|The Word of God|
In today's world many don't believe in the authority of the Bible or in it's application for today. Its sad to say that most who believe this don't even know the Bible and/or haven't read it. I'll start by saying that most people in the world believe in God or some sort of higher power or powers. I will not discuss here at any length the vain pursuits of these other beliefs in God, other gods, or higher powers. You can learn more about other gods, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit by going to the link below:
You can learn how to judge the various methods of reaching God here:
There are many reasons that these are false. The main problem however, or the root of this issue, deals with people not accepting truth. Many people believe that sincerity or heart felt belief is enough. If that were true, I challenge anyone to believe that they can walk through a solid brick wall through sincere belief. I will accept examples of others if you cannot do it yourself. Or what if I wanted to call my friend on the phone, and his number was 111-1111, and I refused to use that number and wanted to choose my own number to dial and still reach him? No matter how sincere I was, nor how strong my belief system, it would not work. I go a little more into these issues here:
Many also believe that there are no absolute truths (by the way, the idea that there are no absolutes, IS an absolute!). I heard an interesting argument about the absence of absolutes on the radio. If someone says, there are no absolutes, are they absolutely sure? Isn't it an absolute, when you say there are no absolutes? Thus isn't this very logic flawed?
Anyways, the absoluteness of God is what I want to use to lead us into the importance and authority of the word of God, or otherwise known as the Bible.
"God is not a man, that He should lie, neither the Son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction (for what He has promised). Has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?"
"Jesus Christ, the Messiah, (is always) the same, yesterday, today, (yes,) and forever-to the ages."
"Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Your ordinances, for all things are Your servants."
You can see from those scriptures that the Bible and God claim that His word is steadfast.
How can a person really know that God is all powerful? Besides reading the Bible? Well, first of all it takes faith. And what exactly is faith?
"Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation) of things hoped for, being the proof of things (we) do not see and the conviction of their reality-faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses."
Can anything really be proven? Everything takes some faith. Even evolution is faith, despite what the media and scientists say. In fact, it takes greater faith in evolution than creation or in Jesus. Am I just pushing my view? No, we have swallowed what they teach us in faith. Old theories of evolution with hope of future evidence has never panned out. Here is a quote:
Leading geneticist says:
Genetics has no proofs for evolution
‘Genetics has no proofs for evolution. It has trouble explaining it. The closer one looks at the evidence for evolution the less one finds of substance. In fact the theory keeps on postulating evidence, and failing to find it, moves on to other postulates (fossil missing links, natural selection of improved forms, positive mutations, molecular phylogenetic sequences, etc.). This is not science.’
Professor Maciej Giertych, B.A., M.A. Oxon, Ph.D. Toronto, D.Sc. Poznan, Head of Genetics Department, Polish Academy of Scienced, Institute of Dendrology, Poland.
In the Foreward to Creation Rediscovered, by G.J. Keane, Melbourne (Australia), 1991.
Personally I don't need physical evidence for my faith or salvation. But when it comes, it only builds me up. Faith is in the unseen. I've never seen Australia, but I believe it's there. I have faith in maps. However, if you want physical evidences that evolution is not true or evidence of creation then check out my page that links to many of scientific web sites:
Well Ok, maybe God is real, creation is true, but do I know the Bible is accurate? Well that also, takes faith. Faith in an all powerful God. Is God greater than man? Can God keep His Word? It seems okay that we can trust teachers and historians who tell us of things we haven't seen. Let's listen to this at least:
2 Tim 3:14 - 4:4:
"You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned; and that ...you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be complete and proficient, thoroughly equipped for every good work. I charge (you) in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ, ... preach the Word! Be ready in season (and) out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all great patience and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths."
"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible."
Most of us know how the name of Jesus is supposed to be very high, even nonchristians will curse in the name of Jesus in anger. Maybe you are familiar with:
"That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow..."
Well did you know that God has put His Word above His Name?
"...for thou has magnified thy word above all thy name."
You can prove God's Word in 3 ways:
1. Do the word in doctrine and witness truth in your life-
"...'My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself.' "
2. The Holy Spirit will bear witness of Christ (Jesus is the Word of God - John chapter 1)-
" 'When the Comforter is come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me.' "
3. Confirming signs-
"And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the Word by the signs that followed."
The Word of God is very powerful. Either we can dilute it with traditions or receive it with meekness which will save our souls.
" 'Making the Word of God of none effect through your traditions, which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.' "
"...and receive with meekness the word implanted, which is able to save your souls."
I suggest you try the 3 methods above to test God's Word, and see if it is true. I will end this page with a powerful scripture about the Word.
"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."
What about other ways to hear from God? Is there another standard to find the truth by? These answers are further found by clicking on the link below:
What is the Highest Standard to find God with?
What translations are the most accurate? Does God protect His Word from error? Click on the link below for answers:
The Protected & Inspired Word of God
To learn how to interpret the Bible, go here:
How to understand the Bible
There are some who claim Paul is the only Apostle the gentiles should listen to, others claim that Paul is a false prophet. What should we do when some claim some of the Bible is not for us? I tackle this subject on my blog here:
Are Some Books of the Bible not for the Church?
So what does the Bible say about salvation?
The Gospel of Salvation
Dealing with supposed Bible Discrepancies or Contradictions:
Alleged Discrepancies - Choose which book of the Bible to find a supposed "discrepancy"
Countering Biblical Contradictions
Hallway of Questions
On Bible Errors and Contradictions
RESURRECTION OF JESUS PUZZLE
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