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The God Who Is
For Christians, particularly Westernized Christians, as well as Jews the term 'God' undoubtedly implies the 'God of Israel' described in the Bible. The belief in one single God and Creator of the universe for these religious groups is indisputable.

 

This however has not always been the case. Nations dating back to ancient or Old Testament times, the birthplace of the Hebrew patriarchs and matriarchs, worshiped hundreds of 'nature gods'[1].  Christians and Jews are unique in their belief in one single God compared to these nations of the ancient world and parts of the modern world.

For them this one God is the origin and creator of everything, physical and spiritual.[2] All forms of life are created for the glory and purpose of this creator God, bringing God's goodness to the earth.

When we read and explore the Bible, we should do so in the context of the Biblical world. The Bible is not a theoretical philosophy textbook, describing human thought and behavior, divorced from human existence on planet Earth.

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Cast your gaze over some of the history from the times of the writing of the Biblical texts.

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"Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more."(Confucius)


 

In this article we want to discuss an overview of the composition of God's divine Words of guidance, the Biblical canon. Through the power of these words God created the heavens and the earth and by the same words God will restore all things to their original created glory and purpose.

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Karanak Temple

​Ancient temples were considered to be the residence of the god. The Karnak temple was the dwelling place of Amon-Re, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu, the moon god. Construction continued on this temple for more than two millennia under the belief that once building ceased, the temple "died." The temple was a closed compound, open only to the priests and the pharaoh. The common people could only enter the courtyard.​​

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​The Ancient City of Athens

The Agora, the marketplace and civic centre, was one of the most important parts of an ancient city of Athens. In addition to being a place where people gathered to buy and sell all kinds of commodities, it was also a place where people assembled to discuss all kinds of topics: business, politics, current events, or the nature of the universe and the divine. The Agora of Athens, where ancient Greek democracy first came to life, provides a wonderful opportunity to examine the commercial, political, religious, and cultural life of one of the great cities of the ancient world.


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Ziggurats

T​his image illustrates how the appearance of the Ziggurat at Ur might've looked during the time of Abraham. The tower was square, terraced, built out of solid brick, with much trees and shrubbery along the terraces, and at the top a sanctuary to the moon-god. This reconstruction of the Ziggurat or (Temple-Tower) at Ur, similar to the Tower of Babel, was the most conspicuous building in the city during the time of Abraham, the first Hebrew. It was finally rebuilt by Nabonidus in the sixth century BC, over the ruins of the Temple that existed in Abraham's time, which was also rebuilt over another Temple from even more ancient times. In the ancient world Ziggurats were huge "stepped" structures with a temple at the top. This Temple would have been to the city god. The city ziggurat would easily be the most conspicuous building in the city, towering above any visitors coming to their city. Therefore the ziggurat was not just a religious center but also a center of civic pride for the whole city. Any visitor would instantly see the ziggurat. The ziggurats were built on an immense scale: in the time of Abraham they would sometimes reach the height of 150 feet. Around the base there might be more temples or dwellings for the priests.

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The Statue of Nok Tuntima, one of the Himmapan Forest Creatures​


Thought the worship of idols belongs to the Old Testament times. This picture was taken in Bangkok in 2011  and is the statue of  Nok Tuntima on of the Himmapan forest. The Himmapan creatures, mythical beings are said to inhabit the legendary Himmapan forest supposedly located in the Himalaya Mountains. According to the legend, the forest and its creatures remain invisible to human eyes. The main Himmapan creature in Budhism is Naga which spread itself to protect Lord Buddha. Besides, there are many written manuscripts about Lord Buddha's previous incarnations. In some incarnations, he was born in the forest of Himmapan.​

erawan.pngThe worship of different gods are still very real in most parts of Asia where Christianity has not taken root yet. The Erawan Shrine is visited by countless Thai and Other Asian tourists who seek good luck as it is reputed to have power of granting wishes. 

Many come to pay homage by offering flower garlands and pray to the four- headed image of the Hindese god Brahma to grant wishes. To reinforce the wish or express the appreciation to the god, they will donate wooden elephants or hire a group of Thai classical dancers to perform the dance with live music.



 

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The Historical Accuracy of the Bible.
There were several secular historians who wrote about the events of the New Testament at the same time the Bible was being written. Josephus is the most well-known of them. He was a Jewish historian. Tacitus was a Roman historian who would have no benefit from not telling the truth. Both these men, as well as others, can be used to back up the historical accuracy of the Bible.
There are historical discoveries regularly coming to light that continue to support the accuracy of the Bible. Merrill Unger, who compiled a Bible dictionary wrote, “Old Testament archeology has rediscovered whole nations, resurrected important peoples, and in a most astonishing manner filled in historical gaps, adding immeasurably to the knowledge of Biblical backgrounds.”

 
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Have you Read the Bible?

Have you ever taken the time to read your Bible cover to cover? Assuming your Bible is 1000 pages long (not counting study notes), and you read a page every 5 minutes, it should take you 84 hours or just under 3 and a half days to read it all. You have read many other books cover to cover, but have you read the most important book of all time?

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The Hebrew Bible actually has 24 books, not 39. 1&2 Samuel, Kings, Chronicles are each counted as one book, not two. Ezra and Nehemiah are combined. The 12 books of the minor prophets are all one book called "The Book Of The Twelve."

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There are 10 places where people were raised from the dead in the Bible:
Elijah raised the widow's son (1 Kin 17:17-24).
Elisha raised the Shunammites son (2 Kin 4:18-37).
A dead man came to life when his body was set on the dead bones of Elisha (2 Kin 13:20-21).
Jesus raised a widow's son (Lk 7:11-15).
Jesus raised the daughter of Jarius (Lk 8:41-42,49-56).
Jesus raised Lazarus (Jn 11:1-46).
Jesus was resurrected (Mt 28)(Mk 16)(Lk 24)(Jn 20-21).
Many dead saints came out of their graves after Jesus' resurrection (Mt 27:51-53)
Peter raised Tabitha (Dorcas) (Acts 9:36-51).
Paul raised Eutychus (Acts 20:9-12).