Some of the Bible writings seem confusing, even contradictory… yet the causes of these can be attributed to two main reasons.
- One, not-quite-accurate translations from the original language.
- Two, not being aware of the ‘road-map’ God gave at the beginning.
Or does it seem like a game of snakes and ladders to you?
It might seem that way… until you have the key.
Over the many years of study and research for Hold the Faith, and the subsequent books in the Apostle John series, some things became apparent.
I confess I did not fully understand at first, but after reading countless articles – listening to innumerable Bible studies, sermons and watching videos, I started to put it together.)
When I started writing Hold the Faith, which I thought would be one book, not the five it turned out to be, all I did was report what was written in the Gospel of John as a background to the fictional story.
What had started out as a response to an incredibly detailed Bible study and my own curiosity became an addictive research.
If you have read any of my books sub-titled the ‘Apostle John Series’ you might have had the same reaction as I had initially. Interesting, but didn’t apply now.
Then, as time went on, and my studies and research went deeper, I saw that those things I had recorded the fictional characters doing, had a much more profound meaning.
They were part of a ‘mystery’?
No. They were written in plain sight in the Bible. There were warnings to the Israelites about abandoning them, and Jesus and the early church observed these ‘key’ practices to keep their relationship with God, the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
By the end of the 1st century, to quote the words more than one apostle used…‘savage wolves will come among you’ – well that happened, and the Apostle John had to deal with much of the false teaching.
By the third century much of the significance of these ‘keys’ had been lost along with their meaning.