The Book of Truth

THE BOOK OF TRUTH GOD'S STORY

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One of the most published, less read and least understood books ever written is the Holy Bible (click the bible picture to the left for a discussion on the construction of the make-up of the bible). Differences over interpretation of its teachings have spawned a great number of Christian religions. Why all this difference of opinion over the same book? We believe that a lot of misinterpretation of the Bible is a result of the failure to fully comprehend the meaning of the term "inspired word of God" and the importance of studying it in the proper perspective.

Successful moviemakers emphasize the importance of creating characters, especially the main character, in a way that the audience places themselves in that role. That is one of the secrets of making a hit movie; you must make the viewers part of it so they can experience the challenges and rewards along with the key actors.

The same is true with books. When we read a book, we place ourselves in the role of a main character and live the experience with him. We even think of ways we would react to situations that person faces. We view the adventure through the perspective of the main character. We do the same with the Bible, because it's a book, and that's where a lot of misunderstanding occurs.

The Bible is made up of several books written by different authors over the span of hundreds of years in many different geographical locations. The people who rolled all these writings into one believed these specific tomes were written under the direct guidance of God, the primary author who organized the compilation of them all into one volume we call "The Holy Bible".

What those compliers were saying is that the Bible is God's story. It's a story about his relationship with his created beings and how he had to separate from them because their actions were contrary to his requirements of fellowship. Despite the parting, God has a plan to allow him to again fellowship with his creation. The Holy Bible is the story about how God has gone about opening the doors for he and his created humans to share companionship with one another. In essence, it is a story about God's separation from man, and not man's separation from God.

Too often students of the Bible misunderstand this and study the scriptures from man's perspective, not God's. We place ourselves in the characters of Moses, or Abraham or Jacob and react inwardly as though we were those individuals, and then measure the results from a human perspective.

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But God is saying; "THIS IS MY STORY! Look at it from MY side!" It's about his separation from his creation (Genesis 3), and a master plan to reconcile himself to man by selecting the Jews (...and I will take you for my people, and I will be your God; Exodus 6:7).

From the Jews he provides a saviour (For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, the begotten one, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life John 3:16).

His story ends in the book of Revelation with a proclamtion in Chapter 21, "Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them;".

A good example of such misinterpretation is seen in Genesis 3:24, He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life." Many Christians take a human viewpoint that God has kicked man out of the garden because he was bad and placed a guard and a flaming sword there to keep him out. In a human world we place guards, and gates, and locks, and security systems and traps to keep men away from our homes, our goods and all those things important to us.

But God doesn't need guards and swords to keep anybody out. He's GOD! God has other creations besides man! He placed cherubim at the east gate. Cherubim are created creatures of God. In the Old Testament, God speaks from between two cherubim on his mercy seat. In second Samuel 22:11 and Psalms 18:10, God is seen riding on a cherub when he descended to earth. So it seems that wherever there are cherubim around, there's a good chance that God likes to hang out there. The signal he sends these bible students is that He has gone to the East gate to start looking for us. The East gate, because that's where the sunlight hits first, and God's watching for us to come back to him from the earliest of dawn. He has those cherubim waiting in the wings. By their presence, we know He's there. He's calling to our inward beings.

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What about that flaming sword? The human perspective says that sword is to keep us out. Why? If God didn't want us to be near him, then why doesn't He just wipe us out and be done with us?

God loves us, we made the choice to leave him, and he wants us to come back home to him. The bible tells us that God also has other creations, some who have also turned their backs on him, and they have an interest in keeping us from coming back to God.  That shining blade does a couple of things. First, notice what Genesis 3:24 explicitly states, to guard the way to the tree of life (emphasis ours). That reads  "to" the tree of life, and not "from" the tree of life. Apparently, that sword is there to keep other creatures from blocking the way back to God.

Secondly, that sword is flaming. The human viewpoint associates flame with anger. But that flaming sword lets off light, and Jesus says, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:32). God is light, and notice that the sword, which, "turned every way", also sent light every way. It turns continuously to keep the gate free from obstruction and it also serves as a beacon, sending out light to the lost to help them find the direction to the gate.

. The phrase "every way" shows that God tries every way possible to reach your inward being and pull it, and you, closer to him. 

There can be a major difference in how the Bible is viewed depending upon the perspective you view it from.

"This is God's story" is the message we get from the bible. His story contains a lot of discussion on how we are to live our lives. Because God created us, He also knows what's best for us. So in that sense the parts that tell us how to live our lives make up an "owners manual" that we can refer to gain better understanding of how we, and our world works.

One of the most interesting and unusual things that strike this group of dedicated students is that God doesn't MAKE us do anything to follow him or his precepts. He asks us to believe in Him, and in doing so there will be great reward, but leaves the choice up to us. We have a creator who has given us the free will to follow his lead or not. THAT'S A GREAT GOD!