Tag: Bible

Be excellent to each other – 1 John 3-5 (NTiR)

Chapter 3More “children” stuff, but at least this time John is including himself, and saying everyone is God’s children. This I can handle, since it is consistent with the entire Bible, Old and New testaments. We don’t know what we will truly be like until we meet Jesus in heaven. Just as Jesus was revealed to be the sacrifice that saved humanity from sin and the devil. One thing I like about John is hisLearn More

My little children – 1 John 1-2 (NTiR)

In our last installment,┬áPeter tried to answer the question: why hasn’t the world ended? Why hasn’t Jesus returned? Where’s the end-time that you promised us? Peter’s answer was, basically, “screw you guys! God has decided to give you guys more time to repent. Don’t tell me anything, He sets the time frame. I don’t know how well that answer was received, however. since 2 Peter ends at that point. However, I am guessing that itLearn More

What happens when the world doesn’t end? (2 Peter)

Every now and then, one of the books in the New Testament annoys me so much I can’t even talk about it, and must move on. That was 1 Peter. Hopefully the sequel won’t suck as much. The Second Epistle of Peter Chapter 1 The chapter opens with a florid, ostentatious greeting and introduction. This chapter exists to establish credibility for Peter and the church elders. He recounts that he and other disciples were thereLearn More

Interchangeable apostles – 1 Peter 3-5 (NTiR)

Chapter 3 Here’s the reason I don’t like Paul’s letters, and I am beginning to dislike Peter’s: they are not about Christ’s teachings, but are instead about seeing Christ as a god figure. Instead of talking about the man, they talk about the concept (“exalt Christ as Lord in your hearts”). Instead of internalizing the message – as James did – Peter keeps everything at an external, exterior level. While James defined sin and whyLearn More

Six of Peter, a half-dozen of Paul – 1 Peter 1-2 (NTiR)

As I mentioned when I wrapped up my last entry, the second half of James, I was surprised to find that I liked James. It was a well-written, even-toned, intelligent, introspective work. James did a great job of distilling Christ’s message and giving examples of how that should be lived. The stress was on doing and saying and thinking how Jesus did, not as someone who is trying to co-opt the church does. That’s aLearn More

Christ’s message personified – James 3-5 (NTiR)

Those of you who’ve been reading this series of articles probably noticed by now that I have a healthy dislike for Paul. I think that he was an overbearing personality who co-opted Christianity for his own goals, to push his own personal agenda. And since it feels like most of the New Testament to this point has been written by Paul, it follows that I haven’t found much to like – let alone respect –Learn More

A return to Christ’s teachings – James 1-2 (NTiR)

Just when I thought I was onto the New Testament’s tricks, I get thrown a screwball. The book of James was actually written by James! Up until this point, Paul had been writing all of the letters, and book names were deceiving. Now we are seeing some honesty! Honesty from the New Testament. Will wonders never cease? [Note: That was a joke, don’t take offense.] It appears that we are done with the letters fromLearn More

Damn, what’d Esau do to you? – Hebrews 12-13 (NTiR)

Let’s hit the ground running… Chapter 12 One must continue running the race set before them, enduring the obstacles put in one’s paths. If motivation is needed, one should look to Jesus. Christ fought against sin to the point that he shed his own blood; this is the example one must follow. There’s also a bit about discipline, how God disciplines a person as a father disciplines his son (what about mothers and daughters?). ThisLearn More

By faith, this book was saved – Hebrews 9-11 (NTiR)

Have you ever been so hungry that you will eat whatever happens to be on hand? More than that, whatever you try to eat tastes delicious, at least for those first few bites? That’s the way I am handling Hebrews. Something good, anything good, is going to feel like a feast to me. And Lord knows I need a feast right now… Chapter 9 We get a quick rundown of how tabernacles are constructed, includingLearn More

Boring, boring, boring… – Hebrews 6-8 (NTiR)

The Hebrews need to be convinced that Jesus is their high priest and should be followed because he is of the covenant and is appointed by god and blah blah blah blah. My dear lord, this book is going to crush my soul! Chapter 6 The unknown author won’t leave the babies unfed, though. He lists the truths that will be revealed, including baptism, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, etc. Resurrection is,Learn More

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