It was difficult for me to select a domain name for my
web site. I wanted to pick a name which would reflect the purpose of
the material I was publishing for many to see. As I would consider
new names, I would find they had been used by others. Finally I
asked myself, "What are you hoping to accomplish by developing this
web site?" My primary purpose is to develop understanding in my
visitors. However, "www.understanding.com" was not the
domain name I desired. I turned to the Bible to see what Greek word
the writers of the scriptures
had used when they wished to convey the idea of "understanding"
(or the lack thereof) to their listeners. The word was noeo.
(no-eh'-o) translated into English means "to exercise the mind; to
comprehend; heed." (Strong's exhaustive concordance of the Bible).
The English words used for noeo by the translators of the KJV are
"consider, perceive, think, understand." This word
perfectly describes my goal for you as you visit my site. I want you
to think about what the scriptures are saying. As you apply
your mental abilities to the study of God's Word, you will develop a true understanding
of the scriptures and, with application fully to your life, will achieve
your goal of spending eternity in heaven with the Lord after you pass from
this life to the next. We will spend quite some time considering the
application of God's Word. As we do, we will explore the meaning of
the Greek word for believe: pisteuo.
Please put away all preconceived ideas about what God's Word says.
I say this for two reasons: If your preconceived ideas are correct,
you will develop even more confidence in their legitimacy as you see them
validated in the scriptures. However, if they are wrong, they will
do nothing other than keep you from truly understanding God's plan for
Here are a list of the scriptures from the New Testament
using the word noeo:
Each of the scriptures is linked to the
Bible Gateway. Each is only the verse containing the word noeo.
I strongly encourage you to study each of these verses in their
context (determined by study of the verses preceding and following the
linked verse) in order to noeo the usage of the word in that verse.
You will be amazed at what you learn.