Reading the Bible Properly

A few months back you may remember I posted on a great starting point in reading the Bible and understanding the Old Testament well. Today, I stumbled on an article that dealt with looking at the deeper context of Scripture and not just interpreting verses for what you think they mean after your eyes skim over them.

Remarkably, the article (I presume) was written by an unbeliever and was featured on the Huffington Post. This is awesome, since most Americans are pretty illiterate in religion (the quick religion quiz is actually fun – how do you think you’ll do? I got all ten right!! Not to brag…). That most definitely includes Christians. I’m hoping this article will help people see that a lot of the ‘controversies’ in the Bible are really not controversies at all.

Here’s the article – “What You Should Know Before Reading The Bible.” Enjoy!

By the way, I apologize I haven’t been posting too much lately. My new job out here in Santa Barbara throws a curveball into my schedule, not to mention the time difference. Soon I’ll be back in full swing!

The Resurrection

Sometimes it’s easy to think about what Jesus’s death and resurrection separately mean for a Christian. Other times all of the details can get a little confusing (for me, at least).

Most people (and by ‘people’ I mean Christians) understand that in the death of Christ, our sins were nailed to the cross with him (Colossians 2:14), the perfect atonement. Our slate has been wiped clean (summed up as justification) so we can run to God. But what about eternal life with God forever? Was that included in his death?

Jesus said he would rise again [after his death] and did so to show his faithfulness in promises, but did he have to rise again, promises aside? What was the purpose of the Resurrection, and what does it do for us as Christians in terms of our salvation?

I found a really cool article that’s all about the Resurrection by this guy named Herbert W. Armstrong. He wrote it in 1955, and I am impressed with how well he talks about the subject. It’s surprisingly short given the importance of the subject, and it’s even broken into parts for easier navigation.

Check out the article here. Enjoy!

Paul and Women

Many people have a twisted, distorted, or just misunderstood view of the apostle Paul’s opinion of women in the church. People look at Romans 16 and applaud paul, whereas others scorn Scripture for passages like 1 Timothy 2:11-14. What exactly was Paul’s view?

I found this article recently, and I think  it’s pretty accurate as well as an insightful read. It is a bit hefty, but the author divides up each section if you decide to skip around.

Paul and Women

Check it out; you might be surprised at what you learn.