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What Is Dividing The Truth

When Timothy, in the NT, mentioned "dividing the truth", what does it mean?

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 ---arnold on 7/22/05
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This is not a complicated question. Rightly dividing the word of truth means to interpret the scriptures correctly. I suggest you read "Christianity In Crisis",by Hank Hanagraff.
---jay on 1/6/11


Actually, this is a strange word in II Tim "orthotoumai" that seems to have been used nowhere else to my knowledge.

It can only properly be calched as "correct cutting"--but calchs are frequently awkward in the receptor language.
---Cluny on 12/24/10


It really says RIGHTLY dividing the truth. What it means is to read the Bible and let the Holy Spirit TEACH it and REVEAL it to you what it truly says through His eyes.
---Leslie on 12/23/10


\\Nevertheless, Saint Augustine is in heaven.
---Kev on 12/23/10\\

Who told you?
---Cluny on 12/23/10


//Nevertheless, Saint Augustine is in heaven.//

Which is an interesting concept? In "pre-orthodoxy" were people saved? What was "heresy" if there was no "orthodoxy?"

Is Arius saved? Origen? Nestorius? These folks and many others were trying to understand the divinity and humanity of Christ and how to articulate Christ, Christology. There are/were almost endless fascets trying to exactly describe Christ's Person.

If He was all human while on earth, what happened to his divinity during that time? If He was all divine, what happened to His humanity? Did He have two minds, divine and human, or one mind, divine or human? Believing which exact truth gets one saved?
---Rod4Him on 12/23/10




Actually, St. Augustine of Hippo had several propositions that the Orthodox Church rejects.
---Cluny on 12/22/10

Nevertheless, Saint Augustine is in heaven.
---Kev on 12/23/10


\\Saint Paul, Saint Augustine, Saint Chrisostom, Saint Gildas, Saint Iohn Wyclif, Archbishop of Thessalonica Nilus, Saint William Tyndale, Saint Iohn Caluin, and Saint Theodore Beza were good Christians. \\

Actually, St. Augustine of Hippo had several propositions that the Orthodox Church rejects.
---Cluny on 12/22/10


Saint Paul, Saint Augustine, Saint Chrisostom, Saint Gildas, Saint Iohn Wyclif, Archbishop of Thessalonica Nilus, Saint William Tyndale, Saint Iohn Caluin, and Saint Theodore Beza were good Christians.

Iohn Caluin quoted the early Church fathers, such as Saint Augustine among others. Therefore, Iohn Caluin's teachings are Apostolicke.

The Church is universal and Apostolike.


Sources:

1. Thomas Matthew's Bible 1537

2. The Protestant Reformer Iohn Foxe's book The Actes and Monuments of Martyrs 1583 edition (Church history)
---Kev on 12/22/10


2 Timothy 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, RIGHTLY dividing the word of truth."

The "word of truth" generally refers to the Bible. Rightly dividing generally means correctly explaining. Or giving an interpretation that is honest & in agreement with the understanding that God intended.
---barbara67 on 6/9/07


Eloy my friend,

"Tenach" is The "Old" Covenant/Testament, ALL of it.
"Brith Chadasha" is The "New" Covenant/Testament, ALL of both, BY GRACE, through Jesus Christ [Matt.5:17, Titus 3:1-9].
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 8/24/05




There are 2 Testaments, O.T. for Before Christ, and N.T. for Anno Domini (in the annual of the Lord). The O.T. is the Levitical Law, and the N.T. is the Judaic Law. We are no longer under the O.T. Law, but presently we are under the N.T. Law, which has superceded the O.T. Law. When preaching we must justly divide the Word appropriately.
---Eloy on 8/7/05


bob6749, that's a nice practical way to explain it's meaning, will add it to my list; glad you posted it.
geraa7578, There has always and ever will be only ONE GOSPEL message to everyone! There were some different "covenants" with various people and also Israel, but all of us are always saved by grace through faith in God; that faith now being in the finished work of Jesus the Messiah, who died on the cross for the sins of all who repent and believe in Him!
---Daniel on 8/6/05


2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) says to Study, was well as Rightly Dividing to the word of truth. Some divide God's word at OT/NT. This how ever is wrong. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is Christ's earthly ministry, fullfilling the prophecy that God put forth. Correct Division is Prophecy and Grace. Israel has one message, Gentiles have another. Galatians 2:7 Gospel of the circumcision and the Gospel of the uncircumcision. 2 separate gospels.
---geraa7578 on 7/23/05


arnold, Please look at BLOG "Explain 2 Timothy 2:15" WHERE Daniel quoted A.T.Robertson in a three-part posting! Basically, "rightly dividing" in the AV ("straight-cutting" in Greek) emphasizes understanding and interpreting God's Word "rightly" (straight, correctly) rather than dividing it! Please write me if you want a further explanation.
---danie9374 on 7/23/05


Knowing what is really being said in the Bible, (which can mean knowing Corna Greek and Hebrew, )and applying it in proper context.
---Ray on 7/22/05


Rightly dividing the Word(s) of Truth, simply means rightly understanding, believing, etc what you read [James 1:5-6]. As in arithmetic, right or wrong answers, done different(?), always yielding the same right answers.
Wrongly dividing the same Word(s) of Truth produces wrong or different answers to the same scripture(s). Hence many different church 'denominations', with few if any 'common denominators', foudationional Creeds, beliefs, etc. God Bless and Maranatha!
---bob6749 on 7/22/05


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Translating the Bible is a difficult exercise. Many words in Greek have different meanings. I am from the Netherlands, my wife from Germany and now I write English... These languages are languages spoken today. Not like Greek. Same text in the New English Translation?
"Dividing" = "... driving a straight furrow, in your proclamation of the truth...." Sometimes you need different translations to understand. Looking for different translations I use www.biblija.net/biblija.cgi
---Ernst9433 on 7/22/05


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