Adam and Eve did not ask forgiveness and they both blamed God for what they did—That is in Gen-3-12-13-ParallelCommentaries.htm
Satan’s Next Biggest Lie—Is Implying that Jesus [Testimony Of Himself] is something More Then what He Himself said about Himself is comparable to Satan’s first Open Lies and Implied. Barnes' Notes on the Bible Says This About EVE Let us remember that this was the first falsehood the woman ever heard. Her mind was also infantile as yet, so far as experience was concerned. The opening mind is naturally inclined to believe the truth of every assertion, until it has learned by experience the falsehood of some. There was also in this falsehood what gives the power to deceive, a great deal of truth combined with the element of untruth. The tree was not physically fatal to life, and the eating of it really issued in some knowledge of good and evil. Nevertheless, the partaking of what was forbidden issued in the legal and actual privation of life. And it did not make them know good and evil altogether, as God knows it, but in an experimental sense, as the devil knows it. In point of knowledge, they became like God; in point of morality, like the tempter. Barnes' Notes on the Bible 3,4 and 5 —Biblos-CommenGen/3-4. Did the Nicene Creed Makers know more about Jesus then He did of Himself? [Testimony Of Himself] VS-Pro Nicene--Creed-Say Yes Nicene Council Original Writtings What Did They Say.htm
If YOU believe a lie wittingly or unwittingly then teach that lie that makes YOU a liar. Satan wants YOU to lie and die eternally
What is Truth? Truth 2001 Translation-Excellent Open What is Truth? Link
At John 18:37, 38 we find this interchange of words between Jesus and Pontius Pilate (which started when Jesus was on trial):
(Pilate) 'You aren't a king, are you?'
(Jesus) 'You're the one who's saying that I'm a king. The reason why I was born and why I came into the world is to testify to the truth, and everyone who's on the side of truth listens to my voice.'.'
(Pilate) 'What is truth?'
Pilate's cynical and sullen question certainly seems appropriate in the world that we're living in today, because truth – real, absolute truth – is very difficult to find. And what people accept as truth is usually shaded by propaganda, news sources, what they were taught in school, what they were taught in church, and by accepting the word of 'authorities.' However, only the most ignorant will accept everything they are told unflinchingly and unquestioningly… but, this is what most religions expect of us.
The fact is: if we're really searching for the truth, we must question everything we've been taught, and then change our thinking to wherever that leads us. For, a wise person once said: 'Our minds don't control our beliefs; our beliefs control our minds.'
Now, the things that Jesus said were truly unvarnished, absolute truth; for, if you read his words in the book of John, you'll find that he spoke of telling the truth dozens of times there. Why, as he said; the reason why he came to the earth was in fact to 'testify to the truth.' And so, Christians should place a highest priority on telling and on searching for the truth, especially when it comes to truth from the Bible. However, like Pilate, many have simply become too cynical in their disgust for religion and have concluded that knowing the truth really doesn't matter, so they've given up in their search. Please don't do that; because, it can be found if you keep searching for it.
When it comes to religion, there are many obstacles to finding and teaching the truth. And the worst of them are those individuals who have set themselves up (or have been held up by others) as unquestionable (infallible) sources of Bible truth. You can easily identify them by the way they teach. Rather than humbly indicating that the things they teachcould be true, they usually speak very forcefully about their teachings, predictions, creeds, doctrines, and opinions (every religion has theirs).
Now, the foremost obstacles to finding religious truth are the creeds, doctrines, and rules that such people create.
Creeds (beliefs) are lists of fundamental 'Church' doctrines that are written and memorized by its members, which religions claim should never to be questioned by the 'faithful.' And although these creeds may have been created by the misunderstanding of people who lived as much as nineteen-hundred years ago, the religions that teach them as truth are virtually locked into them… and too often, they aren't the truth.
Doctrines are the individual basic teachings that define a Church and distinguish it from other religions. And again, doctrines are never to be questioned or researched. But when religious debate is no longer allowed, people stop searching for answers, and that's where spirituality ends. In other words: They stop thinking and learning. The religious song, Old Time Religion (for example) encourages this, by telling people to unthinkingly adopt the beliefs of earlier generations.
Rules are the endless collections of laws that are created by religious hypocrites (like the Pharisees). For, certain ones take selected 'Bible Principles' (just the ones they choose, not all of them) and turn them into 'Laws' that are not clearly spelled out as such in the Bible. So, they do as Paul said they shouldn't, when he wrote at 1 Corinthians 4:6): 'Don't go beyond the things that are written!'
What is spirituality? It is an inner thing that comes from God; it's what started you searching and brought you here. A few have it, but most don't.
By the way; we often read commentaries about this Bible where people write that they don't always agree with our 'doctrines.' Realize that we offer no doctrines; for, all that is written herein is open to correction. As we stated at the beginning of our Home Page, 'We are open to suggestions, recommendations, and corrections; for, [this Bible's] online format allows for needed changes (nothing is set in stone).' Therefore, we are surprised that some choose to write such things, rather than just sending us the results of their personal research (no, we don't accept church dogma as research).
Over the centuries since the Christian Congregation was formed – first, through the Catholic (or Universal) Church, and then through Protestant religions – innumerable creeds and doctrines have been formed that have gone unquestioned by people who were usually (through threats or the unavailability of the Bible) denied any opportunity to check the truth of what they were being taught. So, religion is usually the primary obstacle to truth. They all state: 'To become one of us, you must believe this…' Or even: 'To be baptized as one of us you must say that you believe… ' And so, people unquestioningly start believing things without doing the necessary Bible research to find out if what they are being taught really is the truth And yes, that's why there are so many religions today; for, they all have to be wrong about something to make them different.
Is this the Christian way? No, for remember what was said of those at the synagogue at Berea (at Acts 17:11): 'Now, these people were nobler than those who were in Thessalonica; because, they eagerly welcomed the Word, and they examined the Scriptures every day to make sure the things [they were being told] were true.'
Indeed, why should anyone examine the scriptures when someone has already determined 'the truth' for us? And this is why most people no longer care to 'examine the Scriptures'… because someone has already provided them all the answers. And virtually all church members are discouraged from doing deep Bible research… for they're told that this will only confuse them and mislead them into 'apostasy' or 'heresy.' However, true Christianity still invites questions, research, and the right to come to a different conclusion. It also encourages a deep study of the Bible, because this is what creates spirituality and a deep personal relationship with God.
So, whenever a religions says things such as, 'We ARE the truth,' it's best to run! For, what they are really saying is: 'You may not disagree with us, even when we are WRONG!'
Then, where can we find truth? It comes from a never-ending search of God's Word. For, when we stop searching, knocking, and asking, we have very likely drawn conclusions without enough evidence, and we have created our own creeds and doctrines. So, we have become a blind religion unto ourselves.
Jesus placed a high priority on the need for his followers to find the truth. Notice what he said about this, from the following scriptures:
Notice that he never said, 'Worship at the church or synagogue of your choice.'
So, how do we worship God in spirit and truth? As Jesus said (at John 17:17), 'Your Word is the truth.' And then Paul wrote at 2 Timothy 3:16, 'All the Scriptures are inspired (Breathed) by God.' So, we learn the truth and receive spirit by searching the whole Bible diligently and regularly… not by just by following a program of 'suggested scriptural readings.' For, that directs a person into believing dogma and doctrines by forcing them to read just the scriptures favored by their religion. Can you quote many scriptures from memory? Yes, these are the ones we are talking about.
Then, what did Jesus mean when he said (at John 8:32), 'The truth will set you free? If you look up that Bible verse and read what follows, you'll notice that the people in Jerusalem who were listening to him at the time were very offended by these words. So, they were quick to remind him that they were already a free people. Yet, as Paul later pointed out, they really weren't free. Rather, they were slaves to the Old Law and to their own sins. And that's one of the reasons why Jesus had come… to free them from all of that, with truth.
Are there people today who also think that they are free while they're really in slavery to something? Absolutely! We are all slaves to sin and death, many of us are in slavery to fear of what will happen to us at death, and most are slaves to some sort of religious or atheist dogma and tradition. But with truth comes freedom! And if we're afraid to keep searching for the truth, we aren't – nor will we ever be – free.
