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April 26, 2010

The Truthseeker newsletter vol.4

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This is the newsletter of religion and current events.

Foreword: The free online encyclopedia, the Wikipedia was used during research for this newsletter.  The endeavor was to ascertain which books that the Most High God of the bible would want us to use to aid us in worship.

Subject:  “How can we tell the bible is from god?”

Faithful and knowledgable Christians understand that god gave his word to man in different ways.  In order for us to understand god and what he intends for us to do, God let men have visions, fall into trances and have dreams at times so that they could write and preserve his word.  (Rev.1,2)

     The prophecies within the bible definitely show that the bible is from a higher power.  For instance, many of the things occuring during Jesus Christs life were predicted through prophecies written before Christ ever walked the earth.  It was foretold in the Old Testament that Christ would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver and that he would never have a bone broken, as well as other prophecies. 

     Through the prophet Isaiah who lived in the eighth century B.C.E., Jehovah foretold that the city of Babylon would be destroyed.  (Isaiah 13:19, 14:22,23) Isaiahs prophecy even named the king that would conquer Babylon-Cyrus- (Isaiah 44: 27- 45:2).   There are countless other noteworthy prophecies that come true in the bible. 

     The bible is also very accurate and harmonious.  It’s writers lived at different times and came from many walks of life.  Some were farmers, fishermen, and shepherds.  Others were prophets , Judges, and Kings.  Despite their varied backgrounds, the bible is harmonius from beggining to end.   There is an overall theme. 

     The bible is scientifically accurate.  It contains some information that is ahead of its time.  At a time when there were wrong ideas about the shape of the earth, the bible referred to it as a circle or sphere.  (Isaiah 40:22) The bible is also historically accurate.  It includes not only the names but also the ancestry of individuals.  The bible lets us know that “All scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving,  for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of god may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16,17) -(Taken from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. ) Gods promises are certain to be fulfilled.  (Numbers 23:19)

     Some people may argue that not everyone uses the same bible however.  While most bibles contain 66 books which contain the Old testament and the New testament; The Catholic bible and a few other churches have added additional books such as Ecclesiasticus, and first and second maccabees to name a few.  The church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints which is commonly but imprecisely called the Mormon church uses a book of Mormon which is their sacred text published in 1830 as a supplemental testament to the bible.  They claim it was compiled by a prophet warrior named Mormon and his son Moroni, the last of the Nephite people. 

     The question is; Are any of these books inspired by god?  And does god want us to look at them?  Critics of the book of Mormon claim the book was fabricated by Josph Smith Jr.  and/ or portions of it plagarized from various works available to Smith, ranging from ” The King James Bible”, “The Wonders of Nature”, ” View of the Hebrews”, to an unpublished manuscript published by Solomon Spalding.  For a few followers of the LDS movement, unresolved issues issues of the books historical authenticity  and lack of archaeological evidence have led them to adopt a compromise position that the book of Mormon may be the creation of Smith, but it was nevertheless created through divine inspiration.  The official position of Latter-day Saints, and that of most in the LDS movement is that it is a historical record.  The bible itself teaches that Satan has been misleading the entire world.  (Rev.12:9)  Books outside of the 66 books of the bible should not be quickly accepted.  It is doubtful if they are worthy of being scrutinized.

     According to bible historians,   many of the books that are not part of the traditional Hebrew or Christian Canon have doubtful authorship and are questionable in authenticity.  Many of these books are termed Apocrpha, meaning “hidden”, “spurious”, or “of questionable authenticity”.  According to the Wikipedia an online encyclopedia, First Maccabees which is a book used by the Catholic church has an assumed author who is thought to be a Jew who may have even  taken part in the events described in the book.  The authors name is unknown.  The wikipedia claims his information about foreign countries is innaccurate.  The author also does not give much credit to God in his writings.  The words “God” or “Lord” do not ever even appear in the text.  The book of Judith is said to contain numerous historical anachronisms or mistakes,  which is why many scholars think the book is ahistorical. 

     Some of these books that are neither Hebrew canon or Christian canon may hold historical significance and they may have been quoted in the New testament, but there are reasons why they are not commonly accepted.  * The books that were deemed canonical or inspired do not contain mistakes, although there is evidence that some books were tampered with to support pagan beliefs.  Any reasoning person would reason that God would not give us a book with flaws as a tool for worship.  (2 Tim. 3:16,17) 

     *In this article it was stated that the bible has been tampered with.  The divine word of God has been properly translated in some bibles however.  Taking Gods divine name Jehovah out of the scriptures and replacing it with God or Lord makes it a translation weaker.  This was done due to Jewish superstition.  Gods divine name was restored in some bibles however.  The “New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures” is a very good translation of the bible.  You can recieve Gods divine message in most bibles that have 66 books for the most part however. This is why they will be quoted from in the future along with the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.

     Look for the article ” Which bible is the best for you?”  Coming soon.

