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A Few Words On Dr. Thomas

Written by Roy Staley. Posted in How to read the Bible

Dr. Thomas didn’t start out with a crotchet or a theory, or and enterprise to which he successfully applies the energies of a lifetime. Circumstances drove him into a path of research, which he was not seeking. He was impelled forward by a series of unwelcome incidents and experiences, which imposed on him the acquisition of knowledge not, in the first instance, sought for, and conclusions as unexpected as they were startling and disastrous to popularity.

It is probably true that but for Alexander Campbell there would not have been a cult started by Dr. Thomas. He was at first welcomed by the leaders of Campbellism as, a “chosen vessel,” but soon bitterly discarded and maligned, as he was greatly misunderstood.

The pressure of circumstances alone forced him into a religious path. His theological career was emphatically a providential development. He had neither designed nor inclined it. Although he went to a French Protestant Church near the Bank of England, every Sunday for two years, it was but for improvement in the French tongue, not for the religious aspect and at that time he supposed “theology” was as much a settled branch of knowledge as any other, and as a young man took no special interest in it.

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Why we can trust the Bible

Written by A.D.H. Thomas. Posted in How to read the Bible

We should make it clear that when we use the term ‘the Bible’ we are referring to that book usually called ‘The Holy Bible,’ which contains both the Old Testament and the New Testament. What then do we mean when we say “Can we trust the Bible?” There are two elements to this question.

Firstly, how do we know that the writings that comprise the Bible are a true transcript of the original text? Can we trust the documents from which the Bible is compiled? In other words are those books comprising the Old and New Testaments, that we read in our own language today, an accurate transcript of the original texts.

Secondly, “can we trust the Bible” in the sense of believing its historic, prophetic and doctrinal records. In other words can we trust the author of the Bible; can we believe what is written?

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Introduction to the Apocalypse and its secrets

Written by Aidan Thomas. Posted in How to read the Bible

 Apocalypse-editIntroduction to the secrets of the Apocalypse  

The word Revelation is a translation of the Greek word apocalypsus, which has the idea of uncovering.  And in its Biblical usage relates to an uncovering of the Truth.

Furthermore this last book in the Bible is a particular revelation of God’s work in the period from Christ’s message to the time of his return and beyond. 

 

Revelation 1:1-3

In verse 1 we learn that the revealing of things that were to be speedily accomplished, was given by God to Jesus Christ, for the benefit of his servants.

In  other words it was not written for everyone’s benefit, but for those who have heeded the gospel and in becoming related to Jesus Christ were his followers and servants.

He in turn communicated them to the Apostle John through his angel.

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