God’s Word?

The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

images-5Since I’ve been a follower of Christ, I have often heard the age old school of thought that questions the validity of the Bible being the inspired Word of God.

Some believe that the Bible is merely a book written by men filled with fictitious stories, inconsistencies and outdated applications.  Some believe that it is a written mixture of both God and man so they pick what parts they pay attention to and discount the rest. Yet others believe that it is only worth noting as a historical book.

So what do you believe?

For me, accepting the entire Bible as the inspired Word of God is not an option, it’s a must.

Those whose opinions feel that the Bible is a book written by men filled with fictitious stories, inconsistencies, outdated applications, and only worthy of being a good historical book is an expected reaction from someone who doesn’t believe in God.  However, the opinion that the Bible is a written mixture of both God and man is a belief (free to pick and choose what part to follow and what not to follow ) in my opinion, breeds:

  1. Dangerous theology
  2. Spiritual instability
  3. Lack of faith
  4. A selfish manipulation of God’s Word to fit into choice obedience and worldview.

One of the opposing argument for this belief is that if scribes wrote it, then there is margin for error.  I would agree – if you are putting your trust in man – but if God inspired it wouldn’t you believe that He has the power to prevent error or the insertion of man’s imperfect influence?

It is puzzling to me that a professed believer in God would hold to the opinion that the Bible is a  written mixture of both God and man. That some of the scriptures are God inspired and others are not.  Greater yet, I find it alarming that there are denominations that adhere to this same philosophy and teach it from their pulpits.

Really?

So just to entertain this belief system for a minute, I have a few questions.

  1. Who decides which of the scriptures are God inspired and which are not?  Are they Theology Professors? Reverends, Pastors, Bishops or Priest? Personal Interpretation or the neighbor next door?
  2. How do they know, beyond a shadow of doubt, that they have accredited the correct scriptures as being the inspired Word of God?
  3. Is it based on their believability, their analytical limitations?  Their respect for a Theologian?
  4. How do they gain spiritual confidence, discernment, and the will of God for their lives?
  5. Who are they placing their trust and faith in? Man, themselves or God?

To pick and choose which scripture verses are the valid Word of God is a dangerous concept for a believer to adopt. It is an inconsistent theology which lends itself to instability, contradictions, and confusion. These attributes are not existing in the character of God. To consider that He would enter into a partnership with it goes against His very nature.  He is not a God of confusion or complication.  He is not a God of contradictions or instability.

I once asked an atheist his opinion concerning this topic and his answer was surprisingly candid.  He said, “If a person believes that there is a God, then adopting the Bible as His book is an absolute.  It either is or isn’t.  To do otherwise is hypocritical.  Believe in God, believe in the Bible….then act upon what you believe.”

I suppose you could say that the unbelieving world looks at this topic simplistically and through a “black and white” view finder.  I would agree.

For me, the Bible is an absolute just like the atheist stated.  It either is the inspired Word of God or it isn’t.  It is the basis for a firm and solid spiritual foundation (the rock in which to build my house). It can be trusted for instruction, correction, and understanding the will and heart of God.

  • 2 Timothy 3:16  All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness.

Yes, it’s written form has been rendered by the hands of scribes, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t God inspired and preserved. To accept this requires faith just like believing in God. When you do, there is no confusion or doubt and the answers to those all encompassing questions that the world longs an answer to are revealed:

  1. Is there a God?
  2. How did the earth get created?
  3. What came first, the chicken or the egg?
  4. What happened to the dinosaurs?
  5. Why can’t we find the “missing link?”
  6. Why don’t we see stages of evolution?
  7. What happens when we die?

John 1:1 :  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 Timothy 3:15 :  And you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:16:   All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness.

2 Peter 1:20 :  First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation.

Hebrews 4:12:   For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

God’s Word – Holy and true.  It’s a book that you can trust and have confidence in.  It is God’s letter given to us and He has a lot to share and say.  Will you take Him at His Word?

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2 thoughts on “God’s Word?

  1. I admire your faith, but to say that the Bible is internally consistent and coherent is simply untrue. It is full of inconsistency and that is something as believers we have to come to terms with.
    You only need to read as far as the second chapter of Genesis to find the first inconsistency. In the first chapter and a bit, we are told how God created the world, including humans, male and female and animals. Then he takes a rest. This creator God is one who speaks and it is done. Then we find a new story to follow. God is walking in a garden. Apparently, he has only got as far as making plants and forgotten he made people and animals. He then makes a single man, some animals and finally a woman. So either God got a bit of memory loss while he rested, and maybe transformed a bit – or what a lot of biblical scholars believe, we are starting the Bible with traditions from two different sources. The editors couldn’t agree which one would be included or excluded, so they both went in.
    Then if we take the Bible as literal, we must also believe that having created the world. God got so pissed off with it, he quite happily destroyed the whole thing in a flood. At this point I think we really have to take stock of what kind of God we believe in.
    Inconsistencies continue throughout the Bible. There are two versions of the 10 commandments (Exodus 20:1-17 and Deut 5:4-21) and while the commands are the same, words have been added and subtracted. So much for the injunction not to change scripture.
    Lay out the four gospels side and side and you will have difficulty getting a consistent timeline of Jesus’ life. Even the events of his death and resurrection differ remarkably.
    And when Paul talks to Timothy of scripture, he has in mind some version of the Hebrew scripture that approximates our Old Testament. The New Testament was still be written and certainly not been compiled or recognised as scripture. And the composition of the Hebrew scriptures was still to some extent in debate.
    So rather than having a carefully transcribed instruction manual direct from God, we have a collection of very important writing, that I do believe are inspired by God. But we have to understand them as representing our own journey to understanding God.
    If anyone tells you they fully understand the Bible and can tell you the overarching story of it – don’t believe them. They have made it up. It is entirely their version of the truth. This is the saving feature of the Bible, that we can’t put the truth of God into a single book. This is what the atheists want us to show and fail to understand when we can’t produce it. They want a god who can be reduced to logic, and who comes with good documentation. That is the kind they could believe in. But rather God is not like that. God is more.
    Blessings on your journey. And thank you for taking time to listen to my rant.

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    • David,
      Genesis 2:4-25 is a retelling of the creation of man mentioned in Genesis 1, but with more detail. Genesis 2:8 does not speak of God’s creation the vegetation that was spoken of in Chapter 1. It speaks about God planting a specific garden for the enjoyment of Adam and Eve.
      The only time God has been spoken of as forgetting is when he saves us and remembers our sin no more. (Hebrews 10:17)
      Mark

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