When Jesus walked along the shore of Galilee, he saw Peter and Andrew casting their nets into the sea and said, “Follow me.” Peter and Andrew saw a man. They heard his voice speaking a language they understood. Already acquainted with his ministry casting aside their nets to follow Jesus as he preached the gospel was easy. If they had questions, they asked, and Jesus answered.
Today, following God and his son Jesus is not as easy. We cannot see him. We cannot touch him. He rarely speaks to us audibly. The answers to questions that perplex us require wading through rivers of books and sermons which often conflict. Who is right? Who is wrong?
I consumed decades of my Christian experience stumbling in religious doctrines that left me empty. I found formulas to manipulate God into giving me whatever I wanted that did not work. Ministers preached good advice on a variety of subjects that any good godless counselor could have imparted. Cheerleaders encouraged me to action without imparting reason and understanding. Some things I found were good but failed to quench my thirst to know God’s heart. I have felt like the woman at the well who said, “I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us,” (John 4:25).
I concluded the best way to follow Jesus is to shut out the multitude of voices interpreting what God has said and work out my own salvation. The only way to do that is to open to the first page of a Chronological Bible and follow God and Jesus, who was in the beginning with God, through the book that records their story (John 1:1-2).
My goal in this series is to follow God through the Bible interpreting what he said by what he did. I will place technical explanations about the meaning of words at the end of each article for curious readers who wish to explore my conclusions. Unless otherwise noted all scriptures quotes are from the King James Version of the Bible.