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Let's Rediscover The Bible  


I've been a serious student of the Bible for more than five decades.  I admit that the more I learn the more questions I have and the less dogmatic I am.  That being said, the more Biblical truth becomes the conviction whereby I live, the more I believe that western-world Christianity is so far removed from the Biblical norm that it fails to realize how far removed it is.  What we think is Christian, then, is not necessarily Christian.  With this in mind, read 2 Kings 22:8.


"The high priest Hilkiah told the court secretary Shaphan, 'I have found the book of the law in the LORD's temple,' and he gave the book to Shaphan, who read it."


The historical context of 2 Kings 22:8 is this.   Judah, the southern two tribes of Israel, was so far removed from the knowledge of its God that it failed to realize how far removed it actually was, and that due to its lack of Biblical knowledge.  Thinking it was religiously correct, Judah was actually religiously pagan.  It was not until 622 BC when the Book of the Law, Judah's Bible, was discovered in some dusty corner of the temple, as stated in 2 Kings 22:8.  In today's world, that would be like the church believing it is Christian until it discovers a long lost copy of the Bible in some damp corner of a church building basement. Only then would it begin to realize that it had lost touch with its Lord.        


When the Book of the Law was discovered in the temple, King Josiah attempted to restore Judah to its Biblical roots that could now be read in the newly-discovered Book of the Law.  Josiah's attempt at restorative reform ended iwith his death in 609 BC, which initiated divine judgment on Judah that led to its collapse in 586 BC. 


Like Judah, and in general terms, I believe much of western-world Christianity is so far removed from the Biblical norm that it fails to realize how far removed it is.  Much of what the Christian world believes is Christian is not Christian.  How we perceive the Biblical concepts of faith and church are two prime examples of our Biblical illiteracy.  If we get faith wrong as many do, we'll get salvation wrong, and that has eternal implications.  If we get church wrong as much of church does, we'll fail to be the covenanted community of Jesus' representatives we are to be, and that also has eternal consequences.   My advice for what we commonly call Christian and church today is to rediscover the Bible.  By so doing, we will rediscover the God we claim to serve.  The Biblical norm will become the conviction whereby we live each day of our lives.  We will escape a similar collapse that Judah and the church at Laodicea (Revelation 3:14 - 22) experienced due to their Biblical illiteracy.  As Hosea 4:6 states: "my people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge."  So, let's rediscover the Bible and our Lord we claim to serve. 


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