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New Bible Concepts is meant to be a Bible study tool.
It is not meant to be a comprehensive study on any subject but rather a place to challenge your thinking, using scripture, to open your mind to new biblical concepts. It should stimulate your thinking and challenge you to delve into the subject areas which interest you.
The articles contained herein are designed for the busy life of most people. Therefore most articles are meant to be read in 5 - 10 minutes. This has a two-fold purpose:
1) Allow for the introduction of new concepts which you may not have considered before and
2) To keep the author(s) from getting off onto rabbit trails. So many subjects are inter-related and the tendency to wander off the main trail is tempting. That leads to lengthy and often dry articles that many will not read. For those who do read them the reader (you) is often left confused with no thought of where to start studying the subject. Read More
What's This Site All About?
If what you believe about the Bible was wrong, would you want to be told? Are you willing to let the Bible declare itself?
New Bible Concepts is all about helping you see and understand the Bible in ways which you have never seen or thought of before. People like you... seeking for truth.
Are you truly interested in understanding the Bible better? Most people would readily say “yes” to that question but I want you to really stop and think about it for a minute. It is amazing how people, just like you and me, want to know the truth until a scripture is shown to reveal or put into question something that doesn’t agree with what they have been taught. That’s when our biases break into our thinking and more times than not (or so it seems) negate the scripture.
After all, how could what we have been taught be wrong? Haven’t many Bible scholars contemplated these issues in far greater depth than what we could? Read More
Does Christianity Have More Than One God?
Is Satan A Fallen Angel From Heaven Or Is He Another God?
Anyone who calls themselves a Christian believes that the Bible is God's Word, is inerrant and infallible. It is the source of trust and hope for the believer. It cannot contradict itself for that would be the same as God contradicting Himself. God (Yahweh) is perfect, holy, just and cannot sin. Those are a few fundamentals that every believer in Christ must acknowledge.
People who do not believe either in the accuracy and infallibility of God or His Word however often try to find inconsistencies and contradictions. Is it possible that they see something that believers don't? Why don't we see those same conflicts and take time to ponder, study and reason out the answer? Is our faith a blind faith that is willing to be led down inconsistent paths? Because we believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ are we willing to put all logic aside and determine never to question God's Word?
Can God Be Questioned?
Is it wrong to question God? Some teachers would have us believe that it is. We only need to believe what they say. If we question, we may be led into some devious and evil cult is the message they want us to believe. Better to just accept their word rather than risk finding an apparent error which cannot be explained and causing us to fall away into that ethereal black and dark pit that is waiting to snatch us from our faith and understanding.
Have we considered that it is possible that any apparent contradictions stem not from God but from the doctrines and commandments of men? Is it possible that the very beliefs we are told form the basis and fundamentals of our faith are the problem not the answer? We here at New Bible Concepts believe that is entirely possible and very likely. It is our firmly held belief that any contradictions stem from our misunderstanding and wrongly held biases rather than a problem with God's Word. Just as many of the patriarchs in the Bible wrestled with and questioned God, so too is it a good thing for us. We must approach the Bible with the understanding that it is to change our minds not that we must make it agree with our understanding.
With that in mind, here are a few ideas and concepts that have been taught and I dare say preached as foundational truth that do not match up with the Bible. These are rhetorical questions - ones that are designed to make you think, yes, even question what we have been taught. The answers are plain and even hiding-in-plain-sight most of the time. However, we want you to ponder, even reason out these things using scripture. Many, if not all, of these will be covered in articles, present or future. Study to show thyself approved unto God (2 Tim 2:15) and reason out the scriptures (Isaiah 1:18). You will be blessed and encouraged. It's okay, God will be pleased. Read More
Is Death Certain For Everyone?
The Bible cannot contradict itself otherwise it would not be the word of God. God is perfect, immortal and cannot lie. The Bible says He hates lying, Proverbs 6:16-17, "These six things doth the LORD hate... A proud look, a lying tongue..."
Is the Bible true or does it contradict itself? From what is taught in most churches, one could easily come to the conclusion that it is full of contradictions. Maybe that is why so many people have no desire to really study God's Word and understand Him better.
For instance, Hebrews 9:27 says, "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." That seems straight forward enough yet, what is commonly taught is 1) the soul (man's being) is immortal (won't die), 2) that Enoch and Elijah did not die and 3) that many will not die when Christ returns to take believers to heaven.
Which is correct? Is the writer of Hebrews (God's inspired writer) correct or are the pastors, teachers and writers of today correct, thereby casting doubt and confusion on God's Word?
The Bible clearly states that Elijah departed in a whirlwind (not a chariot of fire as many teach), 2 Kings 2:11 "And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." Does the Bible have an answer to what happened to Elijah or do we have to rely on what others have taught us?
Yes, the Bible has the information to fill in the missing pieces without contradicting other scripture. The true story of Elijah is exciting and much different than what has been taught. By using scripture alone, it is plain to see that Elijah did not go... Read More
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