passage, for the Bible often interprets the Bible.

He must know enough about literary forms of expression, and historical or cultural issues related to the author and the passage in order to give convincing insight into its meaning. Many of the Bible’s critics focus on a particular part without understanding its biblical or cultural context. Someone points to Leviticus 20:13, which says, “'If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” They say, “You see how insensitive and intolerant God is of gay people.” I must point out several things in my response to this person. First, I must remind the critic where this passage is located. It is in the Old Testament, and that part of the OT which is called “The Law”. I must tell him about the Bible Tree’s threefold division of the Bible. This will be explained shortly. I will point out that a passage of Scripture from the OT comes from the earliest and primitive stage of man’s knowledge, experience and understanding of his relationship with God, God’s nature as the One God, God’s plan and purpose in creation and salvation, man’s understanding of himself, his world, his relationship to others, morality and spirituality. Therefore, we are apt to find more primitive thinking and behavior in the OT writings. We should remember that what is recorded is not necessarily what God condones or approves. I will point out that the passage also is located in the section of the OT called “the Law”. The Jews had a reverence for the Law given to them by God. In Psalm 19 we see this description of the Law.

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of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.

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of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. 11 By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Secondly, I must explain the difference between principle and practice. The principle involved is that same-gender sexual relationships are considered sinful and unnatural by God. This principle is confirmed and binding on the followers of God especially if it is upheld in either or both the Gospels (the right tree branch) and the epistles and writings of the apostles (left tree branch). While Jesus does not address homosexuality directly in the gospels, the spirit of the principle is maintained. Where? Jesus reinforces heterosexuality as the norm when he

says in the Mark 10:7 context, “Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, "Is it

lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" "What did Moses command you?" he replied. They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away." "It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied. "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female. 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

In the third division of the Bible Tree, this same norm is established in several places. Just one is sufficient to point out! 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says, “Do you not know

that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Jesus and the apostles are implicitly and explicitly maintaining the OT principle of the heterosexual norm for human sexuality and judging homosexual practice as sinful. “But what about the practice of stoning such people to death as the Leviticus passage prescribes?” While the principle is upheld, it is clear that the practice of stoning was never condoned by either Jesus or the apostles. So the practice changed, but the principle is upheld. And the principle is upheld because the Bible is viewed as a whole. The Bible is often the best interpreter of itself! The Word of God is God’s primary means to restore, save and sanctify me. I try to remember that the whole Bible is about God’s plan of salvation or restoration for mankind, including me. It shows how the Father initiated this plan of salvation. In the early stages of the OT, the Father prepares the way for the advent of his Son in the Gospels, and the enactment of his plan in the lives of all people through his Holy Spirit. The OT shows the Father’s eternal plan in calling a holy people to Himself, rescuing them from slavery, providing them with a homeland and establishing a system of blood sacrifice and spiritual worship. In Ephesians 1:3-11 we find a good summary of God’s plan. It says,
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding”. God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.”

The Trinitarian nature of God and structure of the Bible!

I also try to remember that the Bible ultimately reveals the Trinitarian nature of God and that there is a Trinitarian structure to the Bible. I call this the Bible Tree! The nature of God as a triune God is the distinctive view of God which is unique to Christianity and not shared by any other religion. Jews and Muslims worship a monotheistic God but do not know the fullness of God. The Trinity was revealed by Jesus Christ. In John 14, we see the Trinity of divine Persons, and their dwelling in the believer. Jesus says, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be

with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching! My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him”.

I locate the Bible passage I am reading or studying within the context of the threefold biblical structure of the Bible Tree.

