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Guidelines for Interpreting the Bible

Updated on February 26, 2013
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“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The best selling book of all-time is the Bible, which is the inherent Word of God. It was written over a 1500-year period by forty different authors by divine inspiration. The Old Testament was mostly written in Hebrew. It gives us the account of how the world was created, how sin enter the world, man’s inability to follow God’s commands, and God’s plan for redemption, which includes very specific prophecies concerning a coming Messiah. The New Testament was written in Greek. It tells how God became a man and fulfilled all of the prophecies that were prophesized centuries before. It chronicles Jesus’ life and teachings, along with his death and bodily resurrection. The New Testament also tells how the church began and prophesizes how the world will come to an end. Reading the Bible is extremely important if you want to learn more about God and grow closer to him. The toughest part is knowing how to properly interpret the Bible so that you can understand it properly.

How to Properly Interpret the Bible

Knowing how to properly interpret the Bible will allow you to properly apply Scripture to your everyday lives. Many cults and doctrinal errors come from people improperly interpreting the Bible. Here are some guidelines to follow to help you properly interpret scripture.

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Pray and Seek God’s Help

The first and most critical step in interpreting the Bible is to spend time in prayer before reading your Bible. Ask God for wisdom and help in understanding His Word. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

Advice on interpreting the Bible

Context of the Passage

Context. Context. Context. Interpreting verses in their context is critical to properly interpreting the Bible. Much doctrinal error and heresies come from people taking Scripture out of its proper context. It is really easy to pull a verse from here or there, but you need to read the surrounding verses to see if the verse says what you think it says. Here is a list of questions to ask yourself:

  • Who wrote the book or passage?
  • Who was it written to?
  • What does the passage say?
  • Are there any historic or cultural clues to understanding this passage?
  • What does the surrounding context say?
  • Should the passage be taken literally or figuratively?
  • Does it agree with the rest of Scripture
  • How Do I apply it to my life

Read Several Commentaries

Another great way to help you interpret the Bible is to read several different commentaries to see how they handled the passage. It is important to check out more than one because there are times that they disagree how to handle a certain passage. Also, it is a good idea to buy a study Bible if you do not have one. Study Bibles have notes at the bottom of each page designed to help you much like a commentary, only much less detailed. I highly recommend is the John MacArthur’s Bible Commentary. It is an excellent resource. Another great resource is the free online commentaries at Biblestudytools.com.

Avoid Theological Presuppositions

When trying to interpret a passage of Scripture, it is important to focus on what the passage says, rather than approaching it with a preconceived notion of what it says. Much doctrinal error comes when we try to bend Scripture into saying what we want it to say. Let the Bible interpret the Bible. Read the Bible as you would want someone to read something you wrote, without adding or taking anything away. There are some hard truths in Scripture, but just because they are hard does not mean they are not true. Hell is a great example of this. It seems that more and more people disregard the existence of hell because in their minds they think that a God of love will not send anyone there. However, the Bible says that exact opposite. In fact, it says that if you do not believe in the Son, you are condemned already.

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Verify What Others Tell You

When it comes to interpreting the Bible, do not take what anyone tells you as truth without verifying it. Universalism, for example, sounds great. Everyone goes to heaven because God is a God of love. Take some time and read through the New Testament and you will find that Jesus spoke more about hell than he did about heaven. You will find verse after verse in context where it becomes clear that Universalism is a heresy. The Bible clearly teaches a literal hell and people that do not trust Christ as their Savior will go there. It is not an easy truth, but a biblical one.

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"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord (Bible) and who meditates on his law day and night." Psalm 1:1-2

I encourage you to spend time reading the Bible for yourself with an open heart and an open mind. Contemplate what you are reading. Remember when you are trying to figure out the meaning of a passage or verse to read it in its context and in light of the rest of Scripture. Commentaries are a great resource, but also verify that what they are saying makes sense. If you do not have a Bible of your own or want to be able to take one with you on the go, I strongly suggest downloading the YouVersion Bible App. It has many different Bible reading plans to help you get started reading the Bible. If you do not know where to start reading the Bible, start in the Gospel of John, the fourth book in the New Testament.

