=> Email to Ray => Topic started by: Craig on February 04, 2007, 06:17:23 PM

Title: Studies?
Post by: Craig on February 04, 2007, 06:17:23 PM
> Dear Ray,
> I would like to thank you for your site and the immense help it has been to
> me. I guess I should give you a little background - I'm only 18 years old,
> and grew up the better portion of my life a staunch atheist (I would respond
> to people inviting me to go to church with vulgar phrases and threats and
> accuse them of being hypocrites), then one night in my room God came to me.
> I knew from that moment on (I was 16 at the time) that God was real and had
> no question of doubt in my mind. So this began my (literally) new life, and
> I began going to a Charismatic church in my area.
> After about a year and a half of attending church, I just knew inside of me
> there was something wrong. I felt like such a hypocrite, to believe that
> God is love and He is going to condem most of His creation to hell because
> they didn't accept His love. This conc ept just befuddled me, this love that
> I taught and believed God to have seemed so carnal to me, so one-sided - God
> loves you, but if you don't accept His love and love Him back then you're
> going to suffer forever. I came to the point where I struggled to look
> people I knew weren't believers in the eyes, I felt so burdened, so hurt for
> them, that my God was going to cast them into an everlasting furnace for
> their ignorance. It broke my heart.
> For a while during this time, I couldn't read my Bible (I loved reading the
> Bible, I'd spend every free moment wrapped up in its pages before this), I
> struggled to pray, and I had no idea what was wrong. All the teaching I had
> received told me that what I needed was a good dose of the fear of the Lord,
> so I began reading every verse I could remember about hell and eternal
> punishment, but it just made me feel more disconnected fro m God. So, I began
> scouring the internet, searching for teaching and scriptures on hell (how
> foolish, to liken the fear of the Lord to the fear of hell and death). In
> searching for scriptures and teaching on hell, I somehow stumbled upon your
> site (it's funny how God works out circumstances).
> For the last 2+ months, I have been reading all of your material and
> studying it all out in my Bible and concoordance and dictionaries, and I
> have felt so released. I began by trying to disprove it with Scriptures and
> convince myself that you were wrong, but in the process I have been fully
> persuaded that Jesus Christ truly is the Savior of all mankind (those verses
> always confused me - if God wanted to save all mankind, why couldn't He?). I
> am so happy to have come across your teachings and that God has been
> merciful to me to show me these things while I still had an open mind and
> before my love grew cold and shut off. I feel like the eyes of my
> understanding have truly been enlightened and a veil has been taken off of
> my spiritual eyes and I can now see. There was always so many verses in the
> Bible that didn't make sense to me, I would read them and not understand
> what they meant - not because of the grammar or the words used, but because
> I was trying to interpret them through what I had been taught by men about
> God. Now I can't help but praise God when I read Scripture and not see
> contradictions and confusion, but clarity and understanding! God has truly
> done Hebrews 2:15 in my life.
> So I would like to thank you, and I wanted you to know all of this so that
> we could praise God together (I know that if God had used me to have such an
> effect on someone, I'd want to know so I could thank God). Truly, you have
> been a blessing to my life.
> Also, I am unfortunately afflicted (and blessed) with a scholarly spirit (1
> Tim. 2:15 is what you could call a life verse of mine), and I am always
> studying and meditating on the Scriptures, and was wondering what you use
> when studying?
> Be blessed,
> Timothy

Dear Timothy:
I use a King James Bible as my main study and teaching Bible.
The Englishman's Hebrew and Greek Concordances by Wigram
A dozen translations of different Bibles for comparison
And occasionally a Bible Dictionary. I have several, don't care for any of them.
Several English Language Dictinaries
God be with you,