FINDING A DEVIL IN YOUR CHURCH'S PULPIT
Most people, if they pick up their Bibles, will notice that the words are only in one language. I have heard even preachers say, “If the King James Version (English) was good enough for Paul, it is good enough for me”. The only problem with this, is that Paul nor any other writer wrote or spoke in English. The Bible was actually written in 3 languages. These languages were Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. All of the Old Testament, but 10 verses were written in Hebrew. All of the New Testament was written in Greek. The 10 verses written in Aramaic are “Daniel 2:4; Daniel 7:28; Ezra 4:8; Ezra 6:18; Ezra 7:12-16; and Jeremiah 10:12”. These verses are listed in Unger’s Bible Dictionary.
We got our English Bible from translating the Hebrew Old Testament, the Aramaic Old Testament, and the Greek New Testament, into English, or whatever language God’s people use. Remember, the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, is the very words of God, not a translation. This is very important, because no translation can be perfect, because it is a translation, not the original.
What is the purpose of the Bible?
John chapter 20:31 states, “ But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name”.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 states, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”.
The purpose of the Bible is to bring lost mankind to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, as well as to teach him how to live in Christ. The Bible is our guide book, follow the Bible and it will never fail you. Ignore the book and it will curse you.
Why just 66 books in the Bible?
The question is often asked, “Is there any more of God’s Word, than what we have? Is it possible that we might discover a lost book of the Bible?”
Let me begin I saying no! no! no!
We have all of the Bible that God gave us, and we will get no more! Now, let me prove this to your satisfaction. The Bible states in Revelation 22:18 (already quoted), that we are not to add anything, or take away from, the Word of God. Then you might ask, “How did Christians determine what was Scripture, and what was not?”
The answer is the cannon of Scripture.
This is simply the standard by which they measured and evaluated all books claiming to be Scripture! The canon is the official accepted list of books, based on a set standard of rules. Please understand, the church did not create the
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