Inspired by the Bible
My first meeting with the Bible
I had the confirmation (communion) in the Swedish church. When a whole semester or going to church, listening to the priest and trying to grasp all this important and sacred information, we finally got a Bible as a gift.
The Pastor had taught us the Lords prayer; he talked about how Jesus could heal people and even resurrect some. He said that we must know the ten commandments by heart. Some of us were church going students, but I was not. So I must say that this so-called Bible School created many more questions in me than I ever had before.
As I grew up and could put one and one together, I saw the hypocrisy in religion. There are so many religions, and all are claiming to do the right things. Some were rich, and some begged for money. Some did not believe in Christ at all and others, on the other hand, claimed that he was among them.
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More and more questions
My father was a very wise and intelligent man. He had answers for everything I thought. However, when I asked him about religion, he avoided the question. He simply did not know why there were so many religions with different view points.
I continued to search for answers. I went to a lot of religious meetings to see what I found. I went to the Pentecostals, the Salvation Army, Maranata, and of course, I tried the Swedish Protestant church again. All I found was that I felt extremely uncomfortable with their teachings.
I took my Bible and tried to study on my own. I could not find what I was looking for but little by little, I learned to read the so-called new Testament. I liked what I found. I liked the way Jesus was kind and had so much patience. I liked the letters Paul had written even if his grammar was difficult even in my own language.
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Some things I learned
What did surprise me a lot when I finally started to understand the Bible was, how many practical advise there were. About every aspect of human life, there are laws, principles and commandments. They can seem a little too easy at first, but when I thought about it, I realized that they were true and smart to follow.
I will mention a few things. The Bible teaches us not to lie. All lies are lies, even if we call them white lies or small lies. They are lies. So stop lying at all!
We are told to stay faithful to each other in the marriage. Never even look to another person but work on staying in love for life. This shows, that we mustreally think twice before a wedding.
In chapter 13 in Romans it is clearly said that we must be obeying the laws in the country where we live. That includes honesty in tax declarations, driving at the speed limit and never cheat another person.
The ten commandments are really good to know even if we not are under the Mosaic law now. However, these laws are principles that is good to live after today.
One thing is sure - when I started to live according to the Bible doctrines and laws, my life impoved. I have been much happier, have had a good concience and patience.
Some of the guidance in the Bible
Nevertheless, also, let each one of you individually so love his wife as he does himself
Love your wife
The wife should have deep respect for her husband
Have respect for your husband
Thus you shall keep my commandments and observe them: I am the Lord.
So let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours
Do not lie
Short version of the ten commandments
Some more of what I learned
- Is Easter a pagan tradition?
Easter IS a pagan tradition. What has the death of Jesus to do with eggs, rabbits and food?
- Adam and Eve driven out from the paradise
Mankind lost the paradise because of Adam and Eve. They were banned. The paradise was closed and they had to live a hard life. The Bible tells us the rest of this story
- Adam and Eve in the paradise
Adam and Eve lived in a paradise. Lots of food, beauty and animals.Adam and Eve were two perfect people who chose to leave Eden.
- This is a way to study the Bible
Read the Bible daily. Read the Bible from cover to cover or study just one subject at the time. The Bible tells us about what the future will bring for men on earth.
- Life without end
Everlasting life is what we are created for. As for now, the real life has not yet started.