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Table of Contents For: What I Believe

Note: This is a work in progress. Sometimes chapters are removed or reorganized, so do not rely on the chapter number for reference purposes.

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1) Dedication
2) Introduction Everything has to start somewhere. In this work, we will begin by assuming the validity of reason (logic) and the truthfulness of Scripture and see where that gets us.
3) The Scope and Overall Structure of ScriptureIf my beliefs are grounded in Scripture, then we must answer the question: what is Scripture?
4) The Order of ScriptureGod could have given mankind the entire Bible the instant Adam was evicted from the Garden. Instead, He gave it over thousands of years. Is there perhaps a reason for this?
5) The Outpouring of ScriptureIf we imagine ourselves as a hypothetical time traveler moving through history with only the knowledge the Bible gives us, what would we know and when would we know it?
6) The Book of JobWe begin a more in-depth view of the Bible, beginning with the book of Job: God's first impression to mankind. And boy is it a doozy.
7) Creation to NoahWe begin to examine Genesis, starting with the creation account and extending through to Noah and the Flood.
8) AbrahamAs we continue in Genesis, we take a deep look at Abraham, a man central to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. What do we learn about God through His interactions with this patriarch?
9) IsaacAfter Abraham, God renewed His covenant with Isaac. But in many ways, Isaac was not as important to Biblical history as his wife was. And the story of how Isaac and Rebekah met perfectly demonstrates compatibilism.
10) JacobA look at Jacob, the son of Isaac, who would become the founder of the nation of Israel.
11) JosephThe story of Joseph shows us both more evidence of compatibilism and how intent matters in determining if an action is good or evil such that God can determine an evil action without Himself being evil.
12) What We Know So FarWe have now looked at the first two revealed books of Scripture. What do they teach us about what God wanted to reveal about Himself first?
13) The Birth of Moses and His CallingAs we begin our look at Exodus, Moses quickly becomes the most important figure in the rest of the Pentateuch. This is his origin.
14) The Destruction of PharaohPharaoh is ordered to release God’s people. But God simultaneously hardens his heart so that he cannot obey the command. Why did God do this? How is it just?
15) Passover and the ExodusWe take an in depth look at the final plague to strike Egypt and how God passed over the Hebrews when He poured out His judgment, thus enabling them to finally be freed from slavery.
16) The Introduction of the LawHaving freed His people from slavery in Egypt, God now gives them the first part of His Law to govern their behavior as they go through the wilderness en route to the Promised Land.
17) The Apostasy and Restoration of IsraelMoses meets God on Mount Sinai and is gone for forty days. In that time, Israel turns away from God and worships a golden calf. God exercises His sovereign judgment and mercy on the nation after Moses intercedes.
18) The Psalm of MosesPsalm 90 was written by Moses and it dwells on some of the foundational attributes of God. We examine it in full here.
19) LeviticusLeviticus, named after the tribe of Levi, gives us many of God’s moral, national, and religious Laws for Israel. Through them, we can learn a great deal about Him.
20) The CensusesThe book of Numbers is about numbers. At least initially. We start out with several censuses in Israel, but while that topic might be considered boring, there is so much more to this book.
21) Grumblings and RebellionIsrael continues to grumble against God and Moses, ultimately resulting in the denial of any who left Egypt to enter into the Promised Land.
22) Preparation for ConquestIsrael prepares to enter the Promised Land. Additionally, the story of Balaam and his donkey help to serve a counter-distinction of the way God works through compatibilism, by showing us what happens when He does not do so.
23) DeuteronomyWe now look at the book of Deuteronomy, which is structured very similarly to a Hittite suzerain covenant. What do we learn in God’s covenant with Israel?
24) What We Know After Six BooksWe have examined six books. What do we know now?
25) JoshuaImmediately after the Law was given to Israel, she began the conquest of Canaan. The fact that God ordered the deaths of everyone, including women and children, can be difficult for some to understand. Let us face this full on and examine it here.
26) JudgesJudges is an illustration of the depravity of mankind as Israel enters a “death spiral” of sinning followed by judgment followed by (slight) repentance and a return to sinning.
27) The Davidic Psalms 1David wrote nearly half the psalms. Let us look at a few of them to see what they teach us about God.
28) The Davidic Psalms 2Part two of our discussion of the Davidic Psalms.
29) RuthRuth was a Moabite who still ended up in the lineage of David, and therefore in the lineage of the Messiah. This is her story.
30) SamuelThe books of 1 and 2 Samuel were original one book called simply Samuel. While primarily known for depicting the life of David, the book begins by showing us the prophet and priest Samuel first. This is his story.