The Bible consists of 66 books and letters written by 40+ different authors (farmers, fishermen, tent-makers, shepherds etc). Because of this many believe that it is old and outdated; mythical; morally disconnected; contradictory and inconsistent; culturally specific even though it spanned political, cultural and economic climates. It took over 1500 years time span to write and was penned in 21 countries on three different continents.
Similar to 2 John in many ways
- Attributed to near the same time
- Same style
- Form of a personal letter
- Complementary subject matter
Considering the times, I cannot think of a more appropriate book to be going through at the moment than the 2nd epistle of John.
Hebrews 12:6 FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE CHASTENS, AND SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
Hebrews 12:7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
Deuteronomy 30:15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,
Deuteronomy 30:16 in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.
There is this wrong concept of heaven that is very pervasive within professing christianity today.
This is an aspect of Christianity that is seldom spoken about, yet of paramount importance!
What is the Bible about? Why did God give us all these books and chapters and scriptures and verses? They were not written in a very easy to be understood manner – in fact the Bible is written in a way to secure the truth (Isaiah 28:13) so that it can only be unlocked with a key and that key being His holy spirit (John 16:13, 1 Corinthians 2:9-11). This is His mind, a portion of it, which He gives to us. This is the power that He gives to help us to put the Bible together, a little here and a little there.
World Shaped by Fear
What are people afraid of:
- Pain / Health
- Death: ours / others
- Jobs / Money