Many books and television programs are not accurately representing the Bible !
How often have you heard it said, “The Bible was written by men….. to control the way that people think.”
If this were true…. it would lead to the conclusion that NOTHING is “trustworthy”…. all humans on the planet “victims of brainwashing”…… religion, television, radio, books…. ALL human attempts to CONTROL the way people think…. and therefore by extension, the way they live their lives…. for “as he thinks in his heart, so is he….” (Proverbs 23:7).
Even the person who BELIEVES the above to be true…. has merely been DUPED by somebody else, because this IDEA itself… and whatever follows from it….. is as much, as anybody else’s BELIEF. “But without FAITH it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6)…. EVERYTHING starts with a BELIEF…. SOME kind of belief in SOMETHING !
The LOGICAL CONCLUSIONS that come from the idea that “the Bible was written by men to control the way that people think” are:
1. That there is NO GOD… NO ABSOLUTE “RIGHT” or “WRONG” about anything…. that heaven , hell, good and evil are all just “ideas of men”.
2. That MAN is supreme…. or rather, the MAN that is able to “fool” everybody else (and therefore gain “CONTROL” over them) is the supreme one.
The amusing aspect of this whole line of “reasoning” is that the ATHEIST….. BELIEVES there is no GOD with as much FANATACISM as the Christian believes in Christ…. and does everything in his power to PROVE his case to all other humans…… hence the pre-occupation of “intelligent” academics with EVOLUTION…. trying to convince lesser mortals that everybody “originated from slime by a mere accident”, when there is NOT ONE SHRED of true “scientific” PROOF to support such a ridiculous IDEA. But the Bible has something to say about that too…. “Professing to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:22)
But what about CHRIST ? …… the central argument over Christ concerns his DEITY….. and many “churches” today don’t really believe that JESUS CHRIST IS GOD….. the Jewish authorities did not believe it either even though they believed in God.
UNFORTUNATELY believing in GOD is NOT ENOUGH…. it is only a starting point…. it is what you think of CHRIST that matters…. for Jesus says, “…. if you do not believe that I am HE, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24) And as I have said, in previous posts, any analysis of the words spoken by Jesus Christ can only lead to one of two possible conclusions.
1. HE is DEITY (in flesh appearing)
2. He is a DECEIVER… of the worst kind… claiming to be God when he is a mere man (and this is exactly what the Jews accused Him of). “… “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, BEING A MAN, make yourself GOD” (John 10:33)
There is NO MIDDLE POSITION…. He is NOT a “great teacher” ….. He is NOT a “prophet”….. He is NOT a “good and holy man”…. HE IS GOD.
My friends, He is GOD…. or else, he is a blashemous, lying, deceiver….. and it is YOU who have to decide for yourself….. but if you decide that He is GOD, it calls for some ACTION on your part…. because He said, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say ?” (Luke 6:46)
Having believed … we REPENT (judge our sin as sin… and turn away from it)…. and exercise SAVING FAITH…. that is BELIEVING that Christ has paid the penalty for our wickedness… and BELIEVING that He WILL deliver us from all the sinful habits that we cannot free ourselves from (without His help)…. as you read and study His words and exercise FAITH when you pray you will find yourself delivered…. and you will marvel at it, because you will realize that a SUPERNATURAL power at work in your life…. you will Praise God… because His Holy Spirit will enable change in your life.
…after all this you will KNOW the TRUTH of the BIBLE…. and it will not be “just another book to be discussed…. and argued over (about who wrote it and why)”….. you will UNDERSTAND it when you read it…. and KNOW that it is the TRUTH revealed by GOD….. and it is God Himself who will give you this “knowledge”.
But it all starts with FAITH IN GOD….. and in HIS CHRIST….. and that word “faith” is something that “educated” academics have no use for because they are taught to analyze and reason according to HUMAN logic and wisdom…. HOWEVER “that your faith should NOT be in the wisdom of men but in the power of GOD.” (1 Corinthians 2:5)
Even academics have faith… but it is faith in what other men have “written” and “researched”… and it is faith in their own ability to be “objective” about what they read and study !
Even though the writing of the Bible was done by humans…. the KNOWLEDGE of what is written down by them DID NOT ORIGINATE with them…. such knowledge was given them by INSPIRATION, VISION, REVELATION or DREAM….. and futhermore, the FACT that the Bible contains the work of MANY humans (who did not know one another or “collaborate” in any way) ….. it is “remarkable” (humanly speaking) that all these different people from different times and different places could write the SAME things…. ADD to stuff that was already written… and that we could end up with a Book that “makes” SENSE…. when they did NOT know each other and had no way of reading each others work or “collaborating” in any way whatsoever…. therefore the CONTENT of the BIBLE is a supernatural revelation of GOD to the WHOLE HUMAN RACE of what HE expects of them, where they came from….. and where they are ultimately going.
Prayer for Today:
Loving Heavenly Father, it is not our place, as created beings, to “analyze and understand” You before accepting Your existence or authority….. because You are much Greater than us…. YOU are the Creator and we the creature…. therefore it is not wrong for You to EXPECT our love and obedience…. help somebody today to come to You in FAITH and then show forth Your power in their life… in Jesus name … Amen.