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ANSWERING MYTHS ABOUT THE BIBLE PART 5

ANSWERING MYTHS ABOUT THE BIBLE PART 5

In this last post in this series about myths regarding the Bible, I want to look at the link between the information we have examined, and the authority of the Bible. In all of my years as a pastor, I have encountered a lot of folks who have asked for me to read the Bible to them, or to talk about various subjects about God – primarily when doing counseling or hospital visits. Many people find great comfort in the words of the Bible, especially from the book of Psalms. The Psalms speak to our emotions, and deeply connect with many people who are not otherwise deeply religious. The writers of the psalms connect with such a wide range of emotions, it is almost impossible to not find something to connect with as you read them. Even the King James Bible, with its difficult sentence structure and archaic words sounds so beautiful people enjoy hearing it.

But, while there is great admiration for the Bible, this is where it too often ends. As a young man, I even had an English teacher who spoke of the beauty of the literature, despite having no faith in the content. This is why we read the following words in the book of James.

James 1:22-25 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for {once} he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the {law} of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.”

With all that we know about the Bible, I constantly find many folks do not actually read their Bible, and even more who do not do what it says. Whether it is the busyness of their schedule, a struggle with their ability to read, or whatever – there is a serious problem with Bible illiteracy.

1 Peter 2:2 “…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,”

This is Peter’s encouragement, long for, “crave” as one translation puts it, the pure milk of the word. Like the life-sustaining milk that keeps a child alive, we are told to treat the word of God in the same way. If we do not know what is in it, how can we possibly ever live it out? If we do not know what is in it, how do we know what it is we believe? So as a final word to you about God’s word, I encourage you to take the time to know what is in your Bible, and give it its place in your life as the authority over what you believe and how you will live. You will find greater intimacy with God there, and a mature faith based upon knowledge and not simply sentiment.

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If you have any other questions about the Bible, please feel free to message me, or contact me with your questions. I will do my best to answer them.

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ANSWERING MYTHS ABOUT THE BIBLE PART 4