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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

Part of John 8 not in the original texts

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Hi all, I haven't been on much lately (for quite a while actually). Hope everyone is well and blessed in this new year.

I had something I haven't heard before told to me this evening and wondered if anyone knew the root of it and the driving force behind the teaching. A gentleman (who claims to be a christian, but is often uttering false teachings - which I am sure he has heard from a number sources) told me this evening that the scriptures found in John 8 versus 3 through 11 are not in the original texts (I am assuming he refers to the TR, but didn't have the time to discuss it further). Has anyone heard this teaching before and, if so, do you know the root of it and why whoever started this teaching would want to discredit this particular portion of scripture?

This gentleman also said that the last portion of the book of Mark was not written by John Mark because of the following:

16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Because all Christians aren't healers and don't speak in new tongues and are immune to poisons, etc., etc.

Obviously this is just foolishness in understanding the use of signs, miracles, gifts, and talents. I have heard this before and, after studying, have discarded it as the foolishness it is.


As for the first topic though, I haven't heard it before and wonder if you have. I have a couple of different Greek texts online and on my computer (though I cannot read or speak the Greek, but only lean on translation), and each of them contain this scripture and concur the same translation (with minor word changes). Those who know me, know where I stand concerning the KJV and know that I am not entreating this as truth, but rather, that I would like to find out where this teaching is coming from. Any insight would be appreciated.

God's grace and blessings in the new year to each of you.

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It comes from the same place all false doctrine comes from--the devil. Certain people, though seemingly wise, are trusting in other mens thoughts and not in the Word of God (KJB). They undermine the Bible, and yet may not realize it. Satan has gained much for the want of knowledge.

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Hi all, I haven't been on much lately (for quite a while actually). Hope everyone is well and blessed in this new year.

I had something I haven't heard before told to me this evening and wondered if anyone knew the root of it and the driving force behind the teaching. A gentleman (who claims to be a christian, but is often uttering false teachings - which I am sure he has heard from a number sources) told me this evening that the scriptures found in John 8 versus 3 through 11 are not in the original texts (I am assuming he refers to the TR, but didn't have the time to discuss it further). Has anyone heard this teaching before and, if so, do you know the root of it and why whoever started this teaching would want to discredit this particular portion of scripture?

This gentleman also said that the last portion of the book of Mark was not written by John Mark because of the following:

16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Because all Christians aren't healers and don't speak in new tongues and are immune to poisons, etc., etc.

Obviously this is just foolishness in understanding the use of signs, miracles, gifts, and talents. I have heard this before and, after studying, have discarded it as the foolishness it is.


As for the first topic though, I haven't heard it before and wonder if you have. I have a couple of different Greek texts online and on my computer (though I cannot read or speak the Greek, but only lean on translation), and each of them contain this scripture and concur the same translation (with minor word changes). Those who know me, know where I stand concerning the KJV and know that I am not entreating this as truth, but rather, that I would like to find out where this teaching is coming from. Any insight would be appreciated.

God's grace and blessings in the new year to each of you.

Here's a link to an article on the history of this subject. I see no reason to believe that the Pericope Adulterae is not a true narrative. Edited by Annie
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Futurehope, the heading to this topic says "Part of John 8 not in the original texts" I wonder, is that a statement or a question?
Too many men who think themselves scholars, make the same claim, yet I wonder how many have seen a manuscript? Any manuscript at all, that they can call "original"? Be careful of "tooting another mans horn", and spreading some nonsense that He thinks may be true. I am amazed that so many of us proclaim as fact that which the man who stated even, cannot prove. We resort back to the days when the priests had to interpret the Word of God for us, only we let "educated" men do it now! They really don't know any more about it than they have learned from others either!

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It was a problem in Augustine's time - he suggested it had been struck from the manuscripts but prudes who were embarrassed by the Saviour apparently condoning adultery.

No-one now wants to discredit this Scripture - we need it as it show's our Saviour's compassion, & discredits the spurious righteousness of the legalists..

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Those verses are not in the oldest manuscripts. That's the controversy.

Also: Good to see you around again, brother. :icon_smile:
God bless,
Joel ><>.
2 Chronicles 7:14.


Manuscripts? Alexandria,Egypt or Antioch, Syria?
Alexandria = Bad Antioch = Good
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First off, thanks for the replies. My apologies for the confusion as the title heading was neither intended as a question or statement. I do not question it at all, but firmly believe that the belief that this scripture is not true cannon is a lie of satan to discredit God's Word. I simply used the heading to give an idea of what the topic was without dragging it out. Again, my apologies for any confusion. Annie, thanks for sharing the link, it provided some good historical matter. Thanks for the welcoming back and I will try not to be a stranger quite so long at a time. It's good to see that many of you are still here. God's grace to each of you.

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Manuscripts? Alexandria,Egypt or Antioch, Syria?
Alexandria = Bad Antioch = Good

Interestingly, and sadly, in Alexandria Egypt on New Years Day 01/01/2011, twenty three "Christians" were killed in a terrorist bomb attack. It's a bad place alright!


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/06/opinion/06thu3.html
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The oldest manuscripts are the oldest because nobody used they since they recognized they were junk.


It's most often kept quiet as to where most of these "older manuscripts" were found and just why they were there and in such good condition. No doubt it would be to the enemies benefit to ensure corrupt manuscripts were kept safe somewhere rather than being destroyed so he could use them to reap confusion and lead many astray.
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It's most often kept quiet as to where most of these "older manuscripts" were found and just why they were there and in such good condition. No doubt it would be to the enemies benefit to ensure corrupt manuscripts were kept safe somewhere rather than being destroyed so he could use them to reap confusion and lead many astray.


The Vaticanus was found in the Vatican's library. Yeah, that should be trustworthy. The Vaticanus is missing ALL of the book of Revelation, ALL of I & II Timothy, ALL of Titus and half the book of Hebrews. How's that for "the oldest and best"?

The Sinaiticus was found in the garbage dump of a Greek Orthodox monastery near Mt. Sinai by an unsaved German scholar named Tischendorf. The Sinaiticus was in such bad shape from all the words and verses scribbled over, erased and copied over that is almost illegible. This is why it was in a garbage pile.
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