THERE IS POWER
MAY HAVE MISSED
by R. Thomas Vosburgh
Dr. Vosburgh has faced severe health issues including being paralyzed from the neck down. He has also faced more than one personal crisis. So he knows what it takes and how faith and prayer can see one through the most tragic of circumstances. When faith seems not to help, answers seem hidden, you are discouraged and not sure what to believe, know that Dr. Vosburgh has looked those demons in the eye and offers real help.
Believers, unbelievers, and skeptics alike will find in this book compelling information and inspiring insights that will enable them to crush their doubts and claim the faith for themselves and grow in discipleship.
Dr. Vosburgh comes to the study of the Bible with experiences of faith that inform his intensive academic study of the scriptures and finds answers to some of the dilemmas that have turned off unbelievers and tripped up searchers of faith Whatever your Christian background or doctrine you will find that a fresh look at your faith will release the Holy Spirit to inform, energize, and inspire you too, as well as refresh and empower your witness.
SOLIDLY GROUNDED in SCRIPTURE
Too often the Bible is read with "divine inattention" so we only see what we want to see or only interpret the Bible so that it says what we think it ought to say.
Did you know that St Paul and Einstein are on the same page?
Paul said, "I only know in part" (ICor 13:)
Einstein said, "We still do not know one thousanth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us."
A healthy skepticism about what people tell us that we should believe is desirable because the scriptures tell us that there will come those who will tell us what we want to hear rather than the truth. There are those who think they have all of the answers to faith and life, however some of the things they tell us or we were taught are far more fungible than we have been told, but it is OK to see things differently than what is conventionally believed or has been told to us by those self-appointed experts.
Dr. Vosburgh's books will challenge you to think more deeply. One reader of the book has stated in her review of it to Amazon, "This book will help you to understand what you really do believe."
When traditional answers are not always satisfying or seem nonsensical this book may offer a perspective to you that puts it all into focus.
Know-it-all Christians who think that only they know the truth are not only delusional, but they are turning people off and away from the church. As Dr. makes clear, honest people of faith can see many concepts or principles of the faith differently and still be true and faithful disciples of Jesus.
Dr. Vosburgh thinks we should hold the attitude of both Paul and Einstein about the limits of our viewpoints. He also believes we should dig deeper into the substance of the scriptures so that we are not merely mouthing cliche's, repeating without thought what others tell us to believe and without looking for things in the scriptures that confirm what we want to believe.
Dr. Vosburgh challenges you in this book to dig deeper and let the Holy Spirit transform you where needed.
You can contact Dr. Vosburgh through the "Contact Me" form that follows. Ask him to explain a scripture verse that troubles you or about anything in his books with which you disagree. All subjects regarding the faith are fair game. Just ask him
Why your prayers don't work the way you think they should. or were told they would.
Why calling the Bible the "Word of God" is dangerous.
If Jesus walked the earth again today would he be murdered all over again? If so, by whom and why? You may be as surprised as the author was.
When holiness is not so holy and what to do about it.
How to make evangelism more than a gigantic game of musical pews. What we should do now?
Why tithing, Bible studies and mega churches will never create a revival. What will..
Did Jesus think that he was God? What does Jesus say when they wanted to stone him for saying that he is God?
Dr. Vosburgh had what he believed to be a divine revelation that may help you to understand the Incarnation and Trinity in a more Biblically accurate way. Take a look and let him know what you think.
Are you prepared to explain to modern day secular humanists what the great truths of the scripture are so as to bridge the gulf that they often find between between science and religion? This book along with the author's other book, Discovering the Biblical God in the 21st Century wiil give you the concepts and tools to do just that.
Hang onto this. Einstein said,
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
"The measure of intelligence is the ability to change."
let the journey begin.
Do you have difficulty in explaining your Christian faith to unbelievers? Do you feel the skepticism before you even start as well sense the condescending look? What you need to do is to get the author's corresponding book, Discovering the Biblical God in the 21st Century. You will get a better understanding of the gulf you are trying to bridge as well as insights as to how to craft the message, thus bridging the gulf.
