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Inspired by the Bible

Updated on March 5, 2012

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.

The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, Compact TruTone Edition (Charcoal, Crown Design, Red Letter)
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, Compact TruTone Edition (Charcoal, Crown Design, Red Letter)

The English Standard Version (ESV) Bible is an essentially literal Bible translation that combines word-for-word precision and accuracy with literary excellence, beauty, and depth of meaning.


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

Ephesians 5:33
Nevertheless, also, let each one of you individually so love his wife as he does himself
Love your wife
Ephesians 5:33
The wife should have deep respect for her husband
Have respect for your husband
Leviticus 22:31
Thus you shall keep my commandments and observe them: I am the Lord.
Obey God
Ephesians 4:25
So let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours
Do not lie

Short version of the ten commandments

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      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Your quest for knowledge sounds very similar to mine, except I was raised in a strict Christian home that only allowed the use of the Holy Bible (KJV) as reference. I also have been on a continuing search for as much religious and historical knowledge as possible. Voted up, useful and awesome.


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