I’m concerned that many, both Christians and non-believers, have misunderstood God and who He is. They have taken the scriptures out of context and have twisted them to suit their own needs and desires. Non-believers have made the wrong assumptions of God because of another’s improper relationship with God and some Christians are simply relying on the latest best selling “Christian” authors, but in fact are some very creative False Teachers. My hope is to point out that God is who He says He is and with the use of scripture, the Bible will serve as our compass and reference guide. I believe that all true followers of Jesus will be held accountable for knowing the truth and will be judged for not having shared that truth with anyone that might be in error of the scriptures, including myself. I hope to examine our culture and how Christians should be addressing important issues, based on God’s Word. This is a way for believers (including myself) to search our lives, hearts and intentions. I also hope it will serve as a catapoult to give Christians the discernment into God’s true character and nature. It will serve to provide a deeper understanding of His love for us and to be able to recognize when God is being misrepresented by a false ideology (what the scriptures calls “doctrines of demons”) and to research what scripture actually says.
One thing I love about God is that He chose to send Jesus to earth at a very specific time. It was a time when Hebrew and Greek were the dominant languages and also included Aramaic. I speak fluently in Spanish and there are many words that can have more than one meaning in Spanish. For example, the word for “foot” in Spanish, has two words: “pie”and “pata.” One must be careful when using this word because “pie” refers to a human foot, whereas, “pata” refers to an animal’s foot. It would be considered ride and inappropriate to tell a person they had an animal’s foot! There are also some words that contain deeper meanings, but have no direct translation into English. Let’s explore the similarities of Hebrew and Greek.
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Value of Wisdom
2 “My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
2 making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
3 yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 guarding the paths of justice
and watching over the way of his saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
10 for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you,
12 delivering you from the way of evil,
from men of perverted speech,
13 who forsake the paths of uprightness
to walk in the ways of darkness,
14 who rejoice in doing evil
and delight in the perverseness of evil,
15 men whose paths are crooked,
and who are devious in their ways.”
Sometimes, Hebrew and Greek have words with very intense meanings, but when translated, the intensity is dwindled down, immensely. There are words in English that simply do not do the original meaning, any justice. However,I still find it fascinating that God chose that specific time in History to reach out to humanity. Jesus began His ministry at a time when the world’s dominant languages were Hebrew and Greek. The old testament was written in Hebrew because it was the given language to the Jewish nation of Israel. It was itself, perhaps, the most effective time for scripture to be written in the two most powerful languages because of their rich meanings.
One Hebrew term for the word, “know” is “yada.” If using a Bible concordance, one can look it up in Strong’s concordance as #3045. To know someone in English is general, “to have knowledge”, “to meet” or “to understand.” In Hebrew, this particular word, “yada” (to know) means to “enter into covenant together.” That is so much deeper than a general acquaintance! A covenant is an everlasting partnership that encompasses the entire being of the parties involved. So when we read that God wants to know humanity, it is not as general. God tells us throughout the Biblical scriptures that He is a knowable God, but in the most intimate way. He has made Himself known throughout scripture, nature and most importantly, through His Son, Jesus Christ. There are no other two languages that are truly rich in their original meanings, so when searching through the scriptures, one will find the Bible to actually be more descriptive, than in any other book because of how Hebrew and Greek are structured, linguistically.
Stay tuned for discovering who and what God is and is not. I’ll be posting on my blog many things that will ruffle some feathers, offend the masses and possibly cause many to re-think about the context of scripture and how some thinking today, actually does not line up with the Word of God. It is to inform, correct and warn Christians about the danger of being a carnal Christian and being what Jesus calls, “lukewarm.” In no way do I intend to come across as condemning because that is only for God to judge. I merely want to examine the difference between reacting to our own emotions versus actually doing what God expects of us through His Word.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
What Some People Say (including some Christians)
“God is more tolerant today than in times past.”
“God doesn’t love me, if He did, I wouldn’t be going through pain, this crisis.”
“A loving God would never allow someone to go to a place like Hell.”
“I don’t speak out because God doesn’t want me to offend anyone.”
“Not even sweet baby Jesus came into this world to judge, so how dare you judge me.”
“all religions lead to heaven.”
“I’m a good person, I pay my taxes, make donations, have no enemies. When I come face to face with God, He’ll let me in. We can always work something out. I’ll worry about that later.”
“God wants me to be happy, if my spouse doesn’t make me happy, I can just divorce them and find the right person that will make me happy. It’s what God would want.”
“I don’t share the gospel because God didn’t bless me with the gift of evangelism.”
“If God really was a God of love, He would not have allowed my loved one to die.”
“I don’t spank my child because it is no longer considered “socially acceptable.”
“I believe in God, I just don’t consider myself to be ‘Churchy.”
“we’re all god’s children, in the end, so it doesn’t matter what religion you are.”
“I believe some of the Bible is true, but I’m not sure about the rest.”