I encourage you to review the article that follows about how to read the Bible, so you will get the straight unvarnished truth about what a verse is saying. . Do the exercises in the article and then contact me using the form that follows to make any comments or to send to me any questions you may have. If you think that I got something wrong I also want you to contact me and tell what it is. I'll get back to you as quickly as I can to either answer your questions or to respond to your thoughts. If there is not enough space to express your thoughts or questions, you can contact me by sending an email to email@example.com. In the subject line put your name and the words, "I want to know more" you can also send me a letter to the address noted. You can also send me a Bible verse that is puzzling you, and I will send you my take on the meaning of it.
If you want to know more about me, my biography is detailed at the end of this web site.
The following guidelines should be used when interpreting the scriptures to prevent or correct mistakes or abuse.
THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR MISUSING AND ABUSING THE BIBLE.
by The Rev. Dr. R. Thomas Vosburgh
This is a companion book.which explores the gulf that exists between Christians and secular humanists. It offers real world ideas on how to craft the Christian message so as to make it understandable to contemporaries of any era, especially today. You will be given ideas that will make a difference in connecting the Biblical message to a world defined by Quantum Physics, and a multi cultural, multi-religious life.
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Some people in the church like to say Satan does it. This is a nifty way to wash one's hands of the problem. Others will say it is the people who are turned off who are doing it to themselves. This is just as nifty.
What if it is the church and Christians themselves who are doing it? These books take a "take no prisoners" approach that puts this into focus and thereby offers solutions
I know that the following remarks will unsettle some. If you want the "same old, same old" there are plenty of books that offer it. If you want to learn and grow, and specifically let the Holy Spirit into your heart then this is a pathway. Remember, it was the hard hearts of the Pharisees who clung to their preconceived notions, thereby rejecting Jesus and his message, that led Jesus to say that they have committed the unforgivable sin. (Matthew 21: 22-32)
This may be difficult for some of you to consider because this title is so often used to refer to the Bible that I know I am facing a strong head-wind. I suggest that you don't have to agree with me, but I do ask that you hear me out.
What the Bible refer to when it refers to the Word of God.
1. It is clear that the Bible speaks of the Word of God in various places, but t would take enormous amounts of twisted thinking to say these are references to the Bible. In the first place the references to the Word of God in the Bible couldn't mean the Bible as it was not yet in existence.
2. All scripture (II Tim 3:16) is a phrase that some want to refer to as meaning the Bible.( Note point 1). The sacred writing referred to here were something that they were acquainted with from childhood. These scriptures were the books that eventually became a part of the old Testament. Again, the reference to all scripture being inspired referred to the scriptures available at that time and not the Bible.
3. One cannot read John 1 and believe that the Word of God referred to here is the Bible. Most people think that it refers to Jesus. How could it be the Bible as those verses say the Word was God, was made flesh and dwelt among us. It can't mean the Bible.
4. Hebrews 4:12 is a favorite among those who believe the Bible is the Word of God, However, just read it carefully. A book is not a living thing and cannot act so as to pierce and discern. What is referred to here is also referred to in Ephesians six where Paul tells them to take up the sword. Paul names clearly what the sword is when he states in verse 17 that the spirit is the Word of God.
