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Christian Bibles all have the same themes running through them besides that fact most of them say basically the same things Compare passages among three or four different translations and the student will observe that in many case there are only a few words that are changed The substance is the same The most prevalent themes in the Bible are very simple believe in God follow the Word of God this is the way to eternal salvation to the Kingdom of God or Heaven The Old Testament is filled with prophecies deeds misdeeds punishments and rewards promises and recriminations while the New Testament is filled with the words and deeds of Jesus and his Apostles and Disciples The three thematic aspects selected to discuss in this essay are obedience the commandments and salvation There are dozens to hundreds of references for each of these themes found in the Bible only a few supporting each category will be cited and discussed The most critical theme in the Bible is to obey God and there are hundreds of references to this beginning in Deuteronomy and following through to the Gospel of John Obeying God is most often referenced in Deuteronomy than in any other Book although the other Books give this advice in different ways Since Deuteronomy is the book of laws and was intended as a confirmation of the covenant between God and His chosen people it is reasonable that there would be numerous references in this text regarding obeying Gods laws In many cases two or even all three aspects of the same theme are offered in the same verses for example in Deuteronomy 81 All the commandment which I command you this day you shall be careful to do that you may live and multiply and go in and possess he land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers Or Deuteronomy 913 And if you will obey my commandments which I
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