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BIBLE STUDY: Truths and Lies About The Bible (Part 1)

The problem with most of Christian America today, is not that they are ignorant; it’s just that they know so much about God and The Bible that just isn’t true!

A Brief Analogy:

When I first attended the Police Academy, many years ago, part of that very intensive course of study was Defensive Tactics. The instructors began to teach the recruits “basic” knife defense techniques from a “certified” course curriculum.

I knew from my Marine Corps hand-to-hand combat training, that what those instructors were teaching the recruits, DID NOT work in real life! It worked in class, on a slow motion, docile training partner with a rubber knife; but it would never work when tested in the real world with a real knife! In the academy, I had once again become a recruit. I was expected not make any waves. Certainly, I could NOT challenge an instructor; I had to do it “their” way for my practical examination, or I would not graduate and I never would get that shiny badge.

I remember being deeply frustrated that so many new Police Officers were hitting the streets, having total confidence in un-tested concepts. What they had learned wasn’t grounded in reality, and would likely cause those same Police Officers, to suffer serious bodily injury and/or death; the first time they tried to use those techniques on a real guy with a knife!

That frustration led me to seek out the real truths of edged weapon conflicts, and eventually allowed me the privilege of training with, and learning from, some great Grand Masters of the blade. By proving what worked and what didn’t, I was able to take my Marine Corps combat skills to a much higher level than I ever thought possible; it fundamentally altered everything I thought I knew about fighting with a knife! I also felt compelled to fix the problem and to complete the circle; to replace fiction with fact. I became an academy instructor myself, and for many years taught new and seasoned cops to replace untested concepts with proven truths.

Same Concept, Different Subject

Now let’s look at this same concept but with a different subject matter. Let’s see if we can prove some truths, and test some un-tested concepts - that many Christians are being taught and really believe today.

I think it is interesting that the Bible uses the analogy of a sharp, two-edged sword to describe the Word of God (Isaiah 49:2 / Ephesians 6:17 / Hebrews 4:12). You cannot handle any sharp two-edge blade haphazardly. If you don’t handle it properly, you will get cut to pieces - just as easily as your enemy will! That is exactly what Jesus Christ promises to do, when he returns to this earth; to all the nations of the earth, and to many, many “Christians” who didn’t respect the sharpness (or authority) of His eternal Word (Revelation 19:15-16)!

What I didn’t know about knife fighting, but thought I did; was even more true with what I thought I knew about the Bible! I grew up in a Christian family, went to Sunday school and church every week. My family and I participated in all the church activities, and I grew up with quite an extensive library of Christian themed books, which I read and re-read regularly. How was it then that I could learn so much about something that just wasn’t true?

Discovering the truth about the Truth

Suppose you discovered one day that most of what you thought you knew about the Bible, or God’s Plan for mankind, was not true. Would you want to know the real Truth? Let’s say you discovered that only half of what you “believed” to be the Truth of God - actually was? Would you be upset at your ignorance, or with your Sunday school teacher - who fed you that misinformation which you believed without question? The problem with most of Christian America today, is not that they are ignorant; it’s just that they know so much about God and The Bible that just isn’t true!

Now, before you start thinking that I am not a follower of Christ… I am! I am a servant of the Creator God who made heaven and earth; and of His Son Jesus the Christ, the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel, who is risen from the dead and is the first fruits of all who have died in Christ. I do confess to you the name of Jesus, who is KING of kings and LORD of lords!

However, most “Christians” as we will see, do not know who Jesus really was, what He said (John 12:49-50), what He did, and what He promises to do very soon upon His return to this earth!

Jesus Christ said He came in the flesh to begin the process of bringing His government (the Gospel of the Coming Kingdom of God) to the entire earth (Luke 16:16 / Luke 4:43 / Matthew 9:35 / Matthew 6:33 / Matthew 6:10). A process which would start off small, and then grow, until ALL of the world’s population, to include everyone who has ever lived throughout history, followed ALL of His Commandments and precepts just like He and His Disciples did. Only then will Christ deliver the Kingdom of God on earth to His Father in heaven (Ezekiel 37:18-28 / 1 Corinthians 15:24 / Revelation 21:1-8).

