DoingHomework wrote: Ok Eagle, so how do you reconcile what he says with YOUR beliefs about the bible? Do you believe you are self-editing it, rejecting certain parts because they are obviously outdated, ridiculous, and barbaric? Or do you accept and follow all of it? In other words, do you think women who are raped should be put to death, for example? What about people who work on Sunday?
Actually I am capable of considering questions presented. My IQ is not as small as you'd like to believe.
As to your specific questions no I don't believe someone who is raped should be put to death. Rape is wrong. I do not judge those who work on Sunday.
I'm not sure if I self-edit passages of the BIble. However, I would say the most important aspect too look at in Scripture is the context of the passage.
I believe in the Bible a Christian. So I started with the question “What is the Bible?”
The Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible,
Word of God. The Bible is God’s love letter to mankind. To say the Bible is inspired means that the Bible was authored, or God-breathed, by God through men. To say the Bible is inerrant means there are no errors in it. To say the Bible is infallible means it is safely relied on and completely trustworthy. To say the Bible is sufficient means that it contains everything one needs to know to obtain salvation in Jesus Christ and live life as a Christ-follower.
The Bible was given to us as evidence and illustration of God’s love for us. The Bible is to be cherished, studied, obeyed, and fully trusted. To dismiss the Word of God is dismiss God Himself. All Scripture testifies to Jesus Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
To me there are two choices. Either Jesus was a raging, lying lunatic or He was the Only Begotten Son of God and Savior of the World for the remission of sins who rose from the dead to sit at the right hand of God.
The Word of God speaks of itself:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
One of the greatest chapters in the Bible concerning the Word of God itself is Psalms 119.
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. - Psalms 119:9
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. - Psalms 119:11
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. - Psalms 119:89
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. - Psalms 119:105
The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. - Psalms 119:130
Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. - Psalms 119:165
Here we see five things the Word of God will do for Believers:
1. In verse 9 the Word of God will cleanse our ways
2. In verse 11 the Word of God will keep us out of sin
3. In verse 105 the Word of God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path
4. In verse 130 the entrance of the Word of God gives light
5. In verse 165 the Word of God gives great peace
Other great verses that show the importance of the Word of God in Christians daily lives are:
1. The Word of God is the means of reaching the unsaved and bringing them to Christ,
John 5:24; Romans 1:16; I Peter 1:23
2. The Word of God gives assurance of salvation and eternal life - John 5:24; 10:27-28 and I John 5:13
3. The Word of God sets us free - John 8:32
4. The Word of God cleanses us - John 15:3, John 17:17, and Ephesians 5:26
5. The Word of God builds our faith - Romans 10:17
6. The Word of God makes us wise unto salvation - II Timothy 3:15
7. The Word of God is quick and powerful - Hebrews 4:12-13
8. The Word of God will judge those who reject it - John 12:48
9. The Word of God will never pass away - Psalms 119:89; Matthew 24:35; I Peter 1:25
I think this video with Dr. S.M. Lockridge - "That's My King" sums up my belief about Christ. I hope you guys enjoy it.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqTFNfeDnE