This is a serious study deserving to be debated.
We have those on here who would contend that it is a must for references, historical as well as general commentaries that are needed to "explain" whatever we feel need to have explained within the four corners of the bible. This allows points to be made
We have those on here who believe that the bible is self explanatory because there can be no debate among the written words that were inspired writings.
I used to be one of these....
For those who support using outside references, how exactly do you know "they" are correct? Because you can find support on either side of the coin on any subject you want to research and if it hits you as being true you will embrace that?
Many, if not most of you, have quite an education in Koine Greek.
I do not.... I have the interlinear Greek / English that I often post here and as far as I know it is as correct as the translators say it is... but then there are those of you who will jump in with this word or that word is translated wrong. How do you know you are right and others are wrong?
So, without belaboring in this OP .... what say you as to your preferences and why?
Good topic Rella,
I am always brought back the very first example of deception given us by the God of the Bible. It was "another" voice, not the Word of God, which deceived Eve. This voice used some of God's Word selectively, but not all. Because, as Jesus said those many years later, we shall "LIVE" by EVERY Word which proceeds from the mouth of God. Had Eve simply returned to God and asked HIM to repeat what His instruction was, she would have not been deceived.
The purpose of the "other religious voice" in the garden was to give Eve a choice. In Duet. 30, the Word of God which became Flesh lays out this "choice".
It seems the "other voice" has one goal. To convince as many as it can, that God's Word can not be trusted as given. That God's Word is, in many cases, a "Burdensome Yoke of Bondage". Or as Eve was convinced, that God's commandment made her blind.
I believe we are all given the same Choice and that is the purpose for all the "other religious voices" out there.
It has been my experience that if a man truly Seeks to know the God of the Bible, enough to "yield our self" to His Word's, and reject all the "other voices" out there, that God will see this "Faith" and HE and HIS Son will reveal themselves to this man. John 14 speaks to this in detail.
But this takes Faith/belief in a God who is Spiritual and silent in these times, except through the Holy scriptures. Therefore, "many" will choose the broad path of the "other voice" as opposed to the perfect path Jesus walked and taught. One can be "seen" the other requires "Hope and Faith".
Great topic Rella :)