The contents of this site will challenge you. Here you will find Bible Insights that are taught no where else.
There are many beliefs in Christianity today that are based on cliches instead of the Scriptures. Tok himself was challenged on this. Was the Nicene Creed correct? Was the “common knowledge” about Bible topics right? Have we been really reading what the Bible says, or have we been told so many times what to believe that we just believe what we’re told, and we forget to read the Text for what it really says?
We need to have ears to hear. The challenge is: can you read the Bible while putting aside your presuppositions and biases long enough to see what it really says?
Here are just some of the topics that will challenge your existing beliefs about the Bible:
- Language Difficulties – English is a very anemic language compared to the rich languages that the original Bible was written in (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek). Word studies are nice, but they don’t deal with the constructs of the language, only the definitions of individual words. Tok, who speaks fluent Greek, will provide insights into the constructs of the language that don’t map well into English – and that will give you new insights into some of the more difficult Scripture passages.
- Rapture – Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Tribulation, Post-Tribulation – Tok tells us that they are all incorrect. This is a very controversial topic. Most of our churches today have told us what to believe about this topic, and they tread lightly on the texts that talk about it. We then go into Scripture and interpret what we read with the bias that the Rapture happens with certainty at a particular time – and we stop reading what the Bible says – filtering everything through our existing presuppositions. This will be a great personal challenge, but worth taking. After hearing Tok’s insights on this topic, it caused me to personally re-examine my position on this. The benefit: no matter what conclusion you come to, you will have a basis for your belief that is in the Bible.
- Common phrases that lead to misconceptions. Often we hear Christians sum up complex Bible concepts with man-made phrases like “Once saved, always saved,” and “Jesus – 100% God and 100% man.” Tok explains that although some of these phrases may have an element of truth to them, they often lead us into incorrect thinking.
- Difficult parables – There are many parables in the Bible which are simple on the surface, but complex when deeply examined. Many commentators explain that the Parable of the Ten Virgins indicates that salvation can be lost. Tok will explain how simple misunderstandings of complex issues can lead you to the wrong conclusion, and this parable in particular is an eye-opening example.
- How can you be continuously filled with the Spirit? There are a lot of interesting commentaries on how to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit. But is there anywhere in the Bible that gives us the formula? Tok explains that language constructs that are clear in Greek are often misunderstood in English. Commentators often “get things backwards.” Tok explains that certain ‘signs’ of being filled with the Spirit are actually the very formula of how to be filled with the Spirit. Tok will break this down so it’s easy to understand.
The bottom line is that no matter how many times you’ve read through a passage of Scripture – and no matter what you’ve been told to believe about a topic – we all need to read the Scriptures with an open heart and and open mind… as if it’s the first time we’ve read it. Be like the Bereans and search the Scriptures to see if these things are so. Our standard is the Bible and what it says – and not what people are saying or teaching.
Do you believe something because you’ve been told, or because it’s in the Bible? What is your basis for what you believe?