My husband and I are forever in Scripture in one way or another, learning, growing and updating our knowledge in hopes of getting an ever-closer relationship with YHWH/Yeshua.
Our present knowledge comes from 20+ years of diligent, daily study, constantly learning and - using plenty of discernment - discarding those things that we discover were off the mark, and then updating our knowledge with the help of the Ruach (Holy Spirit) and scholars we trust (of which there are very few)…
I've noticed over the years that way too many people stay "stuck in a rut" when it comes to Scripture. They tend to do one of several things:
(1) They simply accept the Scripture translations as they are; never questioning anything, and consequently, never really learning or growing. They don't know God and treat Him like He's their fairy-godfather, someone they can boss around, demanding He fix their broken lives; forever ordering Him to bless them and others.
They don't realize He doesn't work that way, or that accepting YHWH/Yeshua/Torah requires some WORK on their part (i.e. obedience to His Divine Instructions). Because they don't know Scripture, they haven't got a clue that a relationship with God is a two-way street.
(2) They don't bother to read the Bible at all. Ever. They simply pick up snippets in church or from Facebook or wherever, and pretend they know enough about it to fool God into thinking they're holy.
(Most of the people I've questioned admit they have NOT read “the whole Bible”; while others admit they’ve only either “read the New Testament” or “picked their way through” and read only certain passages.)
(3) And then we have those who go to the other extreme of accepting absolutely nothing, or very little of what they read; and simply formulate their own opinions which they then view as “truth” … and then pass it onto others who thrive on “ear tickling” nonsense and conspiracy theories.
(4) And then we also have those who have found their way to the Truth of YHWH/Yeshua/Torah, who believe they now have ALL the answers and immediately view themselves as qualified "teachers" ... teaching, of course, personal opinions formulated from what they "now know" coupled with certain dragged-in dogmas from the past, mixed into half-truths gleaned from other self-proclaimed "teachers"...
It is therefore no wonder that there is a "great falling away" in progress! Bil and I have communicated with people who decided to become atheists or agnostics because “they were so disappointed at having been duped all their life”; while still others are on a perpetual merry-go-round of “religion hopping” because they’re looking for something that “feels right” to them.
One of the most serious offenses by Believers is a trend to “reject” Paul … which then leads to rejecting Yeshua, which of course means one has to ultimately reject the entire New Testament.
And then what? Well, they start following Jewish counter-missionary rabbis who make their living taking Christians and Messianics away from the WHOLE Truth, and drawing them into Judaism … for the purpose of “using” those people against those of us who are into YHWH/Yeshua/Torah….
The thing is, PEOPLE are their own worst enemies. Instead of seeking the Ruach and asking God to please help them learn and grow and constantly update their knowledge, they mostly tend to jump straight from one end of the pendulum to the other, totally missing the “middle” yet eagerly accepting what they found “way over on the other side.”
Scripture says this would happen. All we can is to be a LIGHT and pray for our families and friends, while keeping in mind that Matthew 7:13-14 tells us that MOST will NOT be taking that “narrow gate that leads to life.”