Can a person be too Christian to lead a modern political party

Cambridge-educated former accountant, now 32, Kate Forbes could change perceptions of the SNP party, if her Christian faith doesn’t prove a bar to the top job does find

Kate Forbes, sometimes dubbed the “Tartan Thatcher”, has been on maternity leave since last summer, missing out on the gender self-ID madness. She recently married a widower with three children and has begun a new phase of life which, her friends say, she’s very much enjoying. There has been talk of her not returning to politics at all. But then again, there has been talk of her succeeding Sturgeon ever since she was made Scottish finance minister, age 29, delivering a budget with just four hours’ notice.

“I believe in the person of Jesus Christ,”

she once told the BBC.

“I believe that he died for me, he saved me and that my calling is to serve and to love him and to serve and love my neighbours. With all my heart and soul and mind and strength.”

She’s a convert to the Free Church of Scotland, an evangelical, Calvinist denomination in Scotland, with a Presbyterian policy, considering Jesus Christ as sole Lord and Saviour. The church said a conscience clause, similar to that included for medical staff when abortion was legalised, would also shield teachers who do not want to include gay marriage in lessons.

The church said it was “unacceptable” that parents will have no legal right to remove their children from all lessons where gay marriage is mentioned and not just sex education classes.

Although Scottish ministers have said choirmasters and organists in marriage ceremonies will receive similar protections to clergy, the church said it was “inconsistent” not to extend this to teachers, registrars and other public sector staff.

With the knowledge that Kate Forbes belongs to a church that topposes gay marriage and has likened abortion to the evil of slavery, one could pose the big question:

is she simply too Christian to lead a modern political party?.

Nothing she has said suggested she demurs.


Have our equality laws now taken on a quasi-religious dynamic, complete with blasphemy (in the form of “hate speech” legislation) and the likes of Ms Forbes seen as “problematic” heretics?

Does her faith and her refusal to renounce any elements of it effectively debar her from public office?

In recent years, Christians in politics have been accommodated through a policy of don’t-ask, don’t-tell. They learn how to disguise their faith and dodge tricky questions, believing no good can come of being seen to be religious. But it’s getting harder now, in an era where people can lose their jobs for expressing the wrong sort of opinions. Scotland has been leading the charge, with Sturgeon’s recent hate crime law announced by posters that seem to regard churches as a target.

“Dear bigots,”

ran the text on the bus stops,

“you can’t spread your religious hate here. End of sermon.”

A Police Scotland logo was published underneath, to hammer home the fate that awaited transgressors. Was this message aimed at the famously unwoke Free Church of Scotland?

One of its ministers suspected so, and reported the poster to the police – for hate crime. He got nowhere, but made a point. It’s dangerous, now, to hold old-fashioned views on marriage, gender or abortion. Harder still to hold such views and go any distance in public life.

The Equality Network, a charity that promotes homosexual rights, said the Free Church’s plan amounts to a “free pass for discrimination”.

Tom French, the organisation’s policy coordinator, said:

“We wouldn’t want to create a situation where your local registrar, GP or teacher could pick-and-choose whether to serve you on the basis of your race, religion, or sexual orientation.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said:

“We are striving to create a Scotland that is fairer and more tolerant, and that is why we believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

“At the same time, we also want to protect freedom of speech and religion, and that’s what the Bill does.”

In which way shall the members of the Free Church of Scotland when in politics, strive for the freedom of all, when it could go in against their church teachings?

Just ask Tim Farron, who faced a secular inquisition when leading the Liberal Democrats during the 2017 election. He’d try to say he believed in freedom for everyone, but one question kept coming back: did he regard gay sex as a sin? He couldn’t answer – and this bizarre question ended up dominating his campaign. He resigned, saying that he was unable to reconcile faith and politics.

The first non-white and first Muslim cabinet minister in the Scottish Government, Scotland’s health minister, Humza Yousaf, is also a likely contender to succeed Sturgeon, but it’s harder to imagine a Muslim being grilled about sin and sex. There are, quite rightly, concerns about Islamophobia, but no similar concerns about Christianophobia. The word, even the concept, seems daft. But if Forbes runs for leader and her faith is used against her, it would raise an important question.

Are we really saying a devout Hindu can end up in No 10 but a similarly devout Free Church of Scotland member should not end up in Bute House?

Of course, most Scots could not care less about all this thought policing and will judge her – and Mr Yousaf – on what they do in office. They’d likely agree with her about the risk (as she once said) that

“we deem some people as beyond the pale, that we just can’t tolerate people with particular views anywhere near the decision-making table”.

This is the kind of message that could broaden the SNP’s appeal, dialling down its exhausting culture war. With Forbes as leader, old perceptions would change. The SNP really would be worth a second look.

