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One major point to consider is that there isn't just "one" author. First and foremost, the "Bible" is a collection of 66 (or 73) discrete books written by at least 40 different authors over a period of over 1500 years. To say that at least 40 authors over 15 centuries all had the same hidden agenda is conspiratorial thinking at its best. The Old ...


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No, there is only one truth. And it doesn't change because it is the person of God himself. The problem is, our understanding is very limited and marred by sin. I quite honestly wish I was right more of the time, but quite frankly I'm wrong an awful lot. The history of Christianity is littered with confusing tracks taken by folks who interpreted one issue ...


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History records that Pilate was not the most even tempered of men. Considering this, I find that it is quite probable that the words would have been intended more as mockery than anything else. Traditions related to Pilate are a good deal more vague. While the apocryphal "Passion (or Gospel) according to St. Peter" exonerates him, the majority of writings ...


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Scripture doesn't explain what Pilate was thinking when he said "What is truth." I know that Pilate has always been portrayed by Catholic moral theologians as the archetype of the man who wants to please everyone, of the pusillanimous man who doesn't have the courage to take a tough stand because of the personal costs. Perhaps the best dramatization of ...


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When the bible was written and the first people read it, why did they assume that its content was the truth? For the New Testament there is a simple answer to this question: The people who first read it where in a good position to either already know or able to verify the veracity of the claims made in the text. Once the most extraordinary are ...


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So to worship in spirit means to do so with full purpose of heart. (KJV) Matt 15:8-9 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9) But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. The Lord was speaking about the Pharisees here who outwardly ...


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When you say "truth" I'm going to assume you mean eternal truths, such as the existence and nature of God, the legitimacy of scripture, and the gospel of our Saviour. James gave this counsel on asking questions: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ...


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No, rather, diversity in doctrine shows the difficulty in approaching the truth. Even armed with all that we know, there is plenty of room for educated, informed people to disagree on the best way to relate to God. When one person has a specific interpretation and others follow, that interpretation may become the doctrine of a specific sect. Others may ...


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Prayer is central to receiving spiritual truths from God since by prayer we humble ourselves to a state where the Holy Spirit works effectively in us. However, are we able to discern if the answer we receive is from God's Spirit or an evil spirit? God in His wisdom has warned us: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are ...


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John 16:12-15 (ESV2011) 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take ...


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Verses 12-15 make it pretty clear that the Spirit is functioning under the authority and direction of the Father and the Son. What the Spirit is speaking is coming from the Son and the Father. We can see this as Jesus is promising the Spirit will be his replacement, if you will, as God's primary representative on Earth. The Spirit is fully God. The Spirit is ...


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Regarding the last question: "Why is there so many different versions of the Bible? Why do they keep changing? How reliable is it if other people keep changing them and bringing out new versions?" It's not so much that there are so many different versions, but so many different translations. They keep changing because they the language they are translated ...


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When St. Thomas worshipped the risen Jesus, saying to Him "My Lord and my God," Jesus did not correct him but rather indicated that we, despite not having seen His wounds directly like St. Thomas, should do as Thomas did: "Because thou has seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen and have believed." [John 20: 28-29]


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No. As Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life." (John 14:6) Note the use of the singular here, for both "way" and "truth". Also note Matthew 7:13-14: Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat, [but] strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and ...


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You are asking this from the perspective of a Christian. Now step back, and consider it from the perspective of the observer, here re-phrased a bit: (19) the religious authorities ask some questions (20-21) the defendant refuses to answer them (23) the defendant retorts "charges or I walk" (24) the defendant is sent to the high religious authority; what ...


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I think you may be making too much of within you for the first part, I must admit that this is not the translation that my tradition uses, but it is an honest translation, although it was written in a day when within you might not have meant "the power is yours" so now, among you or in your midst might be more appropriate. This is from an author that is ...


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This is from a VERY specific perspective, and other perspectives are likely to have a different answer (and possibly take offense, though none is meant.) From the perspective of my Fundamental, Independent Baptist Church, which regards the Bible ad God's word, written by men as inspired by the Holy Spirit, and therefore, inerrant and infallible. (Starting ...


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No, there is only one truth, but as finite humans we are incapable of fully grasping it: For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For ...



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