I want to attempt to make this process easier. I want to take the mystery out of bible study. God has never been the author of confusion, but yet we have had people blame God for the confusion.
In a culture where everything is done for profit and power, we would be foolish to believe that these factors are not present in churches. The basic thing we need to understand is how universal the teachings really are and how simple it is to understand.
So let’s look at the basics:
1) God’s affection for the world was so great that he sent his son to die for them (John 3:16).
2) God created us in his image and likeness and wanted us to operate based on the intellect he gave us (Gen. 1:26, 27). So based on intellect we would discern or understand all things.
3) Just as we were born into mankind through the joining of a man and a woman together, so we must be born into the spiritual family by the water and the spirit (John 3:1-7). This is no more a symbol than your natural birth into your physical family. God actually wants everyone to be born again. (See the book of Acts to see the consistency of water baptism together with the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ).
4) Jesus spent time on this earth to demonstrate to us how to live a lifestyle that honored our Father in Heaven. So we read about Jesus yielding himself in obedience to the Father in heaven (Philippians 2:1-11). We see Jesus changing lives by loving, helping encouraging and sacrificing for mankind. We who belong to him must follow in his footsteps as he declared: “By this will all men know that you are my disciples if you have love one for another” (John 13:35).
The bible is perfect and pure and not at all confusing. If this is the only thing you knew and you practiced it faithfully with everyone you came in contact with, you would have a crown of righteousness that awaits you. This issue today is not about what your parents or grandparents did, or what is done where you are, this is about what the bible teaches and how you respond.
In love, I am inviting anyone who is interested in really understanding Christianity not as a system of religion, but as a way of life, I would love to study with you. I’ve always wanted to have a virtual bible class. If you are so inclined and are hungry for the truth then you reading this blog today was not an accident. I am here for you!