> Read the article The SNP has a rising star even more dangerous for the Union than Sturgeon


Find also to read:

Free Church calls for ‘conscience’ clause in gay marriage laws

Gender-confused Nicola Sturgeon stages a masterclass in alternative reality

Sturgeon’s political crisis deepens as she undermines her own gender laws

Nicola Sturgeon’s downfall came as she failed to recognise madness of her trans law

Nicola Sturgeon’s gender ‘nonsense’ has set Scottish independence back years, says Alex Salmond

SNP minister who led revolt over Sturgeon’s gender reforms emerges as shock candidate



Added commentary to the posting A Progressive Call to Arms


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  2. Youngsters, parents and the search to root in life
  3. Hiding or opening attitude for same sex relationships
  4. Jehovah’s Witnesses Shunning ex-members adverse effects on family relationships
  5. Two synods and life in the church community
  6. A synod not leading to doctrinal changes because it is about pastoral attention
  7. The Catholic synod on the family and abortion
  8. Different assessment criteria and a new language to be found for communicating the faith
  9. Same sex relationships and Open attitude mirroring Jesus
  10. The focus of multiculturalism in Europe on Muslims and Jews
  11. Living and Loving Faithfully
  12. Synod of Bishops concerning minors
  13. Gay people in the Church of England
  14. Archbishop of Canterbury threatened over gay marriage by MPs
  15. Controversial Pope
  16. Discouraged from asking questions


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  5. Who will replace Nicola Sturgeon? The candidates for next SNP leader, from Angus Robertson to Kate Forbes
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  8. Presbyterians Who Don’t Want to Be
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  10. American Greatness
  11. Scottish Identity- A Christian View
  12. Confessions of a Free Church Minister
  13. The Disruption, Parliament and Conservative division: Alexander Campbell (1811-1869)
  14. Thomas Chalmers on the Covenanters, later Scottish evangelicals, and the admission of Romanists to parliament
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  16. Andy’s Tour of the Highlands.
  17. Who cares? A plea for reformed parish missions
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Antizionisme is geen antisemitisme

Antizionisme is geen antisemitisme


Het kan niet genoeg herhaald worden:
antizionisme is geen antisemitisme.
Niet alle Joden zijn zionisten,
niet alle zionisten zijn Joden.

De fanatiekste zionisten vind je onder de Amerikaanse evangelische christenen, vaak de échte antisemieten.

Zionisme en antisemitisme Johan Depoortere





Remedie tegen de ziekte van het nationalisme

Hamas en de Israëlische regering weer eens in conflict



  1. Heeft er een Idoliseren van Israël plaats
  2. Christen en Joods Zionisme in het mei 2021 conflict (Our world)Christen en Joods Zionisme in het mei 2021 conflict (Some View on the World)
  3. Europees spilland en antisemitisme
  4. Kritiek op Israël wordt verpakt in antisemitisme (Our World)Kritiek op Israël wordt verpakt in antisemitisme (Some View on the world)



Wat vele mensen uit het oog verliezen dat Israel hoofdzakelijk wordt geregeerd door niet-gelovige Joden en ultra-orthodoxe Joden welke zich het recht toe eisen om tegen de geboden van God andermans goed eigen te maken.

Het is een grote misvatting om te denken dat als mensen tegen de wandaden van Israël reageren dat zij tegen de Joden zouden zijn. Men kan in hart en nieren zelfs een Jood of Jeshuaist zijn, maar die wandaden van de Israëlische regering afkeuren.

Israël mag door meerderen “een veilige haven voor Joden uit de hele wereld” genoemd worden, maar in werkelijkheid is dat niet echt zo. Er loopt er heel wat scheef. Ook onder de verschillende Joodse groeperingen of denominaties verloopt het niet altijd zo lekker. Tweestrijd, afgunst en argwaan zijn met het nationalisme van sommigen zeer grote stoorzenders in het welzijn van de Joodse gemeenschap.

Het is wel degelijk zo dat de natie Israël zich open wil stellen naar andere godsdiensten en deze vrij wil laten beleven. Maar dat betekent nog niet omdat christenen en moslims niet vervolgd worden vanuit de overheid dat deze niet te kampen zouden hebben met weerstand van bepaalde groepen.

De verwijzing door u naar Joel C. Rosenberg is een mooi voorbeeld hoe hij als evangelisch christen de ware christenen en Joden die in Jeshua geloven beschimpt. Hij als vroegere Jood heeft de ware God, Die Één is en niet drie, de rug toegekeerd en wenst anderen ook van de Ware God weg te voeren.

Rosenberg beweert wel dat hij buitengewoon belangrijke ontwikkelingen kan zien, waarbij hij de relaties tussen moslims en christenen ziet en tracht te verbeteren. Hij mocht dan wel in Egypte, Jordanië, de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten en Saoedi-Arabië pleitten voor meer religieuze vrijheden van christenen en andere religieuze minderheden, maar verklaard Jeshuaisten en niet-trinitarische Messianisten of Messiaansen als geen christenen en verwenst hen als des duivels. (Mensen zoals hij geloven zelfs in duivels en beweren zelfs dat die Joden die Jezus aannemen maar enkel in de God van Israël willen blijven geloven en Jezus dus niet als hun god willen nemen, dat dezen zullen branden in de hel.)

Zulke predikers zijn dus eerder een vloek dan een zegen voor de vrede in het hele gebied.


Te onthouden

  • Wereldwijd duizenden mensen gevangen gehouden omdat hun geloof niet strookt met wat algemeen gangbaar is in hun land. > rapport van organisatie Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF),



Remedie tegen de ziekte van het nationalisme

Hamas en de Israëlische regering weer eens in conflict


Aanvullende lectuur

  1. Scheppers ster verbinding tussen hemel en aarde
  2. Niet zomaar een sinister spook van antisemitisme
  3. Joodse emigratie niet volgens de tijd van Nederlandse christenen
  4. Christen en Joods Zionisme in het mei 2021 conflict (Our world)Christen en Joods Zionisme in het mei 2021 conflict (Some View on the World)
  5. Avondklok en restrictie moeilijkheden
  6. Europees spilland en antisemitisme
  7. Heeft er een Idoliseren van Israël plaats
  8. Kritiek op Israël wordt verpakt in antisemitisme (Our World)Kritiek op Israël wordt verpakt in antisemitisme (Some View on the world)




  1. Zionisme en antisemitisme
  2. Zionisme en anti-semitisme gaan hand in hand
  3. Corbyn, labour – antisemitisme en antizionisme
  4. Woorden hebben een betekenis
  5. Trump en het einde van het zionisme
  6. Abou Jahjah – De Winter – éénstrijd
  7. De wandelende Jood
  8. De 18 slechtste landen om een afwijkend geloof te hebben – Wereld – Knack
  9. Zionisme, Nasionalisme Arab dan Palestina

Quo Vadis

Zionisme is het (blijven) streven naar en behoud van een Joodse staat.

