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Have We Forgotten God’s Word ‘The Bible’

Word of God copy Is the Bible really the inspired word of God? Was it accurately preserved for thousands of years as a unique revelation from the Creator of the universe? Or is it just a collection of humanly devised myths and fables? Can we trust Scripture? Is the Bible vital and relevant today? The more you learn about Scripture, the more you will realize that you can believe the Bible, because it has been inspired by an Almighty God who is alive today! It is written in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God inspired the biblical writers to use their own styles to write what God wanted them to write. How can we know whether the text of the Bible has been preserved accurately down through the centuries? Is it logical to believe that a book written by more than 40 authors in different locations over 1,500 years can be trustworthy? When God revealed His laws to their ancestors, they were given a mandate: “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it… be careful to observe them [the statutes of God]… teach them to your children and your grandchildren” (Deuteronomy 4:1–10). History clearly shows how this has occurred. The Bible provides its own account of how Scripture was preserved and used over generations.

Discovering the truth about the Bible could prove to be one of the most important and exciting adventures you have ever embarked upon. Although critics attack the Bible, the Bible contains a dimension of knowledge that is almost totally missing from our modern world. The Bible reveals the true purpose of life. Bible prophecies not only foretold the rise and fall of ancient nations; they also explain the real significance of world events making headlines today and where those events are heading. In 2 Peter 1:20-21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

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Have we today produced such a profound shift in attitudes toward the Bible and belief in Scripture? Are we searching everywhere else for answers found clearly in the Bible? Do we fail to recognize that the Bible contains prophecies clearly revealing the course of world history, and even the future of specific nations? Why have we chosen to ignore a book that reveals essential details about the future and explains the way to peace and the ultimate purpose for human existence? Many people today are simply unaware of discoveries that continue to confirm the historical accuracy of Scripture, and how the Bible is unique, and what amazing features distinguish it from all other religious books. Many do not understand that biblical laws and teachings provided the basis for social values and legal systems throughout the world for centuries. It is impossible to govern the world without God and His word the ‘Bible’. There has been a steep decline in biblical principles and respect for the Bible. There is a pervading notion that the Bible is just another book, and that its teachings are archaic, outdated and irrelevant to our modern lives.

We put on US coins “In God We Trust”, yet our political and judicial leaders often look for “guidance” about big problems almost everywhere else except consulting the Holy Bible—the inspired Word of God. Instead of obeying God, we have become rebellious taking upon ourselves the judgment of what is right and what is wrong. Have we forgotten to teach the children the way of God? Let’s bring back prayer for the children giving them a foundation in Christ! Teach the children at a young age, of Christ, how to pray and the words of our Holy Father, and how it can be part of their daily lives. Proverbs 22:6 says “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

When in Doubt Open the Bible copy The Apostle Paul did not encourage first century Christians to “just believe” in Jesus and merely accept the teachings of the Bible and Christianity “on faith.” Instead, he told his audiences, “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Paul urged people to check into the facts and believe what they could prove to be true! His admonition reflects Old Testament passages where God challenged the ancient Israelites to “prove Me now… if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:8–10). God urged Israel to put His promises to the test, and promised that He would bless them, to prove that He was real and that His promises were true! Paul wrote that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). The Apostle Peter emphasized the credibility of Scripture and of the Christian message when he wrote: “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16). Peter also warned his readers to “be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets” because “scoffers will come in the last days” questioning and ridiculing Scripture. Why don’t we consult the Bible, the inspired Word of the one true God, which gives us instruction on every basic topic affecting our relations with God and one another? Romans 15:4 says “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Matthew 4_4 copyThe Bible clearly reveals that the apostolic writers were advocates of Scripture, and of the teachings of the Christian faith! They knew that they were preaching the truth! Their approach followed the example of their teacher, Jesus Christ. Jesus knew the Word of God from a young age and there are clear instances in our Lord’s life when He declared the authorship of the Bible. The New Testament shows that Christ’s manner of preaching surprised His audiences. “And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:28–29). In Luke 24:44-45, He spoke to disciples saying “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” “And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” Not only does the Bible claim to be divinely inspired, it is the ultimate source of truth, revealed by the one true God. The Apostle John wrote, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). David wrote, “Your law is truth… all Your commandments are truth… The entirety of Your word is truth” (Psalm 119:142, 151, 160). Jesus said inMatthew 4:4 “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Proverbs 19_21 copy Today, many people live in a materialistic world of affluence and abundance. More people enjoy a higher standard of living today than at any other time in human history. The Bible reveals that God created humans so that they could learn to manage the earth (Genesis 1:26–28; 2:15), and build character by learning to discern right from wrong (Genesis 2:16–17). According to Scripture, God established the institutions of marriage and family (Genesis 2:18–24). He also established roles in marriage and revealed important guidelines so that these divinely ordained institutions would function smoothly and successfully (Matthew 19:3–9; Ephesians 5:22–33; 6:1–4; 1 Timothy 2:8–15; 1 Peter 3:1–7).

