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To study and explore what has been added to scripture and
what has been subtracted from scripture.
Our hope is to share scripture study that encourages you to decide if
you have learned something [in error to God's Commands] that was
added to scripture or subtracted from the it.
We are command by God "to love God with all our heart, with all our
soul and with all our might." (Deut. 6:5) In order to keep this
commandment, we are called to be eager to thoroughly discern what
God teaches us and to guard ourselves from taking on anything that
has been added to or subtracted from God's Word. To succeed at this,
we need to study further than what well-intended Pastors have taught
us... for they too may have fallen prey to years of man's interpretations,
additions and omitted content.
As taken from Revelation 22:18-19 , "I testify to everyone who hears
the words of the prophecy of this book; if anyone adds to them, God
shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if
anyone takes from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall
take way his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are
written in this book."
This forum is for freedom in biblical
study - questions about the bible but
were afraid to ask.
Our task is to rescue ourselves from
being in the pit of ignorance. "They are
blind guides of the blind. And, if a blind
man guides a blind man, both will fall into
a pit." (Matthew 15:14 -)
Many of us have sometimes felt that
asking questions in church was going
against the grain. From the pulpit, we
aren't offered to ask questions. We
listen to what our Pastor's preach, as we
are thirsty for learning, yet despite their
best intentions we often feel we can't ask
questions or that during bible study their
answers are shallow. For instance,
"Pastor, what do they mean when they
refer to the mysteries?" - answer, "that's
not for us to know."
2 Timothy 3:16 - All Scripture is inspired
by God and profitable for teaching and
instruction and for decisive refutation,
reproof, for correction, and for training in
|It's Okay to ask questions
It is easy to understand why we should not add to or subtract from God's Word.,
Consider the great songs of the Beatles. Would you add a few notes to John Lennon's Imagine? Would you paint a
few strokes over the Mona Lisa?
Adding to the Word is not serving God. If we are easy to add to, then the same decider to add can easily decide to
We learn the hard lesson of adding to and subtracting from God's Instructions with Eve in the Garden of Eden. The
snake mislead Eve to eat from the Tree suggesting to her that it really wouldn't matter much if she did. "Did God really
say not to eat from the Tree?" "Absolutely," said Eve. "God said we can't eat it, and we can't even touch it" (Genesis
3:3). But Eve ate anyway.
Maimonides, and ancient Torah scholar, explains the importance of not tampering with the Torah:
"The Torah explicitly states that its laws will remain binding forever, with neither change, addition nor subtraction...
Therefore, if any person will arise – whether Jew or non-Jew – and performs signs and wonders, saying that God sent
him to either add or subtract from the Torah... then we immediately know he is a false prophet... For God Himself told
Moses that these commandments are for us and for our children forever." (Foundations of Torah 9:1-2)
Our God is a detailed God. For just as removing one string from a guitar means that it no longer can play a song
correctly, likewise, we must never change one element of God's Word.
"The Law of God is perfect". (Psalm 19:7). "The precepts of the Lord are right". (Psalm 19:8)
"Things that are revealed to us belong to us and our children forever, to keep all the words of this Torah" (Deut. 29:
It is therefore forbidden to add or subtract any commandments from the Torah. It is written, "All this Word which I
command you, you shall be careful to do it. You shall not add to it, nor diminish from it" (Deut. 13:1). It is forbidden
even to interpret a commandment in any way that would add to it subtract from it or change it's utterance.
"Observe and keep [the commandments], for this is our wisdom and understanding in the sign of the nations"
Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law. (Romans 3:31)
|Deuteronomy 4:2 - You shall not add to the word
which I command you nor subtract from it, that
you may keep the commandments of the Lord
your God which I command you.
|Matthew 5:17-19 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Matt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the
law, till all be fulfilled.
Matt 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be
called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in
the kingdom of heaven.