Anti-zionisme is dus het verzet tegen de enige joodse staat.

Behalve de genoemde landen met een islamitische meerderheid, zijn praktische alle andere landen, incl Israel, seculier, geen enkele religie is dominant en er is godsdienstvrijheid. Godsdienstvrijheid is één van de fundamentele rechten van een mens en dus een mensenrecht die in veel landen ernstig geschonden wordt.

Joods en toch seculier?

In Israël heerstvrijheid van godsdienst voor iedere staatsburger. Alle geloofsovertuigingen zijn voor de wet gelijk en alle heilige plaatsen zijn onschendbaar.

“Over de godsdienstvrijheid in Israel merkt hij op: ‘De situatie is niet perfect, maar de huidige staat Israel is een hedendaags wonder. Israel is een veilige haven voor Joden uit de hele wereld. En het is het veiligste en meest vrije land in het Midden-Oosten, ongeacht welk geloof je hebt of niet hebt”

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Remedie tegen de ziekte van het nationalisme

Remedie tegen de ziekte van het nationalisme

Een vrijeschoolleerkracht die regelmatig blogt en wiens leven rijker werd gemaakt door Steiners antroposofie en het werken met de kinderen.

Pieter H.A.Witvliet haalt in één van zijn blogs de Haagse vrijeschool docent Willem Frederik Veltman aan.

Volgens die schrijvers is het belangrijk om het heden tracht te begrijpen en met een positieve gezindheid naar de toekomst toe wil leven, niet na te laten zich bezig te houden met het verleden.

Bij bepaalde aanhangers van uiterst rechtse partijen merken wij dat die leden meestal geen of onvoldoende kennis hebben over het verleden en over de volkeren waar zij zo tegenin gaan.

In heel wat landen zien wij dat er heel wat mensen zijn die zichzelf bedreigt voelen door anderen, zij het anders geaarden of andere etnieën.

Het nationalisme is overal ter wereld de aartsvijand van een werkelijke vooruitgang in de samenleving.

Op het einde van het artikel Vrijeschool – Bovenbouw – geschiedenis wordt de vraag gesteld:

En de remedie tegen de ziekte van het nationalisme?


Wanneer je je met volken van de wereld bezighoudt,
hun zielengesteldheid tracht aan te voelen,
hun geschiedenis en hun grote figuren leert kennen,
dan kan het niet anders of je gaat achting voor ze voelen.

Je kent hun goede, hun slechte kanten,
maar je leert inzien dat het volkskarakter soortgelijk is
aan datgene wat bij de individuele mens
– zowel psychisch als lichamelijk bezien –
zijn ‘omhulling’ is.
Je weet dat dit omhullende geen doel op zichzelf is
maar een dragend middel,
waardoor de individualiteit zich op aarde kan manifesteren.

De gedachte dat deze individualiteit in vele levens op aarde,
door alle rassen en volken heen gaat
om mens te worden in de mensheid
(de zo uiterst heilzame gedachte van reïncarnatie en karma),
zal volgens mij de nationalistische spoken op de vlucht jagen.

~ Willem Frederik Veltman.


The Difference Between Reading the Bible and Meditating on God’s Word

The Difference Between Reading the Bible and Meditating on God’s Word

There always has to be a good reason to read the Bible. Even

“simply wanting to know what all the hoopla was about and why people were so hyped up on it”

could already be a good reason to start reading the Bible. From that point of view, it could give some good idea of what others are saying, what would or would not be in Scripture.

Best is to read the Bible to study it and to gain more knowledge of what is written inside it. Then it will give also a good idea of what others, like clergy, are insinuating what would be standing there in those 66 books of the Book of books, the Bible, and coming to see what is really written in it.


“in no way shape or form, did reading the Bible had anything to do with God.”

then it would be a very difficult start, already closing some gates to receiving knowledge or to coming into conversation with God. Reading the Bible is namely like being present by someone, listening to what He has to say. Reading the Bible also gives an opportunity to come into conversation with the Divine Creator of heaven and earth, the God of gods. When starting to read what He has to say, there has to be a willingness to listen to Him.

For sure, several people coming to read the Bible,

“some of their reasons aren’t particularly holy.”

Several people want to find reasons and words to attack those lovers of God, who find those words in the Bible sacred.

Sometimes, as the article writer mentions, coming to read the Bible is

“done out of curiosity”

as her friends in school did for religious studies

“and other times it’s for understanding the religion better.”

And that is a very good reason, more people should consider why reading that book is as important as reading other basic scriptures of certain religious groups.

All people should learn about the different religions and have to go through their basic scriptures. When the reason to read the Bible is to debunk the Bible, like some atheists and other (religious) people do they would often be surprised where they end up. More than once, an atheist or even a Christian or other religious person came to see the truth and came to look for a church that is living according to those Words of God.