However, with all the importance that Jesus and the Bible writers put on truth; is truth the thing that will save us? Well, from our Bible research to this point, we can prove that no religion is teaching 100% unvarnished truth (just ask us)… so, if truth is required for salvation, no one will be saved! Therefore, true Christians cannot afford to become settled and unreasoning. For, when we stop searching for the truth with an open and clear mind, we lose our spirituality and our relationship with God.
The 'Dark Ages' of Europe were called that because they were recognized as a period of mental darkness, which affected art, learning, and human development… and it was religion in particular that was to blame for this darkness! For, these religions used the threat of being tortured in the fires of Hell if anyone disagreed. And that kept people ignorant, shaking in fear, and unwilling to question the things they were being taught.
However, with the Protestant Reformation, which began in the early 1500s, came change. And although some early Bible translators (such as Huss and Tyndale) were literally slow-roasted over fires for their efforts, people soon started to obtain printed copies of the Bible in their own languages, where they could find out for themselves what the Word of God actually says. Notice that what made this period so unique in history, is that people were willing to be flayed or buried alive (and thousands were) just to read the Bible. The result of this, was the institution of some wonderful new religions with some amazingly better understandings of what the Bible really teaches… more truth!
But oh, how time has changed all that! For today, Bibles sit on shelves dust-covered and unread, and hardly anyone would be willing to die for reading them!
And unfortunately; thereafter, many of those new religions were horribly persecuted and some were literally stamped out… while the rest became lethargic, had formed national alliances, and settled into their own doctrines and creeds. So, with time, and as the Bible became commonly available, most Bible reading and searching for the truth stopped for the common people in these Churches; for, their minds were blinded to truth by creeds and doctrines.
Another period of spiritual awakening happened close to the end of the Nineteenth Century. At that time, once again, the availability of new Bible translations caused people to examine the things they were being taught in their churches. Also, people started to recognize from Bible prophecies that world events seemed to indicate that the time Jesus foretold at Matthew 24 had arrived. So, Bible reading and research peaked as people once again started searching for the truth.
The several different religions that started to form then were referred to as 'Adventists,' although most didn't adopt Adventist as part of their name. They were called this, because they were looking for the advent (or coming) of Jesus. These Adventist groups were unique in that they rejected the doctrines and creeds of established religions and once again started searching the Bible to find truth. And some did find more truth. How? Not by accepting the views of 'authorities,' but by sitting down together and discussing all the scriptures on a subject, then trying to find the harmonious truth that proves all the Scriptures to be true.
Notice that Adventists aren't true Protestants, because they weren't protesting the teachings of the Catholic Church, as were the earlier religions that formed; they were just looking for something new and better.
What the Protestant Reformation and the later forming of the Adventist groups accomplished, was to create needed spiritual awakenings and renewed independent research of the Bible. However, this always riled the hatred of established religions, which viewed the new groups as upstarts and dangerous competitors. Why, if you search the religious pages on the Internet today, you'll find hundreds of pages that still rail against different Adventist groups, although it has been more than a hundred years since most of them were formed.
However, the interesting thing about the Protestant Reformation and the establishment of Adventist groups is that; despite all the arguments against them and their teachings (by more established religions), they have definitely affected the beliefs of almost all religions since then. For, such doctrines as Purgatory, Hell Fire, and the Trinity are no longer as widely accepted – at least, not in the same forms as they were in the past.
The sad thing about the Adventist groups is that they had so much right (as did the early Protestant Churches)… but they have allowed time, disillusionment, and/or the growth of religious authority to jade them. Many have stopped progressing and held onto the past doctrines and teachings of their founders, virtually worshiping them. So, few are making much progress in their search for the truth today. Yet, almost all have grown into large religions, some of which now number in the millions. And as they grew and became more respectable, they too:
Gained an exalted view of their authority
Started threatening and oppressing any who would question or dissent.
