Go To Galilee

None of the accounts of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances contradicts another. Rather, each writer supplemented what a different writer left out. Jesus may have appeared to the disciples a number of times during the forty days on Earth after His resurrection (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:1-7), while the New Testament writers mentioned only the more prominent instances in order to substantiate the fact of His resurrection.
John 20:19-25 ESV
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, Peace be with you. [20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. [21] Jesus said to them again, Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. [23] If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” [24] Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. [25] So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
Luke 24:33-43 ESV
And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, [34] saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” [35] Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. [36] As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” [37] But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. [38] And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? [39] See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” [40] And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. [41] And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” [42] They gave him a piece of broiled fish, [43] and he took it and ate before them.
Matthew 26:32 – ESV

[30] And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. [31] Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ [32] But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” [33] Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” [34] Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”

Matthew 28:7 – ESV

[4] And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. [5] But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. [6] He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. [7] Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” [8] So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. [9] And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.

Matthew 28:16 – ESV

[14] And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” [15] So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day. [16] Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. [17] And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. [18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 

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I am part-time at best . . .

My first wake up duty is to have a duty, to take care of this other person.  Regardless if I am sleeping, eating or doing anything personal, when I hear the call for my assistance, I am to drop what I am doing and immediately find out what the request or need is, twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.  In the time I have been a service provider, I have not done much, or maybe had the opportunity, to do much of the things I would consider to be a major part of my life.  For example, see my children, even talk to them on the phone, work out at the gym, go to the store, library, park.  I have dropped my life in order to live for this one.

When this epiphany I had another one.  Realizing I was sacrificing “this life” for delivering service to another, isn’t that what Jesus has asked of us, as his disciples?

This made me look at my life I lived before this servitude, how much of my life was dedicated to the service of Jesus.  I realized, very little, very little, very little.  I spent most of the time focusing on me and wishing Jesus would step in and make this life, my life better for me so, so I could give Jesus the credit for my good life.

At best, I was a part-time Christian, at best.  The question to becomes, how do I serve Him more.  But from the heart, not the head, not a task, but to walk in the light of Christ by simply being, being a disciple, not having the role.

 

 

 

Faith is Stronger than Reason

Faith is Stronger Than Reason

That is how the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary gives definition to faith in its second definition “Faith is stronger than reason.”

Four events I have read in the Bible cause me to stop and question the strength of my faith in Jesus Christ. The first one is when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Abraham did so without questioning his faith. The second is the story of Joseph who was sold by his brothers to lead an adventurous life of which included being placed in prison and eventually being placed in charge of Egypt. The third is the story of JOB, where everything he had was taken from him but his last breath, yet he would not curse God. The fourth example is of the opposite, it starts with Matthew 8:23, Jesus Christ and the disciples are in a boat on the lake and a furious storm developed, the disciples became so afraid, even though they had Jesus Christ in the boat, they woke him; his statement to his disciples was: Matthew 8:26 “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”.

This last example helps me question my faith. Even though I have accepted Jesus Christ as my savior, in a way, he is in my boat, how do I respond when my life becomes turbulent like the lake did on the disciples. Do I proceed with faith, or do I do what the disciple did, become afraid, and have to wake Jesus Christ to take care of my troubles.

Even if I can recite versus from the Bible, I go to church every week; I engage in church activities, work on knowing about God and Jesus Christ, is my faith as strong as Abraham’s, Joseph’s, and JOB’s. I believe our faith in God, Jesus Christ our savior should far outweigh our knowledge of the Bible. If there is one thing I would teach anyone, it would to have unwavering Faith in God. Is your faith stronger than reason?

My favorite versus from the Bible on Faith are from the Book of James:

James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

James 2:20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.

James 2:25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

 

Part 3 of 3 What is Your Version?

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{This is a comment I got from a friend when I posted What is Your Version?  I found it very informative and well written.  God Bless my friend Dave.}

Friends, please keep in mind that all of our lives we’ve been led down the primrose path. I went to school with at least five of you here. I expect that our backgrounds are relatively similar in many ways. But, our parents and their parents and their parents were all sold a bill of goods. They were all lied to, and in turn taught us those lies.

We now have access to information that dissolves those lies. We are re-connecting in ways that only a few years ago were unimaginable! We also have a huge resource in the internet and books that we can read that have, until now, been stored only in the finest libraries in the world.

When you read you must remember that your preconceived ideas are the result of your upbringing and life experiences. These will hinder your understanding of the Bible. We must become as little children, and learn anew.

Your trusted advisors in life: parents, teachers, ministers, government officials have all been trapped in the same matrix that you were raised in. And, until your eyes have been opened you cannot see the kingdom of God that is all around you.

The kingdom came 2000 years ago, unless Jesus was an impotent incompetent, or a liar. Did He not pray to the Father: Thy Kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven? Well…Was His prayer successful, or not? If it was successful then where is this kingdom? If He was not successful, then He WASN”T the Savior!!!! You decide, there cannot be any other conclusion.

Relax, I can prove the kingdom came. He is the Savior!

But, if you’re reading from the NIV you might not be able to figure an awful lot of things out. The fact is, there are 64,000 alterations from the KJV. In some cases entire verses have simply been clipped from the text! Some of those omissions prevent you from learning the entire story of the life and times of Christ and the apostles. Other words are deliberately altered to LEAD YOU ASTRAY!

