Coloring Outside The Lines

Correctly understanding the Bible's ancient past is first knowing what those original authors were intending to say and what those words actually meant to them during that period in history.

"Whenever you offer an approach to Scripture that is outside the norms of modern mainstream Christian theological opinion, you run the risk of being considered a heretic. But if the differing views you express turn out to be accurate, at what point does a heretic become a visionary?   — C. Daniel Madison"

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As believers, we are admonished to logically explain, in matters of faith, why we believe the way we do. In theological circles this process is called "Apologetics". But most of us aren't Bible scholars so we tend to simply repeat what our church teaches or what we've read in books and blogs written by scholarly experts in a variety of theological disciplines. And now you're here.

And yes, it's true - I am not your typical "expert" and many of my views, particularly of those times prior to King Solomon, admittedly color well outside the lines of mainstream Christian thought. This is due primarily to an apparent divide between the secular and Christian viewpoints about this period of ancient history, however ...

To start with, there is an entire millennium missing in biblical history. Is it any wonder why there is such a disagreement for example, based on cultural and archaeological evidences, whether or not the Exodus actually occurred? Of course it happened ... just not when Christians argue it did ... apples and oranges folks, apples and oranges.

I encourage you to take some time and read through the PDF articles posted here. It's my belief that God expects us to understand the historical reality in which the ancient patriarchs and early writers of Scripture lived. It is through this knowledge that we are able to explain our beliefs in ways that realign the secular world view with the factual nature and spiritual intent of the Bible.

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