So, what we really have in most religions today could be referred to as a pseudo/christ/ocracy, a rule by the false anointed and the worship of men who call themselves the Chosen, the Anointed, or the Saints. Does the Bible speak of such a thing happening in the last days? Yes, and in almost those very same words, for Jesus said (as recorded at Matthew 24:24): 'Egerthesontai gar pseudochristoi kai pseudoprophetai,' or, 'Will/arise for false/anointed andfalse/prophets.'
We realize that many Bibles translate the word pseudochristoi as false Christs… giving the impression that people would come claiming to be Jesus. But, what it really says is that false anointed and false prophets would arise in the last days. For, the Greek word christoi (as is also true of the English word Christ) just means the Anointed or Chosen.
So, how would we be able to tell the true anointed from the false? Jesus said (at Matthew ), 'Those who have been persecuted for doing what is right are blest; because, the Kingdom of the Heavens belongs to them.'
Do you remember what Jesus said (at Matthew 7:7, 8)? 'Keep on asking and it will be given to you. Keep on searching and you will find it. Keep on knocking and it will be opened to you. Because, everyone who keeps on asking will receive it, and everyone who keeps on searching will find it, and [the door] will be opened to anyone who keeps on knocking.'
So, will such deep Bible research lead you in the wrong direction (as some religions warn)? For when you doubt, doesn't that eventually lead to 'apostasy' or 'heresy?' Definitely not! For, notice what Jesus went on to say, in verses 9-11: 'After all, of which man isn't this true; when his son asks for bread, he won't hand him a stone, will he? Or if he asks for a fish, he won't hand him a snake, will he? So, if you in your wickedness know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.'
As you can see; asking, searching, and knocking doesn't lead us astray, it leads us to God and the truth! That's why Jesus urged us to keep on searching, and asking, and knocking. However, when we adopt a church creed or doctrine, we stop obeying that command.
For more information, see the linked Note, Apostasy and Apostates.
Doesn't the fact that the Bible has been researched and commented on though many hundreds of years, mean that there's nothing left to learn through study? Definitely not! Although the Bible has remained the same, we've found that there is still so much hidden truth to be found on even the most fundamental of teachings. Realize that the differences between opposing religious doctrines proves that we need to keep an open mind; for, each can quote their favorite scriptures to prove that they are right!
Yes, it's a fact that all religions claim that they encourage Bible reading… but that really isn't true of any of them! For, they only encourage such reading when it's found in their publications or when it is read from their pulpits. This is 'directed' Bible reading, so that you aren't led 'astray.' And such discouragement of independent Bible research is what is directly responsible for the lack of interest in Bible reading today.
What has happened to most people who call themselves 'Christians,' is that they've become used to looking for quick answers… they're not searching, asking and knocking. Rather, they're trying to find packaged or franchised 'truth' in the research, doctrines, and creeds of others. So, not many are searching the Bible to find out what's true. Rather, most people are familiar with just a few favorite scriptures in the Bible, which they use to try to prove the doctrines that their religion has taught them. And they only read new Bibles such as this, to see if it provides them proof of what they've been taught.
As the result, despite the fact that the Bible is the most published and translated book in the world, it has become one of the world's least read publications. It's considered by most as no longer interesting, since religious people have already been taught what to believe, and that reading it will only confuse them. So, not many today would be willing to be tortured and die, as were those in the early Protestant Reformation, just to read and research the Bible. And what others once literally died to read, just sits there on shelves gathering dust… and this is true in all religions… yes, even yours.
Today, all religions claim that their teachings are the truth. Why, some of them even dare to refer to themselves as 'the Truth.' But the question that we should all ask is: Do they still offer their members the opportunity to sit down together and discuss all the scriptures that bear on a subject, and then try to search for the harmony? Or have they appointed 'authorities,' which claim some special choosing or anointing by God to do all the heavy Bible research, while calling all who disagree or question their teachings 'apostates' or 'heretics?'
Oh yes; it's a fact that if anyone has really found the truth, we should all be following in that way unwaveringly… but never without the ability to question whether such teachings or doctrines are true… because, this is how 'the truth' is found!
The interesting thing about the truth is that it has nothing to fear and it can withstand all challenges and questions. So, no one who has the truth should ever be afraid of those who ask questions, or do research, or who doubt. Only false teachers have something to fear from independent Bible research and the questions and doubts that will be raised; for, it is these questions and doubts that lead to finding the truth.