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      B.BUTLER 4 years ago

      Starting over. The points you make are good ones, you have the "study to show thyself approved " part covered completely. As an old deacon allow me to add a few more. First a new believer must know the words and works of Jesus well , they are the key to the entire Bible, all scripture must be interpreted based upon what Jesus said and did. Next , pray for a teacher that stirs up your spirit, don't stay in a Bible class where your eyes can't stay open, God calls men to be teachers therefore it is safe to assume he has one for you. Number three, the Bible must be spiritual discerned, you will see this in your teacher, because those who are faithful in a little God will make ruler over much; do the works that God will lead you into, for me it took about ten years to be granted that gift of discernment and with it I can now see Jesus everywhere in the Bible by building precept upon precept.

      God bless those are seeking to know him.

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks Elizabeth!

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      Elizabeth Mara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello, everyone! This has been interesting conversation! I wanted to comment again regaurding celafoe's observations. I agree that a study bible is a tool that can be misused; however, I appreciate that other's viewpoints can inform my own understanding and have used study bibles for this reason. In my opinion, we are called on to learn and grow within a community, and while this is often thought to mean only the congregation of a single church, I think we are called to engage in a larger Christian community (like here on hubpages, for example). The reflections of the writers here, as well as the commentary printed in a study bible for me serve a similar purpose to help me explore and evaluate the word of God for my life. Thanks for the thought provoking disscussion here!

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks Celafoe! God Bless!

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      charlie 4 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      there is one thing I disagree with you on . I do not recommend using a study bible because they will lead you astray in areas because they are based on the authors beliefs . I also recommend the use of the interlinear bible as it does not have all the added junk.

      But overall a good article.

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      charlie 4 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      som you said you were done here so why dont you leave. we dont need your foolishness we know you are not a Christian and do not want to be so go elsewhere like you said you would.

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Amen! The Bible is truth. David wrote that "Your word is truth." It all comes down to 2 Timothy 2:16. All scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, etc. Not some, ALL.

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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      This is where SOM's statement self-refutes.

      ("The bible holds many truths, but it is such a shame that you know very little of truth. That is why I posted the three quotes.")

      SOM is correct that the Bible holds many truths, but does not quote the Truth, but derives his "truth" from the likes of Evelyn, George, and Leonard, and Simon and Garfunkel.

      The standard of Truth comes from the Word of God, not on the ideas, philosophies, and imaginations of men.

      If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. - Colossians 3:1-2

      I choose to pass on the affections and sophistry of men.

      Universalism will appeal to those who want God to conform to the image of man. I choose the opposite. We are called to conform to His image.

      SOM proposes his evidence of "truth" from the men of the earth. Who's next, Bono, Sting, Dalai Lama, or Ghandi? Whomever, or wherever it comes from next, he has already made this statement,

      ("... scripture is not the word of God...")

      There you have it. If Scripture is not the Word of God, then the quotes and ideologies from man will take precedence. It simply equates to another gospel, and another Jesus who appeals to emotions and wants of man.

      I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now seek the favor of men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. - Galatians 1:6-10

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      Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      You think you are right, and I take the time to have a discussion with you. Once again, you avoid the hard questions that challenge your position.

      I understand that truth is truth no matter where you find it, but we need a standard for truth.

      I applaud your use of Simon and Garfunkel; they have stated an important truth. You read the Bible, hear what you want, and you disregard the rest. Well done indicting yourself.

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      SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

      I dont have to answer your question, because you already think you are right. The bible holds many truths, but it is such a shame that you know very little of truth. That is why I posted the three quotes. You read the bible and interpret it as you see fit, but when one says other wise...

      A man hears what he wants to hear. And disregards the rest.--Simon and Garfunkel.

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      Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      Once again, SOM, you avoid answering my simple question. You apparently have no answer.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      SOM... That again is man talking. Not God. God's word is to be read the way it is written or there would be no use for the Bible period.

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      SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

      Let me give you three famouse quotes about the bible and you all and end it with that.

      We do not read the Bible the way it is; we read it the way we are. --Evelyn Uyemura

      No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. --George Bernard Shaw

      The Holy Book of the living God suffers more from its exponents today than from its opponents. -Leonard Ravenhill

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      Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      Once again-

      If we disregard the Bible, from where do we obtain truth?

      Sword, please answer my simple question.

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      SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

      Yes P&B, I have had dealings with you and your foolish hub about hell before. Sir, you like most who teach about hell are a spiritual terrorist. This new age you talk about with Universal salvation started 1943 years ago when the old age ended. It was banned by the catholic church, but this not about my belief in UR. I see old men patting each other on the back as wise fools, with their buffed up chests. This is the church I see today. I do admit, that there are some places of worship with kind Christ loving Christians , because I know some. They are nothing like you lot praise God. Because of them, I still have faith that the church will be restored to its glory as it was 1982 years ago.

