The Bible Vs. Bible

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In our society today, we can see many bible verses being talked about, being referred to, being preached about, but what in reality does that all mean? Many of us use and interpret different verses in the bible to give someone else a bit of hope and love, a bit of knowledge about Jesus Christ or even to give ourself a boost of confidence and hope in our own personal life. For example, when I personally am “down” or I feel overwhelmed with certain situations in life going on and I talk to my mother or grandmother or even a close friend, they tell me to read certain passages in the bible. Why? Because reading the bible gives hope, gives happiness, gives a sense of love and understanding. Something that no one but God can give us. Reading the bible, reading verses in the bible help connect and form a relationship with the Lord. It helps give understanding to what in reality God has in store for his followers, for his children. Out of all the little slips of paper in the small basket passed around in class, I chose the verses Joel 2:30-31 which state “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” (Joel 2:30-31 NIV) When I first read the verse, my initial thoughts were all over the place. This verse could potentially be talking about the coming of the Lord, but was it a warning or a forward flash of what is to come?

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