“they use part of the bible to show why other Christian religions are wrong”

is not such a bad idea, when they do it with the right intention and lovingly, to bring people closer to the One and Only Real God, the God of Israel, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, Who is One and not two or three.

Too often, people who call themselves Christian, do not dare to open their ears fully to those words of God, but prefer to be chained to the doctrinal teachings of their church, be it a Catholic or Trinitarian Protestant Church, instead of trying to read and understand the words like they are written black on white.

When there is a willingness to listen carefully to God’s Word as presented in the Bible, the reader shall be surprised how a whole new world might open up before him or her. But then it becomes most important also to accept those Words from God and to act to the received new insight. And that last bit is one of the very difficult parts when one has lived for several years in a certain Christian denomination. Often it is easier for an atheist to become a true Christian than for a Christian to become a real follower and believer in the son of God, Jeshua or Jesus Christ. Most people coming from a certain denomination have difficulties changing their lives and changing church, after they discovered that there are differences in the teachings of their familiar church and the contents of the Bible.

The difficulty for reading the Bible is that it has to be done with an open mind geared toward spiritual growth and with a willingness to change.
The writer of this article still has to go a long way, because she writes

“After all, the time He walked the earth stone was the paper of choice”

giving an indication that she still considers Jesus to be God instead of him being the son of God. God never walked this earth. God is an eternal Spirit Being (meaning having no beginning or birth and no end = no death) no man can see. Clearly, the writer of this article is still confusing and mixing two different Biblical characters. This comes perhaps because she is so clinched or stuck by her Catholic upbringing, where they worship a Trinity and other gods and saints.

We can only hope that those who read the Bible also one moment come to listen more carefully to the Words of God and start meditating on them as well, giving a two-way communication platform to the Author of the Book of books, so that more insight and wisdom will come to them.

The writer of this article (Marita) ends very nicely but also hits the nail when she writes

“Basically, meditating on God’s word is supposed to bring about change. Change in you and the world around you.”

And changing direction and adapting their belief unto what is really written in the Scriptures is one of the most difficult tasks for people who grew up in a Christian church tradition and who have come to read the Bible more thoroughly.
And the Bible deserves a thorough reading and study to be moulded by God and filled with biblical clarity rather than church indoctrination.




People Seeking for God 1 Looking for answers

People Seeking for God 2 Human interpretations

God of gods

The Almighty Lord God of gods King above all gods

Is reading the Bible necessary?

Being in tune with God

How Social Media is Shrinking the Bible

Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages

Followers, protestors and reformers


Additional reading

  1. Bible
  2. Unread bestseller
  3. What Is: The Bible as Originally Written
  4. Bible Word from God
  5. Word of God
  6. Bible Inspired Word of God
  7. Today’s thought “Word of the Only One God – To be read and listened at” (November 21)
  8. Bible Word of God inspired and infallible
  9. Moshe Rabbenu and Torat Moshe
  10. Bible in the first place #2/3
  11. Appointed to be read (Our World) = Appointed to be read (Some View on the World)
  12. Best to read and study the Bible
  13. Not studying an abstract and arcane text of the ancient world
  14. Best intimate relation to look for
  15. No other god besides Jehovah who gives all explanation
  16. Main verses in the Bible telling us Who God is #8 Some more attributes of God
  17. Today’s thought “Jehovah God makes us dwell in safety and confident trust” (January 02)
  18. Fill your hands with the Lord’s work
  19. A living Word giving confidence
  20. Praying and acts of meditation without ceasing
  21. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  22. Pray that we will make the time to listen: listen to God and listen to each other
  23. Today’s thought “On the eternity of God” (December 17)
  24. Today’s thought “Ability to circumcise your heart” (May 13)
  25. Conversations that Matter
  26. Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
  27. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  28. Fear of God reason to return to Holy Scriptures
  29. From nothingness to a growing group of followers of Jeshua 3 Korban for God or gods
  30. Making time for God is crucial
  31. 500 years of a provision of the Word in the language of the peoples
  32. A special anniversary for the Church where Catholics and Protestants find common ground
  33. Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers
  34. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t



  1. Are you making time or making excuses?
  2. Practical Christianity: Give Your Time
  3. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
  4. Seeking God’s manna
  5. The Book
  6. Our Amazing Bible
  7. The Original Biblical Writings
  8. Scriptures
  9. Purpose of Scripture
  10. God breathed
  11. Bible Reading Discovery
  12. Conversation between God and Me
  13. How to Begin Conversations with God
  14. Conversations with God part 2
  15. Talkative God
  16. Confirms the Word
  17. The Word, Faith, and Testing
  18. The Word – Good News and Bad News
  19. Believing God
  20. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  21. Light Unto My Feet
  22. Practical Christianity: Don’t Be A Jerk
  23. When My Mental Health is Suffering
  24. Bad News and Good News
  25. How Do I Read the Bible?
  26. How to Interpret Scripture
  27. Book: How (Not) to Read the Bible
  28. Read the Bible in a Year
  29. The Bible Tells Me SoFall in Love With Reading the Bible: 10 Tips to Keep You Motivated & Passionate
  30. The Not-So-Quiet Time

Seeking Redemption

To those now deep into biblical scripture you are probably aware of the difference between reading the bible and meditating on the world. Naturally, like many young Christians, I had assumed that once you read the bible, and you knew God’s words and it was enough. But I kept hearing about ‘meditating on the word’ and never understood what it meant. Until over a decade later when I began meditating on God’s word.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and, training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Reading the Bible

I’ve read the bible twice, decades ago and still could quote a single lick of scripture. I read it just like I did with any storybook. Enough to know all the main characters and get a clear…

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A Word on Bible Versions

A Word on Bible Versions

By David Ettinger

A Fruitful Discussion
I recently had a nice discussion with a blogging friend regarding the Bible version I use.

