I had to step away to pray to seek the right words. And Mike is very right in that, there are no short board answers for you. Please do take him up on his invitational for discussion and prayer. You know he loves you and he is a trustworthy friend. (I do not use that word lightly for you...
But I think an attempt should be made for those participating and those who lurk. You never know what minds watch our board....
Di spoke well with "I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before Me" out of Exodus and Deutoronomy.
There is also Jeremiah 10:10 "But the LORD is the true God
;He is the living God
and the everlasting King..."
John 17:3 "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God
, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Here's a goodie, John 5:44 "How can you believe
, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God
(Yep, I emphasized a few words....)
The only problem is that these are words from the very book you say you have doubts about, so it becomes a useless circular arguement. How can I give you proof when the proof that I trust and cling to is from the very source you do NOT trust? Makes it very hard for me.... **wink, wink**
So, let's start with your own words:
- Quote :
- It wasn't until I started asking WHY that I got
discouraged. It wasnt until I seen how man had messed up and
misinturpreted the bible and its laws that I went to the path I follow
I have asked why also, and sometimes I received answers and sometimes I did not. One thing I noticed right away is the confusion came when I asked strangers for help instead of brothers and sisters.
Now don't get me wrong - sometimes these well meaning brothers and sisters did not give me answers that agreed with my gut. But FIRST AND FOREMOST, my gut KNEW that Jehovah was Lord and King, and that the Bible was His written Word on Earth for us to follow. So logically, the Bible was right, but that MAN had a problem with his finiteness and lack of wisdom. Remember, even you said that MAN had misinterpreted the Bible and it's Laws.
So, back to the source - God Himself and His written Word.
First, yes - there are many, many, many, MANY versions of the Written Word of God. And there are some new ones that are a little wierd, but... this is not a discussion about various translations, KJV only versus all others, blah, blah, blah.
The major and oldest translations - and I define major and oldest as these: KJV & NKJV, ASB & NASB, Amplified, NIV, Young's Literal, Holmes, RSV & NRSV - have all been "proven" as accurate to the old scrolls and historical evidences. These are considered the more "scholarly" versions.
Aside from minor theological arguements within the Christian community, all of these BASICALLY are the same in how they convey God, His power, anger, righteousness, justice, majesty, jealousy, as well as His incredible love for mankind, His grace, His mercy, and the amazing sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, to reconcile mankind back to God.
All of these also portray Jesus in His truest form with His teachings, His miracles, and His mission here on Earth of mankind's restoration and right relationship to His Father.
Global, general concepts for everyday life on earth with God and His people. Love, peace, turn the other cheek, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, take care of widows and orphans, live a life like Jesus, THINK like Jesus, bring my thoughts in line with His, (still working on that one...) share, share, and SHARE, worship God ALONE and respect the earth and animals He gave us. (Yes, there is a WHOLE lot more, but you get the general idea...)
I came to the conclusion that the Bible is RIGHT and man is WRONG. Period.
So I read... and compare... and contrast... and go to a church that TEACHES the Bible and doesn't "interpret" it for me.
So maybe that's where to start, Jim. You had it right when you say MAN messed it up. Quit listening to men, and get back to the Bible. Start there... just reading it again, maybe starting in Matthew with Jesus and His sermon on the mount(ain). **wink, wink**
If you would like a new Bible to start fresh, just let us know. I and sure we can come up with one for you.
Everyone else, provided Jim says yes, want to read with Jim?