I have always been daunted by the New Testament. Whilst I have always enjoyed reading the Gospels, (as they have a very natural flow),I always considered the remaining New Testament filled with such a wealth of doctrine it appeared more a minefield than a reference. I find it easier reading the Old Testament books of law and those leading up to the captivity than I do the epistles. I without trouble read through Acts and I am slightly guilty of feeling that the Gospels contain the vast bulk of all I am required to believe. Maybe so, maybe not. The New Testament from Acts onwards show in non-sparing detail the mistakes that were made by our early Christian forebears. I have for too long thought a lot of the NT content is as hard to unravel as the more complicated wealth of OT prophecy.

The Book Of Acts I
Whilst reading through I have wondered where the lesson is to be learned in this first book. Other than providing detail of how things progressed from the start, without pointing to how the mantle was passed from Peter to Paul, or internal politics - what is the content I have mostly missed? Since Acts is a breeze to read through, there is only this page on the doctrine within it - but without attempting to lay down doctrine that we all know already, here are a few verses pointing out things I was all too careful ignoring because they did not appear apparent, or appeared to be contradictions.

The Book Of Acts II
Because most of the doctrine in Acts is within the first few chapters and the latter part of the book seemes to be a record of the spread of the newly formed gospel, I am still amazed that there is not only a parody in the tale when compared to the last few days of Christ's ministry, but some wisdom to be seen. In particular - why did Paul ignore all the prophecies against going to Jerusalem, and when he did so - though a prisoner how did things go so right in the face of those same things that the Jews brought against Christ?

Moving On To Romans
Ok, The rest of the content on the new testament is in the "Eucharistia" section of the site, since this section is not the best place for an examination of theology. The section has been useful for juxtaposing, (but not serious doctrine) church teaching with the equally likely whether true or false. Church doctrine is often a pitiful shadow of the prophetic and authoritative significance of Christ's teachings, but much of the content in this section is far from perfect. Perhaps the title "What Failure, Why?" may have misled you? I have no intention of revealing theological truth in such a way as to parody the church.

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