This fruitful dialogue led to this post, which won’t analyze the many English versions of the Bible, but serve merely as my commentary on the issue. This is one of those topics many Christians can wrap their brains around, so, by all means, let your voice be heard in the comments section!

Bible Fascination
After I gave my life to Christ in 1986, I went shopping for a Bible. Not having much money, I was limited. I knew nothing about the many Bible versions, so I purchased the least expensive. It turned out to be an original New International Version (NIV), and am I ever glad it was!

I tore through my new Bible in just 4 months, and then started all over again. At the time, I…

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A puzzling text from a prescientific age

A puzzling text from a prescientific age


“The Bible is indeed the greatest book ever written.
It has shaped the cultures of the world in countless ways, and it contains the words of everlasting life.
But for so many today, it is largely opaque, indecipherable – at best
a puzzling text from a prescientific age.”

Bishop Robert Barron, The Word on Fire Bible

Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages

Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages

A book for Christianity

To come to know God or come to know how to live best and how to find a good church, one is best to consult the Bestseller of all time, the Bible. When looking for a church it is not so important to search for Christianity or Christendom. Best is that one starts by reading the books which are the foundation or the cement of what has become the Church.

In Christianity it is all about having a relationship with God by the intermediary Jesus Christ. One first has to get to know the Divine Creator before one can go looking for His houses.

Bible texts, languages and translations

Bible texts are not always easy to follow or understand. Though it is one of the best guides for life, it requires attention from the reader and persistence and will to follow and understand.

When we want to read the Bible we have first of all to choose a translation and should remember that it is only one of the many translations that there exist. Do not worry too much about what translation you would like to buy. Go to a bookshop and read some paragraphs in different bible translations. When you find one which is in a language that suits you best, try that first. Later on, you always can come to read the literal translated and more accurate Bible translations, in case you had not chosen directly for a literal translation. Youngsters and beginners are often better off with a paraphrased Bible, though we would not recommend that. There are Bible Students all over the world who offer very good contemporary literal Bible translations in many easy to read languages. Do not go for those big Bible translations where there is more space given to the notes than to the Bible Words of God. A Bible with just cross-references is the best solution.

One Author is telling as it is

Taking up the Book of books, we should remember that though it is a compilation of several books written by different people, the author or principal to write down everything is only One Person, namely the Divine Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

Keeping that in mind, we should also remember that That Task Giver is a man of truth Who is not telling lies, and as such all what He says should be taken as one opinion which does not contradict.

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it?” (Nu 23:19 RSV)

“Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.” (Ps 89:35 RSV)

“in hope of eternal life which God, who never lies, promised ages ago” (Tit 1:2 RSV)

Intended message

When reading the Bible we should always remember the basics of interpretation: looking for the Author’s intended message, reading it in context and with the whole of Scripture in view, even considering how believers throughout history have interpreted it. Hereby not forgetting that many human beings gave their idea about the text, but that those interpretations should be taken as such being ideas of fallible men and not always telling the truth or giving the right interpretation to a certain part of a text.

Construction for all to see and understand

We also should not believe those priests and pastors or other clergies that say it is not up to non-clergy to read and understand the Bible. The Bible is a God-given present for all people, not for a few exceptions or studied people. We always should give the Bible time to give us the necessary spiritual food, when we are ripe for it. We should consider the Bible as the tool of a Masterworker, the Architect, giving Him time to mould us and prepare us for building His righteous creature.  Look at the Bible like a huge building, where you can not see all the rooms at once. You need your time to investigate all the places. The instruction the word of God gives is like a building construction Engineer telling the other people involved in raising a building what should be done at every stage of the building, so the building can be done exactly as it was planned as the Architect wanted it.

When looking at construction plans, they are not always easy to read at first glance. The same with the Plan of God or with the bible. We should give it enough attention to see all the details and to understand why certain things are like they are designed.

We should also not avoid difficult ‘drawings’ or texts when we encounter such in our reading sessions.

When we come across a problematic passage, we might prefer to focus on the verses that are more accessible or understandable. But avoiding these texts doesn’t make them disappear. Eventually you or someone you love will want an explanation.

writes 6 Wrong Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages.

Requesting the Planner for more  information

We should remember also that when a passage is not clear to us, the best Person to ask about it is God Himself. Therefore, do not forget to pray about it and ask God for more insight.

Some Christians assume that Scripture’s perspicuity implies that its interpretation should be straightforward. But that is not always so. God has given us a brain, a mind, and we should use our brain to come to understand.

the Bible isn’t a pocket dictionary for faith and practice.

In his Word, God has spoken through complex narrative and poetic philosophy. He’s recorded commands complete with rationale, motivation, and explanation. He’s provided principles, then called us to thoughtful application and situational wisdom. That’s why he’s given us minds for thinking, pastors for teaching, a community for learning, and his Spirit for illuminating. These good gifts would be gratuitous if God’s words to us were always clear—which, by its own admission, simply isn’t the case (2 Pet. 3:16). { 6 Wrong Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages.}

When encountering a difficult passage, we, next to our prayer, could also speak about it with others around us and ask some church leaders for more information on that part of scripture.


