Hear from God Himself
The core idea of the website www.unfilteredword.com is to encourage readers to get back to the Bible as the Word of God and examine it independently. We believe that reading the Bible as it is, and without the interpretations of others, will unveil a more genuine understanding of it.
When you study the Bible, all the while thinking and reflecting, the Holy Spirit will unlock what it says in your heart. This way, you will build a personal relationship with the living God based on what He says about Himself in His Word, but also on what others said about Him.
Ask the questions
At www.unfilteredword.com, we are allowed to question what others say, whether they are schooled or unschooled in the biblical analysis. We can also challenge our own interpretations against what the Bible says.
The aim is to enjoy the (sometimes) messy adventure of understanding the one true God of Israel. Our relationship should be a two-way conversation.
A real understanding in independent reading
The Bible holds the truth.
John 17:3 says: “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
There is only one place where we can find the one true God and His truth, and that is in the Bible itself. There are no two ways about it: the only sure way to retrieve the truth is by reading and studying the Bible ourselves.
God wants a personal relationship with each of us. How can we trust the interpretations of others? How do we know it is true? The only way to really know and to get a real understanding of God’s Word and what He wants to do in our lives is to put in the effort of getting to know Him personally.
It is scary
We might find that what God tells us personally is different from what we’ve always believed or heard from others. It can seem fearful and daunting.
Reading the Bible may seem time-consuming, but God asks us to do it because the meaning that comes with real understanding will be worth it.
Through His Holy Spirit, God will connect what goes on in our minds with the Truths that He wants to impress on us. As you become more proficient in reading and reflecting on the Word, you will come to treasure the time spent in His presence.
The Holy Spirit will open the Bible for you.
God wants you to think for yourself.
Think about it: if you only rely on pastors or priests to understand what God is saying and tell you about it, you are avoiding the privilege and the responsibility that God gave you to think for yourself.
God gave us minds to think. He sent His Holy Spirit to teach us. He wants us to think critically about His Word and what He is saying.
The simple steps of critical thinking
We can understand the truth of His Word by first examining the claim (a statement or position on an issue). Then we can look at the historical facts or, at the scripture in context to see how it supports the claim.
Lastly, we can come to our own conclusion. Do we confirm the claim or disavow it? Of course, all of this is done prayerfully and with the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Invest in Him to discover the meaning of your life.
The more you delve into the Word on your own, the more familiar it will become to you. You will learn new truths, and God’s Word will have an impact on your life every day. If you don’t do it, the opposite will happen: His Word won’t have an impact and won’t bring fulfillment to your life.
He sent us the Holy Spirit.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” – John 14:26
Churches and denominations have taken over the role of the Holy Spirit. However, we read here in John 14 that we do not belong to them. We belong to Jesus and his priesthood, and nobody else.
We can read this in 1 Peter 2:9: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light….”
This means that God’s Word, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, has the final say in our lives. We belong to Him. If we give that job to the religious authorities, then isn’t it to them that we belong?
The ultimate goal of independently reading the Word
A personal relationship
Ultimately, if you read your Bible yourself under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you will build a personal relationship with God. He will tell you about Himself directly, or through stories from the Bible.
Such a personal relationship can only form if you spend time with God and His Word, alone. It is impossible to understand what He is saying to you only through others.
(Of course, He can use other people and their insights to bring a depth to your relationship with Him. What we are saying here is that you cannot rely on other people to interpret the Word for you, always.)
By reading and understanding His Word, we can genuinely know what it means to be His priests.
As His priests, we can become instruments in His hand for Him to use. God’s Word can transform our lives when we work to understand His word and trust it. When we become personally grounded in His truths, His Bible becomes our beacon, calling us Home.
Understanding the Word and living in a personal relationship with the Creator will bring meaning to our lives that will last, even after we die.
A lamp that lights the way
Psalm 119:105 says: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
This psalm was written thousands of years ago. It is His gift to you today. If you invest in His Word, make it part of your heart and strive to know Him personally, He promises to light your way.
We believe that the children of God have lived far too long under the meaningless cloud of religious doctrines.
We must study the Word of God for ourselves under the guidance of His Holy Spirit. If we do this, we can find the actual meaning that God has envisioned for our lives.
We invite you to join us as His people, in His priesthood, with His Holy Spirit as our teacher and with His Word as the Light on our path. He has got great plans for us!