This short video takes a logical look at the Bible, it’s source and it’s realities in order to determine it’s validity.
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So, in light of the facts presented in this video, if we accept that the Bible is the Word of God then it follows that we should study the Word to see what God expects of us as his children. Since the Bible came into existence over a 1500 year period, it would be prudent to look at it from a historical perspective first and foremost.
When we look at the Bible’s history, we immediately discover that there are two major distinctions or divisions of the Bible… The Old Testament and the New Testament. These represent two Covenants between God and man and are separated by the most important single event in the history of the world… The death, burial and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. More on that later…
The Old Testament reveals the beginning of time and the journey through time of God’s chosen people, the Nation of Israel. It also reveals the introduction of sin into the world by man causing a separation of man from God. In order for God and man to live together in harmony reconciliation was required. Watch this short video “The Circles of Truth” for an explanation of this.
NOTE: When you decide to do a “Deep Dive” study into God’s Word here are some terms and definitions that are helpful:
1. Commentary: A set of explanation or critical notes on a text. An expression or offering of an explanation.
2. Explanation: Is the form of comments or observation
3. Elucidation: Makes something clear; illuminates, unravel, throw light upon, expound, explain.
4. Interpretation: The action of explaining the meaning of something, to make sense of something.
5. Exegesis*: Critical explanations or interpretation of a text, exposing or the position of the text based on careful objective analysis. The word literally means to lead out of. That means that the interpreter is lead to his conclusion by the text.
6. Eisigesis**: Literal; means the interpretation of a passage based on a subjective, non-analytical leading. The interpreter does the leading into with his own ideas. This is a mishandling of the text.
*Exegesis is concerned with discovering the true meaning of a text, respecting the grammar, syntax, and setting.
**Eisegesis seeks to force the Bible to agree with the interpreter.
7. Syntax: The arrangement of words to create well-formed sentences in a language. In actuality it is a,set of rules in a language. It dictates how words from different parts of speech are put together in order to convey a complete thought.
8. Analysis: Detailed examination of the elements or structure of something. It is a careful study of something to learn what its parts are, what they do and how the relate to each other.
For a “Deep Dive” into the Bible check out “Two Covenants” by Dr Luis R. Lugo.