What is Bible Prabodhalu?
What does the Bible say? This is a frequently asked question! While there are many radio and TV ministries that may be faithful in presenting God’s Word, there are also some teachers, preachers who misunderstand the Scripture, who misinterpret and thus mislead others. You may ask: Well, can we not read the Bible as any other book and so understand it like any other book? Yes, the Bible can be read like any other book, and by anyone. But, no, not everyone that reads the Bible will understand the insights of it. The Bible is a book, yes, but not like any other book. The Scripture is inspired by God; it is a Holy Book, and it does not contain any error. To understand Bible accurately, a person must be a believer in Jesus Christ and must know some interpreting principles. If a person is a believer, then he or she may say: Why would anyone need any principles or methods to interpret the Bible? Is it not the Holy Spirit’s work to help us understand the Bible? Yes! It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit, but yet, God gave us a mind to think through and understand. The Holy Spirit illuminates the Scripture to us. However, it is to the interpreter to analyze the text and see what it means and how it fits under the central theme of the Bible, the theme of an individual book, and the theme of the passage. If, as some may think, that Bible can be understood by anyone without any particular principles, then it will only produce various interpretations. Biblical study and interpretation should be objective and not subjective. We should be careful while interpreting the Bible because the Bible is God’s Word. Therefore, teachers and preachers should be very careful when presenting it, because, (1) it is God's living Word, and (2) they are responsible to answer God. So, to answer the question: What is Bible Prabodhalu: Bible Prabodhalu is a podcast/radio ministry in Telugu, with its purpose to interpret the Bible and faithfully proclaim it.
Bible Prabodhalu is also a ministry (a part of) the Gospel Heritage Ministries.
Why Bible Prabodhalu?
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17.
Bible Prabodhalu was launched by Dr. Joel Madasu in the month of June 2015. For a long time now, God placed a desire in his heart to present His Word in Telugu, so that mostly Telugu speaking people would know the message of the Bible! He believes that it is crucial to know what the Bible says; it is crucial to teach Bible accurately! This accurate teaching can only be presented if the interpreter understands the text and presents it faithfully without imposing his opinions about the text.
Because of the misleading and misinterpretation of the text by many, and also with the vision to reach a large group of people with an accurate understanding of the Scripture, the Bible Prabodhalu podcast ministry is launched.
About Joel Madasu
Joel Madasu is a third-generation Christian, born and raised in a Baptist Pastor’s family (Dr. Joshua Madasu and Grace Vijaya Madasu) as the youngest son among three sisters and one brother. In 2004, the Lord has given him the privilege to go to a Bible college to achieve training for the ministry. He completed Bachelors of Arts in Pastoral Studies (B.A.P.S) at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, Minnesota, USA; A Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S), at Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School in Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA; and Ph.D. (O.T. Concentration) at Piedmont International University, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA. His desire is to learn as much as he can from God's Word and be able to help others to learn His Word by writing, teaching, and preaching.
Dissertation Title: An Analysis of the Process Types and the Syntactic Role of the Existential Particle יֵשׁ in Biblical Hebrew: A Traditional-Systemic Functional Approach.
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