Welcome to the Q&A section of the BibleMesh blog. During all of my years as a professor and dean, the most interesting questions inevitably come down to the following: “What does the Bible say about ___________?” I think one of the reasons why this line of inquiry never ceases to fascinate me is that Christian Scripture is inexhaustibly rich and compelling.
During the time of Jesus, every faithful Jew would memorize vast portions of what is called the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. Everyday life was filled with Scriptural references and stories told to children about God’s faithfulness to his people through his mighty acts and deeds on behalf of Israel.
Today, most of us have to confess that the Bible is largely an undiscovered continent. Teaching that a generation ago would have been met with nods of recognition are now met with raised eyebrows of interest and sometimes even incredulity. It is for this very reason that the BibleMesh Biblical Story Course was produced – in order to give the big picture of the story of the Gospel from Genesis to Revelation.
In that spirit, this section of the BibleMesh blog is devoted to specific questions about the Bible from macro issues to more precise – but no less important – matter. Questions like these:
“Does the Bible teach that everyone will eventually be saved?”
“Why did the Jewish people worship God in a temple?”
“How was the world created by God?”
“I’m really confused by all the kings in the Old Testament. Which ones are the most important?
“Why were men in the Old Testament allowed to have so many wives?”
“Peter and Paul fought with each other? What’s up with that?”
“What is the difference between a ‘major’ and a ‘minor’ prophet?”
“Who are the angels? What do they do?”
“Why did God choose Israel among all the nations of the world to be his people?”
“Where did the people of the Old Testament go when they died?”
“Where do WE go after we die and before Jesus returns?”
You get the idea. We have lots of thoughts about what we would like to write about, but we’re also really interested in the kinds of questions YOU have. While we can’t promise that we’ll get to every single item, but if enough people are asking questions on the same topic, we’ll move it up in the batting order. Send us an email. We want to hear from you.
BibleMesh aims to help people understand the big picture as well as important facts of the Bible. The first BibleMesh resource is “The Biblical Story,” a course that presents Scripture as a cohesive narrative of God’s work in the world from Genesis to Revelation. It utilizes an interactive quizzing tool that helps people remember what they have learned. And finally, it includes a social networking platform which will allow pastors and church leaders to host their own online Bible studies and contribute their own resources. Forthcoming content will include courses in Biblical Greek and Hebrew.