Holy Bible

Written by Joy MacKay
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The Holy Bible is our primary roadmap on our journey as Christians. Because of this integral role that the Bible plays in our spiritual life, we need to study and integrate it into our daily lives. While the Holy Bible is meant to be read by men and women of all levels of education, backgrounds, and lifestyles, sometimes it can be difficult to comprehend. Part of understanding the Bible has to do with understanding the context in which it was written.

The Bible was written over X years and written by more than X authors. Moreover, the Bible was written during specific historic times that give context to the words contained in the Holy Bible. Because of this, the more knowledge you can glean about the biblical times and languages, the more insight you can gain into its intended meanings.

Contextual Meaning in the Holy Bible

For instance, in the New Testament, Jesus says in XXXX X:XX that it is "easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." Most of us would think that this refers to the literal impossibility of a large animal to squeeze through the miniscule eye of a needle. However, when read in context, we can learn that this phrase refers to the narrow passageway through city gates, also known at the time as an "eye of a needle."

Thus, Christ is not saying that it is sheer impossibility for a rich man to enter heaven, but rather that he must make his burden light in order to fit through the gate. With this insight, the reasoning changes, and we recognize that Christ is calling for a man to lay down his riches and take on God's priorities. If you're interested in finding out more about the contextual meanings of Bible verses, you might benefit from biblical commentary, translation, or cross-referencing. Look online today for Bible software that can help you deepen your understanding of the Holy Bible.

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