Four Things to look for in Bible Interpretation!! I sometimes forget that every time I open my Bible, my Father God is always there – as if waiting for me – and wants to speak with me. I may have to wrestle with some passage in which the Spirit has a message for me, or, I may receive an immediate illumination. In either case, I realize that every exposure to God’s Word is yet another experience of my relationship to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); especially as this relates to the Father’s continuous desire to restore and renew me in the image of His Son. The

Word of God is always alive, even if on some days I’m feeling ill, or tired, or depressed or very spiritually dry. This is because the living Father, Son and Spirit inhabit the Word! The Trinitarian structure of the Bible expresses the desire of God to invite me into relationship with each Person of the Trinity. Indeed, a sign of a growing Christian is his developing relationship to, and incorporation into the Trinity life of God. As a growing Christian, he is developing a relationship to each Person of the Trinity. His life is in Christ offering worship to the Father, through the Spirit. Therefore, he should alternate his study and meditation through each of the three major divisions of the Bible in order to experience the fullness of the triune God. The church has understood this need, and has traditionally included readings from the Old Testament, the Epistles and the Gospels at Sunday services. When I am in the Old Testament I often see the Father’s care, love, omnipotence, control, discipline, provision, protection and preservation. When I spend time in the blessed Gospels I meet again a wonderful Savior whose teaching and preaching is so sound and full of spiritual wisdom. His healing and deliverance of those with evil spirits shows me God’s compassion. His power and authority to walk on water, calm the seas, and order the money changers from the Temple, amaze me. His forgiveness of sins and ability to save souls, as with Nicodemus, Zachariah, and the woman at the well renews my own desire to reach out to the lost and empty in my life and on the internet. Lastly, when I turn to the book of Acts and the letters of Paul, Peter, John, James, Jude and Luke, I am thrilled with the work of the Spirit in my heart and life. I see how the Spirit of Christ carries on the work of Christ of the Gospels in my own life. He counsels, corrects, convicts, converts, comforts, cleanses, convinces, causes me to confess sin, communes with me, and conforms me to the restored image of God in Christ. Four Methods of interpretation! In the interpretation of any biblical passage, I will find that there are four fruitful methods of interpretation on which I should or could focus. I’d like to interpret some passages to illustrate these four methods. Come with me to the OT for a study of Psalm 37:3-5,7, and read these words. The italicizing and underlining are deliberate. Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Now according to the Bible Tree perspective, Psalm 37 is located in the OT section called Poetry. This tells me four things about my study passage. These four things are always present in all verses, passages or chapters of the Bible. First, I should ask “which part of the Bible Tree am I in?” In this passage, whenever I am in the Old Testament, it tells me that my passage of Scripture comes from the earliest and primitive stage of man’s knowledge, experience and understanding of his relationship with God, God’s nature as the One God, God’s plan and purpose in creation and salvation, man’s understanding of himself, his world, his relationship to others,

