It was my intent to walk away and wipe the dust of this board from my feet, but every time I pick up my bible, every time I pray, every time I get a note from another Christian, the message from the Lord is "it isn't time to leave yet." So, here I am again, against my own personal wishes. I don't like anger, rage and strife. For the most part, I feel they are unChristian. I say for the most part because the bible shows us that Christ felt a little Christian rage once. A few weeks ago I posted that I was concerned over the appearance that some people worship Paul rather than Christ. What I wrote that day was apparently not stated well because one statement I made caused some to think I felt it was "good" to ignore part of the bible. I was trying to say the exact opposite. I was trying to say, do not ignore the majority of the bible just to preach Paul. It is not good to ignore any of the bible, and yet, the very people who responded to me in rage in that thread are the ones who were trying to justify ignoring huge portions of the bible. 1) I heard, "Paul is easier to preach." When did the Lord promise a Christian, or any of His prophets, or Apostles, or Disciples an easy road to walk? Didn't He in fact tell us that it would be difficult? Didn't He warn us that the world would hate us? Where did you get the idea it was supposed to be easy? 2) I heard, "People don't understand the words of Christ." Doesn't that mean they need to study and pray more over them? Doesn't that mean you should claim the promise from Christ that said if you hunger and thirst after righteousness you will be filled? Do you mean to tell me that modern day citizens of most of the nations you preach to, educated in great nations like the US, England, Australia, and Canada are less able to understand the message of Christ than simple jewish fishermen were over 1900 years ago? 3) I have heard some come very close to saying that certain parts, like the geneologies, don't matter. I used to think that when I was a young Christian. If I couldn't understand it, if it seemed like "just numbers," or "pre-Christ history," I didn't really see how it mattered. As I've continued to study God's word, I can tell you, there is not a single solitary word in the scripture that does not matter. Read certain portions of the New Testament and you will see that Christ worked miracles and that many recognized Him as the Christ and the Messiah. Which is good. However, if you will also read the old testament you will see, probably with awe, how hundreds of years before Mary was born, God told us Christ would be born. You will see the amazing power of God as the prophecy is made, and then fulfilled, and you will probably be filled awe over God's omnipotence and authority, and a comfort in knowing His plan never fails. Read the geneologies and you may think, "so what?" The what is what those geneologies mean. Those geneologies show so much more than family trees, folks! They show us how God consistently, over a span of thousands of years, has kept His promises. It shows us how, despite the gross misconduct and breech of trust on our part, He has forgiven people time and time again to uphold HIS promises, even if we DON'T uphold ours. It shows us that Christ DOES fulfill the prophecy, any way you cut it. One shows us that Christ is a descendant of the house of David via His stepfather. So that by Jewish law and tradition He is registered as a member of the house of David. The other shows us that He is a descendant of the house of David via His mother, so that even when we look to His real father, God Jehovah, the Great I Am, He is still of of the House of David. They also, literally, show us the accuracy that went into the bible. You have to know a little about historical names and calendars, but armed with understanding you can follow the history of mankind through those things. You have to read the bible to do it though. Names change, and if you don't read your bible to know WHEN they change, you can make the mistake of thinking the bible is in error. If all you ever study or all you ever teach is Paul - you are setting parts of the scripture above other parts. You are ignoring a tremendously large portion of God's holy word that HE chose to last the test of time. The next time you start to "skip a part" of the bible for any reason ask yourself, why, of all that has been written in the world, did God make THIS part of the Holy scripture that is passed down from generation to generation? Why did God protect this from men like Nero and Joseph Stalin? What is in this that God wanted known in 2004? And ask yourself, and God, what is in that section that Satan wants me to overlook?