1Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying, 2"Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don't wash their hands when they eat bread." 3He answered them, "Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.' 5But you say, 'Whoever may tell his father or his mother, "Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to God," 6he shall not honor his father or mother.' You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition. 7You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 8'These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine rules made by men.'" Matthew 15:1-9

Do you have the same heart as Jesus did–negatively–towards the traditions of men, in saying that they negate and make null true worship? Or do you make every attempt to elevate the extrabiblical traditions of men on a level at or above the God-breathed Scriptures just like the false professors did in Jesus’ day?

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Sep 24, 2021 11:11:58   #
TommyRadd Loc: Midwest USA
 
Rose42 wrote:
He used to troll the daily devotional thread but never really got anywhere. He is here just to annoy people


It appears to be his m.o. politically as well.

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Sep 24, 2021 11:24:35   #
Canuckus Deploracus Loc: North of the wall
 
TommyRadd wrote:
It appears to be his m.o. politically as well.


He has his beliefs, and defends them fairly well....

He does tend to disengage when he loses interest...

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Sep 24, 2021 11:42:03   #
Bad Bob Loc: Virginia
 
TommyRadd wrote:
My feelings exactly. Endless questions only produce strife. If that isn't the purpose and goal of the questions, what is?


Why would a question cause strife? Maybe to think a little?

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