morality and spirituality. Therefore, we are apt to find more primitive thinking and behavior in the OT writings. We should remember that what is recorded is not necessarily what God condones or approves. On the other hand, whenever you are studying a passage in the OT, you will see the Father’s authority, his commands and power, but also his tenderness, mercy, his provisions, protection and preservations of those he loves. Whenever you are in the Gospels you can expect to draw closer to Christ Jesus as you see him involved in his eight-fold ministry. Using his word gifts in teaching and preaching, we hear the wisdom and meaning of our relationship to God in parables, stories, metaphors, and the Sermon on the Mount. We watch him use his healing gifts in healing and delivering the deaf, blind, lame, those caught up in evil spirits and the lepers. His holiness gifts are used in saving and sanctifying Nicodemus, the woman at the well, the prostitutes, Zachariah and Mary Magdallen. We see him use his miracle working gifts in turning water into wine, calming the sea, feeding the 5000, clearing the temple, and raising the dead. Whenever you are in the book of Acts, the epistles and the writings of the apostles, you can expect to see and experience the power of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us through the Word. Secondly, whenever I am in Poetry, it tells me that my passage is about man’s (mine and your) personal experience and expression of our relationship to God. These books of Poetry in the OT are imaginative, evocative and aesthetic expressions of experiences (Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon), lyrical poems and prayers or hymns of worship and frank expressions of feelings (Psalms), and succinct, simple and concrete sayings (Proverbs). Thirdly, whenever I am in Psalms, it tells me that this passage is an experience and expression of poetic or honest devotion, prayer and worship. It offers us simple, honest, human expressions of many of our common thoughts and feelings about anger, fear, sin, exaltation, thankfulness, forgiveness, penitence, vengeance, regret, sorrow, hope and trust in God, to mention only a few. Fourthly, the passage can be interpreted literally, literarily, spiritually, or in a personal, devotional way, or all four. Let me summarize and repeat these four elements in the form of questions, using the analogy of the Bible Tree. The literal approach asks: What is the exact or primary meaning of the word or words? What is the actual event or information given or revealed by God? What are its facts? What is its biblical and historical context? What are the time, circumstances, era, other surrounding events, cultural and social picture of what was and is happening? Is it historically accurate, factual, actual, authentic, and genuine? Since it is inspired by God, what was God’s revealing purpose at the time? The literary approach asks: Who is the human author? What did the human author bring to his/her writing and thinking? That is, what do we know of the author’s culture, use of language, customs of the period, practices, lifestyle, what knowledge was available to the author? What have the sciences contributed to our understanding of these things? (for instance, geology, philology, sociology, cosmology, anthropology, biology, archaeology, astronomy, etc.) What purposes did God have in the way He may have inspired this particular author? The spiritual approach asks: What meanings and affects does this have upon the heart, mind and soul of the person? Since all scripture is revealed and inspired purposefully by God for our spiritual learning and growth, what spiritual impact might this passage have? Can you see parables, symbolic language, allegory, metaphor, figurative language, similes; even mythical or legendary meanings in it?

The devotional approach asks: What application can you make to your own personal devotional life? What does God want you to know, appreciate, or understand personally? Especially, what do you hear the Holy Spirit or Spirit voice of Christ speak to you in this passage you are studying? Typically, it will be one or more of these: He counsels, corrects, convicts, converts, comforts, cleanses, convinces, causes us to confess sin, communes with us, and conforms us to the restored image of God!

Application to Psalm 37! When I began to study Psalm 37, I was in the OT trunk of the Bible Tree. I was in the Poetry section of the tree. I was in the Psalms. I briefly examined the literal meaning of some words by consulting a Hebrew dictionary I found out some things about its literary background. For instance, we know that David was the human author and that the Holy Spirit was speaking through him. Since this psalm is one of the hymns in Israel's psalm book, which she was to use in connection with her worship of God, we know that the psalm was written to and for Israel. It is nationalistic in its outlook. I decided that the passage should be primarily interpreted spiritually and devotionally to be most personally fruitful. I heard the Holy Spirit voice counseling me, comforting me, convincing me, communing with me, and conforming me to the image of Jesus. I understood that the underlined words reveal God’s counsel to me. Trust him, do good, take delight in him, commit everything to him, trust him, be still in his presence. The italicized words reveal his response to me as a result of what I do. When I practice these things in faith, then what the Lord promises will come true. One has to have faith stirred by the Spirit to believe and practice these promises of the Lord. I particularly practiced being still before the Lord and waiting patiently for Him to speak to me. The Spiritual and Devotional are the most important! Though I used all four methods, I firmly believe that there is no personal benefit or blessing from the Bible, unless the person of faith receives a spiritual, personal, devotional word from God. Undoubtedly, these approaches to Scripture interpretation were most often used by Jesus. Jesus once said, “My words are spirit and life.” They were so fruitful that people said they had never heard such inspiring teaching among the Scribes and Pharisees. There are some instances when he makes reference to Scripture in a literal or literary manner, but those are infrequent. And of course, because Jesus Christ was God with us, we must make his method of Bible interpretation our primary approach to Scripture. All others are secondary or supportive ones. He always used the Scriptures to teach some truth which needed to be explained, or to uncover the deeper spiritual and personal application for a person’s life. He sought the eternal, moral, spiritual meanings and messages that would touch and change the heart of his listeners, because he, like the Father sought the salvation of mankind. He was completely identified with His Father’s work. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working." The Scriptures were the Word of God which he, being God in the flesh, used to speak a life-giving Word to others. Also, to hear Christ teach and preach was to hear Scripture being created before your eyes and ears. His voice was the Voice of the Spirit

