The New Christian Bible Study

Read the Bible, and explore the New Christian perspective on its inner meaning.

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This series illustrates the Good Samaritan parable.

The Good Samaritan

Jesus's parable of the Good Samaritan is sparked by a man who asks a fundamental human question: "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Rev. Jim Cooper ties Jesus's answer to another place in the Gospels where that question is asked.

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A little boy, hands clasped tightly and eye squinched shut, says his prayers.

Worrying About the Future

Consider the simple faith expressed in this psalm to the Lord. A confidence that evil will be punished and that good will always prevail. The future is bright. There is no need to worry.

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By Anonymous (Meister 1) (Hochschul- und Landesbibliothek Fulda)

What is It?

From common perception, many of us think of Israel's journey to the Promised Land as being like our journey to heaven. In the story of the Lord miraculously delivering Israel from bondage in Egypt, perhaps we also glimpse the Lord's answer to our own prayer: "Deliver us from evil."

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little girl pouting

Ahab does not like the pattern

King Ahab is almost a comical figure in his complaining about the bad news he always hears from a prophet of the Lord. Amazingly, he seems completely unaware of the fact that he is personally responsible for the evil prophecy that always comes his way.

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The mastaba of the official and priest Fetekti. Fifth Dynasty. Abusir necropolis, Egypt, Photo by Karl Richard Lepsius

Egypt

In the Bible, Egypt means knowledge and the love of knowledge. In a good sense that means knowledge of truth from the Lord through the Bible, but in a natural sense it simply means earthly knowledge to be stored up and possessed.

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child reaching for rings

The Attractive Power of Good

A promise from the Lord - He can and will lift us up. He will take our hands and draw us out of the frustrations and pains of selfish life. He will be with us and raise us up into joy and happiness beyond our belief.

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Photo of a sprouting flower, by Brita Conroy

After

According to Swedenborg, time and space don't exist in spiritual reality; they are purely natural things that exist only on the physical plane. This means that one spiritual thing can't happen "after" another spiritual thing in time, because there is no time.

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sunshine through leaf

Understanding John 3:16

John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." What does it mean?

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Visit at the Nursery, by Jean-Honor? Fragonard

Born

In a general sense, being "born" in the Bible represents one spiritual state producing another, usually some form of love or affection producing or "giving birth" to truth or to desires for good.

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This painting by Richard Cook  of the newborn baby Jesus, with Mary and Joseph, evokes the spiritual power of this long-awaited advent.

The Birth of Jesus

In the Bible story of Jesus being born in Bethlehem, His birth on earth represents His birth in our hearts. His birth in us is the creation of unselfish love in our hearts.

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The Adoration of the Magi, a Design for Bas Relief.

Christmas Gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

In the Christmas story, the wise men bring gifts to the Lord: gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gold is listed first, because it is the inmost - signifying good, e.g. the good that we do when we love the Lord and the neighbor.

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The Joy of the Angels at the Lord's Birth

Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people." (Luke 2:10-11)

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