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April 26, 2010

The Truthseeker newsletter vol.4

Filed under: Uncategorized — truthseekerny @ 9:08 pm

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.

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3 Comments »

  1. Thank you again for your diligence in the word. I agree that the bible is a credible source of history and that the writers in the bible are inspired men of God whom God chose to publish the Gospel. Yet men will challenge the credibility of the bible on the bases of it being written by other men. However we know that the bible is from God! The bible says… “let God be true but every man a liar” [Romans 3:4] No matter how much evidence we provide some men will still not believe. So I felt it appropriate to deal with man as opposed to dealing with God. Let’s keep in mind that the Living God is not up for question. The question then becomes…why will men not believe that the bible is from God? Man is the question and not God. I’ll provide some scriptural truth about the nature of man and why he doesn’t believe in God’s Holy bible. I pray that the reader will understand this message.

    The bible says “It is the Spirit who gives life: the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe. [John 6:63]” We know from these verses in John that God’s words are Spirit. Let’s stop right here because some men do not believe at all that God is a Spirit. It is very easy to point out in scripture that God is God and that He wrote his word through chosen men. But what if…just what if you didn’t believe God in the first place? You wouldn’t believe anything written in His book as a credible statement about his own existence. It takes faith to believe one simple verse in the Bible. I believe that every word that God spoke is credible so all my citations are guided by the Spirit of God and confirmed through the Holy bible.

    [John 6:63] It is the Spirit who gives life: the flesh profits nothing. This simple verse has great depths of understanding. The bible is written in ink according to the spirit of God. This ink is not readable with human eyes but is read by the eyes of our heart which is created by God. The scripture says “clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.” [2 Corinthians 3:3] Again we see that God’s word is ministered through an epistle not with ink but by the Spirit of God. We also see here that God has to do something inside a man’s heart before he will believe the bible at all. Who would have ever have known that the heart of a man has it’s own mind, own thinking, own tendencies? Who would have every thought that intelligence and documentation are not what enable a man to believe God’s bible. The bible says “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches…” [Revelation 2:11] Again we see that God is delivering a word through John the Revelator about hearing God’s word through the Spirit of God. You cannot receive the Spirit of God’s word unless you have been baptized by the Spirit of the Living God. Amen! Until God cleanses you from your own way of thinking you will look at the word of God from a carnal perspective and you will not have truth.

    It is important to know that a man’s normal mind cannot comprehend Spiritual matters. This is what Apostle Paul refers to as Carnality. Carnality refers to human nature and is adverse to the will of God. This is why there are some experts of the bible who are still carnal minded even though they know the scriptures front and back. Jesus said… “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life: and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” Jesus had to deal with religious Pharisees who thought their knowledge of the scriptures was more import than understanding the nature of Jesus Christ. Jesus was also explaining to these Pharisees that the men who wrote the bible were just men who testified about Christ. These men were not holy men but God used them to publish his word for His own name’s sake. Therefore the men of the bible are an example of the grace of God working in men whom others might have deemed incredible. Then God changes their hearts, opens their eyes, and causes them to become powerful ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Men do not believe the bible because information has not brought them into the truth of Jesus Christ who has saved us by grace through faith. [Ephesians 2:8] The scripture says “Ever learning but never coming into understanding of the truth” [2 Timothy3:7]. Remember we are talking about why men would not be able to tell that the bible is from God.

    We should also remember that God’s way of communicating is through men because this is the only way men can understand God…at first. Then we come to a place in God where we have the knowledge of truth and the truth begins to set us free. Praise God! An example of God using a man to prove Himself true is Jesus. The bible says… “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word Was God. [John 1] So we know from this verse of scripture that Gods word is not separate from God. And again this is why the scripture says “The words I speak are to you are spirit, and they are life.” [John 6:63] The word is God and God is a Spirit. And… “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” [John 1:14] God made His word flesh by sending his son Jesus Christ into the world as a living, breathing, talking bible. This means that if your bible got up and walked around saying “I AM God” Men still would not believe because of the hardness in their hearts.

    Part of the meaning for the word Holy is sacred and blameless. This is why it is used in reference to God’s Holy bible. Even if some translations are poor and the interpreters made errors we have to remember that God is in control over all of it. Perhaps God is testing us to see if we will spend more time striving over information than transformation.

    “And I brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him Crucified…And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom , but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

    Well brethren it is time for me to Go now. I hope that we all we be partakers in the Gospel according to truth. May God give us understanding in all things and pour out our measure to which He has ordained for us in it’s fullest capacity in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ…Amen.
    Sincerely Brother Jamal David Sanders

    Comment by Jamal David Sanders — April 28, 2010 @ 6:56 am | Reply

  2. hi im Konica, from india and im hindu(bengali). well im in love with a guy who is christian(protestant),i know nothing about his religious culture and im also afraid to discuss this with him in order not to hurt his relegious feelings.please can tell me a brief about it?

    Comment by konica — January 5, 2012 @ 6:36 am | Reply

    • If you go to truthseekerny.wordpress.com and look at all the newsletters/blogs you will learn a lot about Christianity. The articles are bible based and they are very educational. Whether or not they help your relationship, you should use a bible and check these articles out. God be with you.

      Comment by truthseekerny — January 5, 2012 @ 12:15 pm | Reply


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