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      Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      True, P&N.

      Too bad they can't understand the need for an external objective source of truth. Internal, subjective sources are always flawed.

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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      I grasp what SOM is doing. To be blunt, I do not accept His counterfeit gospel, or his counterfeit Jesus. It is as simple as that. He is prostelyzing his new age Jesus, Maitreya, the god of the new age visionaries and universalism, where all roads lead to God. That is why he only attacks the true Gospel. It has been prophesied; the way of the modern cult spiritual awakening will only increase in these last days.

      We must contend for truth, and expose heresy.

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      Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      I repeat, Sword- If I disregard the Bible, from where do I obtain truth?

      I believe that from now on I shall interpret Sword's rants and comments as I see fit, rather than with his intended meaning.

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      No. Read the verses before it and after it. It clearly means Scripture.

      11"Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into disobedience. 12For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-digit sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."

      I guess you concede that 2 Timothy says what it says?

      Still didn't answer my questions from the last post. . . .

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Praise God!! Amen ecramer.

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      SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

      Heb 4:12 Paul is talking about Christ. This is what you get when you use context context context. CONFUSION!!! I'm finished here.

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      I agree that Jesus is the Word of God, but so is the rest of Scripture.

      "All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16

      "For the Word of the God is living and active. Sharper than any double-digit sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

      Those verses are clear that the entire Bible is God's Word. I also want to take issue with your comment: "I read between the lines to get the spiritual meaning from it and as I find it more accurate. . ."

      More accurate vs what????? To back up your presuppositions????

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      SOM.... Out of respect for ecramer..... Leave me out of your rants.

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      SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

      John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

      14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

      Becareful when you us caps with this word, because Scripture is not the Word, and your friend J who encourages people not to use old testament gives you an amen just like the hypocrite he is. I read between the lines to get the spiritual meaning from it and I find it more accurate than those who interpret scripture in context (John 6:63).

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Amen ecramer!! BRAVO!! Brilliant explanation.

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      All SCRIPTURE is God breathed. Not some, ALL. David said in the Psalms that "Your word is a lamp unto my feet." If the Bible is not the inspired Word of God, what is the point of believing any of it??? Which pages should I rip out? Is there a decoder ring?

      Reading between the lines allows you to insert all of your presuppositions into the text which results in doctrinal error. It assumes that you know more than the person who wrote It because they did not write it plainly.

      What is funny is that you lead with a judgmental statement and then call me a Pharisee. I base my arguments on the Word of God backed up with chapter and verse. I do not claim to be better than you or anyone else. I am a sinner who is saved by Grace through faith. I know that I deserve to be in hell for my sins and the only reason that I take such a strong stand on issues such as this is that eternity is in the balance and people who do not know Jesus are going to hell because life is short and death is certain.

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      Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      If I choose to disregard the Bible, from where do I obtain truth?

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      SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

      Yes. Because scripture is not the word of God, Christ is, two because you read the print but fail to read the white between, and last, just by your last comment, you make yourselves out to be as self-righteous pharisees. The Church needs healing and needs to get back on the right track, but as long as people like you still hold to foolish teachings, it will take longer for Christs ecclesia to have the glory it had 1982 years ago.

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      You mean people that believe that the entire Bible is the inherent Word of God and read verses in context of the passage, chapter, and book that they appear in and in light of Scripture as a whole?

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      SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

      I left the church because of people like ecramer and those who praise this hub.

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks RonElFran! God Bless!

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      Ronald E Franklin 4 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I think this hub does exactly what the title says - it lays out basic guidelines for interpreting Scripture, and does it well. I particularly appreciate the emphasis on avoiding traps that are so easy to fall into, such as reading Scripture through the lens of our presuppositions. Good job!

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks PlansandNails and JThomp42! God Bless!

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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      ecramer36,

      One of the most important verses in Scripture is 2 Timothy 2:15. Most doctrines will succeed, or crumble based on this verse. Additionally, the only way to rightly divide truth is to have Jesus Christ show you. He is the vine, we are the branches, and apart from Him we can do nothing.

      You have shown the first and most critical step in interpreting the Bible.

