Let me preface this discussion by saying that anytime I write one of these posts, I am saying what I personally believe. You are free to believe whatever you want; I am only saying what the bible says about various topics. You are free to choose what you believe and what you don’t – but I pray you test your beliefs against the scriptures.
I view the bible as the infallible word of God, despite it being written by man. I also feel that we cannot pick and choose what to believe out of the bible – it is all, or nothing. I place my trust, hopes, and aspirations on the bible. I believe everything that is written in the bible to have happened, or will happen; and that all of it is useful. I believe that many have been led to believe that the bible is fallible, or prone to error. I also believe that many have been led to believe that the bible isn’t true; that only parts of it are. I am going to talk about all of my beliefs and why I believe them. I hope that you will join me, and I hope that if you have concerns, please comment.
I believe God to have written the scriptures, in their entirety, through men via the Holy Spirit. I believe this because God is all powerful and He wants us to prosper in Him. He wants us back, essentially.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
The entire bible is about God, who is jealous, longing for His people, His creation, to love Him. It is one big love story, rife with the longing of a just God who will do anything to have us back, while allowing us the freedom to choose. I believe that if God wants us back so badly, and if He wants us to hear His voice, He will make it happen.
He created the stars, in all their beauty. He created the sunset, all for us to enjoy. He spoke through people who would hear His voice. They listened to Him, and He gave us His word through those that listened. God wrote the bible. Men were the pens, or writing utensils. It is His words, not ours.
I do not see God as a liar. I view Him as the only blameless one there is. He cannot lie, for it is not in His nature. Men lie because men followed satan’s directions in the garden of Eden. We became adversaries against God when the fall happened. Sin entered our being at the fall. He only wants us back, He wants us to follow Him again.
in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, (Titus 1:2 emphasis added)
God’s word to us is held in the bible. Man picked the different books to put in the bible, but again, God put this book together. Even though man falls short, and man is evil:
The LORD works out everything to its proper end… (Proverbs 16:4)
I firmly believe that the bible is put together and composed by God. I will stand by that no matter the opposition to it. I will defend that no matter the persecution it creates. God’s will was set forth in the creation of the 66 books in the bible. Each book was penned by God.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of Godmay be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16,17 NIV, emphasis added)
You have to remember that the scripture the early church had was still the Torah, or Old Testament. What we read in the New Testament is primarily composed of different letters to the various churches (still considered scripture though).
If what I say, based on what the bible says, is true – do you think that we can pick and choose what to believe and follow? I do not think it is possible. I firmly believe that when one does this, they are calling God a liar and casting a shadow of doubt and fallibilty on the rest of the bible, if not the whole bible. They call God a liar because He says that all scripture is useful. There is no way we can say then, that one portion or part of the bible no longer holds value or truth to us. If we do this, we also create two gods, in my opinion – the vengeful yet loving god of the Old Testament, and the cheerful and loving god of the New Testament. The problem with this arises when Jesus holds the same character traits that the god of the Old Testament holds, and vice versa. God and Jesus are one and the same, yet separate at the same time. That topic is for another post though. When we choose to glance over the offensive aspects of Jesus, we are destroying who He is. This is not to say that God is not loving or He doesn’t have grace, because He is and He does. All I am trying to get across is my belief that we must take the entire bible in context, or else it loses all meaning.
For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,
4And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. (2 Timothy 4:3,4 AMP)
Clearly there are false prohpets in the world, they aim to lead us asray. They may not consciously do this but that is the aim of satan, the adversary of God, and he will lead people who follow him.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:11,12 NIV)
I urge you then to test every spirit against the word of God, which is the truth.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. (John 4:1-6)
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2)
Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:17,18)