No human being can predict the future and bring it to pass on the scale that the God of the Bible can—and has, and will! In our modern age, many seriously doubt or openly disbelieve that an all-powerful supernatural God inspired the Scriptures. The continued existence of the Bible under such adverse and hostile conditions offers strong support that an all-powerful God inspired such biblical statements as “the word of the Lord endures forever” and “My counsel shall stand.” Written in Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,” “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”

Lamp to my Feet_copyThe Bible clearly reveals that there will come a day when Jesus will return to Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:4). He will take charge of the kingdoms of this world (Revelation 11:15–18) and set up a world government that will bring true justice, righteousness and lasting peace to this planet. If we can “foresee” an approaching storm or tornado through the weather warning system analyzing meteorological factors like air pressure and temperature; we can trust to “foresee” spiritual matters, the warning system is the Bible. The Holy scriptures analyze factors like increasing sin, violence and hatred, and declining morality, which will bring about great suffering and, ultimately, God’s intervention in world affairs to put a stop to it. We must turn to the Word of God and by the power of God’s Spirit and the gospel, line our feelings up with God’s Word and truth. When we look around the world, we see a society of people leaning on their own understanding and walking around in spiritual darkness.

When we read God’s word and follow His commandments, our paths are well lit and clearly marked, and we can walk through life with clearly-defined boundaries and expectations. When we know that we are doing right in our obedience to God and His law, we are safe and secure. Just think of how much better this world would be if everyone chose to walk in the well-lit path of righteousness—no more crime, no more hatred and hostility, and no more spiritual confusion. The Bible says in Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Also, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5–6). The Creator of male and female, heaven and earth, has chiseled all related truths into reality and recorded them in the Bible. God’s words are not only “firmly fixed in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89), they also uphold those heavens.

Dusty-Bible-copy Let us daily seek God’s will for our lives by feeding on ‘His bread’, His word, the Bible. The Bible shows from various perspectives the need for spiritual food that only God, through Jesus Christ, can provide. Remember the “bread from heaven” is always plentiful in the pages of the Bible, you have only to gather it each day. Jesus indicated that we should “feed” on Him and genuinely study His words which “are spirit and they are life.” Be as Daniel and many other great servants of the true God in genuinely “seeking” your Creator and His will for guidance and His mercy for your life. Let us learn to obey our Creator as Jesus Christ said so many times, and so surrender to God. Jesus Christ literally lives within us the same faithful, obedient life that He lived on this earth, which is through the Holy Spirit. Christ in person was the reliable living Word. The Bible is the written word of God. The Bible is truth!

The Bible demonstrates that mankind has failed to follow God’s instructions, resulting in horrendous consequences, necessitating the Creator God Himself paying the death penalty in the form of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, to save us. We can say, though Satan is a master at sowing division amongst mankind, the Bible gives us awareness of his existence and reveals his tactics of strife and division so that we may avoid them (2 Corinthians 2:11, Ephesians 4:27). The Bible’s central message will always endure because it speaks authoritatively to the human condition, and can reach right to the heart, and the spirit, of every human being. If you find something in God’s teachings that may cause you to lose favor with others, will you pull back, disregard it and, consequently, disobey? Take time to learn His ways by studying the Bible. Do not worry about “what other people think.”

Though many today refuse any guidance that would “cramp their style,” a loving God continues to call out “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). Will you heed God’s enduring call? “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6)

Why not trust in God’s Word ‘The Bible’ for it reveals how God thinks, and how He is. Learn to “feed on Christ” (John 6:57) and drink in of the mind of God and learn to think as God thinks! Remove the dust from this unread book and read His words and let the words remove the dust from your heart.

May God help all of you learn to truly “seek” God during the most upsetting, traumatic and difficult years ahead. Then, God will undoubtedly open your mind to understand His will—if you truly seek Him with all your heart, mind and soul and are willing to actually do what He says in His inspired word. The Bible is truly the “very Word of God”!