So as you can see; religion is the great quandary. We need it to remain (or to become) spiritual people and to enjoy the association of other spiritual people; for, such things are vital if we want Jesus to count us among 'the living.' However, while most religions claim that they teach us to love each other, they actually promote hatred for anyone who disagrees with their doctrines. So, if you have found a group of spiritual people among whom you can freely express differing opinions and ideas, you've truly found a gem. However, never forsake regular Bible reading (read the whole Bible over and over)! For, reading religious books or magazines, or for listening to sermons is where you just learn doctrines! The Bible is the only real source of truth… all else is just the ideas of men!
The inevitable outcome of those who think that they have the truth and that God is on their side, can be seen in the documented histories of the Catholic Church. For, whenever religious leaders are considered the only source of truth from God, their rule then becomes absolute, their flocks think these leaders can do no wrong, and they can no longer be questioned when it comes to matters of faith.
And this becomes clearly visible whenever people start quoting the decisions a prelate, a religious body, a book, or a magazine to prove points to each other, rather than quoting the Bible. And we see such actions everywhere… especially when it comes to the more zealous religions!
Recognize that, once the rule makers (think Pharisees) take over and start creating their laws and doctrines; all who disagree will feel their wrath.
The next step, of course, is the inquisition and repression of any who would question or contradict… which is the same thing that started in the Church of the Fifteenth Century (the Inquisition). And although laws keep religions from torturing and murdering anyone today, many still have their means… they can shun, excommunicate, and disfellowship. And although such actions may sound quite mild, the effect is often the same as killing a person spiritually. For, this action often results in the loss of their friends, their jobs, and their families. Because, in the eyes of their congregation or church, they have been killed and are now considered as dead, with no hope of salvation.
Was this the way in the First-Century Christian Congregation? No! For more information, see the linked document, 'Removing the Wicked from the Congregation.'
Have you ever wondered why Jesus, when he was speaking of the end of this age, asked the question (found at Luke 18:8): 'However, when the Son of Man arrives, will he really find the faith on the earth?'
He obviously had a good reason to ask that; for, he must have known that people in the last days would be following 'the broad road' by adopting the religious ideas and doctrines of others, rather than doing their own Bible research. And they would be following the teachings of the 'false anointed' and 'false prophets' who claim full knowledge and inspiration by God.
If you're happy with that, what can we say? But we hope that the faith will be found on the earth… we hope that it will be found in you. However, for that to be true, you will have to search for the truth! You will not find complete truth through the written teachings of men as they dispens through their magazines or books, but in the Bible. As Paul wrote at Romans 3:4: 'Let God be proven true even if that makes every man a liar.'
Our purpose in publishing this Bible and its commentaries isn't to create new doctrines or a new religion. There are too many doctrines and religions already. We don't recognize ourselves as infallible authorities, nor do we claim to understand the full truth. We will just continue to do our own research. Rather, it is our hope to awaken all those who love God to the need for a renewed effort to personally search for Him by studying His Word as found in the Bible, and to put aside the baggage of doctrines, opinions, and creeds. That's why we have spent so many years in developing this Bible translation… and it's why it reads so differently.
A common question that we receive from our readers is, 'So, what are you saying?' or, 'What's the bottom line?' For, what they would like us to do is give them answers (or doctrines) to believe in, because that's the shortcut. And that's the problem with religions now; they provide the shortcuts… but there are no shortcuts to truth. So, you'll notice that most of our commentaries don't reach any definite conclusions… we're still studying and learning.
Therefore, we don't offer the Commentaries and Notes that you will find here as truth. They are just the observations of the translators and records of our discussions. Everything is open for correction, as we learn more about the meanings of Bible words. In fact, in several places you'll find differing opinions, because we (unlike the hypocrites) don't claim to know all the answers. For, we are still searching, knocking, and asking, and we urge you to do the same. But, this can only be accomplished by your reading the whole Bible… perhaps five Chapters per day? Remember that people once died horribly just to have this privilege… is it worth that much to you? We hope so!
2001 Translating Group