The New Christian Bijbelstudie

Lees de Bijbel, en verken het Nieuwe Christelijk perspectief met betrekking tot de innerlijke betekenis.

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Cherry Blossom

What really happened at Easter?

What does the New Church teach about Easter? It's a short question, but it involves a big network of connected ideas. It can't be answered right in a sound bite, so bear with me…

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I don't want to hear it.

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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Pray hard.

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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Three layers of meaning; A single light soap bubble photograph by Pashminu, from Wikimedia Commons.

Correspondence between Spiritual and Natural Levels

There's a correspondence between things that exist at different levels of being. The Word was written, based on these correspondences.

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Moses and the Burning Bush

The Burning Bush

'Take off your shoes from upon your feet' means that the powers of the senses, which form the external levels of the natural, should be removed. 'For the place which you are standing on is holy ground' means that otherwise the Divine cannot come in. '

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Daniel and His Friends Refuse the King's Food

Daniel Refuses the King's Food

Daniel and his friends, now captives in Babylon, refuse the food that is being offered to them from the King's table.

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Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar's Dream, Portion de vitrail de la cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille de Lille (Nord), représentant le prophète Daniel de l'ancien testament. Photo By Velvet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6498086

Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

Daniel, inspired by God, is the only person who is able to interpret Nebuchadnezzar's dream. It's a powerful story in the literal sense, and its spiritual sense goes deep.

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The Fiery Furnace, an illustration from an Armenian manuscript by Toros Roslin, Mashtots, 1266 (MS No. 2027, Fol. 14 V.)

The Fiery Furnace

The third chapter of Daniel follows the same pattern as the first two: Nebuchadnezzar begins by making threats against those who do not bow to his every whim, and ends with his humbly admitting the Lord's power.

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A nice mother-daughter hug.

Mother

In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some cases "mother" more specifically means the truth of the church, the true teachings the church has about the Lord and about life.

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Enghave Kirke, Børnealtertavle:Den barmhjertige Samaritaner

How Shall I Inherit Eternal Life?

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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Possibility

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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Christ driving the money-changers from the temple

Anger = bad, Zeal = good.

And how to know the difference.

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