Finding Answers in John – Part One

I’m working on a new project. I answer a lot of questions in my commentaries, so I decided to make an index of questions that are answered in 183 Days in John.

Here’s what I have so far.  I am interested to know if it helps.

Did Jesus exist before He was born?

  • Day 1: An Unusual Title
  • Day 2: Re-statement

Did Jesus create the world?

  • Day 1: An Unusual Title
  • Day 2: Re-statement
  • Day 3: Jesus The Creator

Does the Bible fit with evolution?

  • Day 1: An Unusual Title
  • Day 2: Re-statement
  • Day 3: Jesus The Creator

Is Jesus God?

  • Day 1: An Unusual Title

What is meant by “The Word” in John 1?

  • Day 2: Re-statement

Is the world basically good?

  • Day 5: Light and Darkness

What was the first Christmas really like?

  • Day 5: Light and Darkness
  • Day 7: Unrecognized

Was John talking about Himself in John 1:6?

  • Day 6: The Witness

Is the church building also a temple?

  • Day 7: Unrecognized

Is Jesus the only way to God?

  • Day 9: The Children of God

I have always had a lot of questions about the Bible myself and my commentary reflects many of the questions that I have had.  I hope it helps you.  If you have any of these questions, I encourage you to get 183 Days in John.  This is just the first post of questions.  I hope to provide more.

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My New Book: 220 Days in Luke

This was a big one!  It’s over 400 pages printed. Fortunately, as an eBook, we don’t really need to print it.  To get my new book visit:
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As a software engineer, I really like Luke’s writing.  He is meticulously detailed and for a person like me who asks a lot of “Why’s” it’s helpful to have a doctor like Luke to explain it.  It is remarkable that we have a 2,000 year old document like this at all.  Of course, it’s not a surprise since God made sure that the Bible would last.  Some people try to claim that because Bible is so old, it can’t really be trusted.  They argue that it has been changed too many times, but I have discovered that this is simply not true.  In reality, with just the New Testament part of the Bible, we find that it is the most well documented book of its time.  According to The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell (p.38), the New Testament has far more manuscript copies than any other book its age.  That means we can check the copies and see what has changed.  To put it in perspective, the famous book The Iliad is known to have 643 hand-written copies left today.  These are copies that were made before printing.  The New Testament on the other hand, has 5,366 copies.  That’s enough for us to use to determine what errors might have been introduced over the years.  Not many differences have been found.

There have been those who have attempted to make changes to it though.  These have been discovered and exposed, too.  There are also problems in translation between the original language (Greek) and the one that I use (English), but there are loads of commentaries about those as well; enough for me to get a good idea about what the truth is.  Nothing that I have researched changes the basic facts either.  We sinned, we needed a savior, God became a man and saved us.

That’s what Luke documents for us and it’s awesome.

I hope that I have actually helped connect it to our lives today.  If not, ignore me and just read Luke.  God’s words are never wrong and they will always be successful at accomplishing what God wants.

eBooks are Cool

I didn’t think electronic books were that neat until I had a Kindle.  The problem I used to have with ebooks is that they were only on a computer.  Computer screens used to be a lot more expensive and you couldn’t hold them like a book, at least not when I first considered ebooks.  Things are totally different now.  You don’t even need to buy a Kindle to read Kindle books on a computer, and computers today you do hold in your hand.  There are Kindle apps for the various tablet computers and for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.  On top of that you can still read Kindle books on your Mac or Windows computer.   That brings up one of the coolest features.

Because you can install a Kindle app almost everywhere, you can actually have your library almost everywhere!  Can you imagine trying to take 20 books with you everywhere you go?  Kindle makes 200 or even 2000 books easy to take with you almost anywhere you go.  I still think that Amazon has the best device for me, though.

Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has a battery that lasts weeks on end.  Not only that, the screen it uses is “front lit” not back lit.  It feels much more like reading a book in black and white, than reading a cell phone screen, for instance.  It’s also a bigger reading area than a cell phone; more like the reading area of a paperback book.  Another neat thing is how easy it is to get new books.

The bookstore is built into your free Kindle app.  Anywhere you are with your computer and a connection to the Internet, you can buy a new book.  That means you can buy a book and start reading when you are waiting for something.  From waiting in line at a government agency, to waiting for your next flight, you can redeem your time by “going” to the bookstore and buying a new book.

