The word "devarim" is an English transliteration of the Hebrew word for "words" (sometimes also transliterated "debarim"). I chose this name for my site due to my avid interest in all things relating to the Word of God (both the Living Word, Jesus, and the written word, the Bible). Since a large portion of the Bible (most of the Old Testament) is written in Hebrew, I have been learning this beautiful language in the hope that, one day, I will be able to grasp the richer meanings of the original text that are all too often lost in translation. This site will be used as a repository for all things relating to the Word of God, including my own writings - hence the name "devarim" or "words"!
Please note that, where I link to articles in other websites, or where I link to the home pages of websites, this does not mean that I necessarily endorse everything that is included on those web sites. I merely include links where I believe useful insights can be gleaned towards a fuller and deeper understanding of the spectacular and holy Word of God. I very much subscribe to the way of the Bereans in Acts 17:11, and encourage you all to do the same... don't take anything that anyone says/writes on board without first checking the Scriptures to "see if these things are so."
The following articles are the 5 most recent blog entries on the Devarim site. For more, click here or click on the Articles link in the menu above.
11 August 2017
This is a very good article about why it is Scripturally wrong for Christians to merely "agree to disagree" about same-sex relationships/marriage. The article was written by Sam Allberry, a same-sex attracted Anglican minister who has sought to be faithful to God's will as revealed in Scripture. In this blog post, he reflects on the reasons why Christians must hold firm to the traditional view on this issue.
Categories: The Christian Life, Life Issues, Conscience, Knowing God's Will, Loving Others, Sexual Immorality, Sexual Purity, Church Life, Church Issues, Sin, Worldview & Culture, Ethics, Homosexuality
13 May 2017
T.D. Jakes says that God eternally exists in three manifestations, not three persons. Greg Boyd says God knows some aspects of the future, but that other future events are outside of his knowledge. Creflo Dollar says because we are created in the image of God, we are little gods. Mormonism says God revealed new scripture to Joseph Smith that supersedes the Bible. Roman Catholicism says we are justified by faith, but not by faith alone. This world is a murky madness of true and false. For every doctrine we know to be true, there seems to be a hundred pretenders.
No wonder, then, that John tells us to “test the spirits” and Paul says, “test everything” (1 John 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:21). It is our sacred responsibility to examine every doctrine to determine if it is true or false. But how can we distinguish sound doctrine from false? How can we distinguish teachers of truth from teachers of error?
Categories: The Bible, Bible Interpretation, Inerrancy of the Bible, Worldview & Culture, Apologetics, False Teaching, Truth
26 January 2017
Ever since I first read The Shack, I had deep concerns about its content. I began to have a check in my spirit almost from the first chapter, and that continued right through to the end of the book. I believe there to be grievous errors in the theology presented in this book, errors that are presented with a subtlety that allows them to creep past the unsuspecting mind unnoticed. This, I fear, is what has happened, and is happening, to many believers.
This documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epEQv6-5u0U (or click Read more below) examines the issues of The Shack thoroughly, and has come to similar conclusions that I reached, such as:
It presents a false view of the Trinity, including that the Father became incarnate and was crucified with the Son.
It denies the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ's death on the cross.
It suggests that all human beings are saved, whether they repent of their sins and accept Christ or not.
It teaches that hell is "restorative", a type of purgatory.
Well worth watching. Don't believe what is written in The Shack; don't believe anyone who endorses the book, no matter their "status" within the body of Christ; don't believe me or the content of this video; believe the Word of God that is presented as part of this video. Trust that God, by His Holy Spirit, will guide you into all truth.
When you've finished watching this video, listen to this too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSO65uhoXtU, and this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzVO3kBhr0E.
Update – Read this too: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-does-the-shack-say-about-your-pain, and this: https://www.wretchedradio.com/a-leaky-shack.
Another update – Paul Young has just released another book, "Lies We Believe About God", which is critiqued in this very good article: http://creation.com/paul-young-lies-review.
Categories: God, Jesus Christ, Sin, False Teaching
06 March 2016
I have just been made aware of a free online Bible created specifically for users with vision disabilities. The website is optimized for screen readers and braille displays, tailored to individuals with low vision, color blindness and other sight impairment. There is a link to this resource on my Links page (under The Bible section, and called Accessible Bible), or just click here (or click the Read more link) to go directly to the site.
Categories: The Christian Life, The Bible
29 January 2016
This morning I listened to a TED Talk entitled "Have We Reached the End of Physics?", presented by particle physicist Harry Cliff, who works on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. As I listened, I couldn't help but think of two Scriptures – one that tells us that it is God who holds everything in our universe together, and the other that speaks of the foolish thinking of those who profess to be wise.
Categories: Worldview & Culture, Apologetics, Creation vs. Evolution, Evidence for the Faith, Worldview