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Mystery of the Ages 2nd Edition

3.2 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Philadelphia Church of God; 2nd edition (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403346410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403346414
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I clean windows for a living. If I really want to get the windows clean, I have to WANT to take the time and effort to really LOOK for the little spots and drips that would otherwise be very easy to miss or "accidentally" overlook. I have to open my mind to the possibility that I could have been mistaken when I first looked at that window and thought I had gotten it clean. In short, I have to WANT to get the windows clean, and be willing to admit that I may not yet have them as clean as they could be, or I will just do a half-way job.
The same principle can be applied in any area of our lives---if we truly WANT to change, to learn, to grow, or to just be the best we can be at any particular thing, then we will apply the effort necessary to accomplish that; and, we won't close our minds to the fact that we may not have gotten it quite right, yet. If we DON'T really WANT to, we will only give it a half-hearted effort.
I WANT to learn more about the Bible. I WANT to grow "in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." I WANT to really understand the mysteries this book talks about. Because I DO want all of these things, I have found this book to be an invaluable aid.
Using the questions and proposed answers given in this book (please prove the answers to yourself using your own Bible), I have been able to critically examine the foundations of the beliefs I had blindly accepted from birth; beliefs that I hadn't taken the time to prove for myself, but had followed because my mother or father or pastor or someone else had told me were correct.
This book is not God's Word, and doesn't claim to be.
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In his 57-year ministry, Herbert W. Armstrong earned respect as an author, educator and theologian from laypersons and leaders around the globe. Mr. Armstrong often described the Bible as a jigsaw puzzle. The year before his death in 1986, he wrote this book summarizing his entire life's work that put the pieces of that puzzle together. He felt a tremendous need to get that book to "the largest audience possible." Mr. Armstrong never lived to see that goal realized. What's worse, after he died, the Church he founded abandoned his teachings, and Mystery of the Ages was removed from circulation. After an arduous six-year-long court battle, the Philadelphia Church of God-committed to the teachings contained in Mystery-now owns the copyright to it, and will send a free copy to anyone interested in this priceless truth([...] The PCG has taken on the battle cry of Herbert Armstrong: taking a book that unlocks the entire Bible to "the largest audience possible."
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Please let me help you to want to read this book.You read it and make up your own mind.Within the pages of this wonderfully written book you will find that Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong has simply as possibly able made a summary of the most complex book in existence-The Bible.He has successfully explained the main themes of The Bible so a child can understand.You read it.You decide.
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I got the best overview of the Bible and how to study and get proper meaningful knowledge from my studies from this book than ANY other book that I have read in my long life. If one reads this book and refers to the scriptures while reading it, they will be unable to read the Bible and say they don't understand it. Unless they don't read with an open mind and heart. Only a truly confirmed atheist with a closed mind - unwilling to use scientific methods to confirm or deny the truths contained within the Bible could read this book without having their mind and heart changed.
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Regarding Mystery of the Ages itself, I have to say that this book presents several merits. The author challenges the reader 1. to ask questions about life that we rarely ask and almost never answer, and 2. to prove each point from the Bible. "Don't believe me, believe the Bible," the author said. The book presents a practical approach accessible to those who may not be illustrious scholars, or even consider themselves "religious" at all.

Regarding the author, Armstrong presented a television program viewed on about 400 stations and served as chancellor for a liberal arts college with three campuses. He served as editor for the Plain Truth magazine, which circulatied to 8 million readers, presumably not all of whom were intellectually inferior or spiritually deficient.

Incidentally, Mr. Armstrong also met with several kings, prime ministers, and First Lady Reagan. President Reagan's letter of condolence upon Mr. Armstrong's death stated, "You can take pride in his legacy."

I personally recommend this book to those who recognize unfairness and hypocrisy in the world around them, even in religious systems, and feel like there has to be something more. Mystery of the Ages is presented as a tool not that replaces the Bible, but elucidates it and causes the reader to study scripture.

Interestingly, this book was the center of a lawsuit between a church that wanted to use its own copyright to suppress it, ironically enough, and another breakaway church that wanted to print it and distribute it for free. Amazon.com offers a book covering that history called Raising the Ruins, which I also rate highly.

These, I feel, are the merits.
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