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How to Understand the Bible [Kindle Edition]

United Church of God

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The publisher offers this ebook for free at ucg.org/booklet/how-understand-bible

The Bible is the world's most popular book, but at the same time the most misunderstood! How can you understand the Bible?

The Bible itself gives the keys to understand it! But you must read this Book with the right attitude and perspective.

So how can you properly read the scriptures? What principles and methods of study should you follow? What tools are available to help you? How can you grow in spiritual understanding while reading the Word of God?

This Bible Study aid ebook, How to Understand the Bible, will explore a number of important points that will help you grasp the Bible's message and meaning - and make it relevant in your life!


Chapters in this ebook:

-- Introduction: How to Understand the Bible
-- Approach the Bible With a Proper Attitude
-- Keys to Understanding the Bible
-- In Their Own Words: Great Men and Women Who Highly Respected the Bible
-- Does the Bible Contain Errors?
-- Actively Read and Study the Bible
-- Seven Scriptural Threads for More Complete Understanding
-- Are There Mistakes in the King James Version of the Bible?
-- Bible Study Software and Online Resources
-- Live What You Learn


Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Even though we might possess the world's brightest minds, if God does not act to open our minds, the Bible will remain closed to us."

"One vital key we must come to understand is that the Bible interprets itself. We must be careful not to force our own interpretations onto it."

"For us to understand the Bible, we must first learn about and respect God's law."

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 143 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: United Church of God; 4 edition (Feb. 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074D54M0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Advice on Biblical understanding from a church that doesn't have much March 19 2012
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
There are better, scholarly works on how to interpret the Bible. This book is filtered through the decades-old preaching of the late evangelist Herbert W. Armstrong, without ever mentioning him by name. The United Church of God may be trying to distance itself from the controversy surrounding its spiritual founder, but many of the church's ministers were trained by Armstrong, and his unorthodox theology shines through. Most Christians would disagree with many pages in this booklet, especially discussions of the Seventh Day Sabbath, British Israelism, and others. When reading this, either skip those sections or read them with eyes wide open. And then do some research into this church before reading any of their other "free" literature listed here on Amazon.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Research Before Reading Feb. 22 2012
By R. Ramsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
It can be good to understand there are groups that hold doctrines outside of what most mainstream Christians hold. It never hurts to see what others believe.

I would suggest a few minutes' research on United Church of God. It will help in understanding statements made in this e-book, and why they seem to differ from what other churches teach.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Review - Would be improved by tearing out a few pages. March 22 2012
By JayC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This booklet is divided into four sections which contain 15 bullet points, or "keys." For the most part, these "keys" are okay, and I would expect most Christians who believe that the bible is the infallible word of God would agree with them. It's a little light on serious content, but it is not without some valid principles for the beginning bible reader. Throughout, this booklet cites copiously from scripture. However, I had a few concerns about where they went with some of those scriptures. Then I did a little research into the United Church of God itself.

In hindsight, I would highly recommend that instead of attempting to read this straight through as I did, begin by skipping to pages 22-23 where they cover a few of their non-standard beliefs, such as a seventh-day sabbath, the Jewish holy days, and British Israelism. It also wouldn't hurt to do a little research into this organization, as they have some other non-standard beliefs beyond those listed there. This church is an offshoot of the Worldwide Church of God started by Herbert Armstrong, and they are committed to preaching Herbert Armstrong's beliefs, which explains a lot.

One of my concerns with this booklet had to do with "key" number 11, which is "Seek Guidance From God's Church." This obviously begs the question, "Which church is God's?" It was also a red flag to me because this could potentially go far beyond the scope suggested by the title and directly into a sales pitch instead. Nevertheless, I read on. They cite many scriptures but don't directly answer that question. Instead they beat around the bush, dropping hints such as "God's Church, as described in Scripture, is not a large and popular organization or denomination." They conclude by directing the reader to another booklet, "The Church That Jesus Built." It seems obvious the conclusion their logic is headed for. I found the inclusion of this as one of the "keys" distasteful because it wasn't inserted to help me understand the bible, but to help them achieve some other goal of their own instead. Personally, I'd rather pay for the advertising-free version, but maybe that's just me. Yet, it would be different if it were an obvious advertisement that did not pretend to be something other than what it is. What I really don't appreciate is how they've attempted to be sneaky about it by weaving the advertising into the text, causing it to masquerade as part of the instruction. I don't know, maybe all churches do this sort of thing, but still, it seems unethical to me, and I feel that I ought to expect more than this from a church. So beware, there may be other hidden ads that I missed. However, I did find some other context that helped me to better understand this. At the end of 2010 there was an internal upset within the United Church of God that caused nearly one-half of the membership to leave, and fully two-thirds of its ministers (yet they still manage to call themselves "United"). So perhaps this means they're more anxious than usual to bring in new members.

I also found that this church's blog is asking their existing members to come to Amazon and give their booklets "helpful" reviews ([...]). I am not sure what Amazon's policy is about not employing shills to skew their reviews, but I know what it should be, and once again, I feel that churches should be above such ethical lapses.

This brings me to the second concern I have with the booklet. The ethical lapses within the booklet itself, revealed by cursory research, and the fact that this church has been suffering so much internal trouble does not inspire confidence for the final section of the booklet, entitled, "Live What You Learn" and the last two "keys" it contains, which are, "Obey God's Word and Prove It Right," and "Hold Fast." There again, maybe I am holding churches to a standard that is unreasonably high given the realities of human behavior, but I am not reassured that this church is living what it at least claims to be teaching.

Even though the booklet is free, the time it will take you to read it is still valuable. My overall feelings on this booklet are mixed. For the reasons stated above, I would definitely recommend skipping "keys" 11, 14, and 15. If this were a physical booklet, I would say that it would be greatly improved by tearing a few pages out.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cult Material March 26 2012
By J. Hizer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This religious group, United Church of God, is a splinter from the original Worldwide Church of God, well known to have been a cult. Do your research indeed, but not just in the Bible,or by following this skewed way of looking at things, but by researching the history of this church, their beliefs, cult mentality, brainwashing, and destruction of thousands of families. Think for yourself, and save yourself from getting sucked into their delusions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free Feb. 28 2014
By Debra Fradette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Haven't had a chance to read it, but I'm sure it can't hurt to help me expand my bible knowledge.

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