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How can I read the bible and understand God's Word?

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a tornado comes, 5 folks hold up a bible and are spared, but the storm goes down the road and kills 8 and some kids. did God have control of that, of course God is in control. i do believe in irresistible grace, if he calls you, you are coming.
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Samuel, I hear what you are saying, but I don't agree. There is a difference between Covenants and dispensations. The error some make, as I think, forgive if I'm wrong, you have is you stated you believe in Covenant Theology. Those who think they believe in covenant theology vs dispensational divides, believe in something never taught in scripture. Covenant theology IS CALVINISM, where they use the term, "Covenant of Grace" they say was also in the OT. Their definition of GRACE is God's good humor is picking who He wants to save, and throwing the rest away.

Now you may have a different definition of Covenant Theology, but it will again be something not clearly defined in scripture.
---kathr4453 on 10/15/18

How can one read the bible?

Through the eyes of a child.

Christians today tend to read the bible and analyze every verse that is numbered. Using the verse numbers forces the christians to analyze each and every verse without understanding what is written in context.

If people would simply read, or listen, to the words of God without the use of chapters and verses, they would understand spiritual matters a whole lot better.
---Steveng on 8/16/18

Dear kathr4453 True were to keep our eyes on Jesus and divide the word correctly. The Bible speaks of Covenants. We are under the New Covenant. Where the law of GOD is written in our hearts. Hebrews 8:8-10 Not done away with Romans 3:31

Dispensation says a wall between each. Covenant say each builds on the previous.

You can call them dispensations but they are covenants.
To understand the Bible we must recognize the Church is Israel. Because that is what the Bible teaches. Christians taught this for 2,000 years. Until Dispensationalism was invented in the 1900's. It denies what the Bible teaches.
Each Covenant has new and different parts but the Theology (teachings of GOD does not change). GOD does not change.
---Samuelbb7 on 8/17/18

I gain much by reading a study bible as the annotations given by those who have been called into the ministry of teaching can be very helpful especially when it comes to historical events or a marginal note that indicates that there are other sources for the translation.
---RioLion on 8/16/18

There are a number of important CHANGES we need to be aware of....

The NEW NAME was announcement was in the O.T. (Isaiah) and is NOT JEHOVAH, it is "I am who I am".

Isa 62:2 The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the LORD will give.

Rev 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except him who receives it.'

Rev 3:12 and my own new name.
---faithforfaith on 8/12/17

The Bible is a Great tool, but without the Power of the Holy Spirit it's much like having an electric drill, with no place to plug it in. The key to understanding the Bible, comes through the power of the Holy Spirit.

God says, "Though they have eyes they can not see, Though they have Ears they can not hear." God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, so we could see and hear. But unfortunately, because of the teachings of men, many folks have no idea how to gain access to our Holy Teacher.

Basically speaking, we must be in the light of God to have full access to the Holy Spirit.
If sin separates you from God (Isaiah 59:1 & 2), you must remove that separation (1 John 1: 5-9).
---David on 8/12/17

Also to pick up a little where michael_e left off.....the New Covenant WAS stated in the OT ..Ezekiel 36 for one place AND we see that was never a mystery KEPT SECRET. The Mystery is CHRIST IN YOU clearly stated in Colossians 1:24-27.....clearly says THE CHURCH. So if one were to pray and meditate on these verses, the Holy Spirit WILL reveal to those who's minds are OPEN to instruction that this mystery CANNOT be the New Covenant. "Christ in You" comes by being crucified with Christ....A MYSTERY spoken also in Ephesians 5-6.

Now just think....before Adam and Eve sinned, sinless as they were....did not have CHRIST IN THEM.
---kathr4453 on 8/11/17

Samuel, let's take "Covenant Theology" ... I would have to ask, WHAT COVENANT? Each covenant has a theology, but we see the Old Covenant done away IN CHRIST.

