Bible study through mutual edification. Growing in truth, wisdom, discernment, understanding, and love.
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet."
|The purpose of this web site and forum is
to promote bible study. It is hoped to maintain an environment that
promotes cordiality, respect, and kindness. A learning environment by
definition includes those of differing levels of understanding.
Differences are to be respected.
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|Most of Christianity functions in a sort of "pre-packaged" denominational format. This forum may be less well suited to that approach as it often manifests in contention and the desire to suppress that which is seen as "wrong". Here an emphasis is placed on providing support for a thesis or questioning one with the objective of growing in truth.|
|The bible calls three things "truth", Jesus, the bible, and God. Diogenes searched for an honest man. One might call bible study a search for truth. As one searches for and grows in truth there can be missteps, assumptions, and error. Jesus warned his disciples about the "leaven" of the Pharisees that he called hypocrisy. This was not so much the intentional deception of others as the unintentional deception of self. An exhortation towards civil behavior is less a rule restricting one's freedom of expression than a caution against thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought (Rom 12:3)|
|An example of the thesis approach to bible study can be seen in the example of the statement that "All psychology is wrong". Anyone familiar with true false test questions immediately is suspect of such a sweeping assertion. When called upon to offer support for such a statement, one might answer that since there is no psychological theory of human behavior that includes the concept of sin, any remedial technique drawn from those incomplete theories would be of random efficacy at best. One might counter that sin doesn't exist or is a construct of a different aspect of humans behavior. However, the discussion which could have proven hurtful is diverted into a process of clarification. One still might not agree, but at least a better understanding is achieved through dialog.|
|Paul writes that we see through a glass darkly (1 Cor 13:12) we also know that there are things that the angles would like to know (1 Peter 1:12). It seems that there will be a limit on what we can know, However, there is so much that we can know that a lifetime may be insufficient to make much of a dent. The key to process of learning is to not think we have come to the end.|
|Often we view the world or what we study through a lens of culture, expectation, or desire. This contributes a distortion that makes learning more difficult. Christian denominations all contribute some distortion and deeper learning usually requires one to question that which one has assumed. This requires the faith that the "truth will out".|
|Both in 1 Corinthians and Hebrews we learn that there is an expectation that Christians will grow in their understanding. Those who fail to grow are compared to infants who still require milk for nourishment. This web sit is more for those who desire to grow and tackle the "meat" of the word.|
|This web site was established by one guy who hopes that it can prove useful to those who seek to grow in their knowledge of the word. Since it is unlikely that it will gain much interest or use, one should not have too high expectations.|