Why Definitions?


You know? Do you know?

It's not about studying language that makes anyone important. To know who Jesus is ... is what is important. No. No. Not to know "about" Jesus, but to know who He IS! Because if you know him, then you know the Father as they are one in agreement, and Jesus does not speak of his own accord but as the Father directs him, which is what Jesus said when he was here on Earth.

The problem, I see, is the Bible, in that, if we did not have it, then how many people do you propose might care to even seek after God? Yeah, that's what I think too ... like nearly nil.

So from the nearly nil, let's work up to the Bible rather than from the Bible down to the nearly nil because the nearly nil are the constant whereas the Bible holders are the variable, and that is because not all people have a Bible.

When we focus on the Bible, then we focus on words. When we focus on words, then we focus on the definitions of words. That is where I come into the picture. Are the definitions truly the correct definitions? I don't know about you, but I feel as though I am part of the nearly nil folks. I want to know what the truth is, and I intend to see it out.

How about you?

I have searched for many years for an authoritative type of a dictionary. When I came across "The New English Dictionary on Historical Principles", I was quite confused by the title. It was "lengthy". I would have been just find with the title stopping at "Dictionary" as I didn't like such details as "on Historical Principles" at the time, but more than details did the dictionary offer. "Historical Principles" seemed so strange to me.

But ... check out what the term "principle" really means:

"Principle" really means "first" as well as "origin" and "source".

THAT is better. I understand that better ... "Historical Firsts" ... "Historical Origins" ... "Historical Sources" ... "Historical Beginnings" ... etc. Ahhhh! That makes sense!

And that is the dilemma with knowing Jesus Christ ... beginnings ... origin stories.

What is your origin story with God? What is your original definition of YOU?

And what words are you using to define that origin?

Do your definitions of the words you use really line up with what those words originally meant? I venture to tell you, "No", probably not so much, but do you realize that? If I realize it, then how is it that I realize that?

It is because I have studied my own words (not all of them but a lot of them), and I have discovered that the culture in which I was raised and have survived DOES NOT use language as it was originally intended to be used. Imagine that? The way to know is to study.

So I want to encourage you to TRY to question yourself, to question who you are, and to question what has influenced you so that you understand who you were, who you are, and who you are becoming.

Get a free copy of The Oxford English Dictionary of 1888, and study the historical principles.