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Moral Truth tells us what is right and wrong; depending on interpretation, some truths change with time. e.g. The 10 Commandments (Exodus 20, Deuteronomy.

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3 Moral Truth tells us what is right and wrong; depending on interpretation, some truths change with time. e.g. The 10 Commandments (Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5), The Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5 and Luke 6)

4 Historical Truth there is historical truth in the Bible (i.e. historical events also recorded elsewhere), but also some changes to support specific viewpoints. (e.g. mountain vs. flat land) Note: the Jewish people were not overly concerned with recording factual events; rather the focus is on the relationships between people and God e.g. Gospels and Acts, Old Testament Historical books (Chronicles as an example)

5 Scientific Truth Scientific information from the time the Bible was written is included, however there is very little of this (consider the aim of the Bible). God reveals knowledge to people (some scientific references in the Bible were ahead of their time)

6 Many important scientific truths were revealed in the Bible thousands of years before they were discovered by modern scientists. 1. Earth is a sphere suspended in space. Isaiah 40:22, Job 26:7 2. The water cycle keeps the land watered. Job 36:27, 28, Ecclesiastes 1:7, Amos The universe is running down. Isaiah 51:6, Psalm 102:26 4. Ocean Currents flow thru the sea. Psalm 8:8 5. Blood sustains life. Leviticus 17:11 6. The stars are incredibly distant from the earth and cannot be numbered. Job 22:12, Genesis 15:5, Jeremiah 33:22 7. The winds form a circulating system. Ecclesiastes 1:6 8. Earth rotates on its axis. Job 38:12, Man’s body is composed of the same materials as the earth. Genesis 2:7, 3:19, Psalm 103:14*

7 Symbolic Truth Much of the truth in the Bible is told through myth and symbol; we “read between the lines” to interpret these. e.g. “First Sin and Punishment” (Genesis 3), Revelation Jesus’ teaching was full of symbolism. He presented Himself as a Shepherd, a Sower, a Bridegroom, a Door, a Cornerstone, a Vine, Light, Bread, and Water. He likened the kingdom of heaven to a wedding feast, a seed, a tree, a field, a net, a pearl, and yeast. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of other symbols in the Bible.

8 Proverbial Truth sayings that are practical and often repeated; they teach us to view life in a certain way. e.g. Proverbs: Find an example of this in the book of Proverbs (explain what it is teaching!)

9 ***Religious Truth (never errors in Religious truth) Truth which describes our relationship with God and one another; faith and scripture is at the heart of this. E.g. 1 Corinthians 12 (One Body, Many Members), Genesis creation stories, parables

10 In your journal, write a short paragraph with an example from the Bible of each of the 6 types of truth. You may use the examples in your notes or find your own. For each, state the passage/story that is referenced, the type of truth (and how you know it is that type of truth), and what the scripture is telling us. JOURNAL ENTRY:


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