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Is The Bible The Only Book

Is other literature good for Christians to learn than the Bible?

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Amen Mark. I have read many writers who I do not believe teach everything correctly. Yet their Christian walk and trust still inspires me.

I love the book Pilgrams Progess. So often the passages remind me of my walk in life.
---Samuel on 2/11/11


Samuel, I agree with you totally. I believe many Christians do not make the effort. They are happy where they are at and do not want to go further then what they already know. At the Catholic Church I attended 22 years ago, I saw few people with a Bible, yet had one at home. They depend on the Church to teach the Truth. There is so much to learn and we will never know it all. many great man came before us that God put there for us to help us and teach us. But we always have to remember that man fail. God never fails. So His word is forever. Most writers also have their backgrounds and might be different in one doctrine because they interpret something differently then you. That is why we should compare Scripture with Scripture to know Truth.
---Mark_V. on 2/11/11


The Bible is the standard by which all truth should be judged. But that does not mean that there are no other good books. I like the point about history telling us about the background of Bible passages.

I have read books by Christians who lived before me. They have been a great help.
---Samuel on 2/10/11


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---tonne on 2/7/11


Steve, thank you for your answer. That is true what you said, many times you get a negative response because they got it from the wrong source. If you notice when you look for a word, or denomination on the website, you will see there are other sources who oppose what such a person said, some coming from another denomination or just a person. It is very important that we check because of that. What the Pope says, is normally true that he said what he did, but not always truth about what he talked about. After all, he is human, just like everyone else. And we have had so many terrible ones in history. That is what leads others to oppose the denomination. We should still speak for the Truth.
---Mark_V. on 2/2/11




the Truth of the Word is becoming more apparent as men keep 'interpreting' the words in the Bible (all ??? versions of them).
---aka on 2/1/11


Much literature is good, yes, some may be harmful
---Peter on 2/1/11


Sissy: There are many books suitable for Christian consumption, but the Bible is the singular authority by which ALL doctrine is to be tested.

Isa 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
---jerry6593 on 2/1/11


MarkV: It was not that. It was that a person (on this site) claimed the Pope had SAID something about paedophilia (it was on a blog earlier, about 2 months ago).

When I found the Pope's speech (on the Vatican website), I found he (the Pope) had actually said the opposite

I know what you mean, but when it is the words spoken by the head of a church, i think we can take it that what is written on the church's website is reliable
---Steve on 2/1/11


Steve, concerning the RCC website, it is the same for all denominations websites, you will never find the wrongs they have done through history on their website. They only speak on what they want you to know. So in order to get the Truth of what they teach is to study from all sources outside of their denomination and then study what they teach to compare what they say. There is so much material from theologians who know the history of the Church. In the case of Scripture there is many great man that God gifted to teach us and be there for all of us, to not only receive Scripture in our language, by preserving the Word but to also help us in our ministry life on areas we have problems with.
---Mark_V. on 1/31/11




Other literature is good if it makes us stronger in Christ (this may also be by helping us to enjoy things, such as the literature we read - if we need something to enjoy, and the literature is not dangerous, why not?)
---Steve on 1/29/11


\\What we don't need is to add to Scripture what is not there. But to find out what's there already, and find out what it means by searching.\\
---Mark_V. on 1/29/11


MarkV,
Exactly right. From what I have studied about varoius heresies, most have come from someone trying to read ONLY the bible.

Then they start having visions about heaven, or angels giving them certain "instructions", denying the nature of Christ, etc.

All from a probably sincere attempt at understanding the bible, but a refusal to be subject to others who have spent their entire life studying.
---James_L on 1/29/11


Christian-- The KJV of the Bible is sometime taught as "literature"...justifiably so. Parts of it are pure poetry.
And, in general, no classic of English literature is more beautifully written.
---Donna66 on 1/28/11


James L, you are correct, we need to look at what the customs were at the time the context was written. What is most needed we have in Scripture. In Mark 7 for example, Jesus upbraids the Pharisees soundly for their concept of corban. If we do not know what corban is and what it meant at that time, we will never understand why Jesus was upset with them. Without a knowledge of the cultural practice of corban, we would be unable to understand this passages. What we don't need is to add to Scripture what is not there. But to find out what's there already, and find out what it means by searching.
---Mark_V. on 1/29/11


alan8566_of_uk: For the Orthodox church, I can only say for the Orthodox church in Greece, where I live. Here it is easier, as the original NT was written in Greek, which hasn't changed my (I still read the original, though English is my first language and I never learnt anciant Greek).

