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Old 10-17-2013, 09:38 AM
 
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I've led a lot, I mean a lot of Bible studies over the years. Adults, kids, males, females, it doesn't matter and often amazes me how a passage or even a verse from The Bible uniquely speaks to each individual personally. I'm not talking about exegesis of The Bible to determine the author's intent. I'm talking about how, no matter our circumstance or where we're at, The Bible is like a sword, puncturing our veneer, penetrating our hearts, and communicating with our souls, uplifting us, convicting us, changing us. How does God do it? Can we comprehend it? I've almost come to the conclusion The Bible is not inanimate, but that would be perceived as mental illness by the world's standards. Get the straitjackets, my Bible is calling.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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Excellent description of a little discussed phenomenon. IMO, this is part of God's divine inspiration of His Word, as revealed by the indwelling Holy Spirit. It seems to me that whenever people seek God and consult His Word, they invariably find truths that are incisively relevant to their situation. That is because there are more depths and dimensions to God's Word than can be understood at one time with simple human reasoning. Amazingly, even those who 'blindly' open the Word and randomly 'stab' at a passage -- often discover life-changing answers to their problems.

Perhaps that is PART of what is meant by, "Seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened"

Another thing I've noticed is that the answers and truths are ALWAYS consistent with answers and truths throughout God's Word .

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Old 10-17-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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Yes, the Bible is a magnificent tool for the Spirit.
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:37 AM
 
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The books of the NT were picked because they had the message that was considered the best by the Christian leaders of that era and because they were from the Apostolic Age. IN other words those books spoke quite well to the Christian leaders. For example the Gospels of Luke, John, Mark, and Matthew were simply much more popular than other gospels. So they picked the good stuff for the NT.

I am not concerned with different interpretations of the verses. In the end nothing changes.
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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Excellent description of a little discussed phenomenon. IMO, this is part of God's divine inspiration of His Word, as revealed by the indwelling Holy Spirit. It seems to me that whenever people seek God and consult His Word, they invariably find truths that are incisively relevant to their situation. That is because there are more depths and dimensions to God's Word than can be understood at one time with simple human reasoning. Amazingly, even those who 'blindly' open the Word and randomly 'stab' at a passage -- often discover life-changing answers to their problems.

Perhaps that is PART of what is meant by, "Seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened"

Another thing I've noticed is that the answers and truths are ALWAYS consistent with answers and truths throughout God's Word .
Are you the J.G. Horton? OMG, I just read your bio, and I think you are! I am humbled by you compliment, sir. You made my day. God bless.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:50 PM
 
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I find it interesting that the written word is applied by the living Word uniquely to us at different times and points of our lives. Same person, but as we are changed His truth seems to follow us.

He's really cool.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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NO, when Jesus spoke or the apostle or prophet wrote, he did not mean to say something different do each different person. Otherwise language would make no sense. The speed limit posted does not mean different things to different drivers, or the laws against murder or rape do not apply different to different people. It doesn't mean that the law against rape makes it OK for some to rape but not others. When Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except by me, He meant exactly that and nothing else. Don't delude yourselves with these leaps of logic and reason that make absolutely no sense, and so lead yourself astray into unbelief and eternal damnation.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:10 PM
 
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When Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except by me, He meant exactly that and nothing else. Don't delude yourselves with these leaps of logic and reason that make absolutely no sense, and so lead yourself astray into unbelief and eternal damnation.
Hold your horses.

That was written by an Apostle that heard through word of mouth what Jesus might have said.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:21 PM
 
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Does The Bible Speak To Each Individual Differently? How?
Go to a football game and sit in the stands... we all see the same thing, see the same play, but we all see it differently. go figure.

Kinda like how the Bible works. We're all reading the same thing, see the same events, but we all see it differntly.

Beautiful!
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