I believe so many have a faulty misunderstanding of the meaning of Dispensations. Those under the Old Covenant were actually under a different dispensation. Today we are under the dispensation of GRACE not LAW. Paul speaks about this dispensation of Grace in Ephesians.

The 1000 year reign will be ANOTHER dispensation.... Going under Kingdom LAW, not GRACE or OT Law.

This is what rightly dividing the word of truth is about. We don't need to rightly divide that we LOVE God or Love Jesus. Or to keep our eyes on the Lord...
---kathr4453 on 8/10/17

Teaching that there is no division between prophecy and mystery undermines the understanding of salvation and Gods will for the church.
While most Bible students make the most important division in the Bible to be between Israel and the Church or the Old and New Testaments, True Bible study teaches the most important distinction in your Bible to be the right division between Gods Mystery purpose, kept secret since the world began, and Gods Prophecy purpose, which had been spoken since the world began (Acts 3:19-21 vs. Rom 16:25).
---michael_e on 8/10/17

Good points Michael.

There are two main schools on understanding who the Bible is for.

Dispensationalism. That the New Testament is for the Church and the Old is for Jews. To me this doesn't hold up. It is contradicted by the Bible.

2Tim 3:14-17 speaks of all scripture. Which when written was mostly the Old Testament.

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Jesus said we should live by all that proceeded from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4

So no we don't build arks. Or practice ceremonial laws. But we follow GOD and his Ten Commandments.

This is called Covenant Theology.
---Samuelbb7 on 8/10/17

Paul separates the Bible into three divisions in Eph 2, time past, but now and ages to come.Where do you fit?
Read Paul's letters then read them again. (Rom 10:17)
You can't know God or his words without reading them.
Compare similar verses. (1 Cor 2:13)
Search for related words.
Compare scripture with scripture.
Determine the application. (Neh 8:8)
This is right division. Not every verse in the Bible was written to you. You must determine who is speaking and where it fits in Gods purpose. Was it for Israel? Is it for the Church today? You must be persuaded in your own mind (Romans 14:5).
---michael_e on 8/9/17

Only Moses looked forward to "THE CHRIST, but no matter what Moses said to the Jews they didn't listen to Him.

The teachers of the 'religiosity' empire never pointed this out, they
simply kept repeating what they were taught for centuries in the seminaries.
---faithfaith on 8/8/17

Amen Richard and Kathyr.

Humans have always been saved by grace through faith.

As one writer wrote. Those in the Old Testament by looking forward to Christ as shown in the Bible by Animal Sacrifice to those after the death of Christ on the cross.

Agreed Kathyr the Promise to Abrahams holds. But in my understanding that promise is the New Covenant.

Let us keep our eyes on Jesus and follow him.
---Samuelbb7 on 7/27/17

READ it the bible in order to gain UNDERSTANDING.

Do you 'STUDY' and analyze a cooking recipe or a letter that someone wrote to you????? you simply READ IT IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE IT CONVEYS?

That is the main problem with how scripture has been handled for centuries. Devotion is not LITERAL, it is SPIRITUAL (ROMANS).

Also understand that after the Spirit was "GIVEN" (John 7:39), we entered the ETERNAL DISPENSATION of the creator (the age of time ENDED and the the age of ETERNITY began (Jesus is the ETERNAL COVENANT).

We are to be SONS of The Heavenly Father.

The ETERNAL SPIRIT He provided purifies our CONSCIENCE and gives us ETERNAL LIFE (Hebrews 9:14).

