Thursday, July 27, 2017

How To Use Sherlock Holmes Methods To Study The Bible

Many people have been impressed and mystified at the powers of the modern Sherlock Holmes Colin Cloud who is a contestant on America's Got Talent. What if I told you that you could use these same powers to study the Bible? I have used these methods myself in Bible studies and they have never failed me.

So, first, we need a problem a mystery in the Bible to solve. Something that Google can't help us with. The mystery we will solve today is in John 8:6 where Jesus bends down and writes in the sand. While the Bible doesn't say what Jesus wrote I believe it's possible for us to use Sherlock Holmes methods to figure out what Jesus wrote in the sand.

So, first, we need some background some information as Sherlock Holmes once said you can't make bricks without clay we need data. So, what data do we need? In this Scripture, the Pharisees and the scribes bring a woman has been caught in the act of adultery before Jesus and the Pharisees and Scribes tell Jesus that in the Old Testament, Moses commanded this woman be stoned and they ask Jesus if they too should stone her.  So, we need to know what the Old Testament says about adultery after all that is their accusation. Specifically, we need to look at what the punishment for adultery was in the Bible.

"If a man commits adultery with his neighbor's wife, both man and the woman who have committed adultery shall surely be put to death" Leviticus 20:10 ESV.

Well, it does look like the punishment for adultery is stoning in the Old Testament. So, what do we need to know next to solve the mystery of what Jesus wrote in the sand? Well, let's look at who's asking the question and making the accusation. We have the Pharisees and the Scribes. A Scribe was someone who wrote down the laws while the Pharisees very basically for this study were people who interpreted the laws. So, if you had a question on which sacrifice to make or if something was a sin you would ask the Pharisees.

So, let's take a look here. The Pharisees and Scribes bring to Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery asking to stone her according to Old Testament law. Instead of verbally answering, instead, Jesus bends down and writes in the sand. The Pharisees and Scribes continue to pester Jesus about this woman and Jesus says "let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her" and then He continues writing. After hearing that all the Pharisees and Scribes left beginning with the older ones. That's strange I think. Why did the older ones leave first? The older ones must have known something that it took the younger one's longer to figure out. Also, it was after seeing what Jesus wrote and after what He said that the older ones started leaving so, what He said must have had some connection to what He wrote on the ground.

When solving a Bible mystery as Sherlock Holmes would we have to get our data which we did on what the Old Testament says about adultery then the next step is to look for anything odd or out of the ordinary? What strikes me as odd is the fact that the older Pharisees and Scribes left before the younger ones did.

So, let's use Sherlock Holmes methods with the information we have to deduce what Jesus wrote in the sand. Remember to form no theories use only the facts at hand or you will twist facts to suit theories instead of twisting theories to suit facts. Remember also that once you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains however improbable must be the truth.

Let's put this together. we have the Pharisees and Scribes saying a woman caught in the act of adultery. That's also a key thing to remember is that this woman was caught in the act of committing this sin. This wasn't something she confessed or someone gossiped about she was caught in the act of actually doing it. Adultery, as we know, is cheating on your spouse most people do this by sleeping with someone other than their spouse. There are other ways to commit adultery but that's the most common one and that is probably the one this woman was caught in the act of doing. So, basically, the Pharisees and Scribes are saying we caught this woman sleeping with a man who is not her husband the Old Testament says we should stone her. We looked at the Old Testament and we saw the law that says the penalty for adultery is stoning. One thing though to also remember is that Leviticus said that both the man and the woman caught in adultery should be stoned. We only have the woman here in this case.

So, isn't there a question you're asking right now? Leviticus says both the man and woman should be stoned and the Pharisees and Scribes bringing only the woman saying she was caught in the physical act of adultery and asking if she should be stoned.

There's a question you should be asking right now and I don't think I need to be Colin Cloud to know what question you're asking is.

Where is the man?

Is that not the question you're asking? It's the question Jesus is asking when writing in the dirt. That's what He wrote.

He wouldn't write down the entire Old Testament law there would be no point to that. He wanted to address their question very specifically. Also, remember the fact that the older ones left before the younger ones. The older Pharisees and Scribes would have known and memorized more Scripture than the younger ones did so when the question came up it would take the younger ones longer to figure out what Jesus was talking about where as the older Pharisees and Scribes who knew and memorized the Scriptures well would know instantly and that's why the older ones left first.

