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Posted On: 2018-02-18 02:21:59
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Why do so many Christians seem unknowledgeable about the Bible?

It seems as though most of today's christians spend all to much time debating things without using any scripture or if they do use scripture they completely neglect Christ's teachings. Does anyone bother to read the bible any more? Really read it? Not just a verse here and there but a chapter or two at a time?

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1 week 1 day ago

Confusion is one reason. Every day they release a new and "improved" Bible version for the masses. Make no mistake, the Bible is one of the best selling books of all time and companies want to profit off this fact.

Many Christians don't know that they *may* be using a Bible that waters down the truth. Many Bible versions are thought for thought equivalents and not word for word (literal) translations of the Bible.

For example in Isaiah 1:18, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

A thought for thought equivalency of, "they shall be as white as snow" might be changed to "they shall be as white as the feathers of a dove". In this case, it's pretty "innocent" but, other times it's not. And it changes the context of what is being said COMPLETELY.
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1 week 1 day ago
The translator thinks about the reader and says, "Hey what happens, when someone is reading the Bible and they live somewhere it doesn't snow? Will he understand, "they shall be white as snow"? even though he's never seen snow?" Thus the "need" for the change.
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Which one is God's word? These two verses are the same from different Bibles yet they seem to communicate something different:

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
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Other times entire Bible verses are removed in favor of older and "better" manuscripts. Also known as critical text because they do not agree with the majority of manuscripts.

Sleight of hand | The reader won't notice in his Bible that verse 11 skips to verse 13 and verse 12 was deleted.
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In extreme cases, sometimes the enemy can "spiritually influence" you NOT to read or understand the Bible or even sermons (Ephesians 6:12). I knew a pastor who gave some sermon tapes to a guy and he went on a trip and listened to the tapes. At the end of the trip, he asked the pastor why he gave him blank tapes. But, the tapes did have a message on them. Something just prevented him from hearing the words...
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1 week 3 hours ago
Well I have found that the complete jewish bible actually gives a person a better understanding of Gods word. I figured the ones who gave us Christ would be the ones who knew what was meant in the first place. Comparing bible translations against each other helps as well and you can easily do that at the biblegateway.
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Sherry, since the Bible was originally written by Israelites, most of whom were Jews, your take on using a Jewish bible makes a lot of sense.l
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3 months 2 weeks ago

I have studied religions of many differing faiths and still I am not all-knowing in each. I think that most people in the christian faith either are copying what their parents did and blindly following a religion or one of these other reasons;they are not fully living the christian lifestyle and do not pursue the truth, they do not study, they just go to church and try to absorb sermons, they are just passively believing and not bothering to ask nor seek.
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5 months 4 weeks ago

Less and less Christians are interested in religion. Such is modern life. The same might be said of any other religion and how much they study it.
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5 months 3 weeks ago
Many people in the middle east can not read and depend on what their religious leaders tell them. The roman catholic church used to do something similar by keeping the bible in Latin and not letting the common man learn it. Now that the bible is available to all in various translations in all kinds of languages it is a shame that few take advantage of this and learn it for themselves.
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6 months 6 days ago

A very Large % of "Christians" depend on what the man behind the pulpit tells them. The bible tells us (philippians 2:12 KJV) Seek out your Own salvation with fear and trembling. One needs Read the Bible to do that.
There are many phew warmers that will be surprised they do not make it in the final judgment.
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5 months 3 weeks ago
Thank you Geobo I totally agree with what you said.
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6 months 1 week ago

Because you aren't given a choice about your religion when born in to a religious family. I'm athiest but on paper a christian
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6 months 1 week ago
Being born into a religious family does not take away your choice. Even God gives us a choice. Being born into a religious family does not guarantee a ticket to heaven either because you have to make a individual choice about it.
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6 months 1 week ago
Gybno, shirking your responsibility by claiming no choice is the coward's way out.

I see nothing in the Bible claiming heaven is the reward of the saved, but I do see a lot where Earth is the reward, with God living at New Jerusalem on Earth.
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6 months 1 week ago
Heaven is where the heart is so where ever it happens to be, on earth or in some spiritual realm, matters not to me, as it is a minor point not worth arguing over.
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6 months 1 week ago
With that definition of heaven, heaven could actually be in hell if that is where the heart is. Therefore, from a Biblical perspective, that definition does not make any sense at all.
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6 months 18 hours ago
No the point is that salvation does not depend on whether or not I believe Where heaven is suppose to be because Heaven is with Christ and whether He is in Up in some spiritual realm away from earth or on earth makes no difference. Both are spoken of and both are true just at different times. Now I refuse to argue this point any further because it is a minor point and won't affect my salvation but may affect others because of the continued arguing over such a minor point.
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5 months 3 weeks ago
As long as YOU are SURE that it won't affect your salvation, you are correct in relegating it to the trashbin. BUT, you had BETTER BE SURE, because if you are wrong (not saying you are), YOU WON'T GET A SECOND CHANCE.
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5 months 3 weeks ago
Belief in Who Christ is, what He did for us, that He died, rose again and is returning for us, getting baptized, loving others as ourselves and Loving God are the basic tenets of the Christian faith. How you get baptized, when you get baptized, when Christ returns, where heaven is located are all things Christians fight over and divide into denominations over. None of it is necessary for salvation and often affects those new in the faith.
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5 months 3 weeks ago
What I mean is the things fought over is not necessary for salvation. The basic tenets of the Christian faith are necessary for salvation.
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