Clarence Whetstone of Bedford has written a book, "Help Me Understand the Bible."
The son of a preacher, Whetstone said he was immersed in the Bible when he was growing up and has spent his life searching for answers to biblical questions. Although the search is never-ending, he relates a list of questions and answers in the book published by WestBow Press.
The questions are his own, in addition to the questions of participants in Sunday school classes and small groups.
It is written in language for the average reader. Whetstone understands that most readers have major problems comprehending the Bible and therefore become overwhelmed and stop. His interpretation is meant for the average reader, not for scholars, he said.
"If you can read the newspaper, you can understand this book," Whetstone said.
In the book, he discusses: What is the core message of the Bible? What does "Son of Man" mean? Do all parts of the Bible apply to me now? Why are Jesus' parables so confusing? What did Jesus mean by "the kingdom of God?" Is the God of the Old Testament the same as the God of the New Testament?
"The Bible is the written Word of God, but is best understood from the Hebrew perspective," Whetstone said.
Whetstone stresses that to understand the Bible, readers need to consider the culture in which it was written, their understanding of God, the language problems including their figures of speech, and even their different way of thinking.
The book is not denominational. It stresses Jesus' call for unity of his body, the Christian church.
WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC - the world leader in supported self-publishing.
For more information, visit www.cwhetstone.com. In the Bedford area the book can be purchased at Wholesome Living, 107 Railroad St., Bedford; Partners in Rehab, 606 E. Pitt St., Bedford; or at Fringes Hair Salon, 207 N. Spring St., Everett.
It also is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.