Late in life, I have discovered a love for and a fascination with the Bible. In addition to reading it for myself, I also enjoy hearing what others think of God’s Word. Hence I initiated the THE FOOD FOR THOUGHT AWARD and nominated bloggers I thought might enjoy being nominated. Here is a summary of the posts thus far.
King James Version (KJV)
4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (This is my all time favorite for one simple reason! When I was facing death, I called out to God, He heard me and took away my fear. When God intervenes in your life, you know it. He answered my prayer!)
Here is his favorite verse and his explanation.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. -Romans 12:2
This is my clear favorite, because it talks of us using our minds in the Christian life. It’s almost counter cultural in today’s world to think of religion as something we do in our minds, rather than our hearts, and something we do in private, rather than something that impacts the world around us, but isn’t that what Paul is saying here —to be counter cultural?
In response to his nomination, Keith DeHavelle has rewarded us with an ambitious seven-post project. In his first post, Sunday Verse 1, discussed 2 Corinthians 3. In his latest, Sunday Verse 2: Root of Evil, reviews the teachings of 1 Timothy 6. begins with a discussion of the subtle difference in various Bible translations of 1 Timothy 6:10. Here is his preferred translation.
1 Timothy 6:10 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
for a root of all the evils is the love of money, which certain longing for did go astray from the faith, and themselves did pierce through with many sorrows;
uses the differences in translations as springboard to discuss the utility and the politics of money. The post ends by specifically reviewing what 1 Timothy 6 has to say about slavery.
All by themselves, ‘s insights provide very interesting reading. What makes what has written even more curious is that is not an adherent to Christianity. Therefore, he approaches the subject as a scholar. A post such as ‘s reminds us that every Christian needs to understand the Bible both as a historical document and as an object of faith. Without an intellectual understanding of the Bible, we cannot understand how we are suppose to apply the Bible. Without faith that the Bible is in fact the Word of God, we will not find the Bible worthy of application.
This is a fun award, but presents a challenge for me in the rules. I have to select 7 of my favorite Bible Verses – hmmm – there is smoke coming out of my ears as I try to figure out which to list. I don’t want to hurt the feelings of any of my favorites that don’t make the cut. Well – we’ll see how I do.
And it looks like did have fun. Here is his last selection from the Bible.
7) John 14:12-14 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. (NASB)
Oh now that’s some ground breaking information.
With a little luck (and if the nominees choose to have fun with it), the Food For Thought Award will take off, and I will be unable to read all the posts. Nonetheless, I would enjoy trying. Do you have a post? Did I miss it? Please feel free to comment here and provide a link.