Truths and Lies About The Bible:

The Bible is the best-selling book, of all time, worldwide. If we stacked up just the Bibles in America, they would rise up over 29 million feet (almost 1,000 times the height of Mount Everest)? The average American family owns at least three Bibles, The American Bible Society hands out 5 million more each year, and there is now a bible in more than a million and a half hotel rooms. How then is it possible that the Bible is the least read, and the most misunderstood book, in over 90 percent of U.S. households today? The answer may surprise you!

TRUTH # 1: Satan Has Deceived The Whole World!

 -What did Jesus & The Bible say about false gospels and false teachers (Matthew 7:15, 24:4-5, 11, 24/ Galatians 1:8-9)?

-What did Jesus say about false churches (Matthew 15:8-9/ 6:5)?

Jesus says that one can worship Him, to no purpose – uselessly, if the doctrines on which that worship is based, have as their source  man's erroneous ideas about how to interpret Scripture, rather than on the plain, intended teaching of the His Word!

According to Scripture, many of the people who go to “church” today, those who even confess the name of “Jesus”; will be rejected by Christ at His return, because they believed and followed a false doctrine (Luke 13:24-29 / Matthew 7:21-24)? Did these people change the way they worshipped God, and make their religion something different, from the clear path God instructed them to follow (Deuteronomy 12:28-32)?

It is amazing to consider the possibility that hundreds of millions of people, who call themselves Christians – all around the world, may have been deceived by that crafty old dragon, Lucifer! But if we are being honest with ourselves, and taking Jesus Christ at His Word - that false prophets and teachers will come and deceive “many”; we have to entertain that possibility!

God tell us to test doctrines, to test spirits, and that His Holy Spirit “in us” will discern Truth from error (1 John 4:1-6).

Do you remember what two things the Jews in Berea did, that made them more noble than those in Thessalonica, and helped them to understand and believe the Gospel (Acts 17:10-12)? They didn’t even believe an apostle at face value, but proved to themselves each truth, from the pages of the Bible!

How about you? Have you been deceived? Have you been taught correctly, and do you believe the real Truth of the Bible? Has your understanding of scripture come from God or from Satan? It is an interesting question - you must admit; considering that Jesus Christ, himself, said that “many” will be deceived by Satan into believing his lies (Matthew 24:24/ 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11).

Do you have PROOF that what you think you know - about God and His Word - is really true? Is each one of your beliefs backed by Scripture? Are you sure? If I asked you just to furnish me proof that you really love God, could you do it? We cannot rely on just your faith, or your absolute insistence alone! As we shall see, the Bible says there is a way to prove who loves God and who does not. The Bible says God’s People have a definite “sign” to show an evil world who follows God and who does not. Are you willing to take the test? Do you have “the sign” of God (Ezekiel 20:12 / Exodus 31:13)? Let’s see!

The Proof is in the Pudding! Let’s test our assumptions, let’s furnish proof of our convictions, and see where we really stand – when we compare our beliefs to the Words of Jesus Christ!

The Bible says that some ministers will twist the Word of God, spinning it to their own ends (2 Peter 3:16), and simply dismiss or ignore other scriptures that don’t support their own ideas or doctrine. True ministers of God will never twist what God says (2 Corinthians 4:1-7).

The Bible is pretty clear that Satan and his demons have deceived the whole world (Revelation 12:9). The only way God’s elect can remain un-affected or un-infected is to test everything with the Word of God. God’s people should be so into His Word, that even when things seem to go terribly wrong, they choose not to trust what they see or hear or feel; but rather what God’s Word tells them to believe (Matthew 4:4)!

Most Christians do not study their Bibles, they are not intimate with God’s Word. They rely on what others tell them about the Bible, instead of seeing it and hearing it for themselves. We need to live the Bible! It needs to be our instruction manual in every situation (2 Timothy 2:15)!

TRUTH # 2: Satan’s Deception Is Always Subtle

But this deception is subtle, like rust, slowly eating away at the truth, little by little. Have you ever listened to a song several times on the radio, or to a T.V. jingle used to advertise a product with a catchy tune? Without realizing it, you’re hooked… one day you find yourself singing or humming the tune for no apparent reason! That’s exactly how Satan gets his message out there (Ephesians 2:2)! Satan is just like a radio station, broadcasting worldwide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Whether we are actively listening, or not; we all eventually pick up his message and start singing his tune… unless we consciously realize it and reject it!

