Mankind may find the cradle of civilization in Mesopotamia which gave us a treasure of many valuable inventions, discoveries and stories. Many may say that it was here that agriculture began, but they should know that already long before that age, people tried to cultivate the earth to extract edible products from it. Several people [...]
For centuries humanity has wondered how the world came into existence and how and why it is that there is so much suffering in this world. Many sought the cause of beings or gods existing outside of humanity while the Torah focuses on just one God Who would be the Cause of everything.
The world shall have to recognise that there is a Source of beginning and life, or a divine Cause for everything. The divine Source is the only One Who can create out of nothing whilst man has always to use something which is already existing to come to a new creation.
By the different peoples of the world we can find very similar myths in an effort to explain the beginning, of everything from nothing, by a divine intelligence or a Source of life.
Willing to communicate with mankind the Elohim giving them His Torah shot his arrows at mankind [y-r-h, "to shoot (an arrow),"] and gave them a first teacher or instructor of God's Laws, hence also often called Torat Moshe. Moshe not writing down a Fable or Fairy tale, but bringing a real life story of man or history of the peoples in an easy way to remember.
Man created by the Elohim with a special intention, Him giving them His Torah [coming from the root y–r–h, “to shoot (an arrow)”] shooting at mankind to go deep into their heart.
After the wrong choice and action of the first human beings the elohim had no other choice than to bring over man the curse He had warned them for. But out of love for His creatures He also provided straight away a solution against the curse of death and gave man a second chance.
After having brought structure in the cosmic chaos living creatures after their kind, came to populate waters and land. Last but not least human beings got the breath of life in them to multiply on earth.
When living here on earth one best can have a look at the origin of everything. Here we look at the first periods of the total beginnings or the creation of everything and What was behind it.
With the Holy Scriptures we are given words that should have us to come to reflect on our own life and that of others, learning from the lessons given in that library of books. In the various books which make the Bible you may find the words written down by men of God by whom Jehovah put forth His hand, gave them to see and understand, and put His words in their mouth, setting them over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.
When going to read and trying to study the bible it is best to make a plan beforehand, with the knowledge that it is not so useful to just read the book in one go once in a lifetime. It is a library of 66 books which demands repetitive reading, not confusing or taking additional human notes as being part of God's Words.
Many christians who have the idea that Jesus would be an incarnation of God forget the Words of God Himself about incarnation and how the many gods, called in the Bible are often called incarnations, like Apis the Egyptian bull being an incarnation of the god Osiris, whose successor Horus also came to earth in the incarnated god Pharaoh and had a conflict with another person (Moses) also named god in the bible. Here you may find one of the first reasons why it is so important always to remember who is talking and what this person says about others and about specific situations or actions.
Though even the Bible speaking in an ancient Voice the Most High Creator took care that His Words would spread all over the world and would reach the many different peoples in a language they can understand.
To be careful and to remember
John Walton writes
God … adopted the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.
or “we could say incarnated Himself” writes who regularly preaches at Bethany Community Church. With that incarnation he probably does mean something different than what we would understand by bringing life into His Word. Naturally we do know the Almighty never incarnated into something or some one. But what God provided, was that God His Word came to the people
“in the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.”
or, as John Walton puts it,
“[The Bible’s] message transcends the culture in which it originated, but the form in which the message was imbedded was fully permeated by the ancient culture.”
We should believe the Bible is authoritative, and we should take the words of those 66 different books as containing all the necessary.
We may never forget that
We need to be open to letting the Bible speak in its own voice, not in ours.
This is so often forgotten by lots of people, who prefer to take all those added notes by theologians as more telling than the words in the bible text itself.
When reading the Bible we should know that we have God’s Word in our hands and that we should open our ears to what He is saying. We should be humble enough not to think human beings who went to a theological college would know it better than Him. Reading the Bible is a way of hearing God’s word when we are prepared to have our ears and eyes open for what the Most High wants to tell and show us.
We do have to allow Scripture to guide us on what to do and how to serve the Most High. Whatever happens and whenever in our life we can turn to the Bible. In times of sadness, joy, worry or bereavement there is He Who wants to talk to us. It is up to us to be willing to hear what God has to say.
Being humble with our interpretations, because we aren’t perfect, we always should remember that god’s Word is perfect and does not need any adding by human beings.
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Today, in a short blog post, we are going to try to dive pretty deep theologically and philosophically. I want to begin with a quote from a pretty well-known Biblical scholar at Wheaton, named John Walton, who apparently Larry went to school with, which makes me quite jealous.
Walton writes this, “We must notice that when God wanted to talk to the Israelites about their intellect, emotions, and will, he did not revise their ideas of physiology and feel compelled to reveal the function of the brain. Instead, he adopted the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.”
For me, that last line is incredibly important… “[God] adopted” – or we could say incarnated Himself – “in the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.” What this means is that the message of the Bible is imbedded and formed by the ancient cultures of…
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