So I take it that those Orthodox Christians who know Greek still read it as it was originally written

Others, I'm not sure
---Peter on 1/28/11


Mark V: When I read accusations agaist the RCC last time on this site, the defence WAS on the RCC site: that someone MADE UP the accusation - if only he had bothered to read before accusing

We probably do the same here every day, every hour

Do not bear false witness
---Steve on 1/28/11


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And I have a Catholi friend, who tells me that they are discouraged from having a Bible at home, and told not to study the Bible, just to accept the teaching of the priest
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/27/11


Then I will report it to the Bishop, if I was your friend...
---Ruben on 1/28/11


Ruben, you will not find any information of that sort in the RCC website. You need to get books on the History of the Church. I'm sure you will find many who lost their lives trying to bring the Word of God to all people.
---Mark_V. on 1/28/11


Ruben ... I'm afraid I received this information during my history lessons at school. I suppose there may have been a certain anti Catholic bias.

But there was great resistance at the time to the translation of the Bible inot to common tongue, and until late last century, services were held in latin, which ordinary people did not understand

And I have a Catholi friend, who tells me that they are discouraged from having a Bible at home, and told not to study the Bible, just to accept the teaching of the priest
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/27/11


I know the RCC kept the scriptures secret, and did not permit the "people" to possess a Bible, and did not want it to be translated inot people's common tongue.

---alan8566_of_uk on 1/27/11

Where is the information on this?
---Ruben on 1/27/11


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MarkV "Man who kept the Scriptures hidden from everyone so that no one else could read them and find out they were telling lies. All for their own glory. The very reason many were killed to keep the Truth away from all people"

I know the RCC kept the scriptures secret, and did not permit the "people" to possess a Bible, and did not want it to be translated inot people's common tongue.

But was the same true of the Orthodox ?
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/27/11


Cluny, the Jehovah Witnesses have a book they call, "The new world translation of the holy Scriptures" not the Holy Bible. And your denomination did not write the Bible, they accepted what was already Truth. The Church did not create the Truth of Scripture, the Truth of Scripture created the Church. Ignatius wants us to believe that Scripture is not sufficient, that it needs the works of man, of course from their denomination, in order for anyone to know the Truth. Man who kept the Scriptures hidden from everyone so that no one else could read them and find out they were telling lies. All for their own glory. The very reason many were killed to keep the Truth away from all people.
---Mark_V. on 1/27/11


The bible is the only "book" which we can say is God's most trusted revelation about Himself

BUT

the bible doesn't explain to us all the manners and customs of the day, like foot washing, etc.

or the Isthmian games which Paul draws from

and if "bible" means an english translation, it doesn't do justice to the language the bible was written in.

other books are CRITICAL for understanding the one book we cherish the most
---James_L on 1/25/11


\\Cluny, There are so many discrepancies between the Massoretic, Septuagint and Samaritan texts that no one can be dogmatic about who's is more accurate!
---1st_cliff on 1/25/11\\

But the LXX is the earliest.

At the time of the Second Temple, there were THREE variant Hebrew texts of the Torah. Which one do you think was authentic?
---Cluny on 1/25/11


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Cluny, There are so many discrepancies between the Massoretic, Septuagint and Samaritan texts that no one can be dogmatic about who's is more accurate!
---1st_cliff on 1/25/11


\\but not for sure.Book of Esther does not contain the name of God!\\

The Greek version of the LXX, based on an OLDER text than the Massoretic, DOES have the name of God in it.

And it is THIS recension that the Orthodox Church accepts as authentic.
---Cluny on 1/24/11


Cluny, Who are the "Orthodox Christians " who wrote the "real" bible?
The author of Luke is only reached by "deduction" It's not known if this is actually so! Same as Hebrews, attributed to Paul but not for sure.Book of Esther does not contain the name of God!
The bible is not a "book" per se' but a collection of sacred writings,much by unknown authors, only (relatively) lately bound together as one book.Separated by language OT Hebrew,NT Greek and Aramaic.

