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The Berean apologizes that there will be no Daily Devotional July 7. 

Have a good weekend all!

-j

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July 6, 2006 Posted by | Daily Devotional | Leave a comment

News You Can Use

Reading Your Bible With Understanding 

Using these tools while reading your Bible will eliminate a lot of confusion.

 


The Agreement Principle 

The Agreement Principle, (hereinafter referred to as the AP), is a scientific principle or tool measuring validity.  It establishes a baseline, and then anything thereafter is compared to the baseline in terms of agreement

Example: A scientist studying dice may establish that all dies weigh 1.5 grams.  This will remain TRUE until proven UNTRUE.  If there is a die that is discovered that truly contradicts the original assertion, then there is no agreement.

 Application: The AP and its application to the Bible is that it DOES NOT contradict itself and all parts agree with each other and with the whole.  At this point, scientifically, it is up to someone with a contentious viewpoint to prove otherwise.


The Context Principle 

The Context Principle, (hereinafter referred to as the CP), is a scientific rule of language.  It establishes that everything said must be interpreted within its context.  A verse must be interpretted withing its chapter context which must be interpreted within its book context which must be interpretted within the whole Bible’s context. Only given the proper context can we come to a true meaning of what the phrase truly means.  The CP has been criticized by lay people who struggle with scientific concepts.  They often fail to see that a statement made in one context can mean something else in another.  In order to properly interpret the Bible, you need to know all the details SURROUNDING the passage that you are reading.  Otherwise you may come up with the wrong meaning.

Example: Take the words, “That’s funny” for instance.  The two words can have at least two meanings:

 

That’s hilarious             

That’s strange

Application:  Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is];” is often taken out of context to coerce Christians to come to church every time the door opens.  This sentance fragment is related to the previous verses (which are largely left unquoted), and do not even mention church service, worship service or any other kind of service.   For a good write up on this subject check this out!


The Ethnic Division Principle

The Ethnic Division Principle, (hereinafter referred to as the EDP), is a scientific principle indigenous to the Bible.  It establishes that there are different peoples in the Bible that are addressed, and the message for one does not necessarily apply to everyone.  This principle can apply to individuals as well.

Example:  Not all verses or commandments are for Christians.  Can you guess who was commanded to do the following?

Deut 25:11-12 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity [her].

Application: It is important to distinguish who is being instructed or spoken to.  In the Bible there are Jews, Gentiles, Christians and others—know who is being addressed.

July 6, 2006 Posted by | News You Can Use | 2 Comments

Daily Devotional – July 6

Mary Tyler Moore after multiple facelifts

Mary Tyler Moore after multiple facelifts

WAR!

There is an ongoing war being waged against an invulnerable enemy costing billions of dollars. There are thousands of casualties and wounded.

It is not the Iraq War or the “war on terror”.

It is the war against mortality.

Americans spent nearly $4.2 billion on cosmetic surgery last year–a largely desperate attempt by many and most to maintain the guise of youthfulness.

Psalms 39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days [as] an handbreadth; and mine age [is] as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state [is] altogether vanity.

While many struggle to maintain the losing front against the physical, the battle of eternal consequences is being neglected.

1Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Fighting a losing battle, or investing in a victorious one?

The choice is yours.

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Verse of the day

DANIEL 2:20
Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

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