- Religion and Philosophy
How To Understand the Scriptures of the Christian Bible
Start at the Beginning
Everything from the banned books of the bible to history is important to understanding the scriptural text most refer to as the 'bible'.
If you're serious about understanding the Christian bible then it's imperative that you first understand scripture itself by knowing what it is and where it came from.
If you don't understand the origin, background, history, and culture of a body of people first, you can't possibly presume to understand what the meaning of certain things are.
We automatically project things through the eyes of our own background and culture when looking to understand someone or something and this is errant thinking.
Hebrew people are at the backdrop of the Christian bible. They were the ones who wrote the original scripture that was later translated in many different languages today. They still keep their own version of things while the rest of the world has it filtered through many years and different cultures and civilizations, and the rulers of their day.
Understanding that the Roman empire was the ruling force at the time of Christ, and Constantine was the ruler of the day when he decided to "unify" all the different factions of faiths and modes of worship that cropped up in his territory by combining sun worship and belief in Jesus, that gives us the off-course religion of today's Christian church.
Even the later cannonized, and current version of the bible, isn't all the scriptural text that was written or available back then. There are Hebrew writings, other books that were banned from being a part of the bible, and now the new Dead Sea scrolls that need to be looked at.
The Word LAW and the Sabbath in the Scriptures
The word LAW in the bible isn't even what most Christian people make out to be. The simple interpretation of it means "instruction" and so therefore was never "thrown out" any more than the 4th Commandment of the bible "Thou Shall remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it Holy".
The Sabbath day of worship was changed by the ruler Constantine and God implemented the Sabbath on a particular day (the 7th day) for a reason. He also gave the Feast days (see Lev 23) for specific reasons as well.
Christmas and Easter are really pagan holidays and rituals which simply have bits and pieces of the Hebrew belief of the risen Messiah mixed in. You simply can't mix Passover and Easter together, pick the pagan holiday's day of observance to celebrate, and then expect it to be just fine. It's an abomination and God says so in the scriptures. Why do you think this new observance is called Easter and not Passover?
Using J.P. Green's Interlinear Bible and the Strong's Concordance while looking at historical events as you look to understand the scriptures and the Christian bible are the best way for you to get started with understanding the scriptures.
After all, even the Gregorian calendar we follow today has a history and was created by civilizations over the course of time. Without understanding that either, you'll never know why God created the stars in the heavens as a permanent reckoning of time.
In conclusion, the things in this article alone should help get you started into digging a little deeper into the Christian bible and its Hebrew scriptures and history, because understanding the scriptures of the bible and the rituals that a person practices are the very foundation of a person's faith.