5 TIPS (IN 1) TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE.072116

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I’m convinced that the Bible is inspired by God.  It is (and was) inspired by God when he directed the original writers in writing it down; it was (and is) inspired by God when the scholars and theologians were (and are) translating it into different languages; and it is inspired by God when each individual person reads it, her mind and heart are opened to show her the meaning, just for her, in that particular time and place.  It is so inspired that when we read a passage another time, we often get a different finely tuned message.  Makes me grin.

1] www.biblegateway.com is a website that has a tremendous amount of information about the Bible that is easily accessible, user friendly, and welcoming, no matter what your Christian persuasion.  It has translations of the Bible in 64 different languages, including every major language, many of those in a number of different translations.  English has 54 translations and Spanish has 18.  I recommend “BibleGateway” highly.  I find that when I compare different translations I am better able to understand what a particular verse or passage is saying.  Try it.  You’ll be amazed!

2] There is even one translation, called the “Mounce Reverse-Interlinear New Testament” which shows the New Testament in English, and the translation into New Testament Greek.  If you click on a particular word in the passage, in the margin it shows you the Greek word (in Greek) with a detailed translation (in English), with references to all the places that word appears in the New Testament, so you can compare different shades of meaning for different verses, and learn even more.  Wow!  Way cool.

3] I haven’t researched it yet in Spanish, but in English there are online resources for study Bibles (14), Biblical commentaries (10), Bible dictionaries (6), and even two (2) Bible encyclo-pedias.  Many of those resources are free.  This is especially informative if you’re looking for an explanation about a particular story, or historic context, or underlying Biblical points.

4] All these functions and many more are available on your iPhone or other internet device. So you can look up references and Bible passages while you’re listening to a sermon or talk or Bible study group to allow you to contribute to your own knowledge, and to the benefit of those around you.  (It may sound silly; but sometime you hit on something, because it is so easy and handy, that it makes me think it really is inspired by God.  What a novel concept!)

5] Besides all that you can search for passages in the Bible, when you only know a few words, or just an idea of what it’s about.  They have “Passage Lookup”, “Keyword Search”, and “Topical Index”.  And for further growth in your relationship with God, they have daily devotionals, Bible reading plans, newsletters and more.  BibleGateway is a Christian, mission centered enterprise, focused on making Scripture freely available on the Web in multiple languages and translations. You can find its “Statement of Faith” on the website.

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