Faith, God, Spiritual Life, Theology

Inspired and True

January 8, 2014

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One of the first “Jesus” songs Simon ever learned was The B-I-B-L-E. Like most kids his age, when he first learned it, he wanted to sing the song over and over and over again. With so many repetitions, you begin to really pay attention to what the lyrics say. For those of you who don’t know or remember the song, may I refresh your memory:

The B I B L E. 

Yes, that’s the book for me. 

I stand alone on the Word of God. 

The B I B L E. 

BIBLE!!!

The Bible. Our gateway to the gospel and the primary source from which we as followers of God determine how we live and who we live for. To sing the words “I stand a lone on the Word of God” is a pretty confident thing. In a sense it is declaring that you believe so fully in this book that you stand upon it

solely as the guide for your life. That’s a big statement to make for sure.

But the questions begs, do you really believe the Bible is true? And more importantly, do you believe that it is the inspired word of God himself?

These two questions must be answered and understood surely in our hearts before we could ever move forward in our faith walk with the Lord.

So, is the Bible true and the word of God? Well let’s see…

I’m not a scholar (of course) but the first place any good researcher goes to is the facts. So let me give you some:

– The Bible is a compilation of 66 books written over 1500 hundred years by 44 different writers. 

– Writers consisted of fisherman, doctors, tax collectors, kings, pagans and prophets. 

– The Bible has more archeological evidence to confirm not only its writings, but the things it talks about more than any other religious text in history. 

– Prophecies written in specific detail in the Old testament were fulfilled hundreds of years later and written about in the New Testament (Example: Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. See Micah 5:2)

So how can a book written over so many years with so many different writers, most of whom knew nothing of the other, be so consistent and well-proved? According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17 it’s because “All Scripture is inspired by God..” This means that the writers of each book had their own style, experience, language and background to write from, but as they wrote, the Holy Spirit was helping to orchestrate the phrasing of their words so that it all perfectly wove together to tell the story of His love for us. Pretty cool if I do say so.

2 Timothy 2:13 also tells us that God cannot contradict himself.  He cannot say that He is God and our Savior in a book that is made up and still be considered God. So we must come to the decision that either the Bible is either a book full of lies and fairy tales, or it is in fact true and the word of God. Because it cannot be both. To be both is for God to contradict who He is, and that is not possible.

The Bible is our key. It’s the key that unlocks the door to the love story that sings of Christ’s adoration for us and his quest to bring us home to become his bride. Before we can take a stand on almost anything else of a spiritual nature, we have to know where we stand on this.

We live in a world that says you can have it all. We live in a world that makes you think you never have to choose. But the fact is, you do have to choose. You can’t say “I believe in God but I don’t think the Bible is totally true.” It’s time to make your choice. I choose the love story, what about you?

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  • A Worn Girl January 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Right on: the love story. But that’s not to say I still don’t struggle with questioning the Bible’s content. It can be hard, that’s for sure. The truth is, we’re free to struggle.
    Thank you, Heather. You’re a blessing.

  • Connie Almony (@ConnieAlmony) January 9, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I used to not believe the Bible was the word of God. There was too much in it that I didn’t like. But the more I saw of the world the more I realized God’s Word is true and holds the key. I actually met Bible-believing Christians for the first time in my late twenties (I’m in my late 40s now). I saw people living their faith and it worked in ways that didn’t make sense–because they were God’s ways–and He is so much wiser than I am. All the stuff I had previously held onto never worked … Only God’s ways. I still struggle with stuff, but now I could find Joy in a paper sack if that’s where God wanted me to find it. It’s pretty powerful stuff!!!

  • Charlene January 10, 2014 at 12:54 am

    From what I’ve seen in my near-40 years, and my own shortcomings… The Bible is the one source where God says, “Let us reason together” or “Let’s settle the matter…” Isaiah 1:18. He tells us that he can handle our questions and will give an answer to those who search for him. I tell my kids often that God is strong enough to handle any question we might have, and He isn’t trying to pull the wool over our eyes.