Word of God, the Bible
How important is the Bible for those who enter the New Testament? As far as I am concerned, Jesus has not given any reference or directions to the disciples about writing down the Word. He rather said that the law of God should be written into the heart i
I cannot agree with this statement. A lot of references can be found in the Bible from which it becomes obvious that after revolutionary years God chooses certain people, whose task is to write down the speeches and miracles of Jesus Christ in an edited form. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John: all of them approximated God and three of them were the disciples of Jesus Christ. Luke was the disciple of the Apostle Paul, who was in touch with the apostles many times. So these people were sacred and the statement of the Bible refers to them just as to the prophets of the Old Testament. Their writings were inspired by the Spirit of God and not from their own soul and mind. The revelations about Jesus and his acts were written down by in accordance with the guidance of God. I would like to explicate that the Word has many manifestations. First, the Word became flesh, which we call logos, that He took the human nature upon Himself. We respect, praise and exalt Him in Jesus Christ. Second, the written form is the Bible. Third, rhema, what is preached through the Holy Spirit, the animation of the logos by Him. There is need for all of them and one can be verified by the other only in this way. If the apostles and people anointed by God had not written down the Word, then it would be very difficult to test whether a revelation is from God or not. We consider the written form of the Word to be a string and the revelations always have to be checked and valued based on it. The revelation has its own specific criteria. Therefore, the wise and spiritual people of posterity supervise the revelations, whether they fully contain these important aspects or not after charismatic eras. For example, the author of the Book of Maccabees reveals that during the writing process the prophetic institution was intermitted; therefore, according to the Jewish elders it is not equal in value to the book of Esther or Job or other books of the Bible. Hence I am glad to have the written form of the Word of God.
It seems to me that you sharply contrast the Old and the New Testament, while in certain cases you refer to Old Testament regulations. If Christianity accepts the Ten Commandments, then why do Christians not observe them? Who decides what is important and
The Old Testament is not only about the era of law, but also it contains the covenant with Adam, Noah and Abraham. Then it was followed by the New Testament. There are huge differences between covenants and they represent an developmental order as well, although I have never contrasted them. The 613 laws of the Old Testament are still in force and if someone wishes to keep them, then all of them should be kept. In this case the ministry of the letter is in the centre. According to the teaching of the New Testament, Jesus of Nazareth has delivered people both from sins and the law. Those who identify themselves with His death, burial and resurrection will be subordinated to the Holy Spirit and not to the law. The Spirit of God places His law into the human heart and gives grace to fulfil His truths. There are different types of ordinances in the Word and the moral-spiritual truths should not be mixed up with other kinds of statues. For example, the New Testament emphasizes the worship in truth and in Spirit concerning the laws of service. The statute of Sabbath is the only one of the Ten Commandments that is in connection with service. The others refer to moral-spiritual laws, which mean that they should be kept as in the time of the law. Jesus Christ of Nazareth has made clear his relation to the era of law in his Sermon on the Mount. We, Christians, primarily take His understanding to be exemplary. There are certain requisites like adultery, commitment of sins against others that were made stricter by Jesus. He has revealed concerning the Sabbath that this is a sin pointing at the Messiah. So it has not become fortified in the New Testament, but appeared as a personal communion with Jesus Christ. Therefore, the relationship with Him acquits us from the ordinances concerning the Sabbath.
What does the Bible say about whether man-made things have a soul or spirit?
A soul comes to life when the spirit and the body unite. Man-made things don’t have independent soul and spirit. The work conveys the soul and spirit of its creator as the whole creation transmits the power and authority of its Creator. Creations cannot be equated with the Creator. In the first chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans he reveals that one of the reasons for apostasy is that the world has been equated with God. The cultic consequences of the pantheist world view are idolatry and occultism, but there are secular consequences as well. The world culture had a great influence on the way of thinking when the people equate the creations with the Creator, though He is independent of everything and not part of His works. These things are not suited for the transmission of the works of God, since they transmit their Creator and not what they represent. The statue of David doesn’t transmit the biblical David but the image of David conceived by the artist. Hence the original and the creation cannot be mixed up. The Word of God has to be continually examined to form our view about God and to be unmoved in the human spirit. Otherwise there is the risk of following a false image of Jesus. Therefore, it is important that our understanding of Jesus is transmitted by the gospel and the Word of God and not the civilisation, culture or a denominational interpretation of Him. Everybody has the right to study the Bible. If the objects made by people are fetishized, then as a consequence of the false faith, they may be filled up with spiritual power and transmit an enticing effect. This power transmitted by the object has a great influence on people especially if it is a work of art or devotion. It is filled, not by artistic value, but by a spiritual milieu generated by false estimation, reverence and respect. The Bible is very cautious about these things.
I recommend that you read the gospel of Judas. He was scandalized by the church and only those writings that served the interests of bishops became sacred, while those that did not were banned.
Historical events refute the hypothesis that sacred documents would have served the interests of bishops. The Bible was banned for centuries, since church leaders were afraid of it. The Bible was not allowed to be translated into national languages for the people to read; moreover, it was read in a language, for instance in Latin, that most people did not understand. The Bible primarily serves the interests of God and its aim is to realize His reign on earth. The Scripture embarrasses everybody by functioning as a mirror to show the fallibility, sins and nakedness in a moral and spiritual way of all. Judas was not gnostic and there isn’t any reference to this in the gospel that contains the most trustworthy biographical documentation of Jesus and the apostles. The gist of Jewish culture is to build a wall between the pagan and the Jewish culture; hence idolatry, foreign beliefs and ideologies were persecuted. This doesn’t mean that there would not have been a Jew under the influence of Greek or Roman ideological systems, but in Israel the different parties stood on the basis on Judaism. Even the Sadducees, who assimilated most with the Greek and Roman world which lacked an ideological basis, chose a pragmatic lifestyle. The movement of Sadducees remained within the confines of Judaism and that of the Pharisees as well and the Zealots were actually Jewish nationalists. The Essenes were committed Judaists and radical too. In this world, Gnosticism could not have spread, though some have sought for its Jewish roots in Persia. It cannot be excluded that this movement had Jewish followers as well at that time, as for example Bar-Jesus, whose world view is difficult to determine. But these people belonged to the diaspora and not to Judea.