The Fall of Western Christendom and the Coming Revolution

Is the popular eschatology held by the western churches contributing to the collapse of society like a self fulfilling prophecy? Eschatology might be viewed as a non essential to most Christians, yet how we view the future does have a direct effect upon how we act in the present. Here are some questions to ponder:

Christianity in the West is dying out. It has been for the past hundred or so years. Less and less of the populace identify as “Christian” on nation wide statistics for many countries.

— Why?

There has been and is still currently a mass exodus of teens and young adults from the churches for at least the past fifty years. The vast majority of children brought up in the church leave by the time they enter university.

— Why?

More and more faithful Christians express their concerns that they cannot find a good Bible based church where the preaching isn’t watered down.

— Why?

Many that see these warning signs wonder if it signifies that we are living in the end times; that this is simply “the great falling away from the faith.”

— Why?

Most traditional denominations are capitulating to feminism and changing their stance on women in ministry. Women are increasingly becoming pastors and priests.

— Why?

Marriage in the West and even now in the whole world is dying as a practice.

— Why?

Most evangelicals and erudite scholars cannot seem to give good answers to the above questions without blaming men and using the Bible as a weapon to beat over the heads of fathers.

— Why? Continue reading “The Fall of Western Christendom and the Coming Revolution”

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Is the Masoretic text the original Hebrew?

What is the Masoretic text? The Encyclopaedia Britannica states:

Masoretic text, (from Hebrew masoreth, “tradition”), traditional Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible, meticulously assembled and codified, and supplied with diacritical marks to enable correct pronunciation. This monumental work was begun around the 6th century ad and completed in the 10th by scholars at Talmudic academies in Babylonia and Palestine, in an effort to reproduce, as far as possible, the original text of the Hebrew Old Testament.

The Masoretic text is the Hebrew text of the Old Testament used for the King James Bible and almost every other translation both old and new. The older English Bibles such as the Tyndale Bible, the Bishop’s Bible, and the Geneva Bible all used the Masoretic text. Because of its historic use since the Reformation, the Masoretic text has been regarded by most Christians as the authoritative text for the Old Testament scriptures.

However, it has long been known that there are differences between the Masoretic text and the Septuagint. The Septuagint is the Greek translation of the OT from before the time of Christ, for which some sources I’ve read give an estimated date of 200 BC. The Septuagint was widely used in the early church, and Orthodox Christian churches regard the Septuagint to be authoritative rather than the Masoretic text.

But the Masoretic text has nevertheless held its position of stature among protestants. Only since the Dead Sea Scrolls were found has there been a renewed questioning of its authenticity, because the Hebrew scriptures found in the Dead Sea Scrolls differ in many places from the Masoretic text. Many of these differences actually line up with the Septuagint, suggesting that maybe the Septuagint is more faithful to the original Hebrew scriptures than the Masoretic text. Continue reading “Is the Masoretic text the original Hebrew?”

A high view of the Scriptures; and on the Biblical Canon

The purpose of the Bible is to lead us to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let that sink in.

Jesus Christ is the centre of Christian theology – Jesus Christ is Life – Jesus Christ is Truth – Jesus Christ is the exact image of God (Colossians 1:15). It is in Jesus Christ alone where we find salvation. Nothing else could ever reunite us with God but the finished work of Jesus Christ at the cross.

The purpose of the Bible is NOT for us to use the scriptures as a weapon to beat over the heads of those who disagree with us. Jesus told us to love one another, and to even love our enemies. (This is a problem within fundamentalist churches where they use the Bible to cut people down). The purpose of the scriptures is to bring life into a fallen world.

What is contained within the Bible will always be of higher authority than any other scriptures or church writings. But I do not believe that everything contained within the Bible is exactly the same in its authority. Everything which preaches and teaches directly of Jesus Christ is of the highest authority. Everything which does not preach or teach Christ is of lesser authority. All of the Bible is authoritative and inspired of God.

The canon of scripture has never been uniform across every Christian group or denomination over the past nearly two thousand years. In the early church, many of the books contained within our modern New Testament were actually disputed in their authority. The church historian Eusebius of Caesarea stated that:

“Of Peter, one epistle, named as his First, is accepted, and the early Fathers used this as undisputed in their own writings. But the so-called Second epistle [of Peter] we have not regarded as canonical, yet many have thought it useful and have studied it with the other Scriptures. […]

Paul was obviously the author of the fourteen letters, but some dispute the epistle to the Hebrews in view of the Roman church’s denial that it is the work of Paul…”

(Eusebius, The Church History, book 3.3, translation by Paul L. Maier) Continue reading “A high view of the Scriptures; and on the Biblical Canon”

How and why I stopped being a “King James Onlyist,” part 2

Opening note: I don’t take this subject lightly; it is something which I wish to tread carefully with. My intent in questioning the doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy is not to cause anyone to doubt their faith in God. Everything I say should be taken with a grain of salt; evaluate and prayerfully search for yourself for the truth of this issue.

For part 1 of how I stopped being a King James Onlyist, click here.

The contradiction of believing all Bible translations are inerrant; and where an extreme view of Biblical Inerrancy leads to: Flat Earth Continue reading “How and why I stopped being a “King James Onlyist,” part 2”

How and why I stopped being a “King James Onlyist,” part 1

For the past few years in my walk with God, he has given me a strong desire to learn the truth in all areas of doctrine. I wanted the truth, and I still do even now, but in my zeal for truth I failed to realise that not every source of knowledge which I was exposed to was free of bias and hidden agendas. Not everything that someone who claims to be a “lover of truth” says or writes is true; every single person has a natural bias which they are blind to. This bias comes from many different outside sources, creating a presuppositional framework of belief. Many of these beliefs are simply taught to us when we grow up and we never see any reason to question them.

The presupposition which I accepted because of my evangelical/fundamentalist upbringing was this: that the Bible is the perfect, inspired, inerrant Word of God. Continue reading “How and why I stopped being a “King James Onlyist,” part 1”

The Purpose of Truth

This is the post excerpt.

Truth is completely pure. Truth contains no error. Truth is perfect.

But we live in a fallen world where truth is placed side by side with error, or corrupted to the point of becoming a lie. Finding the truth in all things then becomes the number one priority for those who seek to find meaning and purpose.

God is truth.

To find Truth is to find God. But how can you find God? Through the Word of God.

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. — Psalm 119:160

God reveals himself to us through his word. Continue reading “The Purpose of Truth”