First of all, I believe in the Bible and all it stands for. I believe in everything written in it and through it, for it is the very thing that allows me to know about God and how to be a Christian, especially in these perilous times. So this writing is not an indictment against my faith, or a questioning of the validity of God’s work. Rather, this is the first of a two-part explanation as to why Jesus is the foundation of faith, and how God’s Word ties into that fact. Without this question answered, I cannot comprehend how Jesus is indeed the foundation.
We all know that God’s Word, the Bible, was not written in one sitting. It is a compilation of several (66) books, texts, and manuscripts written NOT by God Himself, but by regular joes like you and me, those who were divinely inspired by God to write these books about the faith, people of faith, tests and trials of faith, and the like. These 66 manuscripts were compiled to become the Bible, the code of conduct and character for Christians old and new.
Because of this, this debate has been going on for generations (and I thank my sister in Christ mysterytopursue for bringing it to light again, for without God’s inspiration to get her to post it up, I never would have followed God’s heart on the matter): is the Bible the Word of God, and how can it be the PERFECT word of God if it was written by IMPERFECT men? With all the different translations that have come out since the manuscripts were written, how can we be sure that the word of God IS the Word of God and not the words of men? And at first, I was on the fence about it, because honestly, I understand that God Himself did not write the Bible with His own hands. He did not get a pen and pad and script the Bible. It was, in fact, written by ordinary people. So how can the Word of God be the ACTUAL Word of God?
So, rather than sit in my own wisdom, I relied on the wisdom of God to tell me what the answer to this is. He showed me something that completely blew my mind and shook my faith to the core. For me, this is life-changing, life-altering, and fundamentally restructuring, because after this, my outlook on faith changed forever. God is the God of yesterday, today, and forevermore. As a result, God is capable of orchestrating massive projects since the existence of time, that transcend time, for He is the only one who can exist in more than one place at one time, and in more than one time period at a time. So if He is God, who has this capability to exist anywhere AND anytime, who else but God can get all these people to write about Him, people who have never met each other and never talked to teach other, and then have all these different manuscripts be scattered across the nations, only to be brought back together CENTURIES after all of them were ever written, and then be hand-picked to represent the fundamental building blocks of the Christian faith?! Who else but God could inspire 30+ authors to write these testimonies about Him, so intricately that everything in it makes SPIRITUAL sense? Who else but God could transcend time, thousands of years, ensuring that His Word remains in tact long enough to be canonized into one book? God is the ONLY one who could orchestrate putting together a single manuscript over the course of thousands of years, the only one who has the power to divinely inspire everyone to write about Him in such a way that would touch the hearts of men and affect their spirits to say that these are the ones that represent Him; the only one who could even preserve the manuscripts long enough to make sure that they made it into the canonization, surviving wars, earthquakes, other disasters, and false translations. That is how I know, and that is how my faith tells me, forces me in fact, to believe that this Bible, this Word of God, is in fact THE Word of God.
But I take it even a step further. Even Jesus Himself quoted the Word of God on several occasions to defeat the enemy, as teaching tools, and as methods of confirmation of His Mission. On many occasions, Jesus said, “It is written…,” and quoted Scripture, the Word of God, that came from His Daddy, and demons fled, Satan ran, and God’s purpose was fulfilled. So if Jesus utilized the written words of men and called them the Word of God, how can the Bible be anything less than the Word of God. Therefore, my answer is YES, the Bible is the Word of God.
So I believe that God’s Word is embedded in the Bible; it is the core of our existence, the reason I am a Christian. It holds the keys to our faith. We have to believe in the Bible as the Word of God, for only with it can we show ourselves approved, workmen who are not ashamed to rightly divide the Word of Truth.
Yet, the issue that arises from this confirmation is: is the Bible the ONLY Word of God? Is it possible for God to give us new Words from Him? Is the Bible the only Word that He has given us? Are there any other Words other than The Bible that are from God Himself? If God can inspire those men with what were fresh words at that time, can God do that for us now? Can God continue to inspire us with fresh words that are His? With all the books, songs, blogs, texts, and the like that come out, have come out, and continue to come out, can we honestly say that God’s Word began and ended in the Bible? Is God not speaking to us and inspiring us to write and speak fresh words?
If this is the case, that God’s Words are being written every day, then what is the purpose of the Bible? What is the purpose of the Bible if it was written so long ago, in a time period that definitely does not match up with the 21st century? What is The Bible to us now?
Let us all go back to the Old Landmark.
To be continued.