These days, we can see for ourselves how accurate the various translations are by comparing different versions and by checking the original languages ourselves.  For a word check, we can use one of the many wonderful Bible study resources such as one of the Strong’s concordances with Hebrew and Greek lexicon.  There are so many great tools available for scholarship, and many such resources are even easily available on the internet these days.  We have unprecedented access to information these days and can avail ourselves of various tools and knowledge that once was only available to scholars or was difficult to access through the libraries, universities, or the government.  So much knowledge and wisdom is now freely available to the masses.  More importantly, truth gets discussed more these days.  Thanks be to God that truth does not depend on nor does it have its source in humanity.  The very best truths that we could come up with on our own in our man-made religions and philosophies cannot compare with the marvelous, extensive, broad, deep, and sometimes even incomprehensible truths in the Bible. 

Believe me when I state this because I have studied religions and philosophies most of my adult life since I started my life-long academic journey in Spring 1983 at Kennesaw College (now a university), culminating in my B.A. at West Georgia in 1988 and my M.A. at Auburn in 1998 (a prerequisite for my tour of duty as an English professor at West Point).  In my directed studies at college and through my extensive independent studies of countless subjects (I have an insatiably curious mind about everything), I have learned just how limited man-made religions and philosophies are in addressing the major important issues in life and even how dysfunctional they can be in application of their ideas and methods in an average person’s life.  The truths of the Bible, on the other hand, have never failed me and have never failed to be successful in practical application during the chaos and whirlwind experiences of my life. 

The Bible answers all the important questions in life and is a reliable guide for a happy and successful life.  It’s easy to throw stones at it and to claim that the flaws in it render it useless or that the translations and interpretations of Scripture are unreliable, but every single critic of the Bible that I’ve met in life was speaking from second and third hand information rather than personal experience and research.  And let me emphasize that, when someone has the audacity to express their opinion on a subject about which they know nothing and have studied nothing, their words are simply foolish ignorance.  The world is full of foolish ignorance since man is so inherently flawed and so persistent and enthusiastic in pursuit of sin.  And the world is full of people who are willing to give you 10 minutes more information than you were willing to listen to as they expound on their depth of ignorance in some subject or another.  Lack of knowledge is no impediment to some people’s desire to talk.  Sometimes that’s a good thing.  Sometimes it’s not.

I pray that He would pour out upon each of you the riches from His treasury of wisdom and truth and that you would be filled to overflowing with His measureless, blissful love. 

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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