Verse is from the RSV.
---faithforfaith on 7/26/17

Matthew 8:11 - I say to you that many will come from the East and West , and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,

How does Abraham Get to heaven ? - Law or Faith ? - Hebrews 10:14

Galatians 3:22 - But the scripture hath concluded, all under sin, that the promise by the faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe,

Galatians 3:6 - Even as Abraham believe God , and it was accounted to him for righteousness,

John 10:30
---RichardC on 7/25/17

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Thanks Samuel. When I read Hebrews 11 I see those even under the Law , let's say Moses, live by faith under the EVERLASTING COVENANT, that has always been by faith. Hebrews 11 says nothing about LAW. It does say they all died without receiving the promise...which was the Promise of the Holy Spirit we see in Galatians the promise of the Spirit was promised to Abraham and would come upon the Gentiles. So actually there didn't need to be a NEW Covenant ( if it is the same) I see the NEW Covenant something in addition to the Everlasting Covenant....something spoken to the House of Israel and the House of Judah OR let's say the "NATION"of Israel as a whole.....yet the Everlasting Covenant speaks to INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE, and always has.
---kathr4453 on 7/22/17

14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
-------16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many, but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

QUESTION, Did God promise Abraham a NEW Covenant that would replace the Old which had not even come into effect at the time of Abraham, where it is clearly stated the Covenant with Abraham would NEVER be annulled?
---kathr4453 on 7/22/17

Thank you katyr for your nice answer. We disagree.

I remember a Christian telling me one time. I pray for the Pretribulation rapture. But I am prepared for the post.

The New Covenant to be is the everlasting Covenant.

But when we get to heaven. All that matters is that we are there.


I always have thought that was a good view.
---Samuelbb7 on 7/21/17

Barb, because it was kept secret, there is no OT scripture stating one is crucified with Christ. The Mystery of Christ in you, is altogether different than the indwelling of the Holy Spirit...although they work hand in hand. When Jesus said *to eat my flesh and drink my blood* IS pointing to..".I am Crucified with Christ". If it meant what you think, MANY of the followers of Jesus would not have walked away. But that is something the Holy Spirit OUR TEACHER will have to reveal to you. Heb 10 again states we ENTER a new and living way....through the veil...THAT IS TO SAY HIS FLESH, sanctified by the BODY of Christ once and for all. This was NEVER stated in the OT even when we see the Promise of the NC that was stated in the OT.
---kathr4453 on 7/21/17

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Samuel, I know that is what you believe, but I don't believe the Church is Israel. I believe the Gentiles are grafted I to the Abrahamic Covenant, or EVERLASTING COVENANTS. And I believe the everlasting Covenant is different than the New Covenant. Gentiles were never under the Old Covenant. The New Covenant replaces the Old Covenant to Israel, not Gentiles, however SOME of the blessings of the New are realized in the CHURCH, and that is what i think confuses folks. But there are many NC Blessings that don't apply to the Church....namely LAND for one. read ALL of Ezekiel 36. Those promises...THE WHOLE CHAPTER , does not apply to the CHURCH that is ABOVE and free. Not of this world.
---kathr4453 on 7/21/17

Samuel, I do not believe the Church is Israel, ibecause I believe in the rapture of the Church, and that will happen before God fulfills ALL His promises to Israel, ..we see stated in Exekiel 36, Isaiah 14, Zechariah 12-14 and Revelation, just to name a few places. And this will happen before SO That Jesus can set up,His earthly Kingdom of 1000 years that' was PROMISED to Israel. I believe the CHURCH is promised to rule and reign with Christ during this time.

So my reasons and beliefs are set in the foundation of those truths and promises. And also seeing THOSE promises were never promised to the Church ( being brought back to the land) BECAUSE the Church was never promised land or to be brought back to it. CHRIST is OUR LAND.
---kathr4453 on 7/21/17

Samuel, and I see Ephesians 2 saying exactly what I just stated, that Gentiles were NEVER promised those promises to Israel or part of those covenant of promises, but were brought near by the BLOOD OF CHRIST, which is the EVERLASTING Covenant, or Abrahamic Covenant, that we see was NEVER annulled . So if it was NEVER ANNULLED, it never had to be made NEW. And Paul explains this again very thoroughly in Galatians, which stated NOTHING about a New Covenant, but DOES thoroughly explain the promises to Abraham APART FROM THE LAW, 400 years before the law. And we know Abel, Enoch, Noah, JOB, etc are included in the EVERLASTING covenant stated in Genesis 3:15.
---kathr4453 on 7/21/17

Kathr, can you show me where the old testament law states we are to be crucified with Jesus and where Jesus states the same, in the new testament? I'm not asking you to explain Paul's viewpoint but God's. I would like to read it for myself. Thanks.
---barb on 7/21/17

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Dear Kathyr Your post about being new creatures is right on. Christ in us is the secret.

