Saturday , 23 August 2014

About Doug Hamp

  • Georges46910@gmail.com

    Jesus said ‘beware of the leaven of the Pharisees’ and the disciples took it literally … we have no bread.’ We should grow in wisdom to understand the truth, and I would understand taking the 6 days literally to be similar.

  • Jay Yeakley–Woodland Park, CO

    How do people who claim that the Bible is reliable equate the Bible as the Word of God? Psalm 138 never mentions the Scriptures, much less the Bible, but it proclaims the Word of God that is exalted above all other names. According to the reliable Bible in Philippians 2:9, this name is the name of Jesus–Immanuel–God’s promise to man. Beautifully, as portrayed throughout the Biblical New Testament texts, Jesus is the Word of God–the promised seed through Abraham–that became flesh, died, and resurrected, in whom man dies to the old life and is born from above.
    The Word of God gives life to man; yet, while on earth, Jesus points out the foolishness of people who search the Scriptures, much less the Bible, thinking that they will find life in the Scriptures. The Scriptures cannot give life because they are not the Word of God. Surely, any Bible reader can read the Bible’s claim that the Scriptures, clearly not referring to the then non-existent Biblical New Testament texts, are inspired by God and Jesus makes clear in John 6:39-40 that these Scriptures testify about Him–the Word of God–and to Him man may come in order to have life. But anyone turning to the Scriptures, again much less the Bible, for life will never find life. Instead, one must turn to the One of whom the Scriptures testify. Thus, Psalm 138 testifies of Jesus, not the Bible.

    • Paul

      Uh?

      • Warren Jones

        Psalm 138:2 is very clear, “thy word above all thy name.” Just read Psalm 119 with a humble heart, and see that the Word of God, Scriptures, the Bible, Statutes, Law, etc. and Jesus are spiritually synonymous. The bible is the bread of life(Jesus) manifested to us, in the here and now, by the Holy Spirit. The bible(Jesus) is our authority in all doctrine concerning our faith. (The bible apart from God is the letter that killeth 2Cor.3:6).
        The reference to (John 5:39) [foolishness of people] “thinking they will find life in the scriptures,” was said within the context of the unbelieving Jews that were blind to the scriptures and dependent on the law! The scriptures spoke specifically of the Messiah(Jesus), and they failed to see him when he was staring them in the face.The bible was never written to prove God`s(Jesus) existence, it was written by a people who already believed in God, so they testified of their faith, experience, and testimony. Revelation 12:21 says “…they overcame…and by the word of their testimony,..” “All scripture is given by inspiration” . . .(2 Timothy 3:16 KJV). “So then faith cometh by hearing”…(Romans 10:17 ). No Bible(Jesus),no testimony, no hearing [reading], no Faith, it`s the way God ordained it to be, “It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone but by EVERY…(Jesus)… WORD that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”(Matthew 4:4 ).
        The main problem with most Christians and the Church of Jesus Christ today is; they neglect the most crucial spiritual discipline, the intake of God`s word, which is manifested as the Bible. Jesus is a revelation through the bible as God`s word. It`s sad that many Christians are simply “bible illiterate.”
        Keep up the good work Douglas!
        God Bless You and may he continue to reveal himself to you through the “holy scriptures.”

        Warren Jones

        • Paul

          That makes more sense.

          I couldn’t figure out how Philippians 2:9 could be “the reliable Bible” if the Scriptures “are not the Word of God”. In fact, on reading that first comment again, I haven’t a clue where the poster is coming from.

    • Truth Seeker

      There’s no doubt Jesus believed in the Holy Scriptures. When visiting the temple with His family as a young boy the scribes were wholly impressed and confounded by His knowledge of the scriptures. It’s no surprise He was familiar with the Holy Scriptures as it was His own inspiration that inspired men to write them.

      Consider this: Jesus believed and taught about some of the most disputed stories in the Bible, particularly Noah, Adam and Eve, Sodom and Gomorrah and Jonah. People who think that the Bible isn’t completely inspired or is a collection of “good stories” often times point to those four incredibly “unbelievable” stories. However, if Jesus personally knew Jonah and taught the people about Jonah’s life then shouldn’t we believe also?!

      Honestly, I don’t really have a deep knowledge of how God created a fish who could swallow a person whole but He did just that. Because He did, Jonah’s faith and obedience were strengthened and many people in Nineveh repented and believed. I trust in the Bible because Jesus trusted in it and taught about those people found in the Holy Scriptures.

      Finally, “all” in the Greek simply means just that…all. Doesn’t 2nd Timothy 3:16 take on a new meaning for you when the first word in this important teaching is “all?” May God continue to reveal Himself through the Holy Scriptures and may you dig deeper to find truth!

      • Paul

        That’s what got me in the end. I used to be a church-going unbeliever, although I somehow knew that what Jesus said was true, but it slowly ate at me that Jesus spoke of the events in Genesis as real and the people involved in them as having existed — as well as referring to Jonah and his outlandish story as real history. To Jesus, they clearly weren’t symbolic, they were literally true. And so if Jesus Himself regarded them as having been literal accounts then either Jesus was a liar or a fool or, alternatively, I was. …Thus ended my sophisticated allegorical interpretation of the Old Testament stories.

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