April 7, 2010

The Truthseeker newsletter vol.3

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Foreword: For this newsletter the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures was used predominantly. We will quote from other bibles also in the future. Look out for the article: “Which bible is best for you?”
I was once a part of a religion that believed that they were the only true religion on earth. When speaking about the organization members would describe the brotherhood as the “truth”. As a member I used to describe it as the truth also. I no longer consider this organization the only true religion on earth. It took many years for me to come to this understanding. Under close scrutiny many religions tend to go beyond the basic truths of the bible and include parts to their doctrine or establishment that are unacceptable. By Clayton Dunmore
Subject: “How can you tell a false religion?”
For me personally, I tend to view most christian establishments as false when I see a certain idol either on top of the church or inside of the church. I will get into the topic of idols deeper at another time. It is a deep discussion. (1 Corinthians 10:14, Col.3:5) The bible does indicate that idolatry cannot be a part of true worship.
If there is one true religion, I have not found it. I would like to work towards forming worldwide congregations that would follow the god of the bible wholeheartedly and according to gods word. I implore you to continue following this newsletter as we embark on completing that goal. It is not as hard as it may seem.  We have blueprints of other organizational uprisings to learn from. Please take our messages seriously and study the articles with your bible to come to you own full understanding of the truths that we unleash and discover. These messages that are being delivered are very likely to be the most important messages that you will ever receive. We may make spelling errors. (Rom. 5:12) But the conclusions that are drawn from gods word the bible will be gods word. And the god of the bible is a god of truth.

Subject: “What is hell?”

Our lifespan as humans is somewhere from 70 years to 90 years and possibly more if we are fortunate. What could someone do within that short lifespan to warrant eternal torment. Due to the fact that sin entered the world because of Adam, we became imperfect. (Gen.3, Rom.5:12) The god of the bible is also a god of love and forgiveness. (Isa. 55:7 and John 3:16) God loves us so much that he gave his only begotten son so that we could attain everlasting life. Why would a god who loves us create a hell or allow there to be a hell where persons could be tormented forever for things that happen during a short lifespan? The bible does not indicate that hell is a place of everlasting torment.  In fact the bible indicates that hell is aplace of inactivity.  As far as hell or Sheol goes the bible states at ecclesiastes 9:10 “All that your hand finds to do, do with your very power. For there is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in Sheol, the place to which you are going.” The bible book ecclesiastes was written in Hebrew. Sheol is a Hebrew word.  Websters new college dictionary defines Sheol as hell.  Or a place described in the old testament  as the abode of the dead.  Fire is used symbolycally in the bible.  At Matthew 25:41 it reads” Be on your way from me, you who have been cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”  Since the devil is not a physical being, he cannot be burned by literal fire. The fire is spoken of as everlasting fire.  Fire is something that we as humans can identify with.  That is why this reference was used.  Satan will be destroyed eventually.  (Rev.20:10) The bible may not be speaking literally when it says in revelations that satan would be placed in a lake of fire and tormented forever at Revelation 20:10.  Whether that verse is literal or not, the word forever is used.  Therefore satans stronghold over man will be ended. 

   Hades is the greek word for hell.  The new testament is translated from greek.  In Websters new college dictionary Hades is defined as the abode or home of the dead.  It is also defined as hell.  At Rev. 20:13 it reads: “And the sea gave up those dead in it, and death and Hades gave up those dead in them, and they were judged individually according to their deeds.  Rev. 20:14 reads: “And death and Hades were hurled into the lake of fire.  This means the second death, the lake of fire.” Remember at verse 13 it said that Hades gave gave up those dead in them and they were judged.  This shows that Hades is not a place that cannot be escaped.  The dead will escape from Hades or hell as prophesied.  All the prophecies in the bible have come true so far.  At Rev. 20:14 it sais that death was hurled into the lake of fire.  This shows symbollism.  Death itself cannot be hurled into a literal fire.  It just doesn’t make sense logically.  Death is a term used to describe the end of life. Death is not a piece of wood.  This verse is an example of the symbollic writings and prophecies of  the bible. 

    There are many scriptures that indicate that hell is not the place of torment that many people think it is.  (Rev. 12:9) Somehow people have been misled about the truth for many years.  Hell is just the common graveyards and cemetaries that exist here on earth.  I implore you to do further study on hell in your spare time.  We will touch on this topic further at a later date. 

Afterword:  I am Clayton Dunmore a writer and editor for this newsletter.  I will be enlisting the help of other writers for this newsletter.  Zealous persons and god fearing writers are needed.  I am not a prophet.  I do have many years of theological study under my belt.  I became an ordained minister with a different organization and the knowledge I gained from the 66 books of the bible is priceless.  You may not believe everything you read in this newsletter at first.  If you do the research on the conclusions and messages that are dispensed, you will see that there is strong validity in these teachings.  It is not our intent to fool anyone or add anything to the 66 books of the bible.  Thank you; and please read the next Truthseeker newsletter.

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