Greenie, There were many English translations before the KJV, but God chose to bless this translation for over 400 years because not only is it the most faithful to the original languages, but it is also a very powerful translation. As to all other modern versions, they are all based upon corrupted critical texts of Hebrew and Greek. The propaganda supporting modern versions is extremely strong, but the foundation is extremely weak. Unfortunately the NKJV failed to fulfil its mandate and cannot be trusted. I have researched this issue thoroughly, so stick with the KJV and get yourself Strong's Exhaustive Concordance for clarification purposes.
Genesis, like most other books of the Bible, is written as if it were spoken in person, because that is how people communicated, they would tell a story, then tell it again from another perspective or theme, as often as it took to get the whole picture with it's relevant details. Which applies to the things written about the time of Babel. It is written in this way, because it invites the reader to engage with God by the Holy Spirit's presence. Have you felt the presence of God after He has talked to you from the Bible? That is called "hearing" the word. The burial of the fathers, the whole family of bones would be moved according to the will of the original. Michal's children? The verse before shows David talking to her about her maidens, by which Michel would end up having kids. Skeptics rarely read the verses before and after. In fact, they rarely read any of the Bible for themselves, they prefer to lap up whatever falls in the street, and then criticize that. A skeptic was ranting about how stupid the Bible is, and was asked if he had actually read the Bible, to which he replied "As a matter of fact, I've read it seven times." Then someone asked him "what about the book of Hezekiah?" "That too" he bellowed, "Well" said the bystander, "there is no such book in the Bible."
If a person is truly saved, they will not turn from the Lord. Salvation is not a matter of God simply moving us from one side of the ledger. It is a transformational work of the Holy Spirit on the heart. There are a lot of people who think they have something to do with their salvation. Salvation is a work of God's grace, not a work of man's effort. Phil. 2:12 says to work out your salvation. It does not say to work FOR your salvation. The phrase "work out" in Greek is one word and it means to put on display. Paul was not calling us to maintain our salvation. Those who teach that works are necessary for salvation are tools of the devil and they preach a false Gospel and In Galatians 1 we know that those who preach a false gospel are under a curse. .
Denominations were not created over doctrine, but over politics. An entire denomination was created so that Henry VIII could annul his marriage. When one studies the rise of denominationalism, through the 16th and 17th centuries it had more to political power and tradition than doctrine. A lot changed in the church when the Bible was finally printed in the language of the common man instead of the Latin Vulgate. When Bibles became more available and accessible to the average man, they could see how they had been lied to by priests who took advantage of their ignorance.
That's how I understand it . St Paul tells Timothy : " Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons . " He is saying that some people shall depart from the faith. You cannot depart from something that you were never in .
Here is an example that illustrates how two completely different accounts of the same event are not contradictory. A man goes to a St. Louis Cardinals game up in Busch Stadium. By chance, he runs into an old family friend and his family. They talk for several minutes catching up on things before finally parting ways going to their seats to enjoy the game. Later, he calls his mother to tell her about the friend he met at the game and what they discussed. But at work, he tells his friends about going to the game and all of the best plays and other game highlights. He completely omits any mention of seeing his friend. He simply says he went to the stadium, got his tickets and a drink and went and sat down. His mom is not interested in sports and had no interest in hearing about the game. His friends at work were interested in the game highlights. So he changed his focus relevant to the audience and his purpose for telling the story. Meeting his friend was not relevant to his purposes in talking about the game to his friends at work. So, it is possible to have two completely different accounts of the same event and both accounts being perfectly true and perfectly harmonized.
As Paul tells us: Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, And so In a state of grace the soul is like a well of limpid water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it is rooted like a tree. Otherwise it would produce neither leaves nor fruit, for the waters of grace nourish it, keep it from withering from drought, and cause it to bring forth good fruit. But the soul by sinning withdraws from this stream of life, and growing beside a black and fetid pool, can produce nothing but disgusting and unwholesome fruit. Notice that it is not the fountain and the brilliant sun which lose their splendour and beauty, for they are placed in the very centre of the soul and cannot be deprived of their lustre. The soul is like a crystal in the sunshine over which a thick black cloth has been thrown, so that however brightly the sun may shine the crystal can never reflect it. O souls, redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ, take these things to heart; have mercy on yourselves! If you realize your pitiable condition, how can you refrain from trying to remove the darkness from the crystal of your souls? Remember, if death should take you now, you would never again enjoy the light of this Sun. O Jesus! how sad a sight must be a soul deprived of light! What a terrible state the chambers of this castle are in! How disorderly must be the senses--the inhabitants of the castle--the powers of the soul its magistrates, governors, and stewards--blind and uncontrolled as they are! In short, as the soil in which the tree is now planted is in the devil's domain, how can its fruit be anything but evil? A man of great spiritual insight once told me he was not so much surprised at such a soul's wicked deeds as astonished that it did not commit even worse sins. May God in His mercy keep us from such great evil, for nothing in this life merits the name of evil in comparison with this, which delivers us over to evil which is eternal. This is what we must dread and pray God to deliver us from, for we are weakness itself, and unless He guards the city, in vain shall we labour to defend it. 5 The person of whom I spoke 6 said that she had learnt two things from the vision granted her. The first was, a great fear of offending God; seeing how terrible were the consequences, she constantly begged Him to preserve her from falling into sin. Secondly, it was a mirror to teach her humility, for she saw that nothing good in us springs from ourselves but comes from the waters of grace near which the soul remains like a tree planted beside a river, and from that Sun which gives life to our works. She realized this so vividly that on seeing any good deed performed by herself or by other people she at once turned to God as to its fountain head--without whose help she knew well we can do nothing--and broke out into songs of praise to Him. Generally she forgot all about herself and only thought of God when she did any meritorious action. As Paul tells us: Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
Hi there! I too think Mt 24:29-31 does not have to describe one event but neither are they arranged in chronological order. The rapture ("gathering of the elect") is described in 24:31 but it is significant that Luke's equivalent in Lk 21:28 says that when these things BEGIN TO HAPPEN, lift up your heads for your redemption is drawing near. The redemption likely corresponds to the gathering of the elect, i.e. the rapture, and Luke understands that it can happen anytime once the events of earlier verses begin to take place. It need not therefore be the last in the series, i.e. it need not be post-tribulational.
Galations.2;20>I am crucified with Christ,neverthe less,I live,yet not I,But CHRIST LIVITH IN ME,and the life which I now live in the flesh.I live by faith,of the son of God,who loveth me,and gave himself for me.....Amen..