The Berean and the Goldfish
by Stephen James
This is a collection of ideas for the people who seek to know and enjoy more of God’s Word. As referenced in the Book of Acts Chapter 17, Verse 11: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” This enormous compliment and honor is paid to the Bereans – and I use this reference to associate with all those people who place the Word of God above tradition, above rumor, above fiction, above social acceptance, above entertainment, above religious propaganda, above political correctness, and above cultural differences.
This work analyzes and expands our understanding of key doctrines – using Scripture extensively. It expands our understanding of and our need for the Gospel. I believe this work accurately represents the need for the Gospel, and that it presents the Gospel in simple terms, from several different perspectives, so the reader cannot misunderstand. Hopefully, even a good Christian of many years will enjoy and learn something from this presentation.
I address key doctrines such as the Trinity, the soul, death, faith versus works, and sleep. I teach untaught details about the Lamb of God and the Seven Letters, National Heritage, and National Sins & Consequence. I distinguish between this life and the one hereafter, the names of God, the Laws of God, and I confront popular errors in teaching on topics such as Sunday, Christmas, Easter and God’s Chosen People.
Then we go on to ‘straighten out’ several issues that are often misunderstood, or misrepresented, or not represented at all. Often, we find the same error of the Pharisees which Jesus condemned – the traditions of the elders. By this I mean to suggest that a great deal of teaching in the church is incomplete and sometimes in error. We really need to get these things right – and I show why and how with many included Scripture references.
None of this is based on any denominational doctrine. There is not a common theme to this work, but several. I am revealing several topics that I had to discover on my own through analytical biblical studies that began 30 years ago. This work should be an interesting and unique Bible study for individuals who want more, who dig deeper – seekers.
There is a certain boldness required to try and present points of controversy. Tact is nice, but accuracy is essential. I believe this work lifts up Jesus and unifies the Old and New Testaments into an agreement which we often miss. The whole idea of The Berean and the Goldfish points to digging deeper and learning things that are not commonly taught on the surface. Anyone with questions about common errors, confusion, or just interested in getting closer to God’s infinite Word will find this appealing.
And we read in 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.
Applying the Berean principle of seeking truth by digging into Scripture will help us in our daily walk with God. The Bible tells us to test the spirits – l John 4:1. There will be many teachers who are right, some who just think they are right and some who are outright wrong by reason of ignorance, and some who are actually trying to mislead you. Beware . . . and prepare.
The Berean and the Goldfish website http://thebereanandthegoldfish.com/index.html
About the author:
The author has enjoyed a career in communications technology and market management working for and with major corporations and government. He is currently retired and finally enjoying the time to write about his many discoveries in God’s Word from fascinating biblical studies that began 30 years ago.