5. Clearly wherever the Title or name, "Word of God" is used in scripture it refers to the work of the Holy Spirit or the message given by the Holy Spirit as when Paul talks about the word of the cross.(I Cor 1:18) One could even make a case for believing that the Word written about in John 1 refers to the Holy Spirit. Think of it in human terms. My spirit is truly me, it goes with me wherever I go. My spirit dwells in my flesh. When people encounter me they encounter my spirit. In that way did the Incarnation occur. Jesus embodied the spirit and the message. Please go to my chapter about Christmas in my book about discovering God and think about the revelation I received regarding the Trinity and Incarnation. ��&.RtP�S
The Bible was never called the Word of God throughout history. This is a 20th century creation by those who think that this will give the Bible credibility and authenticity. Historically the Bible was called the "Holy Bible" or referred to as the inspired scriptures. See if you can find a Bible that is labeled, "The Word of God" I would love to see it.. Please call me if you find one. Even into the 20th century the Bible was called the Bible had no other tittle. Fill in the blank. "Jesus loves me this i know, for the ________tells me so. Thus it was and so it should be.
Now, you are probably wondering why I think this is a problem.
First of all, this moniker makes people think that the Bible actually contains God's words which were spoken to the "authors" who wrote them down. If you think , as some people do, that this is confirmed by the fact that there are no errors, mistakes or contradictions in the Bible then I ask you this, What happens if they find out that there are contradictions, errors, and mistakes? If our kids don't know it, there will be those who use that fact to undo all of the good work you did to raise them in the faith. Please do a search on the internet and you will find numerous web sites that will list in the hundreds what these errors and contradictions are. The book I wrote about the Bible will also let you see them through the eyes of someone who loves Jesus and believes he is the Messiah. We are not helping our children have a mature faith that will counter the forces of evil if we present in a way that is wishful thinking. Our kids will find themselves ridiculed for holding such an opinion. our children have been told that God does not make mistakes. How does that child process all of this when they find out that the Bible has mistakes, etc. Does it not leave them confused if we tell them that the Bible is the words of God.
A second reason why we should not call the Bible the Word of God or suggest that the Bible is God's own words is that this would make the Bible vulnerable to misuse and abuse. It has been said that the Bible is much like a person. If one tortures it long enough it will say whatever you want it to say. In fact, we have an example in the scriptures themselves where this happened. Scripture was misused when it was used in the wilderness to try to disrupt the ministry of Jesus. I have seen it happen in a church near where I live. Disreputable and dishonest people will twist the scripture so it says what they want it to say for their own benefit and to hurt others. I saw a church leader talk members in his congregation to fund a project of his with the promise to pay back the money after a specific period of time. When this date passed and he did not pay them back they threatened to take him to court. His response was that they couldn't take a brother to court but had to go to a church council. ( Mt 18: 15-17 and I Cor 6: 1-8) Because of his position he prevented that from taking place. The Elders to their credit squeezed him out, but they let stand this leader's view of the Bible as, of course, they could do nothing else as these are God's words. Nothing in all of this is about the fruits of the Spirit. (Galatians 5) and no effort was made to make these church members whole. Disrespect able people will misinterpret scripture for their own benefit if they can and convince people these are God's own words. Nothing at all about the overall meaning of scripture, such as not stealing and producing the fruits of the Spirit. The problem here is not just poor interpretation of scripture, it is also this. When calling the Bible the Word of God it encourages people to misuse and abuse it as they only look for what will be literally understood when supporting their opinion. They can then claim that God said this or that and this settles the issue when it doesn't. A popular thing that is said by some people is, God said it so I believe it" This only encourages people to misuse the Bible for their own benefit.
I am considering starting a bulletin service that will focus on issues that are creating barriers to faith, offering ideas that will overcome them, and set free the church to receive the Holy Spirit and create a revival. Two bulletins follow that will give you a taste of what I plan to share.,
Four Scriptures from the "Word of God" that beg for an explanation
WHY BIBLE Studies often fail to change lives or bring a revival to the church, What to do now.
I have downloaded a copy of what my bulletins will be like if I decide to start a service. A copy of them can be downloaded below. I would appreciate it if you would send any comments you may have about them to me at my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
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I expect to be providing stimulating ideas about what we need to do to overcome barriers to faith and to provide real life solutions. I promise you not to give you the some old, same old. You can get that anywhere. This will be a place to challenge ourselves to do better and be more than we ever thought possible..
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