Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Book That Will Never Need a New Edition

  One of the most flustering things for college students has to be buying books.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, textbook prices have risen over three times the rate of inflation in the past 38 years, a 1,041 percent increase.  Students can’t do much about it since they are in essence a captive audience.  They must buy what the professor assigns.  In many cases the way to save was to buy used older books, but it has become increasing difficult to do because publishers are issuing new editions at much quicker rate.  Since the world change so fast, the books must be constantly updated in order to keep up.

  However there is one book that is the text book for life and it has never needed a new edition.

  In 2nd Peter 1:3  we read, “seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”  Here we are told that God has provided us with everything we need to live right with God. The knowledge we need to be saved and live pleasing to God. That knowledge is found in the word of God.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
2nd Timothy 3:16-17 

   God’s word will never need another edition.  New material will not have to be added.  Corrections will not have to be made.  The premise won’t need to be changed for a new audience.  The gospel has been given to us once and for all (Jude1:4).  Rest assured that when it comes to guide for the most important test you will face, it will never change!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Looking The Part

 Even though it is a long way away, many folks are talking about the upcoming presidential elections. Candidates are been considered for many different factors, their platform, their experience, their personality. However, one trait that many don't consider seems to have an effect of a candidate chances to win: their height.

  Some political observers have noted that taller candidates have won 58 percent of US presidential elections between 1789 and 2008. Now are we so shallow we think size matter in presidential success? Probably not consciously, but human have a way of making quick judgements based on physical features. We are not supposed to judge a book by its cover but publisher know that people do just that.  We don't have time to read the whole book so we glance at the surface hoping to gain some quick insight.

  But does it work?

  Let’s consider three rulers found in the books of Samuel:
1st Samuel 9:2
…, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.
1st Samuel 16:12
… Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance.
2nd Samuel 14:25
Now in all Israel was no one as handsome as ????????, so highly praised; from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no defect in him.

  Now who would you pick? The tall handsome man? The perfect specimen of beauty? The red faced kid? On looks the ruddy David might not be best choice, but Saul and Absalom paled in comparison to him as a ruler. David wasn't the one that struck Samuel either, but God told him He sees thing differently.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

  It’s interesting that in all of the gospels we never have a physical description of Jesus. No idea of his hair color, how tall he was, his skin color, if his nose was long or his ears were too big. The closest thing we get is in a prophecy about him in Isaiah 53:2, “ He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him”.

  Maybe that tells us what we should be most concerned with judging others or even ourselves. The most important things are not on the outside but the inside! 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Did Bugs Bunny Corrupt The Scriptures?

   If I called you a Nimrod, how would you feel?  If you are like most people you would probably feel insulted.  The popular definition for a nimrod is an inept person, an oaf, a maroon, an ignoramus.  The original name Nimrod really meant to be a skillful mighty hunter.  Its origin is found in Genesis 10:8-9: 
“Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth.  He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, "Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD."

How did the mighty hunter become an inept oaf? Well, it’s all Bugs Bunny’s fault.

  Ok, maybe not all his fault.  You see in the popular cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, Bugs often times will refer to Elmer Fudd as a “little Nimrod”, a sarcastic reference to the mighty hunter of the Old Testament.  The writers might have gotten the joke but the general public didn’t.  They assumed, in their ignorance, the word was an insult and began to use it as such and the new meaning took over.

  This doesn't just happen in cartoons, there are numerous examples of people taking Biblical words and concepts and flipping their meaning till the point that more people accept the new definition rather than the Bible one.  Words like pastor, grace, and baptism have been corrupted from the biblical meaning to a popular one.  Pastors are not the Biblical group of overseers but a single preacher (Acts 20:28).  Grace is made into a license to sin (Jude 1:4).  Baptism has gone from a complete immersive burial in water to pouring or just sprinkling (Colossians 3:12).   

  Words have meaning.  If we change that meaning we might as well change the word.  Don't fool yourself into thinking you are biblical if you still use a Bible word yet have a different definition than the Bible has.  If we truly want to biblical we must hunt thru the Scripture to see if the things we are taught are really the things that are in Scriptures (Acts 17:11).

  When it comes to what the Bible says, we need to be a Nimrod, not a nimrod.