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JESUS—HEROD’S “TRIAL’, THE “ ROBE” & USING TRANSLATIONS

JESUS—HEROD’S “TRIAL’, THE “ ROBE” & USING TRANSLATIONS

“Then Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Finally, they put a royal robe on him and sent him back to Pilate”—Luke 23:11 NLT

Pilate could not find anything wrong with Jesus, and hoped to evade responsibility for Jesus by shifting him over to Herod, who happened to be in town for the major festival of Passover. But to Herod Jesus is only a curiosity (Lk 23:8,9), and a joke (Lk 23:11). Since Jesus refused to answer Herod’s many questions, Herod gets tired of it after awhile, and sends Jesus back to Pilate. But before he does, they put a robe on Jesus to crown their mockery of him. The robe and its color are difficult to describe, at least in English. This is only a minor detail, of course, but notice how many different ways and colors this robe is described in various Bible translations: read more

What sincere beliefs must a person hold in order to be a Christian?

What sincere beliefs must a person hold in order to be a Christian?

Many people in the world today call themselves “Christian,” but there are so many conflicting beliefs and doctrines taught among these people. So what beliefs must a person hold in order to be a true Christian? In order to answer this question, we need to look to God’s Word. Let’s see what the Bible has to say.

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Christians view the Bible as God’s revelation to humanity

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) So the first point is that one must believe that God exists, and becomes the rewarder of those sincerely seeking him. read more

The Bible Completely Equips Us and Does Not Need to Be Supplemented

The Bible Completely Equips Us and Does Not Need to Be Supplemented

Many people professing to be Christians today believe the Bible is useful but incomplete and needs to be supplemented by their own teachings and writings. But is this the case?

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17) The Bible completely equips Christians because it is the only divinely inspired writing.

“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” (Prov 30:5-6) The Bible is perfect because it is God’s Word and does not need to be supplemented. read more

Why Many Do Not Believe

Why Many Do Not Believe

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Why do many people not believe in God?

Why do many people not believe in God or his word the Bible? Why are so many people lacking faith? A person with genuine Bible-based faith is referred to as “one who sees Him who is invisible.” (Heb 11:27 CSB)

In one special case, Elisha’s servant was given the ability to see otherwise invisible angelic forces, arrayed against the Syrian army: “And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. read more

Is the New Testament based on eyewitness testimony?

Is the New Testament based on eyewitness testimony?

Is the New Testament based on eyewitness testimony? Let’s examine the Bible to find out.

Is the NT based on eyewitness testimony?
Is the NT based on eyewitness testimony?

“Draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses.” (Lk 1:1-2 NIV) The Bible writer Luke based his accounts on eyewitness testimony.

“You are eyewitnesses of these things.” (Lk 24:48 NIV) Jesus told his disciples they were eyewitnesses.

“This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also may continue to believe.” (Jn 19:35 NLT) – Spoken by the Apostle John. read more

Bible Authenticity – Is the Bible Reliable?

Bible Authenticity – Is the Bible Reliable?

Is the Bible reliable?
Can the Bible be trusted?

Is the Bible reliable? Does it contain myths, or are the stories true? Did the writers simply write down stories they had heard from other people, or did they experience the things firsthand that they wrote about?

The Bible is not made up of cleverly devised fables or myths. Many of the Bible writers were actually eyewitnesses of their written accounts. (1 Peter 5:1) Eyewitnesses also handed down their accounts to others who carefully researched these things. (Luke 1:1-3) Still others studied and pondered. (Ecclesiastes 12:9-10) But none came from human will. (2 Peter 1:21) All scripture was inspired by God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) read more

Priesthood of the Believer

Priesthood of the Believer

Heb 10:19 – “We have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus.” – NIV
Each believer has access to God, secured by Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection. Access is, therefore, through Jesus alone.

Eph 2:18 – “Through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” – NIV
All people, Jew and non-Jew, have access to the Father through Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

1 Tim 2:5 – “There is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” – NIV
We have direct access through Jesus, without any human or organizational intermediaries.
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Introduction – Where is the Trinity?

Introduction – Where is the Trinity?

In the 27 books of the New Testament (NT), this core doctrine of most Protestant, Catholic, and non-denominational  churches should be prolific and abundantly clear. Is it?

Each book has certain statements of its main points, its core ideas. Church leaders generally assert that Jesus is God. If this is true, we should see this clearly in the NT. Is it?

There should be numerous and clear statements in the NT that Jesus is God the Father, or God the Son, or both – if this is true. Since this is the main doctrine of who God and Jesus are, according to most churches, identity statements in the NT should make this clear. Do they? read more

MYTH: THE BIBLE IS UNRELIABLE AND NOT TO BE TRUSTED

MYTH: THE BIBLE IS UNRELIABLE AND NOT TO BE TRUSTED

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Is the Bible a trustworthy document? Are the Scriptures I true as written? Or are they full of myths that may have I symbolic value but little if any basis in fact? People have mm been questioning the biblical record almost from its be­ginnings. Peter, for instance, encountered skepticism as he presented the gospel in the first century His claims about Je­sus were nothing but cleverly devised fables, some said—a charge he vehemently denied (2 Pet. 1:16). Today the Bible’s credibility and au­thority are still attacked. Yet how many of its critics have carefully studied its teaching? How many have even looked at the story of how it came to be written? read more