      Thank-you for this informative article. God Bless!

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Scripture is meant to be read in context of the surrounding verses, chapter, book, and in the light of the rest of Scripture. Isolating a verse from those around it is the way wrong interpretations come about. One sentence can mean many different things. For instance, I say that I am going to buy everyone lunch. You need to know who everyone is before you lnow exactly what I mean. I could mean two people, i could mean a larger group of people or i could mean everyone in the world.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      No SOM, This is what you do. This is an excellent Hub!!

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      SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

      It is the reason of reading scripture in its context is why many false interpretations of the good book happen, because you do not read it as it was meant to be read, you read it as you want to understand it.

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks Elizabeth! May God bless you!

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      Elizabeth Mara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Excellent job, ercramer! I thought you presented yourself clearly and completely. I have stumbled when I've tried to encourage others to read scripture because the bible is daunting and the dictionaries, concordances, and maps we use to understand it seem complicated. Yet, once I've begun, I find reading and studying both simple and satisfying. If only that first step didn't seem so difficult! Thank you for your encouraging, well written hub.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      Except for the fact that Paul's argument in Romans 1:20 is ad hominem and circular. It was never even intended to be taken literally.

      Besides, if it was meant to be taken literally, it is epic proof of the non-existence of God because there exists no shred of evidence that he exists and that this God is Yahweh.

      As for now, I will worship the goddess Ishtar.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      Sorry to step into this conversation on heaven so late but I do have insight on this subject.

      Comma placement of Luke 23:43:

      Rotterham Emphasized Bible reads: “Verily I say unto thee this day: with me shalt thou be in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

      This seems to be supported by the following verses that it might be following the Hebrew idiom "I am commanding you today" etc.

      Gen. 4:14; 19:37f; 21:26; 22:14; 24:12, 42; 25:31, 33; 26:33; 30:16, 32; 31:43, 46; 35:4, 20; 40:7; 41:9, 41; 42:13, 32; 47:23; 50:20; Exod. 2:18; 5:14; 13:4; 14:13; 16:25; 19:10; 32:29; Lev. 9:4; 10:19; Num. 22:30; Deut. 1:10, 39; 2:18; 4:1f, 4, 8, 26, 38ff; 5:3; 6:2, 6, 24; 7:11; 8:1, 11, 18f; 9:1, 3, 6; 10:13; 11:2, 4, 7f, 13, 22, 26ff, 32; 12:8, 11, 14; 13:1, 19; 15:5; 19:9; 20:3; 26:3, 17f; 27:1, 4, 10; 28:1, 13ff; 29:9, 11, 14; 30:2, 8, 11, 15f, 18f; 31:2, 21, 27; 32:46;

      Robert Bowman has covered this in a debate with a Jehovah's Witness on the issue:

      "Curious, is it not, that in all of these texts, SHMERON does not follow

      immediately after the verb? And more curious still, if Luke 23:43 is echoing

      this ‘idiom,’ why doesn’t SOI appear between the verb and the adverb, as is

      the regular pattern in the samples of that idiom?"

      But this is exactly how the sentence is structured in the Textus Receptus and the Byzantine Majority text.

      http://biblos.com/luke/23-43.htm

      Apparently also in the Greek Orthodox text as well. Bowman has an interesting article on the subject, however, his view seems to collapse when we consider Acts 2 which shows us that David has not yet ascended to Heaven. Additionally, he must assume that Dives and Lazarus is an historical account and not a parable to which whether it is or not relies on speculation.

      So I would have to side with the thought that people do not go to Heaven until resurrection if the Bible is a truthful document (another subject).

      2 Corinthians 5:8 tells us that absence from the body is presence with the Lord but this does not necessarily mean that this is referring to death. In fact, Paul argues that we long to be clothed within the entire context of the chapter (2 Cor. 5:1-10). This could be referring to when we put to death our sinfulness (becoming absent from the body), we are clothed more fully with Christ (present with the Lord) which matches the context better (2 Cor. 5:19-21).

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Newenglandsun - God has revealed Himself through his Word and through creation. People are without excuse. God will judge everyone fairly.

