In the last 24 hours alone, three religious groups have tried to ‘inform’ me (with their superior insight that my Bible, which consists of 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses and 774,746 words), cannot be trusted to be an accurate or faithful account of what God actually said to His Prophets and Apostles, even though I am told that ALL Scripture is God’s word (1 Tim. 3:16); that Heaven and Earth WILL pass away but NEVER God’s word (Matt. 24:35); that God would PRESERVE His word (Ps. 12:7), because His word is ABOVE His own name (Ps. 12:7; Phil. 2:9-11), and finally I am told that if ANYBODY dares to interfere, add or remove ANY of his God-breathed words, they’d go straight to Hell (Deut. 4:2; 12:32; Pro. 30:6; Jer. 26:2; Rev. 22:18-19).
When such people try to overthrow the faith of a child of God by attempting to weaken their Bible and faith in the Messiah, Jesus said it would be better for such people to never have been born (Mrk. 9:42.) Such people are not friends of God but His enemies, for Satan, is the originator for questioning the accuracy of God’s perfect word (Gen. 3:1), and a leopard never changes his familiar spots (John 8:44).
But the most amazing thing of all is not their utter contempt for His word (most give superficial lip service), but their sheer audacity to have ignorant and unlearned people trade in their faith in the Bible alone, and subsequently trust in their churches, temples or stake houses.
When people query the Bible, I believe that 90% of the time, such people only want to get you into their system and in bondage to their religious superiors. However, when sincere questions are put forward about the Bible and its text, this is to be welcomed, but tragically the majority are out to destroy one’s faith in the finished work of God, because they have long left their own faith (Rev. 2:4), and they want to destroy what’s left of the young and committed Saints of God!
My faith is and will forever be in the Rock that Moses (Deut. 32:31), King David (Ps. 18:31) and the Apostle Paul believed in (1 Cor. 10:1-4.) All other foundations/rocks are sinking sand (Matt. 7:26-27; 16:22-23).
Finally, the atheist Mark Twain was honest enough (and he spoke for all Bible rejecters) when he said that it wasn’t the things in the Bible he didn’t understand that bothered him, but it was the things he did understand; and that is why many reject it, scoff it and blaspheme it.
They simply cannot afford to believe and obey it.
5th August 2006
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