Radiant_Owl

My first posting. I am so in love with the Bible & yet I'm scared

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36 minutes ago, Willa said:

Fear is not from God.

Good words from Willa and it's source from the Bible too.  Also i would add the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom.   The net is what it is, a mixture of all and everything.   Yes, it is a place where you can go into depths that can create all kind of doubts and also get valuable information at no cost too.  Why not start with asking your pastor for some recommendations on what authors and books that may be helpful to you.  Also, maybe someone here with this type of background can guide you along the way.    You can ask here who is willing to mentor you in this area.

Here is a website with tons of books that you can,read online, browse or  download.  There are books from the earlier centuries.   Again, there are lots of stuff there, that you will have to choose.   Like this website much.

www.ccel.org 

Psalm 111        King James Version (KJV)

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

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Thank you Warrior. :) 

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3 hours ago, Willa said:

Fear is not from God.  Lower Textual Criticism is more apt to be by Christians.  Higher Textual Criticism is often done by atheists and agnostics to prove that the Bible is not true.  So stick to lower.  It has older dates for the writing of the books (scrolls), and searches for evidence supporting Scripture.  It often also searches for the most correct rendering of the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts.  This is often but not always found in earlier writings.  

The Greek church allowed Greek speaking people to copy the scrolls.  Many did this hurriedly or made more errors, and these were usually done on papyrus (paper) so only fragments remain.  Still they are helpful in dating some scrolls that the unbelievers claim were written 50 to 80 years later.  The originals no longer exist.  But they were quoted often as people and pastors wrote to each other during and soon after the time of the apostles.  The books of the New Testament were written between 45 and 91 AD or 45 and 85 AD, the last being the Revelation written by the apostle John while he was exiled on the Island of Patmos..  One Roman emperor ordered all New Testament scrolls to be burned so it is only by God's grace and providence that any exist today.

All New Testament scrolls had to be verified by a person who was a disciple of the Apostle to be accepted as genuine.  The words of Jesus and of the apostles were often memorized prior to their writing, just as the Jews memorized the first 5 books of the Old Testament.  But we are told both by Jesus and by the apostles like Paul that it is the Holy Spirit who brings to mind what they should write.  It is that same Holy Spirit who gives you such joy in your salvation and blesses you with love and understanding His Word.

Most of the New Testament was collected within only a short time after the death of John.  A few books at the end of the New Testament were questioned because while they were circulated among a group of neighboring churches, churches in another country may not have heard of all of them.  But the acid tests were the harmony with what the Holy Spirit had said in other parts of the Bible, lack of obvious error, the testimony early on from the disciples of the author, as well as their being signed by them.   Many fake books had cropped up about the time that the genuine ones were collected and verified.  Most were written by cults and had Jesus putting curses on children or killing them when he was young, or others claimed that women are evil and that Jesus didn't come as a man.  These were obviously false and were rejected for good reason.  They do not portray the God that we know and love.  But people are always coming up with newly discovered gospels that were "left out" of the New Testament.

Halley's Bible Handbook used to be recommended by Billy Graham and other well known pastors.  I am still looking for a good source to recommend.

Thank you so much. :) 

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I have a few other sites and sources you might enjoy.

For quality Bible study check out this:

https://bible.org/

For straightforward, simple answers to questions there's this one:

https://www.gotquestions.org/

For apologetics (defense of the Christian faith), try these:

http://www.str.org/

http://rzim.org/

http://coldcasechristianity.com/

 

My suggestion is this:  Study God's Word and get a good grounding in it above all else.  Build your relationship with the Lord and grow in it.  As you get to know him, your faith will increase.  Don't ever be afraid of attacks against Jesus, the Bible or Christianity.  I have found that, in searching for responses to attacks, my faith has only increased.  God always has intelligent, valid answers to the nay-sayers.

 

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On 3/17/2017 at 9:06 AM, Radiant_Owl said:

I've wandered the net doing research beyond what I read in scripture so as to learn the origins of the Bible and the history of our faith. And I'm scared. That sounds silly maybe but that's how I feel. I have this swelling love in my heart for the Bible and God and Jesus or Yeshua as the Hebrews call him. And this wondrous joy bubbling alive inside me comforted by the blanket of promise and my faith. And then.

I find information that makes it sounds like it is all political and man made. There are even non-Christian places that extract scriptures in order to point out how illogical it all is.

And that gets me to think and feel afraid. I know this sounds weak and whatever but I really need help in understanding .

So bubbling joy inside you is man made?  its all political?  Dont let them trick you.  Truth is they dont want God to be real because they want to be in control, they want to be about their business and go their way.  they dont want to have to look at whats wrong in them.  They dont sit around trying to disprove other religions books do they? 

The logic they use to try and disprove the bible and God is from a very limited viewpoint and very little to zero scriptural knowledge. 

The fool saith in his heart, there is no God. 

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Wise words, thank you. :)

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