Another major thing I like about the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the free data plan.  Yes, I said free.  The Kindle Paperwhite only needs “3G” data because it is primarily a book reading device.  3G data is, evidently, cheap enough now that they can actually sell it to you for the cost of your Kindle and the books you buy naturally.  You get to connect to the Kindle store and to your Kindle library, anywhere that you have a connection to the 3G cellular system and for no monthly fee!  That makes the Kindle Paperwhite one of the most valuable electronic devices to me.  I read for hours and I don’t mind having a device that I use for that purpose alone.

I could go on, and I might do that more in some other post.  I think you get the idea.  I think ebooks are cool.

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Wisdom and the West

The word “Philosophy” when literally translated means “lover of wisdom.”  Being a philosopher is a good thing in that sense, according to the Bible.  Here’s what the Bible says in Proverbs:

Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father;

Proverbs 29:3a

The western world has a big problem, though.  What they call “philosophy” isn’t what the Bible says is philosophy.  The problem has to do with the word “Wisdom” that the philosopher is supposed to be loving.

According to the Bible, “Wisdom” means something very specific.  Wisdom starts with believing in God.  That’s what the Bible says.

The fear of Yahweh. is the beginning of knowledge;
but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

Obviously, you must start at the beginning, and to begin you must fear God.  It’s difficult to fear God when you don’t even believe in Him.  So, what does “Wisdom” call a person or a nation that doesn’t believe in God?  Well that’s here too.

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

Psalm 14:1a

Now, that’s pretty strait-forward, don’t you think?  But that’s not all, it also says this:

There is no wisdom nor understanding
nor counsel against Yahweh.

Proverbs 21:30

Remember, Yahweh, is a representation of the biblical name of God.  “Yahweh” is the God of the Bible not the God of any other religion.  What the Bible is saying is that anyone who doesn’t start out believing in the God of the Bible, can’t be wise.  There is nothing “progressive” about throwing the Bible away.  If the western world doesn’t go back to the God of the Bible, foolishness is all that is left.

 

 

Rebuilding America’s Foundation

It was difficult for me to celebrate Independence Day this year.  From a Bible-believing Christian’s point of view, the United States is really coming apart.  It was brought to my attention that the leadership of the United States is going in exactly the opposite direction than when the was country founded.  Let’s look at some of the quotes from America’s leaders:

“The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next.  Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”
– John Jay, Original Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

“The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul.  I don’t thing we emphasize that enough these days.”
– President Harry S. Truman

“The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be… impossible for us to figure to ourselves what life would be if these teachings were removed.”
– President Teddy Roosevelt

“The Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests.”
– President Andrew Jackson

And these are just a few examples.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that what the Bible says about marriage doesn’t matter anymore.  That may seem like a small thing at first, but it’s actually monumental.  The crack in the foundation of the United States that is now widening by the day, has to do with who’s ultimately in charge of our lives.

As we can read in these quotes, there was a time when not only did the people and leadership of the United States believe that God was in charge, but that it was the Bible that would show us exactly how.  The thing that is destroying the United States today is the thing that Presidents Truman and Jackson warned us about.  The foundation for any people is the world of God.  Here’s what God has to say:

“Jesus answered him, saying, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”’”
– Luke 4:4, Jesus is quoting the Old Testament from Deuteronomy 8:3 while He is starving and being tempted to simply make bread to eat.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”
– Proverbs 14:34, King Solomon of Israel (The wisest man that ever lived)

So, as you can see for yourself, the problem the United States has is that many of the people and the leaders have decided that man’s opinions are to be trusted over the clear words of God.

The wonderful thing is that there is something we can do about it.  We can live our own lives based on the Bible today.  That means that we need to know what it says.  That’s one of the many reasons why I am writing about the Bible, I can’t think of anything that is more pertinent to us right now.  As long as we trust in the opinions of man, we are under a curse.

“Yahweh says:

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man,
and makes flesh his arm,
and whose heart departs from Yahweh.
For he shall be like a bush in the desert,
and shall not see when good comes,
but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
a salt land and not inhabited.
 “Blessed is the man who trusts in Yahweh,
and whose confidence is in Yahweh.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,
who spreads out its roots by the river,
and shall not fear when heat comes,
but its leaf shall be green;
and shall not be careful in the year of drought,
neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
– Jeremiah 17:5-8
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