FINDING ALL THE ANSWERS
SOME GO TO PSYHICS, SOME TRY A QUIJA BOARD, SOME TRUST A PSYCHIATRIST, SOME THINK THEIR POLITICAL PARTY HAS ALL THE ANSWERS. YET THERE IS SOURCE OF ANSWERS FAR EXCEEDING THE LIES OF THOSE FORMER WAYS.
The Bible is the record of God’s actions and words, given from God to His prophets. These persons of God were to record and propagate this message for the generations. The Bible begins with ‘In the beginning, God... and God said...” Since it is a message from the Divine Godhead, to finite mankind, we need to very seriously examine its message.
God has spoken. (Genesis 1:1,3) A God Who can create us, can also talk to us. We should desire to know what He has to say.
“God, Who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son.”
The Bible is the revelation of God’s will. The Bible is not man’s attempt to find God, but God’s attempt to speak to mankind. There is ample proof that the Bible is God’s Word. There is unity of the 66 books over a span of 2000 years in the writing. There are miracles that came in confirmation of the preached Word. There are irrefutable fulfillments of Bible prophecies. The grand scope of the Book sets it apart from all other books. The influence of the Bible during the centuries is awesome. The scientific and historical accuracy is flawless. There is an excellent moral tone, that exceeds any manmade moral goals.
II Peter 1:21
“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 Spirit...”
I Corinthians 14:37
“If any man think himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.”
The Bible is accurately translated. The bulk of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, and the bulk of the New Testament was written in Greek. There are no errors in copyists, or omission that affect any doctrine. The most ancient copies found (amidst the Dead Sea Scrolls, for instance) are shown to be the same as those copies of later origin, so that the translations we have, can be trusted to have been done from valid copies.
The Bible is infallible. Since principle two is that the Bible is God’s revelation, and principle three is that it is accurately copied through the ages in the original languages, we can say that the message of God in those original languages is infallible. Some translations, have errors of translation, or misconceptions due to changing connotations of words. Yet, when going to the original language to verify the message of translations, we find the original to be the infallible Word of God.
The Bible is intelligible. We can understand it. The Bible is a ‘revelation’, meant to reveal, not conceal.
“...whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning...”
The mysteries of God are no longer to be mysteries. There are things and concepts that our finite minds may not yet be able to comprehend, but that is not what the Bible is speaking. The Bible is God’s attempt to tell mankind what mankind is able to receive. God’s Word does not surpass mankind’s reason. God did not have the Bible written to tease mankind with ‘non-understandable’ truths.
“Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.”
II Timothy 2:7, 15
“Consider what I say, and the Lord give thee understanding in all things... study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of God...”
The Bible (rightly understood) is authoritative. We need to beware error, for some things do require a bit of study. But when we correctly have studied and harmonized the message of one part with the totality of the Bible’s truths, then we can trust this authoritative passage.
I Peter 3:16
“...some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
Some wrestle with passages, allowing misconception and improper exegesis to bring them to error. Many have stumbled in understanding the real message of the Bible. Even in Jesus’ first coming, some listened to His message and ignored the truth of what was said.
“For the people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time, they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand, and be converted, and I should heal them.”
The authority of the Bible demands submission. When God spoke, “Let there be light”... nature responded, and light came. When we read in the Word, study to verify its message, and know that God is commanding us to certain things... we must submit to it, or be judged for our errant free will decision.
The Bible speaks much of those who do not submit to the teachings of the Word.
“unto them that are contentious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation, wrath, tribulation, and anguish”... shall come.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God...”
“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always resist the Holy Spirit...”
II Corinthians 4:3-44
“But if the gospel be hid, it is hidden from them that are lost, in whom the god of this world, hath blinded the minds of them who believe not, lest the light of this glorious gospel of Christ should shine unto them.”
II Thessalonians 2:8-12
“For this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that they might be damned who believed not the truth.”
II Timothy 4:3-4
“the time will come when men shall not endure sound doctrine... shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables...”
The Bible can be ‘light’ to us, and yet still be ‘darkness’ to many others. We are to live in the light of the Words of God.
“The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”
This light from the Word of God is to aid us in our working.
“I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day.”
This light aids us in our war against evil and the devil.
“...let us put on the armor of light...”
We are to daily walk in the light that comes from God’s Word.
‘Walk as children of the light...”
We are to witness this light from the Word of God to the rest of the world.
“Shine as lights in the world...”
We are to use the light from the Word of God to enlighten our watching for Jesus to return.
I Thessalonians 5:5-6
“We are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober.”
Yet, many are in the dark about the Bible. Many find the Bible to be dark to them.. Why??? The Bible is the most persecuted of books, and for that reason, proper exegesis is required, or we make areas of attack for the persecutors.. ‘Holy men of God’ wrote down the words inspired by the Spirit, and yet unlearned, untrained people try to defend it, and often create more confusion and darkness than enlightenment. We are told therefore, to ‘study to show ourselves approved of God, rightly dividing the Word of God.”
Disobeyers of that command have brought shame to the faith.
Some darkness is due to the fact that some passages are difficult to understand. Peter, speaking of some of Paul’s writings, said: ‘are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures unto their own destruction.” (II Peter 3:16)
Those who are unlearned in hermeneutical knowledge often twist, misapply, misconstrue, and err in interpretation. Sometimes this is even purposeful, with the intent to validate a chosen dogma. When these untaught in hermeneutics do such, they often drag many others with them to destruction.
We need to shun error, for much is being taught. False doctrines are like cancers to the truth. They should be (as cancers found in a body are) identified, avoided, discarded.
Some who do not shun error are ‘ever learning, but never able to come to knowledge of the truth’ (II Timothy 3:7). Some ‘corrupt the Word’ (II Corinthians 2:17). Some ‘pervert the gospel’ (Galatians 1:6-8). Some ‘lie in wait to deceive’ (Ephesians 4:14). Some ‘beguile you with enticing words” (Colossians 2:4). Some will ‘spoil you though philosophy ... after the traditions of men’ (Colossians 2:8). Some will ‘consent not to wholesome words... doting about questions and strifes of words’ (I Timothy 6:3-5).
Some will ‘strive about words to no profit” (II Timothy 2:14-16). Some ‘teach things which they ought not’ (Titus 1:10-14). Some ‘bring in damnable heresies” (II Peter 2:1-3). Finally, we are also warned that some ‘transgress and abide not in the doctrine of Christ’ (II John 7-11)
God allows people to do any of those things, if they persist. He has sent some prophets, apostles, teachers, etc... to attempt to persuade them from error, but often mankind resist the conviction of the Spirit through their words, and the end result is damnation.
II Thessalonians 2:10-12
“...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Alleged discrepancies of the Bible, are a chosen excuse of many of these, to explain their ‘darkness’ and rejection of the truth. Discrepancies do not exist between the Bible and true science. The Bible is scientifically correct. The Creator, its Author, is certainly aware of the nature of this awesome creation.
These alleged discrepancies do arise due to fallacious interpretation and immature conclusions. Some is due to the ‘delusion’ sent from God, due to their rejection of the plain message of the Word.
Theories of science do seem to contradict the Bible, but when the evidence does come in, it has always been the Bible that has proven to be scientific and true. In every case of archaeological discrepancies, the Bible has proven correct, and the so-called discrepancies disappear.
Some try to contend human authors were ‘ignorant and unlearned men’ (Acts 4:13), and therefore, sceptics charge, their writings are errant. But the Bible’s Author is God, and inspired secretaries put in writing an inerrant book.. And every word, every ‘jot and tittle’ is God-breathed.