Is The Bible From God?
The real tragedy is that people really question whether the Bible is the product of God or of a deep dark conspiracy by the church of years ago to control the masses and minds of its adherents. Many people would really like to see the Bible proven to be a work of man. That would mean there would be no divine authority surrounding it. It would also mean that morality would become subjective, and that there would be no everlasting punishment for disobedience of God’s laws.
But, if the Bible is from God there are several things we must consider.
1. There is a God, and all people in the world are personally responsible for the way they respond to Him in their obedience to His commandments.
2. Everyone in the world will be judged by the contents of the Bible. The Bible will be one of the books opened on Judgment day, and will be the standard of our judgment.
3. Everyone must look at its contents and make choices about how they will respond to it. This is why we are commanded to learn His word (2 Tim 3:15).
4. Everyone will one day bow to Jesus Christ who is "King of Kings and Lord of Lords." (Phil 2:10-11). It would be better to do this in this life, than be forced to admit this before being sent into everlasting punishment.
5. Every statement and every thing in it is absolutely true and cannot be contested by any man or group of men. John 8:32 tells us that it is the “TRUTH”, and the truth will set you free from sin. Jesus prayed to God and acknowledged that His word is truth (John 17:17).
6. The beginning of man was through creation and not chaotic chance or evolution. While it may be politically incorrect to mention creation, it does not change the fact that God created the heavens and the earth, and that God made man in His image. That means that God gave man a brain with the capacity to think for himself, and make decisions upon sound judgment.
I believe that many of you who read these articles from our church to the community believe that the Bible is the Word of God and fully reveals the mind and will of God. Many of you belong to churches that have catechisms and manuals and creed books that assert the Bible is God’s word. Yet the Bible says not to add to it, and what is a creed book but an addition to God’s word. Why do you need a creed book when you have the Bible? All we use is the Bible, and we try very hard to follow book chapter and verse for everything we practice and teach.
The Bible teaches there are consequences for disobedience, but most people live like those consequences do not exist. Even Bible believers behave like the world when it comes to respecting the authority of the Bible in matters of religious doctrine, teaching, and practice.
The Bible teaches us to love our spouses, our children, our neighbors, and our enemies, yet hatred is practiced in many diverse ways in our society. This should not be, and is certainly not liked by God.
The Bible teaches servitude is the best form of obedience, but many demand to be served by God instead of serving God.
Some in the religious community seek to reason how they can still receive His blessings without obedience to His commands. Many still teach lies and errors and their followers will suffer eternal torment for such. You had better be sure about your beliefs and your decision to obey God or man.
One more thing the Bible does is to give hope to those who believe God and those who obey God. The hope is that we will receive an eternal bliss in Heaven with God. Hebrews 5:8-9 teaches us that Christ is the author of eternal salvation to all those who obey Him.
We know that God is not willing that any perish (2 Peter 3:9). You must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and died on the cross for your sins. (Acts 8:37). You must repent of your sins (Luke 13:3), you must confess Jesus as Lord (Matthew 10:32) and you must be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). Then you must remain faithful and continue learning how to serve God (2 Peter 3:18). Let us help you on your spiritual journey. May God bless you in your study of His word.
Please visit us at the Eastside church of Christ in Ranger. We meet at the corner of Strawn Rd and Young St. Our Sunday assembly times are 10:45 and 5:00. Our classes are at 9:45 am Sunday and 7:00pm Wednesday.
By Carey Scott 8/24/2011
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