It is up to us to compare the explanation of those people with the sayings in other parts of the Bible. All texts in the Holy Scriptures must be in agreement and do not contradict each other. If there is any contradiction, it is due to a wrong assumption. In that case, one will have to become better informed and read the text according to its correct interpretation.

We should be wary of scientific diagnosis or endless speculation, especially if it’s absent of a warmed heart and any bedside manner that demonstrates genuine love for others — and ultimately for God.

“The aim of our charge,” Paul says, “is love” (1 Tim. 1:5). { 6 Wrong Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages.}


Some people want to look at the Bible for being able to judge God or to ‘attack’ believers. they want to undermine the faith of lovers of God, by twisting the words of the Bible, or to show others how the clergy is just doing the opposite of what is written in the Bible. They do forget that perhaps those clergy or not the right people for God and do not belong to a church that really is in line with God. We may not forget that the majority of churches in this world do have another God than the God of Jesus Christ and lots of them even use graven images of their god and other gods or saints.

E. Clark warns

We can easily study the Bible in such a way that we preside in judgment over it — as if we’re the ultimate arbiter of what is true and right and good.

Instead, we must allow God to sit in judgment over us through sacred Scripture. His Word is what discerns the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts (Heb. 4:12), exposing our sin alongside his provision of salvation. When we confront difficult texts, therefore, we must be careful not to cross-examine the witness of God. We are ultimately the ones in need of scrutiny, not the other way around. { 6 Wrong Ways to Approach Difficult Bible Passages.}

It is not for us or anyone else to judge the ways of God. Instead of looking at Him with judgment, we should try to understand why God works in any way.

Reaching for quality

It does not matter how fast you go through reading the whole Bible. The best is to give it some time each day. Each day reading a chapter for example. Either by going from the first until the last book, chapter after chapter, or by choosing some book of interest and going from there, not reading the whole Bible in the order of the books.

When reading a book, do not forget to take time to think about what you have read. Ask yourself what it was about, what the message is, and what you can learn from it.

In case you come up against difficult verses, do not worry to read them over and over again. Chew on them. do not mind reading them again the next day. Try it again the next day, reading the whole paragraph now, and wonder about the verse in context. In case there are cross-references, go and have a look at those verses, and see what is written there.

Tuning in

When taking the time for yourself and the Bible, make sure there is nothing to distract you. ‘Tune in’ to that one channel of God, listening in yourself to what you are reading in that Book of books. Do not let social media messages interrupt your reading. Put your phone aside for some time … the reading time … for listening to the Speaker God. It is with Him that you are in conversation when you are reading the Bible. It is Him that you should then give your time … Listening to Him.

When there is enough willingness to listen to the Words of God, they shall come over properly and not like a badly tuned radio, with crackling and distorted sounds.



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Additional reading

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  2. Bible
  3. Bible Word from God
  4. Word of God
  5. Bible Inspired Word of God
  6. Today’s thought “Word of the Only One God – To be read and listened at” (November 21)
  7. Bible Word of God inspired and infallible
  8. Appointed to be read (Our World) = Appointed to be read (Some View on the World)
  9. Best to read and study the Bible
  10. The Metaphorical language of the Bible (Our World) = The Metaphorical language of the Bible (Some View on the World)
  11. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen (Our World) = The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen (Some View on the World)
  12. No other god besides Jehovah who gives all explanation
  13. God’s Blog recorded in a Book
  14. Creator and Blogger God 1 Emptiness and mouvement
  15. Creator and Blogger God 10 A Blog of a Book 4 Listening to the Blogger
  16. Creator and Blogger God 11 Old and New Blog 1 Aimed at one man
  17. the Bible – God’s guide for life #7 Case example – King Josiah #2 Lessons from Josiah’s experience
  18. Written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope
  19. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  20. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  21. Do Christians need to read the Old Testament
  22. The importance of Reading the Scriptures
  23. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  24. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  25. A question to be posed
  26. Bible Reading: is it worthwhile?
  27. Bible in the first place #1/3
  28. Bible in the first place #2/3
  29. Bible in the first place #3/3
  30. The Word itself should be enough reason to believe
  31. A vital question for believers
  32. Making time for God is crucial
  33. When found the necessary books to read and how to read them
  34. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  35. Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
  36. How to Read the Bible
  37. How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)
  38. How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)
  39. How to Read the Bible (sequel 3)
  40. How to Read the Bible (sequel 4)
  41. How to Read the Bible (sequel 5)
  42. How to Read the Bible (sequel 6) an after thought
  43. Thinking about the happiness by the Torah reading
  44. When reading your Bible be aware of changing language
  45. Reading to grow and to become wise concerning the most important thing in life 1 Times of reading
  46. Reading to grow and to become wise concerning the most important thing in life 3 Light and wisdom in words
  47. Reading to grow and to become wise concerning the most important thing in life 4 Words giving us wisdom and encouragement
  48. Literalist and non-literalist views
  49. Missional hermeneutics 1/5
  50. Missional hermeneutics 2/5
  51. Missional hermeneutics 3/5
  52. Missional hermeneutics 4/5
  53. Missional hermeneutics 5/5
  54. We should use the Bible every day
  55. Feed Your Faith Daily
  56. 2 Easy Ways You Can Fit Daily Bible Time into Your Busy Life
  57. 3 Keys to Reading the Bible with a Fresh Perspective
  58. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  59. The manager and Word of God (Our World)The manager and Word of God (Some View on the World)
  60. If the Bible tells us not to lean upon our own understanding, are preachers, and Bible professors, leaning upon the theirs’?
  61. A special anniversary for the Church where Catholics and Protestants find common ground
  62. 500 years of a provision of the Word in the language of the peoples
  63. Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers (Our World) = Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers (Some View on the World)
  64. A living Word giving confidence (Our World)A living Word giving confidence (Some View on the World)
  65. Youth has difficulty Bible Reading
  66. Lenten Season and our minds and hearts the spiritual temple in which God seeks to live
  67. Not able to make contact with God because to busy
  68. Coming to the end of the year
  69. Summer holiday time to knock and ask, and time to share
  70. Christian in Christendom or in Christianity
  71. Today’s thought “… his word abiding in you” (April 13)
  72. Be an Encourager



