What does the bible really say about going to heaven when you die, people having immortal souls, tithing 10% of your income, keeping the 4th commandment, and the secret rapture of the church? South County Bible Ministries presents these short bible studies to show what the Scriptures plainly say about these subjects.
THE BIBLE SAYS...
"Behold the days come saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread
nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord." (Amos 8:11)
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY .......
....IS THE REWARD FOR THE SAVED?
Is Heaven the promised reward for the saved, or is it something even better? What do the Scriptures say about where we go when we die?
....ABOUT YOUR SOUL?
Do you have an immortal soul that lives forever, or can a soul die? What is the truth about immortal souls?
....ABOUT THE RAPTURE?
Will Jesus secretly return to rapture Christians to Heaven before the Great Tribulation? Do the Scriptures teach that Jesus returns twice? When are dead Christians resurrected and living Christians rise with them to meet Jesus?
....ABOUT THE SABBATH?
Which day of the week is the Christian Sabbath? Should you rest on Saturday or Sunday? Should a Christian keep the 4th commandment?
Should Christians give 10% of their income to God, or was tithing hung on the cross? What does the Bible say about New Covenant Christians giving a full 10% tithe of their income?
If what you believe isn't true would you want to know it? Have you ever proved what you believe is true by looking at what the Bible really says about your beliefs? Most people believe what they believe because it is what they have always believed. They believe what they have been taught by their parents. They believe what they have been taught by their church. Most Christians assume their beliefs are the truth from the Bible. Few Christians ever really study the Bible to PROVE that what they believe is actually what the Bible says.
1 Thessalonians 5:21, "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good".
"THE BIBLE SAYS...." is a series of short studies found below that look at what the Bible really says about Heaven, souls, the rapture, tithing, and the Day Of Rest for Christians. Just as importantly it is about what the Bible doesn't say concerning these subjects.
Most errors in Biblical understanding are the result of taking Scripture out of context or applying human reasoning and private interpretation to support a preconceived belief or doctrine. Other problems in understanding result from translation errors, punctuation errors, or the addition of words that are not in the original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts. Conflicts in understanding resulting from errors, omissions, or biases in English translations will be resolved by using the inspired original Greek and Hebrew texts and the common meaning of the words in them.
Isaiah 28:13, "But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little;"
Sometimes we need to more deeply search the inspired scriptures to find the answers, but we should never apply our own interpretation when the Bible plainly speaks on a subject.
2 Peter 1:20, "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation."
These studies are based upon the sound Biblical principle that the Bible usually interprets itself and is not of any private interpretation. These studies are based upon the Words of God, quoted directly from the Bible. They show and clarify what the Bible actually says. Where the Bible speaks plainly we take a literal understanding from it. Where the Bible speaks figuratively we take a figurative understanding from it. Every effort has been made to only explain and not to interpret the Scriptures quoted. The reader is free to accept the Word of God as it is plainly written, or not.
Mark 7:9, "Full well do you reject the Word of God that you may keep your own tradition".
Rather than believing what men say in any commentary or study (including this one) the reader is encouraged to study the scriptures and to see for himself what the Bible actually says. All truth should be understood "Sola Scriptura" which means "by Scripture alone". What God plainly says in the Bible trumps all other sources.
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