Possibly,there could have been more added but none are actually "missing"
---1st_cliff on 1/24/11


shira3877, A-men.
---Eloy on 1/24/11


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the B I B L E, is the only book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God. The B I B L E.
---shira3877 on 1/23/11


\\the JWs have a book of God's word called the Holy Bible. the Reformed church has a book of God's word. it is called the Holy Bible.
\\

And then the Orthodox Christians have a book that they wrote--or rather, God wrote through them--called the Holy Bible.

Only this one is the REAL one.
---Cluny on 1/23/11


The Bible contains prophecies of future events written hundreds sometimes even thousands of years in advance which have been fulfilled and/or are still being fulfilled today. God has a long-term prophetic plan for the nation of Israel which will be fulfilled. God has kept them alive as a nation, despite the efforts of many powerful nations to destroy them

I don't believe you can find any other book, that can make that claim
---michael_e on 1/19/11


I remain confident our all powerful all knowing God who cannot lie,(by commission or omission) would leave us believing the Bible to be His express word, if it isn't!

Certainly there are differences between versions and things which at this moment appear contradictory. However many things once considered problematic have been explained by prayerful study and archaeology. And I am confident present puzzles will also be explained, in time.

Praise God for His Saving Truth!

I never fail to be thrilled with the textural integrity of a book which was written over a vast period by so many people. No other piece of literature comes close. No where near it. Obviously because the Bible is God's word created expressly fo us!
---Warwick on 1/16/11


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//If the Bible is not God's Word//

who said that?

when i was a kid, i heard a version of Cinderella, which included a scenario in which one of the daughters cut her foot with an axe to make the slipper fit. Do you think this obscure version would ever be told today?

the JWs have a book of God's word called the Holy Bible. the Reformed church has a book of God's word. it is called the Holy Bible.

the question mentioned the Bible like there is one definitive version. every man will argue from their own angle, but the Word (Truth) of God is definitive and its proven in action (truth). if it does not the Word in any Bible is meaningless.
---aka on 1/16/11


If the Bible is not God's Word, then you might as well throw your believes of the Truth in the garbish. Call yourself an none believer because the Truth of Scripture is not Truth to you. People will be asking just like Pilate asked Jesus, "What is Truth?" It was right in front of him and he did not see it. The same holds true for every person who questions the Truth of God's Word. Though we don't have the originals, nothing else is Truth to any genuine Christian. For the very first essential of the Christian faith is that the Word of God is Truth.
---Mark_V. on 1/16/11


there is no single book called the Bible. there are many interpretations and versions of what was written and those written manuscripts are interpretations and versions of what was spoken.

the truth is not necessarily in words, but the Truth is in the Word spoken from the beginning.
---aka on 1/15/11


Sissy, I am with Christian on this topic. The Bible is sufficient " and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in Righteousness"
When the Reformers effectively put the Bible into the hands of the laity, it was done at a great price, as some who translated the Bible into the vernacular paid for it with their lives. Bibles were burned, and those who translated them and printed them were put to death by the Roman Catholic Church.
---Mark_V. on 1/15/11


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The wording of this question is confusing. I'm all for anyone reading! It is a source of happiness and learning.

The important thing is to know the Bible WELL enough to recognize what agrees with it what doesn't. Read, but be discriminating. Ungodly ideas will not pollute your thinking... providing you are certain yourself what is good and godly according to the Word of God.

Not everyone believes as I do, in the Bible, but that does not make their writing worthless... some is beautifully crafted or full of wisdom born of experience.
Or, If you want to learn to bake a cake,repair a computer, drive a car...the Bible won't help you.
---Donna66 on 1/13/11


Dear Sissy, the Holy Bible is not a literature. You're not going to know who God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit is from literature books or anything other books outside of the Holy Bible. It is the only True source that declares to mankind who God is and why the world is in big trouble with Him. Since the beginning of the world, mankind is not at peace with Him and it's escalating.

