Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Can You Clarify That For Me?

The oldest federal constitution in existence was framed by a convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen original states in Philadelphia in May 1787, Rhode Island failing to send a delegate. George Washington presided over the session, which lasted until September 17, 1787. The draft (originally a preamble and seven Articles) was submitted to all thirteen states and was to become effective when ratified by nine states. It went into effect on this day, March 4, in 1789, having been ratified by New Hampshire, the ninth state to approve, on June 21, 1788. Since then, there have been 27 amendments to The Constitution, the first 10 known better as the Bill of Rights. These amendments are ambiguous at best, which explains the increasing number of lawyers in the United States.

God's "Constitution", The Holy Bible, has never needed any amendments; God's Word is final! We absolutely can not add to nor take away from any verses in His Word. When we hear somebody talking about the Bible, we need to beware of the phrase, "in other words". Sometimes it is the "in other words" that stray from what the Bible actually says. Now I'm not saying that certain verses in the Bible shouldn't be explained using different wording. Sometimes the explanation helps us to understand the meaning of the verses even better. But we should always test that "explanation" with the actual Bible itself. For if we truly want to know what God wants us to know, we must read it from His original, and not from any of man's "amendments".

Joshua 1:8 says, "Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it".

Father, thank you for Your perfect Word. Help us to feed on it every day. In Jesus name, Amen.

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