Another thing to consider…if ever hauled into court, and asked to give an account of your behavior, you will LOSE your case quoting from the NIV, NASB, or any other version than the KJV. That’s just the way the courts are set up.

I hope this helps.

David

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PART 1 of 3 – What is Your Version?

{This is a comment I got from a friend when I posted What is Your Version?  I found it very informative and well written.  God Bless my friend Dave.}

Please allow me to speak boldly and at length on this topic.

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The modern mind set that “we’re more sophisticated than previous societies” is simply stated out of ignorance of previous civilizations. The fact is,the Roman Empire was so incredibly sophisticated that modern scholars and researchers still cannot comprehend all the complexities of their society.

The laws in Rome are one example of how such a society operated. If one looks at today’s legal system you will find that all throughout the western world, we’ve adopted the Roman model. Go to Webster’s Dictionary…look up the term “Civil Law”. What you will find is it says: Roman Civil Law, this is because the system today is very similar to the system 2000 years ago. This is not accidental! For your friends who are skeptical of the importance of this fact, remind them about the Prophesy of the Kingdoms of the World as written specifically in Daniel and Revelation.

We are living in the last days, of the last days. The final empire of the world before the return of Christ is the Revived Roman Empire. Many of our laws in the USA have been brought forward VERBATIM from the ancient Roman Empire. Another point to consider is that our legal Maxims of Law are brought forward in Latin, the language of ancient Rome.

The one world government/New World Order that so many fear is this same Revived Roman Empire. That is a fact of law and prophesy that can scarcely be denied. All the world is being set up before our eyes to make this NWO happen. All countries are getting on board, and those that are not….are the one’s that the US is either at war with right now, or are threatening with war!

As an aside for those who follow the “we’re wiser than the ancients” argument, check out the website http://www.beforeus.com Get ready to be blown away at their advanced technology!!

As far as Bible Translations are concerneed there is a problem that no one here has addressed, and that is, one actually has to have an incredible amount of historical knowledge about Customs, Traditions, usages, laws, and life of the ancients before they can begin to ascertain how to select a particular word to fit into the context of the sentence and paragraph. However, having said that there are certainly better texts than others.

The first thing that everyone reading the Bible should know is that in order to obtain a Copyright and make a profit on the work of the Prophets, one must SUBSTANTIALLY change the ORIGINAL TEXT!!!! If you are serious about learning more about who God is, and how you should be living your life…do you really want to be reading from a text that has been substantially changed from the original??? I certainly hope not.

My experience has been that as time goes by the translations have a way of becoming worse, not better. Historically, I’ve used the King James Version for my research, but not because it is “so superior”, but simply because so many of the companion texts are keyed to it. For the last 15 years I’ve been using the George Ricker Berry Greek Interlinear, but it also has some weaknesses. Still, for the New Testament, I feel it is probably the very best that anyone could get their hands on.

Con’t….  Part 2 of 3 What is Your Version?

What is Your Version?

What is Your Version?

I wrote this back in 2010. It was motivated by a friend who let me know of the weaknesses of the version I had chosen.  He did not diminish me, he just pointed out some weaknesses he was aware of in my version of the Bible.  His revelation to me, caused me to realize there seemed to be a bit of snobbish people had about the version they chose.    After I published this, he wrote three very long and good comments about the Bible, the translations and versions, all well written and none of it diminished anyone or the version they chose.  I am posting my initial post and the next two posts will be his three comments back to me.  I hope you read them all and leave me your comments, thoughts, ideas!   God Bless!

Here is a link to a PDF file with a lengthy explanation about key issues to look for in Bible translations: How To Compare Bible Versions

What is your version?

This might be a question you get from a fellow Christian and might be used as a way of classifying you as a Christian.

I was never aware there was a debate about which translated version of the Bible is the “best” until a friend of mine just happened to say, “You aren’t using the NIV are you?”  In addition, continued to tell me about a couple ‘acclaimed’ errors in the NIV, which I validated.

This prompted me to do some research on the different versions of the Bible.  My findings were very, very surprising.  Firstly because there is a very heated debate over the versions of the Bible and which one is the ‘best’ or most accurate.  Secondly, I have been around all faiths of Christians my entire life and never heard of this debate, which means I guess I am ignorant.

In short the results of my brief research;

  1. There seems to be as much evidence of inaccuracies of every version.
  1. It is agreed none of the English translations can be considered ‘Devine’ because it is still a translation and even more importantly, we don’t have the true originals to compare.
  1. Many of the arguments against one version or the other are details none other than a true Bible scholar looking for such discrepancies would notice.
  2. The version YOU choose should be based on your desired use.
  3. It is recommended to have more than one version for example the NIV for ease of reading and the NASB for study.

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One concern did come from my research.  There seemed to be a sense of ‘thou greater than you’ if you do not use a particular version.  We already have a division of the churches; debating or separating our brothers and sisters individually by insisting they are not true Christians by the version of the Bible they read is breaking up the church at its foundation, the people!

If your brother and/or sister believe as you do; then embrace and love each other as Jesus Christ commanded of his disciples.

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Links to comments – very good read:

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