But on the church being Israel you are mistake. Ephesians2 is all about the church being Israel.

We are part of the New Covenant. Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

Romans 11:24-26 We are grafted into Israel.

Romans 9:6
Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

---Samuelbb7 on 7/20/17

Barb, "Christ in you the hope of Glory" Is the Mystery kept secret now revealed after Jesus resurrection, also reiterated in Hebrews 10, stating a different way.. we are SANCTIFIED THROUGH THE BODY OF CHRIST ONCE AND FOR ALL, ...2 Peter 1 stating, we become PARTAKETS of His divine Nature through His Promises, ....not through keeping the LAW. James tells us we are being perfected through the testing of our FAITH, Paul tells us we are being conformed to His Image through the fellowship of His sufferings....ALL is the Gospel according to the MYSTERY....and ALL of what happens to those IN CHRIST and Christ IN YOU. Jesus prayer in John 17....that opened that door to the Mystery....THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE MYSTERY Romans 16:25-27.
---kathr4453 on 7/20/17

Barb, in the NT, to be partakers of Christ is to be crucified with Christ and raised up together with Christ a NEW CREATURE. And I the OT, a Gentile had to JOIN Israel, as we see Ruth did. This is not so in the NT. The Church is neither Jew or Gentile, and it is not Israel.. It is entirely A NEW THING, above and free. Members of Christ's BODY.

So this may be where we part ways in our beliefs. The Church is something NEW. The CHURCH is that MYSTERY of the New Creature, and what is expected of us, who we are, how we came into being etc.

No OT Law even stated one was to be crucified with Christ.
---kathr4453 on 7/20/17

Kathr, the Gentiles could always be partakers of Jesus, the Passover Lamb. Exodus 12:48-51.

The problem of Paul, is that Jesus had already prayed for, and sent out His apostles to teach All Nations everything He had taught them. "Neither do I pray for these alone but for them also, who believe on me through their word." John 17:17-26 and Matt 28:18-20.

Jesus took the Kingdom of God away from the House of Israel and gave it to a nation who would produce fruit. Matt 33-46. If the Son of God, their Messiah, could not get through to the Jews, why would He sent Peter there?
---barb on 7/20/17

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Agreed Nicole. We also have to recognize who certain words are for.

I am not going to build an ark in my back yard. It is too small anyway.

But the words of the Bible can be twisted.

2Peter 3:15,16 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation, even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you, As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

God is love.
---Samuelbb7 on 7/20/17

Samuel, great point. Many people do not realize that every sentence is placed in the Bible by the Holy Spirit for a purpose and connected to each other including the OT.

Jesus said He sent to the Jews first, but has other sheep in his fold as well.

Peter is the first Apostle sent to the Gentiles Acts 10 and 11.

Paul's preaching to the Gentiles occurs after Peter's vision from God Himself.
---Nicole_Lacey on 7/20/17

Barb, ok, so I don't get what you have a problem with. Paul took the MYSTERY to the Gentiles. That now Gentiles are partakers of Christ.

We see in the other Gospels Jesus said ONLY to the House of Israel, however we see in John, the Gospel of GRACE....WHOSOEVER WILL, meaning this Gospel Is also to Gentiles.

And seeing Peter in Galatia still having issues with Gentile Believers, I BELIEVE this is WHY God called Paul to the Gentiles......