of God, just as the Holy Spirit of the ascended Christ is the voice which speaks to our hearts today as we study the Bible. Is it any wonder that the gospels report, “"No one ever spoke the way this man does," the guards replied.” ; “For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.” ; “So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world." [ Psalm 78:2]; “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.”; “When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.” “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” Jesus was never concerned about meticulous literal or literary meaning in the Scriptures even if he may have alluded to them at times. He did not miss the forest for the trees! Rather, his words had a Spirit-filled impact on people. He made use of the Scriptures to convert, convict, counsel, correct, cleanse and comfort others. Look at his use of the Scriptures when he was tempted in the desert by the devil, (Matthew 4:1-10). Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: " 'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" Three times Jesus quotes the Scriptures to subdue the devil’s attempt to make him sin. Each time he quotes verses of Scripture which are commands or counsels of God, and which invoke the authority of God Himself. For Jesus, the Scriptures carry the very authority of God. What the Scripture commands or counsels, God commands or counsels. Notice how Jesus always goes to the underlying issue, sin, or spiritual meaning, when he responds to the evil one. We conclude that according to the way Jesus spoke here and elsewhere, that the Scriptures should be interpreted spiritually and devotionally, seeking the deeper meaning and message which transforms or develops a person’s spiritual understanding or growth. They are used by Jesus to uncover or search a person’s heart, motives and spiritual state. This is also to say that the Bible is a book of spiritual truth. That is its primary purpose and use. Another passage from Leviticus!

Let’s examine Leviticus 20:1-8. “1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Say to the Israelites: 'Any Israelite or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death. The people of the community are to stone him. 3 I will set my face against that man and I will cut him off from his people; for by giving his children to Molech, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. 4 If the people of the community close their eyes when that man gives one of his children to Molech and they fail to put him to death, 5 I will set my face against that man and his family and will cut off from their people both him and all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molech. 6 " 'I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people. 7 " 'Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God. 8 Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy.” This passage doesn’t strike me as very inspiring. But let’s go to the Bible Tree and apply the four elements to it! In which part of the Bible is your verse or passage? Is it the Old Testament, the New Testament Gospels, or the NT Epistles and writings? In which part or section of that three-fold division are you located? In which book of the section are you located? With which method(s) will you interpret your passage? What does Leviticus 20:1-8 yield from the Bible Tree? It is in the OT trunk. This passage of Scripture comes from the earliest, primitive stage of man’s knowledge, experience and understanding of his relationship with God, God’s nature, God’s plan and purpose in creation and salvation, man’s understanding of himself, his world, his relationship to others, morality and spirituality. Therefore, we are apt to find more primitive thinking and behavior in these writings. It is a passage from the section of the Law. This element of the OT represents man’s early understanding of his need for God, his duties and responsibilities before God, who rescued him from bondage and brought him to a new land, where he would love and obey the one true God. The book of this section is the Book of Leviticus. What do I know about Leviticus? Well, in the larger context of Leviticus, this book is about worship, sacrifice and the priesthood. Leviticus speaks about the need for atonement, expiation by blood, the sacrifices and offerings to God which foreshadow and typify the sacrificial Savior through burnt, food, peace, sin, and trespass offerings. It also speaks of the feast days (8), more types of Christ. Overall, it speaks of the need for a blood sacrifice, and a walk with God by separation and sanctification. All four methods of interpretation may be useful to understand and appreciate this passage. Yet, I especially seek its Spiritual and Devotional fruit. Leviticus is rich with allegory, simile, illusions, symbolism and types of Christ. There is much that is spiritually rich and devotionally profitable in Leviticus. This passage is an example of the way God calls us to separate ourselves from idols of any kind. God is teaching his people about their exclusive loyalty and worship to himself. I hear the Spirit saying to me that I must also make God the only object of my worship and trust. This is the spiritual meaning which the Holy Spirit ministers to me. The Bible is throughout, the work of the Holy Spirit, offering spiritual nourishment.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:10-14) If you question the Bible, let the Bible question you! We must remember that the Bible is a spiritual and devotional book given to us by God to show us God’s plan of salvation. It “is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God's people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work,” “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Let’s remember that there will always be things which cause us to question the Bible. But the saved and Holy Spirit-led Christian reader who goes to the Bible to meditate, to be inspired, to study it, to understand it and share it with others, does not miss the forest for the trees. He may find difficulties, have questions, become uncomfortable, and may not always feel inspired by what he reads. But being under the guidance of the Spirit, he will not reject, discard, attack or distrust the Bible, but will study more, consult with other believers and other authors, and make use of Bible tools, in order to understand what such a passage means or how it makes sense. He trusts the Bible’s supernatural Author to make sense out of what does not make sense to him at first. Often this pays off with greater illumination and insight. This is the spirit in which you must approach the questions and uncertainties of the Bible. Question the Bible by all means, but allow the Bible to answer for itself. The Bible is it’s own best interpreter. Question the Bible, but allow the Bible to question you! On the other hand, the Bible critic or even Bible scholar, who is not saved and Spirit-led will often approach the Bible with the intention expectation of finding something wrong with it. He goes to the Bible to dissect, discard, reject and criticize what he does not like, or what seems unacceptable. He brings with him a spirit of criticism and doubt and not the Spirit of truth and enlightenment. His basic stance is to denigrate and prove the Bible wrong or unworthy of our use. When he questions the Bible he is unable and unwilling to let the Bible answer or question him. The Underlying Reasons for the Controversies and Attacks about the Bible! I believe the Bible will always be attacked, and will outlive all its attackers! Though the attacks are often couched in intellectual and scientific arguments from those within or out of the church, I believe there is a much more fundamental reason for the Bible’s unpopularity and attacks. I believe the central underlying, but mostly unrecognized reason for the continuous attack upon the Bible is the very thing we call the Bible’s