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  2. Seeking God’s manna
  3. God’s Shaping Tools
  4. The Book
  5. Our Amazing Bible
  6. A Word on Bible Versions
  7. Our LifelineRead the whole of the Bible.How to Read the Bible
  8. Reading God’s Word (A basic guide to Bible reading)
  9. Video: How To Read the Bible
  10. Making the Bible More Approachable
  11. The Easiest Book in the Bible to Read
  12. Passive vs. Active Reading of Scripture: How to ignite a passion for the Bible
  13. 3 Transformational Ways to Read Scripture
  14. The Difference Between Reading the Bible and Meditating on God’s Word
  15. Reading the Bible in a Year
  16. A Sermon: Reading the Bible Together
  17. Book: Reading While Black
  18. Book: How (Not) to Read the Bible
  19. How Do I Read the Bible?
  20. How to Interpret Scripture
  21. Purpose of Scripture
  22. Reading Scripture as non-Scripture
  23. Reading Scripture as non-Scripture: Sola Scriptura and the Hermeneutics of Historical Artifact
  24. Reading the Bible Properly: John Behr, Stanley Hauerwas, and the Historical-Critical Method
  25. How to Read the Bible from a Universalist Perspective
  26. Simple Bible Study Tips – Old Testament & New
  27. The Importance Of Reading The Bible Daily
  28. Listening to God; March 14, 2022
  29. Digging in Deeper: Psalms 119:27
  30. Don’t Read the Bible Through in One Year
  31. How I Read the Bible Cover to Cover
  32. Hang Onto Every Word
  33. Reading the Bible aloud
  34. Some Things I Learned Reading The Whole Bible in 2020
  35. 3 Reasons to Spend Time With God
  36. Forgetting the Divine Word
  37. Misinterpreting Scripture
  38. The Danger of Error in the Church
  39. We are what we read.
  40. The Book That We Love: Uprooting & Planting
  41. How can we help people to let Christ’s word dwell in them richly?

Times of overcorrections

This century may go into the history books by its aim to overcorrect.

Today we are not any more allowed to use lots of words which were quiet normal and not offensive in the previous century.

Today one has to be very careful how one wants to express oneself. Today several youngsters consider it transphobic if someone acknowledges biological sex.

A medical student revealed that she and her fellow trainee medics had access to an online forum where students can correct their professors for using gender-specific terms such as “male”, “female”, or “breastfeed” instead of gender-neutral terms like “chestfeed.”

The online forum allows students to “lodge their complaints in real time during lectures.”

The student recalled how one time a professor started crying because she “upset by students calling her out for using ‘male’ and ‘female’.”

“Wrongspeak” seems the word of the new wave where people find that everything should be considered as normal and possible. So when you are a man you may become pregnant as well and it would be considered sexist when one says only a woman can have a baby.
According to petitions in several countries included use of the pronouns “she” and “her” or the terms “father” and “son” are not acceptable and are “Wrongspeak”.

In several countries we also see people pulling down statues of very well known political and historical figures. But because they did something wrong it is considered not appropriate anymore that they would have a statute to honour them.

One is also not to speak about an Eskimo, Indian, hut, etc.. But the strangest might be the sex which may not be mentioned any more.

Katie Herzog, believes that our publishing houses, our universities, our schools, our non-profits, our tech companies — have embraced a Manichean ideology that divides people by identity and punishes anyone that doesn’t adhere to every aspect of that orthodoxy. In some of the top medical schools and hospitals in her country Katie Herzog found that there was a sort of revolution taking place. She thinks an ideological ‘purge’ is underway in American medicine.


as one doctor put it,

“feels like an existential threat.”

Katie’s latest reporting illustrates some of the most urgent elements of that threat. It focuses on how biological sex is being denied by professors fearful of being smeared by their students as transphobic. And it shows how the true victims of that denial are not sensitive medical students but patients, perhaps most importantly, transgender ones.

Teachers now have to be very careful not to offend some one with saying “he” or “she”

During a recent endocrinology course at a top medical school in the University of California system, a professor stopped mid-lecture to apologize for something he’d said at the beginning of class.

His offense: using the term

“pregnant women.”

“I said ‘when a woman is pregnant,’

which implies that only women can get pregnant and I most sincerely apologize to all of you.”

In the context of their medical school

“acknowledging biological sex can be considered transphobic.”


Please do find more about it by reading:

  1. Med Schools Are Now Denying Biological Sex
  2. Common Sense Has Left the Building

We are living in a time of “universal deceit”

From Bible in the news

Honest Reporting recently rounded off an examination of instances of YouTube banning content by saying:

“To paraphrase a quote wrongly attributed to Orwell but which resonates strongly today as we seemingly edge towards the dystopian society that he predicted: ‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.’”

