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Today we can understand the Bible better than at any time in history because we have an abundance of scholarly information from archaeology, linguistics and science not available to early church fathers.

Word of God

Christianity does NOT come from the Bible. Christianity comes from the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible is not the source, but rather the record, of Christianity.

The Bible tells about important events leading up to the birth of Jesus (Old Testament), Jesus' life and teachings (Gospels), growth of the early church (Acts), instructions to the early church (Letters) and a glimpse into the future (Revelation).

The Old Testament is the record of ancient Israel. The New Testament is the record of Christianity.

All Christians believe that the New Testament is the basis for Christian belief and practice – the Word of God – written by eye witnesses, keeping the message from Jesus intact and free from distortions over time.

Bible content

There is universal agreement on the content of the Bible. There is not a Catholic Bible, Protestant Bible or Jewish Bible ... an old Bible or a new Bible ... an English Bible or a French Bible.

There is only one Bible – Old Testament part and New Testament part – but many translations of it from the original languages. Problems with the Bible are not from disputed content, but from language interpretation.

As we experience the Bible today, our single printed volume is 66 small books bound together, about 1,200 pages in total, arranged in approximate historical sequence.

By number of pages:

  • 77% is the 39 books of the Old Testament. (Catholics and Orthodox include a dozen non-conflicting additional books). The Old Testament is a record of how God dealt with the Israelites (Jewish people), before Jesus.
  • 10% is the four gospels, eye-witness accounts of the life of Jesus Christ.
  • 3% is the book of Acts, an account of the teachings and growth of the early church.
  • 8% is 21 letters of instruction from apostles (those who had been taught by Jesus personally) to new churches springing up throughout the Roman Empire.
  • 2% is the book Revelation, the Apostle John's vision about heaven

Jews,Christians and Muslims all believe in the Old Testament, but the New Testament is uniquely Christian.

We know more than Saint Augustine

He did the best with what he had in 400 AD

Early theologians

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a theologian as 'a specialist in theology'. It defines theology as 'the study of God and of God's relation to the world.'

Christians believe that our best knowledge of God is through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament.

All eye witnesses and Bible writers are deceased, so theology today is primarily a study of their writings, known to us as the New Testament. Of course, considerable care went into selecting the writings to be included in the New Testament, and the message is confirmed by the Holy Spirit and life-change.

All Christians agree that Christian belief and practice must be in accord with the New Testament.

and therefore a kind of specialist, regarded, respected. Today, usually in seminaries.

Great men of God, but didn't know as much as we know now.

Some of names of influential theologians of the first few centuries of Christianity include Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius, Jerome and Augustine.

Saint Augustine

Other than the Apostle Paul, no one has had greater influence on shaping Christian doctrine than Saint Augustine of Hippo (Algeria). His interpretation of scripture has shaped many doctrines that carry over to this day in Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches.

Original sin and predestination. Luther and Calvin.

We have same sources. Lived 400 years after Jesus. Bible was Latin?

Wrote xxx books, now have xxx sermons.

Never knew Greek, master at Latin. We can get closer to the truth.

One thousand years before the printing press. Did best he could. But we can do even better.

This website challenges two of the doctrines promulgated by Saint Augustine: original sin and predestination, with reasons.

We know more

It sounds audacious to say ...

Same Greek scripture, now more scholarship.

One thousand years before the printing press. Did best he could. But we can do even better.

Theologians like complexity

Understandable for ordinary people

Go back to Bible and see what Jesus and the apostles actually said and wrote.

Try to take off some layers of theology and get to basics.

View from this site

Nothing wrong with adjusting to new info

Essentially agree, but challenge Saint Augustine on doctrines of original sin and predestination.

If day, then death before Adam

If death before Adam, then not Adam cause death

Understandable and relevant the culture.

Specialists usually have constituencies.

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