Why So Many Doctrines?
Start Right, Stay Right!
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To those who are new to Bible Study or Christianity, here are some pitfalls to avoid and some fundamentally important things to keep in mind.
I suggest that every bible study starts at Genesis. The reason being that no novel or any storybook can be understood if you do not read it from the beginning. So many weird doctrines and beliefs were born from starting to read the New Testament. Try that with any other book and see if you can guess the parts you skipped.
Decide why you want to do the study.
Reasons can differ greatly which can have a great impact on the outcome of the study. If you KNOW that the Bible is true, ask yourself “How do I know?”
If you don’t have a solid factual foundation, the house will fall.
What I found worked for me was to read the Old Testament and then find archaeological evidence that prove it. This is very easy with Internet although you need to be VERY careful what you take as fact. Verify it! (I actually visited Israel myself to verify many archaeological finds.) Some videos are fake and some can clearly be discerned as truth.
I can give a few recommendations for those interest in building a foundation. It will set you up solid in your walk so that you do not totter when the storms arrive and people try to drag you into all sorts of religions and denominations.
Start by getting a grasp of how big the Creator of the Universe really is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQoy_vyfIFg
For evidence of Noah’s flood, see this short and interesting video: The Real Noah’s Ark (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igthWxv1ed0)
For solid evidence of the Exodus of Israel from Egypt, through the Sea of Reeds to Mount Sinai see this video: Red sea crossing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4RV8unY7GE)
For evidence of the history of King David, Solomon and Herod, see this video: City of David – Israel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTdKznTA9iY)
Once you have worked your way through these videos, you should have a good solid background to start with.
The next Pitfall is getting too deep into the details from the start. First get the greater picture.
Read the Old Testament like a storybook. I know it is a long book but I suggest you read it at least twice before going to the New Testament. (You’ll see more about this a bit further.) That will give you an idea of the character of YHWH, the Creator, which is vital.
You will find very interesting and important things about YHWH, like: He does not make mistakes. He is the Rock, Redeemer and Saviour, and also the Judge. He is loving, kind and righteous. He does not go back on His words etc.
Once you have come this far, start reading the New Testament, carefully comparing everything with the Old Testament to discern whether it is true or not. If the New Testament says anything that opposes the Old, write it down. (Hint: there are many contradictions – so you should read carefully and with a fine tooth comb!)
Now is the time when you will automatically get into the fine details.
At the end, compare and decide what is truth and what is falsehood.