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Why you can trust the Bible

I was listening to SMILE FM this week and Riaan Swiegelaar, a psychic medium, was on air. 

He offers “advice on challenges in different areas of your life and can connect with loved ones that have passed on”.  You phone in, tell him your birth date and he lets you know what direction to take. 

On Thursday night he was saying that it is crucial that you give your child the right name that can release the inner energy your child has.  Wrongly naming your child can have disastrous effects.  Imagine that!  A parent could spend their entire life worrying that they gave their child the wrong name. 

We are, everyday, surrounded with false teachings, wrong opinions and erroneous information.

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How should Christians read the Old Testament?

Old TestamentMost church-goers know the Old Testament stories that they were taught in Sunday School, but many don’t understand or are unaware of the significance of these accounts for the church today.  Some Christians have gone to the extreme of rejecting the Old Testament (OT) because of its “Jewishness” and exclusively focus on the “Christian” New Testament.   Others may theologically subscribe to the OT as authoritative Scripture, but in reality never preach from or hear sermons from the OT. 

A danger that evangelicals trained in Biblical Theology face is that we are tempted downplay the ethical teaching value of the OT accounts in their own terms, in favour of a more progressive revelatory/ typological approach that always finds the only meaning of an OT passage as it is fulfilled in Christ. 

Paul demonstrates to us in 1 Corinthians that reading the OT typologically with its fulfilment in Christ and reading the OT more in its own terms looking for moral/ ethical/ behavioural lessons are both equally valid ways of reading scripture.  

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Why you should not listen to prophets

loudspeakerLast weekend my wife and I went shopping and we noticed a new children’s game called, “Fortune Telling Fun”. The makers of the game probably think it’s just a bit of fun, but it’s really not. The Bible prohibits all unauthorised or illegitimate communication with the supernatural, spiritual world; whether through fortune tellers, the occult or modern-day mediums because of the tremendous danger involved. Little attention is paid to the Bible’s warnings today. In African Traditional Religion many visit the witchdoctor or sangoma who communicates with the spirits and ancestors. Many people today claim to receive messages from the spirit world and angels, then write books about it. Even some Christians claim to receive “words” from God which they in turn relate to other unsuspecting believers. All throughout history people have sought to communicate with the spirit-world in order to receive guidance, help and advice.

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Do you like God, but dislike the Bible?

I’m sure you have many friends who claim to be very spiritual, who love connecting with “God”, enjoy “feeling” his universal love, and even go on “spiritual” retreats and meditations.  God is viewed as the life-giving force we all need to connect to, he is the Universe that empowers all life.  These friends just love “God”. But when you ask them about the Bible, they think it’s irrelevant, patriarchal, just opinions or even hateful.  The Bible is definitely not authoritative, respected or even listened to.

 

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Why trust the Bible?

Psalm 12:6 says “The words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.”
God’s words (the text of the Bible), is like silver refined seven times

Why not just refined once once?

“Seven” in the Bible is the number for completeness and wholeness.  What Psalm 12:6 is saying is that God’s words are completely pure, without error and wholly reliable.

Yet, there may be more to the number seven: