Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Biblical Handwriting Analysis

Angie here:

Did you  know Paul used his handwriting to prove his identity? Would friends and family know how to identify you simply from the look of your handwriting?

Can you tell it's me by my handwriting?
2 Thessalonians 3: 17 "I, Paul, am writing this greeting with my own hand. This verifies that the letter is from me, as in every letter of mine." Paul's suggesting his letter be submitted for handwriting analysis. Look! See this is my handwriting to prove I wrote this letter. It's that important!

Have you noticed this verse before? I've read this book of the Bible, but never caught the significance of this statement. He's actually telling the Thessalonians to compare his handwriting to prove the letter is from him. (There's a great reason to send a handwritten note rather than an email!) In fact, he personally wrote every letter to the Thessalonians. He didn't use a scribe which was standard in those days. The messages he sent to these people were so important, Paul did not leave it to someone else to do. He wanted the recipients to know the letters were authentic so he started the first biblical handwriting analysis to provide the proof.

In fact in this chapter, Paul warns the people of falsehoods and to avoid believing things that aren't in keeping with what they've been told before. This is something we can do too. If new teaching doesn't match the blueprint, question it. Test the teaching against the foundation of the teaching.

How might this apply today?
How might this apply with new "enlightened" social mores?


8 comments:

  1. That is so interesting Angie! I know I can identify people by their handwriting :) And parents have to keep that in mind when gifts from Santa appear :)

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  2. Ang, I've read that book as well more than once and never picked up on that. Everything we do is so important as to who we are. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Hi Angie,
    I guess I saw humor here 'cause I have such a terrible handwriting and am "teased" so much about it!!!
    Seriously, I plan to re-read Thess.

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  4. I've been surprised at the new things I missed before since I started reading chronologically. I'm picking a new perspective to study the Bible now. I did the YouVersion.com this year on my phone. It's been amazing. I change translations as I need to to better understand. I have 33 days left on the chronological and then will choose a new study style to keep learning. I'll stick with it on my phone but I have a Bible handy at home. The phone can travel with me though :) I wonder how Paul would do it if he were sending letters in this electronic era?

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  5. This is so interesting. I will for sure get my bible out to check this out again. Thanks

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  6. I'm so glad you are checking it out :-) That's exactly what Paul would have wanted!
    Angie

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  7. Interesting, Angie! I don't remember ever noticing that before! Thanks for the insight!

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  8. Handwriting analysis is an effective and reliable indicator of personality and behavior, and so is a useful tool for many organizational processes, for example: recruitment, interviewing and selection, team-building, counseling, and career-planning. I as personal use such analysis before recruiting and making business deals

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