Welcome to Basics of the Word

“It is written,man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” . ~Matthew 4:4

Yes, I realize that there are most likely hundreds, if not thousands, of religious websites you can visit. Therefore I’m honored to have you stop in for a visit.
What, you may ask, is different about this web site? It is primarily in two ways.

1. It makes Christianity simple and logical. If you check into the section titled: “Basic Christianity,” (still under construction) you will discover just how simple, logical and balanced the religious system that is presented in the Bible really is. In this section you will find out how to study the Bible so you can know for yourself what it says.

2.It discusses ideas that “everyone knows,” but few actually do. Here you will find out what certain ideas mean when viewed from the mountain top of God’s word. These are topics that “everyone knows what they mean.” Yet in fact, when we find out how the Bible talks about these subjects, not everyone really does knows what they mean. Understanding what things like Love and Sin really are, just to name two, are vital to understanding the “deeper things” of God’s word.

The purpose of this site is to help you build a solid foundation under your Christian experience, even if it is one of many years, or one that is brand new, or one that is in the process of being born. It is surprising just how many questions one can answer themselves when they have these foundational ideas firmly in mind. I know I found that to be true as I made theses discoveries in my own Bible study. So, I felt that if it could help me, a life long Christian, then it most certainly could help anyone else.

I’m sure that many, if not most of you have an IQ not far different from mine. The difference most likely is that you have been taught a church doctrine, much as I was, and was not taught how to study the Bible yourself. I did not worry about this until a couple of major trials and disappointments crossed my life’s pathway. It is amazing how much one can learn about God in a funeral parlor, graveyard or hospital room. When everything you have; has been taken away, no matter how it may be, and there is no place to look but up. God is standing there to comfort, love and guide you. Ever since, I have been seeking to know Him better and what I will share here is what I have found to be of a help to me. In reality, I am just a begger telling another hungry person where to find bread.

As a paraphrase of an old saying goes:

“Feed a hungry man a fish, and you have satisfied his hunger for one meal. Teach a man how to fish and you have given him tools that will make it possible for him to satisfy his hunger for the rest of his life.”

The goal of this web site is to give you the tools so you can satisfy your hunger to know what God’s word really says, for the rest of your life.

One thing that is vitally important in studying the Bible is to realize that the biggest barrier to understanding God’s word is preconceived opinions. We all have them, sometimes they are good, most often they are not. If these preconceived opinions are based on God’s instructions, they are good. If they are based on human concepts, they are usually best set aside.

Just one more thing.

“Truth is traveling on a journey, not a theological teaching or a destination. When we stop learning more truth, we have either physically died or become mentally unresponsive.”

A desire to know more of what God’s will is for our lives, is a sure sign that His special love is active in our lives. This will make more sense as you study the section on “What is Love.”

The Basic Christianity Series is not designed to indoctrinate anyone into any church system or structure of belief, but rather to help one see the consistency and logic of God’s plan for our lives. It helps one build a foundation where they will be able learn more about God then is covered here. While I personally am of the Seventh-day Adventist communion, this site is not sponsored by any church, nor is everything that will be presented a recitation the dogmas of that, or any other church. In fact, I wish that all the churches would teach these things, as it would make them spiritually stronger.

The position I have taken is this. If any church is in harmony with what is taught in the Bible, no matter what name it may claim, it is God’s church. By and by, people from all denominations will be walking the golden streets of heaven.

However, if any church attempts to or claims that they have changed anything that God’s word says, it is not presenting God’s instructions and in time looses their special connection with God. This is not always immediate. In fact, God has more long suffering then we deserve in these things, which is called His Mercy. But, if doctrines that are contrary to God’s word are held onto, defended and preached for many, many years. It may be 50, 75e 50, 75
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Izbrano poglavje ne obstaja!

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, or 100 years. Only God knows the limits of His endurance. In time, like with Israel of old, as a nation/church they are rejected by God. This is the result of their choice to not have anyone rule over them, not some arbitray action on God’s part. I just seek to remain in a situation where it will not happen to me.

As the Bible says:
“To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn [light/truth].” Isaiah 8:20Isaiah 8:20
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20 Turn to the law and to the testimony! If they don’t speak according to this word, surely there is no morning for them.

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One more thing about this website. Various booklet’s I have written and position papers that have been put together, in order to get the subject clear in my own mind, will be posted as possible. So, come back at a later time if you do not find what you are seeking in this visit, as it just might be that when you return the subject of your interest may have been put on the site. A good way to increase the odds of that happening is to ask that question.

Or, if you would like a personal answer to your question, just contact me in one of the various ways possible and I’ll answer as many as I can. Since I have covered quite a few of these questions over the years, many I have already worked through, if only just for my own spiritual growth. So, some questions will be relatively easy to answer. I’m sure that others will be asked that will take more time. If nothing more, I will say: “I do not know.” If I can, I’ll attempt to direct you to a place where you can find answers. In all cases, I’ll be as honest as I can to “accurately handle the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:152 Timothy 2:15
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15 Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth.

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So, as the Lord gives me strength and wisdom, I for my part will attempt to keep the channel clear for the Lord to speak through, so you can get to know Him better.

I’ll be looking forward to meeting you. Leave a note if it is only HI!

Maranatha :)

Ray

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