Same Gospel of Grace Barb.
---kathr4453 on 7/19/17

Kathr, what you call a secret and a mystery was revealed by Jesus to His disciples, long before Paul arrived on the scene. John 15 and John 17.
---barb on 7/19/17

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Good point. One problem I find from many people. Is they never try to make all scripture agree. That take one or two verses and then state a doctrine. But as Peter points out in 2nd Peter some can twist the words of Paul okay to live in sin.
---Samuelbb7 on 7/19/17

Barb, I would say perhaps if John 17 was not in scripture at all, one could say they have a problem with Pauls teaching. However John 17 , when you read to the end of the chapter, you should see the very core of CHRIST IN YOU, the Hope of Glory, which is actually ALL of Paul's teaching. This is the mystery revealed, that was kept secret. Jesus prayed....I in them and thou in me that we all may be ONE...AND TO SHARE IN Gods Glory. This was NEVER promised to earthly Israel,but only the CHURCH, which is that MYSTERY.

SO with that, and Jesus opening the door to that truth, and all the Apostles building upon that TRUTH, and it all making perfect sense I have no issues with ALL the NT or Paul's epistles or 1and 2 Peter.
---kathr4453 on 7/18/17

Samuel, the gift of God is His Son, whose teaching is the living water that Jesus gives to those who thirst. John 4:10-24.

I can agree with this "I will walk in the way of the Holy Spirit, listening to the word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy to find truth and live for Jesus." Yes, the Holy Spirit is our teacher and guide into all truth, John 16:13. The Word of God is in His Son, Rev 19:11-13, John 14:23-24, and the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy, Rev 19:10.
---barb on 7/18/17

Dear Barb

I would change the words you wrote just a little.

My salvation was a gift from GOD by the blood of Jesus Christ.

But as a Born Again Christian, I will walk in the way of the Holy Spirit listening to the Word of GOD and the Spirit of Prophecy to find truth and live for Jesus.

Love is to be my reason. Jesus is to be My Lord.

---Samuelbb7 on 7/17/17

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Kathr,I will answer you here since the other blog is full. I believe in the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus...never said I did not.

I believe keeping the commandments plus keeping the Testimony of Jesus is the way to salvation. Repentance and baptism justifies us. Learning and abiding in the teaching of Jesus Christ sanctifies us. 1st John 2:4-6, John 17:17, Rev 12:17.

In Matt 26:26-29 and John 6, Jesus is talking about eating His Words, which He calls the bread of life. God is not just in the old testament but in the new testament also. Jesus received His Father's teaching. John 12:49-50, John 14:23-24, Matt 17:5.
---barb on 7/16/17

John is a great place to start. However, let's remember that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding, and Jesus is made unto us Wisdom and understanding. That is SPIRITUAL WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING.

Therefore there are no rules on how to study. There is only LEADING AND TEACHING by the Holy Spirit who is our teacher.

Illumination of Gods Word cannot be extracted by rules, or human wisdom and intellectual understanding. It's what separates the RELIGIOUS. person from the spiritual,person.

Only by the GRACE of God and being crucified with Christ and raised up a NEW CREATURE can one be CONFORMED TO HIS IMAGE.

All else is religion...leading nowhere but to self righteousness.
---kathr4453 on 7/15/17

Good points John. thank you.

I usually suggest reading Mark first. It is easy and tells us what Jesus did. Then John. But that is just my thoughts.
---Samuelbb7 on 7/13/17

6. Who is the author writing to:

A. Ask why is the author writing to this person or group of people.

7. Prayer:

A. Understand Prayers Role in understanding the bible.

B. Prayer will not lead someone to the truth, only the Scriptures can do so.

8. Application:

A. You must put in practice the other 7 principles to understand the bible or you will never apply the Word of God to your life. In other words, you will never live truly as a Christian...