Most people don’t realize just how powerful Satan is. He is not some little red guy with a pitchfork. The Bible describes him as the god of this world. A god is a pretty powerful being to be compared to! Satan is capable of blinding the minds of people so that they cannot see or believe the truth of God (2 Corinthians 4:4)! Satan has the ability to transform himself into an angel of light, and he can take false apostles, and false ministers, and make them appear as ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)! He is a master of deception!

TRUTH # 3: Most people worship the god of this world (Satan with a Jesus Mask), and don’t even know it!

The Bible says that our breaking of God’s Law has separated us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2 / Jeremiah 5:25). Most don’t even realize they are living and worshipping outside of the way God commands us, due to Satan’s clever deceptions. As a result, God says he doesn’t hear us or our prayers; God will abandon us to Satan’s control and won’t save us, all because of our iniquities (or lawlessness)!

The Bible tells us we are slaves to whom we serve (Romans 6:16, 20). God doesn’t force us to follow Him or His Ways, but he does tell us the Truth! Satan, on the other hand, has the “Whole World in his hands” and has deceived most of his “slaves” to think they are actually worshipping the God of the Bible! It is absolutely remarkable that men can be shackled in chains in prison, and they think they are free, all because they have a “Jesus loves me” poster (printed by Lucifer Publishing) on the wall of their cell!

Let’s continue reading in Isaiah (Isaiah 59:3-4):

“For your hands are defiled with blood (we have killed a third of the U.S. population through “legal” abortion in the last 60 years! Most of these were “Christian” women killing a future son of God) (See Hebrews 2:10), and your fingers with iniquity (working on the Sabbath Day, breaking God’s Commandments); your lips have spoken lies (Sunday is the Lord’s Day, we are not under the Law anymore), your tongue hath muttered perverseness (being gay is just an alternate lifestyle, they were born that way).

“None calleth for justice (Thus sayeth The Lord…), nor any pleadeth for truth (It is written…): they trust in vanity (Science, technology, education, and human wisdom will save us), and speak lies (there is no God, our Founders never intended for us to follow Biblical principles); they conceive mischief (we must educate our children in a secular schools, away from prayer and any mention of God), and bring forth iniquity (make the society sexually promiscuous, driven to worship man’s achievements instead of God’s glory, replace God’s Law with what each person sees as right in their own eyes).”

The World and all of mankind were taken hostage by Satan after the fall of Adam and Eve. Today, almost 6,000 years later, we are still being held captive, cut off from God! The master deceiver, Satan, is a very clever kidnapper - and we ourselves have become so enamored with his dark ways, that most of us have remained “willing captives” ever since!

Truth # 4: The Definition of “Sin” has NEVER Changed!

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the Law: for sin is the transgression of the Law” (1 John 3:4).

This is one of the greatest points in the Bible! It makes total sense that Satan would be all over this one, telling us in response, one of his biggest lies, “Christians are no longer under the Law!” Really? I better check my Bible again!

The difference between what God approves of, and what God does not approve of is called, “Sin”! Read it again, it is written in so simplistic terms that a little child can understand it:”For sin is the transgression of the Law.” Why is it then that so many Bible “scholars” continue to beat this one to death and continue to debate the definition of sin? The reason is so simple, they just don’t want to do what God says… period!

If we break man’s law or commit a crime, there is a fine or penalty that must be paid. Likewise, if we break God’s law or His Commandments we also have to pay a fine (Romans 6:23). When we discover what God requires for breaking His Laws, knowing what His Laws actually are should become of extreme importance to us!

Truth # 5: God’s Laws Have Never Been Abolished, and NEVER Will Be Abolished, Never-Ever!

Despite many attempted revisions and mangling of the Word of God by Satan, and the blurring of the Gospel message - beyond recognition, in many churches today; the Words of Jesus Christ still ring true in His Follower’s ears today! Amen!

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18).

Jesus came to fulfill or “verify” (fully preach, perfect, and fill to the full) the Ten Commandments. If anything, Jesus gave us examples of how the Ten Commandments were made even “more binding” on us (Matthew 5:21-22)! Jesus DID NOT abolish the Commandments, he magnified them (Isaiah 42:21 / Romans 3:31)! Jesus Christ firmly established the Law!

