Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7
Faith doesn’t come from reading bible verses
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All of us will end up putting our trusting-relying-faith in some THING (non-biblical) or some PERSON (biblical). The Jews still trust in Moses and his Law of works for righteousness. The Gentiles trust in gods, philosophy, other people, their own good deeds, or their possessions. Bible-students like the Jewish scribes and Pharisees that didn’t really eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know God (a), rejected, and even killed God’s Son, their own Messiah (b) and cursed because “they did absolutely-in-fact-NOT experientially, relationally ginosko know the season of their visitation” (c), repeating what they did to all their own prophets (d), it they who put their trusting-relying-faith in gramma writings collected into graphe scriptures, that Jesus implied were erroneously “supposing that in/by/with them they would hold-to-have zoe genuine-life everlasting,” but it is they who missed the whole point of the OT as Jesus continues: “kai and/but these are-they that are routinely bearing-witness/testifying all-around Me, and yet you presently/ongoingly refuse to come to Me that you might hold-to-have zoe genuine-life” (e). <Notes> a) a term for prophetic vision: John 7:28, 8:19, 55, 15:21, b) Matthew 21:38, 42; Mark 8:31, 9:31, 12:10; Luke 7:30, 9:22, 10:16, 12:48, 17:25, 20:17, 24:20; Acts 4:11, Romans 11:15; 1 Peter 2:4, 7; Hebrews 12:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:15, c) Luke 19:44, d) Matthew 21:35, 23:37; Luke 11:47, 49, 13:34; Acts 7:52; Romans 11:13; 1 Thessalonians 2:15, e) John 5:37-40.
If you place your trusting-relying-faith in the accuracy of what has survived time as our bible, then your faith is misplaced – see Bible Info. For example, instead of using long tables to roll out all the manuscript scrolls out on for comparative study as the early Jewish scribes & Pharisees did – see New Covenant Ways – BT17 and – BT18, nowadays they don’t want to expose the scrolls to degrading air or light. Instead scholars piece together manuscripts under UV-safe air-tight glass and use digital, high-resolution satellite cameras and computer analysis to aid the lengthy process of determining copying-scribe insertions in margins, erasures, corrections, and even previous underlying text because materials were often washed of older writings. They labor intensely using computer to put the fragments together to form their best guess of the original text. It’s very complicated and time consuming!
There are “around 400,000 textual variants of the NT, a staggering number when coupled with the fact that there are only 138,000 words in the Greek NT, meaning there are almost 3 variants per word. However, “less than 4000 (2.8% of the NT) have a good chance of being authentic and changing the meaning of the text,” writes Tim Barnett 5/24/2016. And many of those 4000 variants change Christian doctrine radically! Furthermore, if you read the scholarly papers, there is much ongoing debate just about everything in this process of “textual criticism.” That’s what these scholars do for a living: “craving debate, arguing over words, and controversies about the manuscripts that breed quarrels” – exactly what the NT repeatedly says not to be involved in (a) because Jesus didn’t (b), and to avoid the scribes and Law-teachers like the plague who stir up divisions (c), a terrible leaven to beware of that we know is spread throughout the loaf (d). That’s what the scholarly approach to Christianity has indeed done! They make lots of money doing this also, and there is so much illegal buying/selling of ancient manuscripts! <Notes> a) Titus 3:2, 9; Romans 13:13, 14:1; 1 Corinthians 1:11; 2 Corinthians 12:20; 1 Timothy 2:8, 3:3, 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:14, 23-24; James 4:1-2, b) Matthew 12:19-20 citing Isaiah 42:2, c) Romans 16:17; 1 Timothy 4:7, 6:4, 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16, 23, 3:5; Titus 3:10; Jude 1:19, d) Matthew 16:6, 11-12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1.
When you stop buying into Christian propaganda and really look at the manuscript evidence and Church history of the OT and NT Canon, what’s supposed to be in the bible, it’s easy to have your trusting-relying-faith seriously shaken – if you have wrongly placed it in bible accuracy! A lot of people go to seminary and after learning all this, lose their trusting-relying-faith, so these schools have the nickname “cemetery” for a reason! Many people have abandoned their trusting-relying-faith, because it is based on doctrines that rely on manuscript accuracy! That’s all they had to stand on! And when they actually see how 400,000 textual variants do change meaning, and in 4000 cases “significantly and meaningfully,” they are blown away. And that’s just in the NT, which albeit was copied much more loosely than the Jews did of their OT. I was one of those Christians, taught by the Church of Christ from 1980-1983 to be really good at bible study – see Bible Info. Can’t you tell?
What you really need to ask yourself is this: “Did God really want us to work this hard just to know Him and His will, and make this gnosis informational-knowledge accessible only to ‘the wise and learned’ or is there a much easier way? See Bible Info – BT2, New Covenant Ways – BT16, and Least Among You – BT8 for the answer! Many manuscript scholars often sit on their findings for many, many years before the public ever gets to see their translations! What are they afraid of? I think most of it has to do with securing publishing rights, more grant money, and selling books!