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April 02, 2006

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 3

Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?

A. The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.

what man is to believe concerning God
Genesis 1:1; John 5:39; John 20:31; Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:15

what duty God requires of man
Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:105; Micah 6:8; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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Hello. I happened to read a blog where you had commented: 'Well, actually. . . no. The majority of those who oppose these teachings are conservative Christian believers who have no respect for the misuse of Scripture, teaching a cultural practice and calling it "Biblical" and the questionable theology of the Pearls.'

You're correct about this. Without understanding the language that a book was written in it's impossible to understand the book itself. If more people actually studied the language of this book there would be less time to sit around on message boards showcasing ones own ignorance.

I applaud that you care enough about yourself and God to take the time to find truth.

Posted by: Human Being at April 3, 2006 02:08 AM

I saw you stopped by my xanga and left a comment about the whole Pearl debacle. I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by... I'm not sure how you found me, but it was fun following you back here and reading your blog! :o)

Posted by: Maura at April 3, 2006 07:49 AM

Hi TULIP girl. I liked the name of your blog so I clicked on it and was delighted to see Westmister Catechism. Here are two of my favorite questions from the Heidelberg Catechism:

Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own, but belong -- body and soul, in life and death to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to Him, Christ, by His Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and r eady from now on to live for Him.

Q. How does the knowledge of God's creation and providence help us?

A. We can be patient when things go against us, (1) thankful when things go well, (2) and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from his love. (3) All creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they can neither move nor be moved. (4)

1 Job 1:21, 22; James 1:3.
2 Deut. 8:10; 1 Thess. 5:18.
3 Ps. 55:22; Rom. 5:3-5, 8:38, 39.
4 Job 1:12: 2:6; Prov. 21:1; Acts 17:24-28.

Posted by: The Dawn Treader at April 3, 2006 03:01 PM

Lots of new visits today. What is your secret?!

Fisher's Catechism is my favorite commentary on the Shorter. It should be in every Reformed library!

Posted by: Nate from PRESBYTERIAN THOUGHTS at April 3, 2006 10:46 PM

Was there a problem with my post? I posted yesterday morning and I don't see it. Was the content too controversal? Who knew you couldn't say that Christians don't necessarily need to read the Bible in the orginal language could be so controversal :-). Maybe you don't like Vos' commentary? Or did it get lost in the ether?

Posted by: Michele at April 8, 2006 06:52 AM

Michelle, there was no prob with your post. I approve each and every post here at TulipGirl. I deleted the content of one, once, because of its spammy-cross-posting nature. I reserve the right to edit out foul words / foul post.

However, I have a pain in the neck spam protection program which requires that I manually approve each post. Sometimes they get lost amidst the "real" spam and I don't see them to approve them. Sometimes they get deleted with the spam.

I'm working on a solution to this problem. At this point, I don't want to do away with the program I have now, because I get a ton of really foul, sexually explicit spam, along with the more "normal" drug company spam. I searched, and I'm sorry, it appears you comment was deleted. *blush*

Post away, post again. . .

Posted by: TulipGirl at April 8, 2006 11:50 AM

Oh well, will of the Lord and all that, I guess. I guess I'll have to remember to save my comment to my hard drive (yeah, that will happen).

The short version: Highly recommend Vos' commentary on the Larger Catechism.

And as one who is learning how to study the Bible in the original language, no one should use the lack of someone's knowledge of the original language against them in a debate. There are many who know a great deal about Greek and Hebrew and sentence structure, and syntax and blah, blah, blah who don't know as much as the catechized child.

Posted by: Michele at April 8, 2006 03:48 PM

What was the greatest motivator in my desire to learn Biblical Greek (which I haven't, and likely won't do for several more years) was reading familiar Bible passages in Russian. Now, I trust that the Bible translations I read are basically sound. However, when looking at passages through Russian, there are different nuances that are emphasized. Although I don't know the Greek cases, now that I do know a case language, I realize how much more I could understand if I were reading in the Greek, with understanding of the cases. And while I find strong's helpful in connecting things within the Bible, I realize that what I can take from strong's is limited without understanding of the grammar and how words are used.

Posted by: TulipGirl at April 9, 2006 12:16 AM

Oh, and I've added the Vos book to my wishlist!

Posted by: TulipGirl at April 9, 2006 12:28 AM

Yeah, there is great value in that knowledge and I'm really thankful for my training. If you are studying a praticular book of the Bible and you would like that level of knowledge, you could always use a commentary that examines the Greek or Hebrew. The New International Greek Testament Commentary series is generally good. I'm going to use Beale's commentary when I teach Revelation in the fall. These commentaries are pretty accessable to the non-Greek reader (I was reading them before I went to seminary).

BTW, I don't know if you saw but I listed some resources on the web for studying Greek on my blog. Mounce's site has cd's of his book which is very helpful if you want to learn Greek while cleaning you house :-).

Posted by: Michele at April 9, 2006 07:37 AM

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