Some say we shouldn't read the Bible "because it's hard to understand," therefore, they say, we should leave the interpreting of it to the "experts." I do not subscribe to that perspective.

It seems implausible to me that God would put mankind on the earth and say to him, "good luck, I hope you make it," and go his merry way. No, he gave us the "manufacturer's handbook," to reveal to us who he is, what his principles are, and how we are to come to him.

So let's take a look at some of these truths as we delve into the Word of God so that we can know and understand his purposes and his Father's heart, for he has given to us his Word containing "all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us." (2nd Peter 1:3)

Choose from the topics on the sidebars. And come back from time to time, as I'll be adding to these studies.

The Deity Of Jesus Christ

WHY did the people take up stones to stone Jesus?

Because they understood exactly what He was saying, that he is God.

His claim, that HE is the I AM:
"Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, before
Abraham was, I AM.' Then they took up stones to throw
at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the Temple,
going through the midst of them, and so ...passed by."
-John 8:58

What did He mean when he said, "I AM" ???

That he is the I AM as revealed to Moses:
"Then Moses said to God, 'Indeed, when I come to the children
of Israel and say to them, `The God of your fathers has sent me
to you,' and they say to me, `What is His name?' what shall I say
to them?'

And God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM.' And He said, 'Thus
you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.'
...The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham,the God
of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.

This is my Name forever, and this is my memorial to all
He also made this claim when questioned by the high priest:
"Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him,
Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
And Jesus said, I AM.
And you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power,
and coming in the clouds of heaven."
Mark 14:61-62
And he stated it again to a woman at a well in Samaria:
"The woman said to him,
'I know that Messiah is coming (who is called Christ).
When he comes, he will tell us all things.'
Jesus said to her, 'I who speak to you am he.'”
John 4:25-26

Is The Messiah One Of Us? Is He God?

The Prophecy Of The Messiah:

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given;
and the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called:
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6

This CHILD is the mighty God -El Gibor.
This CHILD is the eternal Father -Avi Ad.


Word for word translation from the Hebrew text:

Ci yeled yulad lanu, ben nitan lanu.
For a child is born to us, a son given to us.

Vatehi hamisrah al shichmo.
And will be the government upon his shoulder.

Vayikra shmo:
And will be called his name:

Pele, Yo-etz, El Gibor,
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Avi Ad, Sar Shalom.
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

L'marbeh hamisrah ul'shalom
Of the increase of government and of peace

ein ketz.
there is no end.

Al cisei David v'al mamlachto
Upon the Throne of David and upon his kingdom

lehachin otah ul'saadah
to prepare it and to uphold it

b'mishpat uv'itz-dakah
in justice and in righteousness

me-atah v'ad olam.
from now and until forever.

Is There Life After Death?

Does the Bible answer this question? It sure does. Here are several passages speaking to this subject.

He Is The God Of The Living

"But concerning the resurrection of the dead,
have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying,
'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’
God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."
Matthew 22:31-32

In context, Jesus was speaking here to the Sadducees, who were another sect of Judaism similar to the Pharisees, but they did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. When Jesus 
answered them, he proclaimed that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who had been dead for centuries, were ALIVE in heaven, asserting that God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

The Thief On The Cross

When Jesus was dying on the Cross, the criminal who was dying next to him asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his Kingdom. "And Jesus said to him, 'Assuredly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.'" (Luke 23:43) If by that he meant the grave, of what import is the statement? Being in the grave with him would be a meaningless promise to
that man.

Paul's Dilemma

"For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21)
If there's no life after death, this statement is ridiculous. How can dying be gain?

vs 23-24:

"For I am hard pressed between the two,
having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you."

Paul clearly desires to depart to be with Christ. To be with Christ certainly doesn’t mean in the grave. Surely that wouldn't be "better." How can lying in a grave be "FAR better?" Why 
would he so earnestly desire death unless he was looking to being with Christ?

Absent From The Body

"We are confident, yes well pleased, rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord." (2 Cor 5:8) When a believer leaves the body, he is present with the Lord.

The Rich Man And Lazarus

Luke chapter 16 verses 19-31 records a conversation between a rich man in hell and Lazarus who was in Paradise, clearly showing them alive after death. In fact, the man in hell is begging that someone be sent to warn his brothers not to come to this awful place. The answer was that they have the Bible, and if they don't believe the Word of God then nothing will
persuade them.

Moses and Elijah

In Matthew 17:1-4, Jesus took Peter, James and John up onto a mountain and was transfigured before them. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared and began speaking with Jesus. Peter was so shook that he asked if he should build a tent for them. Obviously, Moses and Elijah had been dead for centuries, yet they appeared on that mountain with Jesus. Alive.

Believers, when you leave your body you are only changing location. YOU will not die, you will be alive -either in heaven, or in hell.

Shall Never Die
"I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.
And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die."
John 11:25-26


Then Jesus added:

"Do you believe this?"