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THE BIBLE & LOGIC VII

Recently—illustrated in statements in both Testaments—we have seen this spiritual truth: In the Bible, “BELIEVE” = “OBEY.” We will now look at a final example further demonstrating this truth, found in Hebrews 3. In Heb. 3:7ff, the inspired writer is recounting some OT history—particularly how Jehovah had said He was “provoked” by Israel’s rebellious ways,

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THE BIBLE & LOGIC VI

The logical conclusion we drew from Num. 20:10-12 last week was this: TO “BELIEVE” = TO “OBEY.” But does the New Testament agree with this conclusion? Indeed, it does. Let us consider John 3:36, for instance: “Whoever BELIEVES IN the Son has eternal life; but whoever DISOBEYS the Son shall not see life…” It must be

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THE BIBLE & LOGIC V

So many times in the Bible, man is admonished or expected to “believe in” something or someone. In John 3:16, for instance, we are informed that whoever “believes in” Jesus Christ will have eternal life. Such statements seem as plain as could be—but are they? Here is the question we must ask: What does it

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THE BIBLE & LOGIC IV

“PROVE ALL THINGS; HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD.” 1 THESSALONIANS 5:21 As we have emphasized in the last few installments, one of the keys to correct Bible interpretation is the use of valid logic and reasoning, just as we would (and do) in normal, everyday conversation. Consider, for instance, Acts 2:38: “And Peter said to them,

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THE BIBLE & LOGIC III

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21). That’s what the apostle Paul admonished the Christians at Thessalonica to do. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit [i.e., teacher], but prove the spirits [i.e., teachers], whether they are of God [i.e., whether they are speaking the truth]” (1 John 4:1a). That’s what

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THE BIBLE & LOGIC II

God blessed mankind with two immutable gifts (among many others): 1.  Objective reasoning; 2.  The ability to reason objectively. Since such is the case, obviously God had a reason for giving man the gift of reason. That reason is simply this: He expects us to use it! Yes, God expects and require that we abide by

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A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART?

In 1 Samuel 13:13,14, the prophet Samuel tells the then-current king of Israel that none of his sons will sit the throne after him; instead, he says, “Jehovah hath sought him a man after his own heart” to be Israel’s second king (14). That man’s name was David. But the thing is, when we read

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TO DRINK, OR NOT TO DRINK?

One of the rules of correct Bible interpretation (“lesser” though it may be) is this: On any given topic, interpret the more difficult and obscure passage(s) in light of the more clear and obvious one(s). In other words, view a difficult passage through the lens of a clearer passage on the same subject. An easy example is Luke 14:26, where

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DOES GOD SPEAK TO YOU?

Does God speak to you? Has God ever spoken to you? Do you know someone who claims that God has spoken to them? Many claims about God today can be easily countered by what God Himself has said in His word. One of those claims is that of God “speaking” to men directly today. But

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