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Psychology of Belief


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An insightful look at the gospel of Matthew which will be perfect for Bible study groups or personal devotions.

I really like the way this book is presented. Each section begins with a memory verse, followed by a short Bible reading, insightful commentary and helpful questions for individual consideration or group discussion.

I thought that I was familiar with the Gospel of Matthew, having read it many times and listened to sermons based on its message. However, this book encouraged me to think about certain points in more depth.

I found the commentary on 'personal relationships' particularly interesting. In connection with the section on moral absolutes, it considers ideas such as social contract theory and Divine command theory. I was flabbergasted to read that Lewis Carroll, whose 'Alice in Wonderland' is loved by so many, was permitted by authorities and parents to view inappropriate pictures of young children.

The section on judgement also has a helpful commentary. 'Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs.' There is a helpful explanation in the commentary of the meaning behind this, citing that both dogs and pigs were as preulsive to Jews as sin is to God.

The parables are considered individually. The parable of the foolish man who built his house upon the sand and the wise man who built his house upon a rock is often taught in Sunday School. Here the analogy is explained well for the adult reader.

With regards to prayer, the section based on the Lord's prayer and the verse 'Ask, Seek, Knock' is explained clearly, so will be particularly useful for new Christians.

The study questions are easy to use for readers. I wonder if there could have been additional questions added to prompt discussions. For instance how that section pertains to life in our society today or controversial points that that section of Scripture may pose.

I think this will prove a welcome addition to any Christian bookshelf and I would certainly consider it for use with our Bible study group.

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I am a single mother of three. When I was diagnosed with MS, I gave up teaching music to follow my writing dream. I am an avid reader and currently review for NetGalley and Mills and Boon. I publish reviews on Goodreads and my blog. I particularly enjoy psychological thrillers, crime, and romance.

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I'm a U.S. Navy veteran, mom, and proud wife of a U.S. Marine veteran. Current student on a Bachelor's of Science track in Psychology. Licensed Medical Assistant of four years with five years experience in family medicine and leadership. Current president of Blissful Faith view profile

Published on November 07, 2022

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