Truth # 6: You Cannot Love God Without Keeping His Commandments! All of Them!

Everyone who loves God will obey God! (1 John 5:2-4) Everything about God is perfect, including His Law (Romans 7:12 14 / Psalms 19:7-8)! Blessings only flow from keeping God’s Commandments. The Bible is God’s instruction manual, given to mankind out of God’s LOVE for us! When we love God, we follow that instruction manual to the letter (Romans 13:10)! The Bible defines “Love” as “Obedience to God’s Law” (John 14:15)! It tells us plainly, and in simple terms - how to live in success, happiness, and in abundance!

As we have seen, and NOW proven from the Word of God: You cannot profess to love God, and be truthful (or full of TRUTH), without keeping God’s Commandments! When one obeys God’s Law, they are practicing “Love” of God and love of their fellow man! Obeying the first four commandments (Exodus 20:1-11) demonstrates our love toward God, obeying the last six commandments demonstrates our love toward our fellow man (Exodus 20:12-20). Sadly, many in American churches (Matthew 23:27) do not even know these laws, let alone keep them anymore. Therefore, they do not really love God – by God’s definition, not mine; despite what they may profess (Mark 7:6-9).

Truth # 7: Keeping The Annual Feasts of The Lord Is Still Commanded By God (Leviticus 23:1-44 / Exodus 23:14)!

God does allow us to keep our own customs and traditions (2 Thessalonians 2:15), but never when they are of pagan origin or conflict with the Word of God! (Deuteronomy 12: 1-4, 28-32). Many people in our society reject God’s clear instructions and warning here. They also reject His Commanded Feasts or Holy Days; instead choosing to keep holidays of distinctly pagan origins (1 John 2:3-4). Some clear examples of keeping man-made holidays – with very pagan origins are found in the keeping of Christmas (Jeremiah 10:1-5, 10-15, 21,23-24), Easter, Halloween, and Sunday keeping (Leviticus 23:1-3 / Exodus 31:14-18).

Take John’s warning to heart, and investigate if you are worshipping Jesus Christ in vain (1 John 2:4-6 / Matthew 15:9-10 / Mark 7:7 / Isaiah 29:13 / Colossians 2:22)! Research in detail how Jesus and His Disciples worshipped the Father. Do not assume this warning was meant for others; assume it was meant for you! Investigate why you believe as you do, investigate why you keep popular man-made traditions and neglect the eternal ordinance of God (Leviticus 23:2 /Exodus 12:14 / John 10:35).

Jesus said in the last days the world’s ministers, like the Pharisees, would preach false doctrines to lead people away from God. If Jesus was here in the flesh today, he would use the same standard – The Word of God, to indict them too!

Truth #8: We Are Saved By Grace Alone, But Faith in God - Without Works (or Obedience To The Law) Is Dead! Both are Required!

Being obedient to the Law of God, and keeping the Ten Commandments is NOT Legalism! Salvation is still by grace.

Grace (John 3:16) is a demonstration of God’s love toward us. Obedience to God (your works) or keeping God’s Law is our demonstration of love toward God. It is impossible to have Faith in God, to love Jesus as our Savior, without the indicator of works in our life (James 2:17-18, 20). Works does not mean we are trying to earn salvation – we cannot! It is completely a gift from God! However, obedience to God’s Law (works) is what makes our faith perfect (James 2:20-22)! Salvation is a free gift from God; but only those who obey Him, who qualify or meet God’s conditions, after being washed clean by the Blood of Christ – and receive God’s Holy Spirit, will receive God’s offer of eternal life! Grace is not an open invitation to be lawless (Romans 6:1-15), but an opportunity to let Christ live in us and through us (Ephesians 2:4-5,9-10)!

The sad state of affairs today is that the vast majority of Americans are Bible illiterates (Hosea 4:6). They simply have never read the book which they profess to regard as the “Word of God”. If we are to change this, we must begin using the Bible as our primary source of education, to learn about God and His teachings (Matthew 6:33)!Part 2 of this study is available at: http://onug.us/content/bible-study-truths-and-lies-about-bible-part-2 

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