central story. That story tells of God, of Jesus Christ, of the Holy Spirit, of sin, of man’s chosen rebellion and independence from God, and his need for salvation. In short, the Bible describes people the way they really are; weak, broken, rebellious and sinful individuals, who are attempting to live independent of God, who need healing for their brokenness and forgiveness for their sins. This straight-forward, hard-hitting message from God to us, reported and recorded in the Bible narrative, is more than unpopular. It is rejected, despised and met with bitter hostility and defensiveness by people in an age where sin abounds and where darkness covers the earth. The Bible calls people to moral standards and ideals of holiness and godliness which are as a two-edged sword. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). In this age, people do not want to acknowledge God. They do not think they need a Savior like Jesus Christ. They think it is foolish and fabrication to speak of the Holy Spirit. They do not recognize or acknowledge sin! And if they do, they refuse to give up sin! They have no desire for godliness, and the word “holiness” is an anachronism. And age which holds no absolute standards and believes all truth and morality is relative and culturally derived. John describes Jesus as explaining what can be considered the whole Bible message in John 3:16-21. It tells of the Father’s love for mankind and His plan of salvation. It speaks of the Father’s desire to rescue men from the need for condemnation, but also the necessity of believing in His Son in order to avoid condemnation. And then he pronounces the verdict; the real reason for man’s refusal to accept God’s offer of salvation. It is that men love their sin and refuse to give up a life of darkness which would expose them to the light of their weakness, brokenness and sinfulness. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." This is the real reason why the Bible is under such great attack and controversy. Yes, there are scientific issues about evolution and the origin of the universe. There is conflict about abortion and mercy killing. All of these are biblically related! And all are struggles between men who are running from God, and the Father who is waiting for men to come home.

The is a most precious gift from God to mankind. It tells of his loveplan for the restoration of all people. It tells of his call to all to become children in his family. The Bible is the Tree of the Word of Life. THE END