That's why He declares that He will destroy the world with fire (2 Peter 3:10-13), in His time. And nothing will stand in His Holy judgement when that time arrives. There's only One hope and that blessed hope lies in His promise of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

Does literature teach you these and more of God's will and purpose?
---christan on 1/13/11


The Bible is by far the best because it is HIS word and should never be neglected for other books written by people. However, the books by pastors and others are jammed packed full of wisdom, find something you are interested in and learn. Reading books by others is a great way to get inspired, learn a ministry, etc. There are very wise men and women God has placed on this earth. You listen to a pastor preach on Sunday why not read his and others book.
---Scott on 1/13/11


The question as phased does not make grammatical sense. I would not study something in place of the Bible. And I would most definitely would recommend reading other books to supplement the Bible.

The Bible is good for what it is good for, so you have to know it limits, if you are dealing with a non-biblical subject the Bible s little value in providing you with technical information on how to install of fix something.

And a JKB Thick Large print Edition makes a great Tire Chuck when changing a tire on a hill and that is about the extent of its utility, read modern translations.
---Blogger9211 on 1/13/11


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If you do read other things besides the Bible, make sure that the literature lines up with the Bible, and NOT the Bible lining up with the literature. If you do this, you will be free from deception, and will know what is of God and what is not. For instance - a book by Carlton Pearson does NOT line up with the Bible, because it says all roads lead to Heaven and all things (including people) are God.
---Leslie on 1/13/11


Oh, I dsagree, earl.

There are LOTS of spirits who can train you in their ways, but there's only one Holy Spirit.
---Cluny on 1/13/11


Your question is a "loaded question" but yes much literature that is "out there" may be helpful and much may not be.It depends on "what your spirit is training you to accomplish".
There are thousands that will train you their way but only one spirit that will train you his way.
---earl on 1/12/11


Currently, i am reading Satan and His Kingdom by Dennis McCallum.

yes, do a search for the writings of Smith Wigglesworth, but also balance it with readings from deceptioninthechurch dot com/strange2
---aka on 1/12/11


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Christ told us to feed the hungry--but He didn't give us cooking lessons.

He told us to harbor the homeless--but didn't tell us how to build houses.

He told us to clothe the naked--but didn't give us lessons in sewing.

He told us to alleviate the poor, distressed, and oppressed--but didn't set up an economic program.

The Bible does NOT replace ordinary human knowledge, arts, and sciences. Rather, it shows how to use them properly.

\\A minister( aft I read what he sent me, I realized He's an Uneducated minister ) from All Nations Worship Center trying to tell me the rapture is a man's philosophy\\

He's right. There's no such thing as a pre-trib rapture. I Thess 4 is not talking about one, either.
---Cluny on 1/12/11


Those that attend seminaries, get involved with theology, dispensationalism, philosophy, hermeneutics, theosophy etc & most that do such, do end up here, 2nd.Tim. 3 v 7.
A minister( aft I read what he sent me, I realized He's an Uneducated minister ) from All Nations Worship Center trying to tell me the rapture is a man's philosophy, purpose in my life much greater than salvation, wants people to represent God here on earth and rule in His ( God ) stead & have dominion. I sent him rapture scriptures, 1st. Thess. 4 v's 16 - 17, to rule - rein with God for ever. With God, Not with out God.
He replied no more.
---Lawrence on 1/12/11


I remember that Smith Wigglesworth claimed only to have read the Bible. If you don't know his record look it up.
---mima on 1/11/11


I'm not too sure what this question is getting at.

Can you explain yourself in greater detail so we can understand you better?
---Cluny on 1/11/11


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Having different studyaides along with scripture can help, but always have the scriptures with you.
---candice on 1/11/11


The Bible Is enough.
---Lawrence on 1/11/11


This question is rather silly as the Bible doesn't say that Christians need ONLY to read the Bible and not "other books" or be taught by teachers in the Church. In fact, the Bible makes no claim to it's canonicity. It makes no claim to be self-sufficient. It makes no claim that it contain every aspect of Holy Tradition. It makes no claim to the Protestant innovation of Sola Scriptura.

Considering that Holy Scriptures itself claims the opposite and recognized the teaching authority within the Church (rested upon the Bishops/Presbyters, the successors of the Apostles), then it is logical to conclude that a Christian will gain much in reading books from those God gifted to teach Orthodoxy.

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 1/11/11


-- Sissy8493 :

Sister, John 21:25 states that "there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen."
---ShawnM.T. on 1/11/11


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