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“Everyday Bible Study”Cartwright states,“ The Bible is God’sstory about his plan to rescue, redeem, and restore what was lost in the fall of humanity.”(Cartwright, 2016,Ch. 1).I would begin to explain to my friend that the Scripture in the Bible was not meant toshow us the way to know how to avoid making mistakes , or even to look for certain clues as towhat we might avoid doing to prevent misfortunes in our lives. Rather, the Scripture of the Bibleis meant to provide us with a clear explanation as to what path God had to take in order to bringus to redemption from the broken covenant in the Garden of Eden.As stated in Jer 17:9, “ Ourheart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable --who can understand it” this would helpmy friend understand that the Bible through the stories in the Old and New Testament gives us a
clear view on how desperately humanity needs God to be able to keep his commands as best aspossible.Lastly, I would explain to my friend that while the Bible is filled with characters whoaccomplished great things in their lifetime such as Samson who during his lifetime wasconsidered the strongest Israelite to have lived.It was believed that his hair was the source of hisstrength, but it was proven wrong when his hair began to grow back and he had not regained hisstrength.In the book titledCourageous Faithwritten by Hindson the author states, : But hisstrength did not return because his strength was not in the length of his hair.His strength camefrom the spirit of God.” ( Hindson, 2003, Ch. 8). This would clear any misunderstanding in thebelief that the persons written about in the Bible were able to do all of those great things bythemselves. The Scripture talks about them because they were used as an instrument by God towork towards his ultimate goal of re-establishing the broken relationship with humanity.
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