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---john9346 on 7/8/17

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1. Read:

A. Just start.

B. Any Book.

2. Study:

A. Learn to ask what does this mean.

3. Consistency:

A. Stick to 1 book to understand the topic.

4. Know the author:

A. Ask who wrote this book or chapter?

5. Know the purpose:

A. Ask why is the author writing.
---john9346 on 7/7/17

It is necessary to read the bible FOR/by YOURSELF. We are taught to read scripture as a REQUIREMENT for approval by the clergy and according to what THEY dictate and teach, but we must READ (NOT "STUDY" LIKE A SCIENTIST) for our own understanding.

When we read for our own understanding, we will notice a NEW NAME and a NEW DISPENSATION (the age of eternity).

Deu 33:27 The ETERNAL GOD is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms,

Rom 16:26 but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all nations, according to the command of the ETERNAL GODthe ETERNAL God.Rev 2:17 a new name
---faithforfaith on 7/7/17

It's true that in Pauls epistles alone we find the doctrine, walk, destiny, and purpose of the church for this dispensation.
Pauls epistles reveal a specific curriculum to produce workmen fit for Gods service.
You can see the natural doctrinal progression as you read through Pauls epistles. Everyone fits somewhere in the Pauline curriculum.
Identify where you are and start your study there. (2 Tim 2:2).
---michael_e on 6/30/16

Angel, Do you know how people are trained in banks to spot counterfeits?

They are never shown a phony bill. All they look at, all day long is real currency. The idea is that when the clerk has seen all the real, they will quickly be able to spot the fakes.

The same is true in reading and understanding the Bible. Just read. Every night (or whenever your reading time is) You will soon learn the truth from anything fake.
---Monk_Brendan on 6/29/16

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///...Just from reading the Old Testament you will discover the time line is off.---Nicole_Lacey on 5/18/16///

Nikki: All of the historical events in the OT happened long before the NT.
---Leon on 5/18/16

Sorry Angel: Some people here make it a habit of going way off topic in an attempt to show others how smart they are. But they really aren't smart & only deceive themselves.

I believe you're speaking about the KJV Bible or perhaps another type of English translated & published Bible. If that is the case, again I recommend reading it from cover-to-cover, beginning to end. Don't let the devils confuse you with their bogus strategies. God bless!
---Leon on 5/18/16

\\ Even better than you Cluny.\\

Or you, Leon.

FWIW, Russian NTs start with Revelation, then John, the Synoptics, Acts, and the Epistles.

Hebrew printed Tanakhim have 11 Chronicles as the last book.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/18/16

God knows what He's doing by causing the Bible to be arranged the way it is. Afterall, Jesus (spoken of first in Genesis & then throughout the entire Bible) is the Alpha (Beginning) & the Omega (End). I'm convinced, the Bible must be read from beginning to end, then over n over again. :)---Leon on 5/17/16

As long as everyone understands that just because a book is before another book in Bible, it doesn't mean the events occurred before the next book in line.

Just from reading the Old Testament you will discover the time line is off.
---Nicole_Lacey on 5/18/16

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///...What exactly do you mean...?The order of books in English Bibles is not divinely given, or even normative. Russian, Greek, Latin, and Hebrew Bibles have the books arranged in different orders, not only from English, but from each other...---Cluny on 5/18/16///

I mean God knows best! Even better than you Cluny. "Is not divinely given or normative?" What do you mean? Do other culture Bibles begin with the New Testament then proceed to the Old Testament?
---Leon on 5/18/16

\\God knows what He's doing by causing the Bible to be arranged the way it is\\

What exactly do you mean by this?

The order of books in English Bibles is not divinely given, or even normative.

Russian, Greek, Latin, and Hebrew Bibles have the books arranged in different orders, not only from English, but from each other.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/18/16

Sam: Some plant, others water, but God in due time gives the increase as He purposes for each of us. (1 Cor. 3:6) You don't start new born babies off by feeding them meat. Babies need milk first. It's vitally necessary to their early development. Babies crawl before they walk, etc. These things are "foundational" to early childhood development & are likewise essential to healthy baby Christian development too.