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Servantofgod - I see where you are coming from in that the New Jerusalem is going to come down out of heaven. I think Porshadoxus is right. Paul wrote that if we are absent from the body and present with the Lord. I would also cite the thief on the cross. Jesus told the one that repented, "today you will be with me in paradise." But either way, it will be awesome:)

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks JTomp42, Random Creative, & Lastheart! God bless you.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      Porshadoxus,

      Romans 1:18-20 - For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse;

      How would the pagans in Paul's day respond? Of course this true because Artemis is the creator of the cosmos! Paul says NO! God, Yahweh is the creator of the cosmos and you are without excuse! Artemis is a daimon! Pagan says NO! Artemis is the creator and the huntress! Yahweh, I do not know who he is. Paul says Yahweh has revealed himself to pagan so pagan is without excuse. Pagan says, prove Yahweh exists. Paul says, look at what Yahweh has made. Pagan says, this is the stuff Artemis has made. Paul says this is the stuff that Yahweh has made. Pagan says, no Artemis made it. You crazy or something? Paul says Artemis is a daimon! Yahweh is true and Artemis is false! Pagan says please offer proof. Paul says Yahweh is true and Artemis is false now burn in Hell you wicked pagan non-believer! My God who is Yahweh who is not Artemis will have nothing to do with Artemis worshippers like you! He loves you by the way. Pagan says, err, uh, okay. High person. Paul says [expletive - censored]

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      Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      @newenglandsun-

      Romans 1:18-20 clearly declares that God is evident in creation and inside each person. They are without excuse.

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      Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      @servantofgod-

      John 3:13 combined with II Corinthians 5:8

      If Jesus is ascended into heaven, and being absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, then we're on our way to heaven.

      Also-

      II Corinthians 5:1

      We have a building(tabernacle, spiritual body) of God, eternal in the heavens. If I have a tabernacle eternal in the heavens, then I'm certainly going to go there.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      I don't get what the big deal about denying the existence of Hell is but, okay, yeah, there are a ton of people being tortured in Hell right now by a God who loves them very much. People who were never even given a chance to know who God was. People who had never received revelation of God. Maybe now you will understand why videos like these are done?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCysz_0Hicg&fea...

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      God bless you dear brother for sharing these words.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I wasn't sure what to expect here, but you really did a good job with the basics! This is a great guide for anyone interested in furthering their Biblical knowledge.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Awesome ecramer!! Voted up and awesome.

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks FaithReaper! God Bless!

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      servantofgod 4 years ago

      hi ercramer,

      I just want to share what I know and I do not intend to argue with you in any way.:) just sharing.:D

      Here is some of the Bible verses that I believe will tell us that the reward of the righteous is not heaven.

      Joh 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

      Act 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens {a man after God's own heart, if anyone should be in Heaven, David should be one of them): but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand...

      Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves {from the grave and not from heaven} shall hear his voice,

      Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life {this is the reward of the righteous}; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. ---- where should we reign as immortal beings? --- the answer ---Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

      This is supported by psalms 37.

      Psa 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.Psa 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.Psa 37:29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein FOREVER.

      Can you give me one scripture that support the claim that heaven will be the reward for the righteous?:)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent write. When I first read your title, I thought . . . hmmm, and well, know I hope . . . and you did, the very first most important step. God bless you dear brother.

      Very insightful guidelines here. Voted up ++++ and sharing

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks servantofgod! However, I do disagree with you on the righteous receiving rewards in heaven. 2 Corithians 5:10 says, "for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that one may receive what it due to him for the things done in the body." Also, Paul talks about running the race for the prize. The Bible also lists crowns that some believers will be given, which then they will lay down at the feet of Jesus. You took John 3:13 out of its context. If you read the verses around it, Jesus is explaining to Nicodemus that if he cannot understand earthly things, how is he going to understand heavenly things. I am not sure how John 3:13 fits what you are trying to say anyway.

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      servantofgod 4 years ago

      Nice! I like the way you wrote your hub.:) For this reason, let me follow you. I have similar hubs like this.

      One truth in the Bible that so many "christians" claim to be true is the reward of the righteous is heaven. But this was never the case. Nowhere in the Bible can we read this statement. In fact, Christ Himself said that no one ascended in heaven except Himself (John 3:13).

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      Eric Cramer 4 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks Porshadoxus! I could not agree more about the emergent church. Their teachings all sound good to a dying world, but are not biblical. They have traded in the truth for a lie.

      God Bless you!

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      Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      Well done, ercramer.

      The emergent church movement is especially insidious regarding the denial of hell and the mythic Jesus. They have missed the truth in so many ways.

      Voted up.