Is The Old Testament Primary for You?

Question: It seems that the Message breathes the atmosphere of the Old Testament primarily. Would you please comment? Answer: We believe that the whole Bible is the Word of God and contains all that we need to obtain salvation. The apostle Paul stated that we are built upon the “foundation of the apostles and prophets, … [Read more…]

What Does “Precept” Mean, in its Biblical Sense?

Question: I was looking in the Bible Encyclopedia for the meaning of the word ‘precept’ but could not find it. Webster’s Dictionary says it is ‘a rule of conduct.’ Is this fairly accurate in the Bible sense? Answer: In the Bible the word precept is used seldom, except in the plural form, in which it … [Read more…]

Which Bibles Do You Recommend?

Answer: As everyone knows, there are many Bible translations available today, all of which are the work of human hands and minds and none of which are completely accurate. But the imperfections in the translations are not an obstacle that keeps one from understanding the Bible. The variety of translations are actually a help, providing … [Read more…]

What is “Higher Criticism”?

Question: Would you please tell me something about what is meant by the term “higher criticism”? Thank you. Answer: Biblical criticism divides into two basic groups: lower and higher. Lower criticism, usually called textual criticism, is the study of the original documents behind Scripture in order to determine as closely and as carefully as possible … [Read more…]

Is the Book of Ecclesiastes Reliable?

Question: I have been told that we cannot depend upon Ecclesiastes, because it was written by King Solomon, who turned away from God. Please comment. Answer: Ecclesiastes can be considered King Solomon’s personal memoirs and he did indeed turn away from God. Does this mean we cannot rely upon his words as Scripture? On the … [Read more…]

Why Do You Claim the Inauthenticity of Matt 28:19?

Question: I read in your literature that the Trine Baptismal formula stated by Jesus in Matthew 28:19 may not be authentic text. What is your authority for this statement? Answer: The text in question reads: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the … [Read more…]

What Do You Mean By “Correctly Understanding” the Bible?

Question: I am concerned about your words “correctly understanding” the Bible. To me the Bible is black and white. The different denominations are irrelevant to me. What our Lord has given us in the Bible is what I know is true. Answer: We admire—and share—your respect for the Bible. We agree completely that the Bible … [Read more…]