God knows what He's doing by causing the Bible to be arranged the way it is. Afterall, Jesus (spoken of first in Genesis & then throughout the entire Bible) is the Alpha (Beginning) & the Omega (End). I'm convinced, the Bible must be read from beginning to end, then over n over again. :)
---Leon on 5/17/16

/Wisdom and knowledge come through Jesus Christ, not our intellect.\-kathr4453 on 5/14/16
Where did our intellect come from? Satan?
---micha9344 on 5/16/16

I'm glad you asked that Micha. Many today intellectulize away scripture, because the natural mind cannot understand the things of the spirit. Wisdom and knowledge come through revelation of/ by Jesus Christ. We see the parting of the sea just doesn't cut it with the intellectuals. i think this is what some call modernism.
---kathr4453 on 5/18/16

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1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

James says, if you need wisdom, ASK GOD.

There is worldly wisdom, and then there is spiritual wisdom as we see in the verse above in a category that ONLY comes through God.
---kathr453 on 5/18/16

Leon you have a good and true point.

But babies need to be born before they can grow.

John and Mark is where I tell people to start. Once they decide to follow Jesus they do need the foundation that the Old Testament provides.

But it is very hard to get people to read.
---Samuelbb7 on 5/17/16

Angel: "The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed. The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed."

The OT is the foundation upon which the NT stands. To really understand the NT we must first understand the God laid, leveled & solid facts of the OT. To start reading at the Book of John, in the NT, is like building a house without a foundation. Who in their right mind builds a house (NT) first & then tries to lay the foundation (OT)? Therein lies the problem with many people, saved & otherwise.

Please read Scripture from beginning (Genesis) to end (Revelation). JESUS IS the ALPHA (beginning) & the OMEGA (end). Trust God, not your intellect, to guide you thru the Bible.

---Leon on 5/17/16

Angel, to answer the question, first find a good Bible. There are a few in modern English. Then start reading the Gospels. Make notes (not in the Bible, please) and if there is a link to another Scripture, write it down. After the Gospel of John, turn the next page and go on to Acts.

From there, go where the Holy Spirit leads.

I started reading the Bible the same way.
---Monk_Brendan on 5/17/16

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Hi Angel,

Thank you for asking this question.

I would like to strongly suggest you google an article titled, "Simple Steps to Solid Study." by John MacArthur.

This article is full of some very simple steps you can follow and easily remember each day as you read The Scriptures.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

In Christ,

---john9346 on 5/16/16

/Wisdom and knowledge come through Jesus Christ, not our intellect.\-kathr4453 on 5/14/16
Where did our intellect come from? Satan?
---micha9344 on 5/16/16

Wisdom and knowledge come through Jesus Christ, not our intellect. Jesus said, my words are SPIRIT and life. The natural mind cannot understand the things of the spirit, because they are spiritually discerned. Reading the Bible is great, IF you have the Holy Spirit as your teacher revealing to you TRUTH, not academics. All truths come in two's and three witnesses.
---kathr4453 on 5/14/16

Michael E. said, "Monk said
//If you want to quote from the KJV, that's fine, but don't use words like that otherwise.//
What is the penalty? Three hail Marys."

Okay, you've got a sense of humor. I let you off, this time.
---Monk_Brendan on 5/13/16

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What I do is I pray to the Lord before I read the word. I pray that I take every word I read to my heart. And apply it every day of my life. I also pray to help understand every word I read. I will start with the New Testament first.
---Lee on 5/13/16

Monk said
//If you want to quote from the KJV, that's fine, but don't use words like that otherwise.//
What is the penalty? Three hail Marys.
---michael_e on 5/12/16

Angel, I would suggest this Prayer to the Holy Spirit every time before you read the Bible.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of life, come and dwell in us, cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O Good One.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/10/16

Michael E said, "It will stablish you in the faith of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery."

