A Little Help with the Text, Please!

Reading the Bible can be hard at times.  Sometimes we read things that just don’t fit with our experience, and yet it’s there in the Bible in black and white.  Do we need more faith?  Have we misunderstood the text?  Can God’s word not be trusted or is the problem that we just aren’t righteous enough?  Sometimes it’s easier to just gloss over these things and skip to something that makes more sense.

I just read two amazing articles from my incredibly talented friend, mentor and boss – Craig Smith – in which he takes on two of these well known but not well understood passages.   Don’t miss these!!

Too Good To Be True

We all know the old adage:  if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.  But what about when the thing that looks too good to be true comes from someone we have every reason to trust explicitly, like Jesus?

In John 14:13-14, it is reported that Jesus said this:

“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14) 

Sound too good to be true?  Have you had God say yes to everything you asked in Jesus’ name?  Probably not.  So does that mean that the promise was false or that Jesus was exaggerating? We can probably rule out those possibilities, since this is Jesus talking, but then what did he mean when he said “you can ask me anything in my name and I will do it”?

Read the rest here:  http://shepherdproject.com/too-good-to-be-true/

Bigger than Jesus

Most of us know that you can’t believe everything you read.  In fact, if there’s anything the Internet has taught us, it has to be that there’s an inverse relationship between the grandness of a claim and the likelihood that there’s any truth to that claim at all.

But what do we do when ridiculously grand claims come, not from the internet, but from the Bible?  As Christians, the answer seems easy:  we believe the Bible no matter how grand the claim might be…but in practice, it’s sometimes hard to believe some of the things the Bible claims.

For instance, in John 14:12, Jesus said this to his disciples:

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

How can this possibly be true?  How can believers possibly expect to do “greater” things that Jesus himself did?

Read the rest here:  http://shepherdproject.com/biggerthanjesus/


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