We are living in a time of “universal deceit”, this is exactly what the Lord Jesus said it would be in Revelation 16. Jesus specifically warned his servants who would be living just before his coming, that it would be a time of deceit and falsehood.

Media Bias and against Israel

The staged protest at NablusThe protest staged for the media near Nablus.


An image of the staged protest available on Getty Images.

During the recent war when Israel was attacked by Hamas in Gaza, there were many examples of deceit in the media. The mainstream media as usual, emphasized Israel’s operations in Gaza against the terrorist organization Hamas, over the 4300 + rockets fired by Hamas at Israeli civilian centres. Here are some examples of deceptive media reports during the conflict.

A CNN analysis was entitled

“Hell has been unleashed in Gaza”

and is typical of the type of the reporting on Israel in the mainstream media. Reading the analysis any logical person would think that Israel had unleashed hell on Gaza. However, Hamas had started the war and by the time of the “analysis” had fired well over 1000 missiles targeting Israeli civilian centres. In order to find this out, you have to read to about halfway through. Seeing that on average only 16% of people read a webpage word for word and seeing that readers will on average only read 20% of the text on a page, most CNN readers will never know this. The analysis does state near the beginning that,

“Since Monday evening, Israel’s aerial operation has left more than 60 Gazans dead, militants among them, but more civilians, according to figures from the Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry. More than a dozen of them were children.”

A few crucial pieces of information are missing from this sentence. First the “Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry” is operated by the terrorist group Hamas — their numbers simply cannot be trusted. Secondly at least half of the quoted number of casualties of children were killed by a rocket fired by Hamas that didn’t reach its target. The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza documented a Hamas rocket that fell short of its target and killed 8 civilians including 6 children.

Another one of the images from the staged protest on Getty, notice the ambulance in the background taking away the “wounded”.

Seeing that the terror organizations fire their rockets from civilian areas away from the periphery of the region, the rockets have to travel over civilian areas in Gaza before reaching Israel. During the war in Gaza, Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired, as already stated, 4,300+ rockets, targeting Israeli civilian centres. 680 of these misfired and exploded inside Gaza, killing and injuring the civilian population of Gaza.

The analysis also misrepresents the blockade of Gaza, stating,

“Cut off from the rest of the world by an Israeli blockade of Gaza’s land, air and sea dating back to 2007, many of Gaza’s inhabitants are dependent on foreign aid to survive.”

It is true that Israel blockades Gaza to stop them acquiring arms, and the tools and materials to manufacture rockets. However, Gaza borders not only Israel but also Egypt. Egypt imposes the same blockade on Gaza. Israel lets a constant stream of aid material into the strip.

The New York Times is an influential newspaper with a circulation of about 375,000. On May 28 the cover of the New York Times featured pictures of children that were killed in the Gaza conflict. The headline was “They Were Just Children”. The introductory text reads,

“At least 67 people under age 18 in Gaza and two in Israel were killed during this months conflict according to initial reports. They had wanted to be doctors, artists and leaders. Read their stories.”

How much information the New York Times had unearthed to report on their stories is doubtful. The third picture on the top row featured a picture of a little 6 year old girl. However, doing a search by image on Google of her returned results back in 2018 when she had apparently been killed also. The anonymous girl has been used countless times to falsely accuse Israel of killing children. Again one of the main sources for the article was the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry. One of the “children” was a 17 year old fighter in the Hamas terror organization. Not readily apparent, but once again, a number of the victims were killed by Hamas terror rockets that did not make it. There is only one answer for such shoddy biased reporting and that is that it is not shoddy, but carefully crafted in a way to make Israel into the aggressor.

During the recent Gaza conflict there were demonstrations elsewhere in Israel in support of Gaza. Two Christians who do a podcast called the Joshua and Caleb report came across and documented a staged demonstration near the large Palestinian city of Nablus. There were a couple of Israeli soldiers quite far away casually watching, but otherwise there was no Israeli presence. Only a number of the press and many protesters throwing rocks at no one except an empty road. Yet there were constant “protesters” being taken away in Ambulances. The pictures from this staged protest are now available for sale on Getty Images, one of the largest suppliers of news images in the world. The Getty caption says,

“Palestinian protesters confront Israeli troops at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus city in the occupied West Bank on May 18, 2021, during a demonstration in support of those under bombardment in Gaza.”

This is a total fraud. There were no Israeli troops being confronted. There were no Israel defence forces or riot police to hurt protesters, yet the “wounded” were being taken away in ambulances. The press knew this was the case, but reported a complete fraud.

At the root of this bias is a believe that the Palestinian Arabs have a moral right to the land of Israel. That justice is on their side. It is believed that the Jewish state is a result of “colonialism” and that the Jewish people have no right to the land. Any historical connection of the Jewish Hebrew people to the land is denied. This is in effect calling the God of Israel unjust, unjust for bringing the Jewish people back to their ancient land. This is the spirit will bring the nations to Armageddon.

The trending hashtag on social media during the conflict was #freepalestine. What this means as seen on placards at demonstrations all over the world, is to “free Palestine from the river to the sea”. This is a call for the total destruction of the state of Israel. It is in effect a call for another Holocaust of the Jewish people. It is the hashtag of Armageddon.

This has been David Billington with you for this week’s Bible in the News. Come back again next week God willing to




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  25. Israel, Palestinian groups, agree Gaza ceasefire
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