STABLISH? What type of a word is that? It may be in the KJV, but most of the people here are speakers of 20-21st Century colloquial American. If you want to quote from the KJV, that's fine, but don't use words like that otherwise.
---Monk_Brendan on 5/9/16

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Find your position "in Christ"
If youve just been saved I would recommend Pauls book to the Romans. Read it through multiple times. It will stablish you in the faith of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery.
Rom 1-2 teaches you about your sin.
Rom 3-5 teaches salvation by grace apart from the law.
Rom 6-8 teaches you how to serve God in grace.
Rom 9-11 teaches about Israels rejection of the Messiah.
Rom 12-16 teaches you how to behave towards others, rulers, and weaker brothers.
---michael_e on 5/9/16

...understanding comes from God, so pray, asking Him to reveal truth....
---Chria9396 on 5/7/16

Best answer. If you don't ask you won't understand most of scripture. Opinion of mine? Here are some witnesses eliminating "opinions". Eliminate opinions/doctrines by scriptural witnesses.
Mat 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,...
Mat 7:7 Ask,it shall be given you, seek, ye shall find, knock, it shall be opened unto you:
Mar 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

Luk 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
---Trav on 5/9/16

A Strong's Concordance is also helpful to look up word origins and their original meaning. Learning is suited to each person,we all learn in a different way.
---Darlene_1 on 5/9/16

At present I'm reading through the Bible in one year. It gives me a chance to give full attention to just two or three chapters a day. I find it has been very helpful in giving me better understanding of what I have read.
---john1944 on 5/8/16

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Tradition means you don't have to re-invent the wheel.

The reason I tell stories like this and quote Christian writers is to show people like Angel that Christians before them have had similar challenges, and how they worked through them with God's help.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/8/16

There's a story about a young monk who went to his elder with a similar question you asked, Angel.

The elder told him to get two buckets. Put one in the corner and leave it there, but take the other one to the river and fill it up and empty it twice a day.

At the end of a few weeks, the elder pointed out that the ignored bucket was filled with dust, bugs, and spider webs, but the water bucket was clean.

"In the same way, simply reading the Word of God will purify you," he explained.

St. Augustine said, "I asked to understand so I could believe. But instead, I was given faith so I could understand."

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/8/16

Agreed we always start with prayer.

We should start out by reading whole books. I always suggest start with the New Testament Gospels first. Followed by all the New Testament but Revelation. Then go back to Genesis and start there. This can be done by reading three chapters a day.

Once this is done. You have a good background on the Bible.

Then you can use a reference Bible to work on finding what the Bible says on certain topics.

Pray and remember all doctrine must be centered in Jesus Christ.

---Samuelbb7 on 5/8/16

True Chria! Ask God (pray) for guidance & patience Angel. It makes sense to me to always start reading any book from "the beginning" to witness the foundation laying on which the whole narrative is eventually built upon. A lot of what we read in the Bible, at first, is kinda "Dick & Jane" childlike storyish. But, in the very first chapters, pay close attention to the things God suddenly repeats & places emphasis upon. I call those pop quiz moments. The "begats" may drive you bonkers until at some point you'll begin to realize the importance of God showing us who is connected to who. After a while you'll be rolling along, like Pee Wee Herman, on the big time adventure of your life. Enjoy Angel!!! :)
---Leon on 5/7/16

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Get you a Bible that is a reference Bible and run the references listed next to the scripture you want to understand. It will lead you to the Old Testament many times and then right back to the New Testament. By learning the Old Testament basis of the scriptures in the New it will lead you to a deeper understanding of the New. As you study pray for God's truth and understanding to guide you. Read your Bible and study like that at least an hour a day.
---Darlene_1 on 5/7/16

Just read. Understanding will come in God's time. Start with the Gospels.

The more you know about Jesus and what He actually said and did, the more you will understand the rest of the Bible.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/7/16

Hi Angel

True understanding comes from God, so pray, asking Him to reveal truth and believe He is able to do so.
---Chria9396 on 5/7/16

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