So, that solves the mystery of what Jesus wrote in the sand and that is how you solve a Bible mystery like Sherlock Holmes. You know his methods so use them yourself the next time you study the Bible.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Christianity is not synonymous with doormat

There are teachings going around that if you don't agree with someone you don't love them. It also teaches that you are to keep your opinions to yourself unless it agrees with everyone else's opinion. This kind of attack happens to Christian's the most as we are taught in the Bible to love everyone and most people whether they are Christian or not know that the Bible teaches you are to love everyone. It's gotten to a point now as Christian's if we even get angry we are told we are not being kind and loving. It now seems expected of all Christian's to shut up, agree with everyone, and let themselves be walked all over by everyone. Some Christian's are going along with this after all Jesus did teach to turn the other cheek and the Bible says that vengeance belongs to the Lord. So since this is what is happening it's been on my heart to set the record straight....

So first thing's first. Since we are all supposed to be loving it's best to know what love is. So what is love? The Bible says and I quote "love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres" 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV. Nowhere in there does it say to never say no or to set a boundary. I don't see that at all, do you? I see nowhere in there that it says to agree with everyone all the time. After all everyone at one time or another can be wrong it happens nobody but GOD knows everything and can be right about everything all the time...

Now I will point out that yes it says love is not easily angered but it doesn't say never gets angry at all. After all, GOD is love and He gets angry at stuff. Remember Jesus GOD's begotten Son and also GOD got angry and overturned tables and chased people with a whip. Yes, that's righteous anger but it's still anger and so anger is not in itself a sin. Anger can't be a sin because Jesus got angry and He never sinned. So it's not a sin to be angry it's what you do with your anger that can be sinful. There are good healthy ways to let out anger such as discussing with the one your angry at why your angry at them, there are stress balls, could also write a letter of what is causing your  anger just vent and when your done tear it up and throw it away, there's also the empty chair therapy where you get an empty chair pretend the one you're angry at is sitting there and give em what for. There are many healthy ways to let out anger and you do need to let out anger as Dr. Sigmund Freud said anger turned inward is depression...

We must also set healthy boundaries and we do need to stand up for ourselves and say no. There is no sin in setting boundaries and saying no. Nowhere in the Bible does it say thou shalt not set a boundary. Thou shalt not say no. It's just not there.  We do need to say no because like I said before no one but GOD is right all the time. Also, it's not just a matter of being right or wrong if someone walks up to you and says "I'm going to steal your identity all that you have and own and I want you to just agree with me and accept that" are you really going to agree and accept that? Seriously? Now that is an exaggeration but the point remains we as Christians need to stand up for ourselves. If we don't stand for ourselves than we have forgotten who we are and who we belong to...

We Christian's are

Children adopted by the most high GOD
Friends of the most high GOD
GOD is the King of kings so that makes us royalty as well
We are temples of the Holy Spirit
We are the light of the world
We are the salt
We are blessed
We are saved
We are loved
We are precious

This list can go on and on but you can look up for yourself in the Bible who you are in Christ...

Also, not only are we to love other's but we are to love ourselves. It's part of the second greatest commandment. "And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself" Matthew 22:39 NIV. The second part of that as you love yourself. Remember GOD created us in His image and He loves us so we are to love ourselves and letting people walk all over us treating us like doormats is not loving ourselves. Plus it is loving to correct a neighbor and say no to them. It isn't loving at all to never say no or not correct your neighbor. After all remember Jesus never sinned and yet He did say no sometimes He did correct people and He still does. So that proves my point again that it isn't a sin to say no or set a boundary....

I'm a Christian but I'm nobody's doormat I'm a daughter of the risen King. I do love you but I will say no I will set boundaries because not only do I love you but I also love myself. I may not agree with all of your opinion's and that's ok because you may not agree with all of mine...

Christianity is not synonymous with doormat. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

My new year's resolution's

Most people make only one new year's resolution. The most popular new year's resolutions in no particular are....

- lose weight

- save money

- get a job

- reconnect with family and/or friends

- get more organized

- learn something new

- enjoy life

- worry less

- take care of oneself better

- quit smoking

- fall in love

- get a new hobby

- travel

- read more

So I wanted to make a new year's resolution or rather make that several new year's resolutions and I'm determined to keep my resolution's. Most people only keep their resolution's for only a month or so and then drop them and go back to their old habits. I've done this myself with past resolutions of not keeping them and going back to my old ways. This year I'm determined to keep my resolution's. So here are my new year's resolution's in no particular order...

- Spend more time with GOD in Bible reading, prayer, and devotionals

- Trust GOD more and worry less

- Write a book and hopefully publish it

- Clean my closet it's a real mess in there and I been wanting to clean it for a while it's time to get that done

- Set up an email address for this blog

So that's it that's all I wanna accomplish this year. It's not much but those things are very important to me and I wanna get em done so this year I'm going to do them all. I've already started typing stuff out for my book. My book is going to be my walk with GOD with Autism. I'll share more on that once I got more written down and if I publish it I'll definitely share links on here where you can buy it.... So what are your new year's resolutions?