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Getting To Know God

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My life is falling apart! Everything goes wrong in my life. I fight with my family and friends. Everything I touch ends up as a problem. It seems like God is punishing me! I want God to hear me. Can you give me a prayer so that He will listen? I want Him to show me what I’m doing wrong. I want to know why I can’t move forward. 

Tim asks seven reasonable questions in order to help us focus our thoughts on Christ. Read the questions. Answer them honestly. And see if implementing them helps you as you seek to know God more.

Jeremiah 17:9 – Some Thoughts

Jeremiah 17:9 – lost in translation?

Jeremiah 17:9 is one of those verses that seems to have been “lost in translation” over the centuries.

For a person not versed in the Hebrew language, the multiplicity of translations into English tends to throw doubt on the reliability of Scriptures. I suppose, at some point, we must all wrestle with the fact that our English versions are translations by men of what God originally wrote in other languages.

Some will state that the God has preserved His word perfectly in English. But why would God favor English over other languages? And if God did not preserve His word perfectly in Chinese, why would we think He did so in English? And if He perfectly preserved His word in all languages in which it is translated, then what do we do with the differences between the translations going into the different languages?

We think the better view is that God has preserved His word in the original languages.

Some Thoughts on Thoughts . . .

Random thoughts can pop into your mind. And often those thoughts are negative.

You’re no good. You’re ugly. You’re condemned. God doesn’t love you.

But thoughts are often deceptive. Our thoughts can be deceptions from Satan. We must learn theological truth in order to combat thoughts that may lead us astray.

There is a reason Satan is called the accuser of the brethren. He wants us to be confused. He wants us to be scared. He wants us to doubt our faith.