Is the Bible Really the Word of God?--Part 1

When it comes to answering the above question, I believe there are three kinds of people to consider: 1.) The true follower of Christ has an absolute assurance that the Bible is the Word of God because he has studied it and has applied its principles to life situations. The question for him has been settled in the affirmative; 2.) The seeker has a true desire to find the truth and is willing to honestly investigate the claims of the Bible for himself; 3.) The critic will look at the facts through distorted eyes that only allow him to see what he wants to see. When there is a desire to discredit the Bible and/or God nothing will stand in his way. It is not to him that I am writing.

In Part One, we will offer no proof for the origin of Scripture, but we will first look at what the Bible says about itself.The Bible is just as relevant as it was 3,500 years ago and never makes an attempt to defend itself. There is no need to. We do, however read of the promise of preservation in Psalm 12:6, 7--"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."

Even Christians today question the validity of the Bible. Like Jehudi of old, they take the parts they don't like and throw them into the fire (Jeremiah 36:23), but II Timothy 3:16 gives a different thought. All Scripture is given by inspiration. That is, Scripture is God-breathed--from the very breath of God. Every last jot and tittle comes from God Himself and is given for our benefit. From a practical viewpoint, we are to live by every Word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).

Notice I Peter 1:20, 21. "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 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 Ghost."

First thing--Scripture does not have a private interpretation. Everyone can know it and understand it through the teaching of the Holy Spirit and it has the same doctrinal meaning to everyone. God is saying the same thing to Lutherans, Mormons, Baptists, Catholics, and anyone else who reads the Bible. It makes me wonder why we have so many different denominations. God's Word is the same for all without any of the denominational spins.

Secondly, realize that holy men spoke and recorded God's message as it was given to them by the Holy Ghost. It was not their philosophy, not their beliefs, but God's Word transmitted to them. For the Christian, this should be easy enough to understand. For the true seeker, we will look at some other proofs in Part Two.


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ama83 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

I remember learning, in a Bible class, that the Bible was written by several different authors who had His word "transmitted" to them. Though this may at first seem disheartening to some people, it is actually quite logical, when we come to realize the magnitude of what is in the Bible. It would have been a lot of work for one individual.

I think this is what discourages some people. It's just another reason to see multiple interpretations of the Bible. However, people do have to realize that contents of the Bible came from the same source - God. Besides, humans are given intelligence and free will, which is what allows us to have differing interpretations. I don't see how this is necessarily a bad thing.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks ama for your input. I'm working on a hub that addresses that very thought. With all the differences in interpretations, all of them cannot be the truth. Truth stands in and of and by itself and cannot be changed. Thanks for getting me started.


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the pink umbrella 6 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

One must question why Mormons have another 'bible' they would prefer to use rather than the 'holy Bible' ~ and why Catholics have the Aprocrypha no other bible-believing denomination has? This could be a portion of the reason for major 'Christian' doctrinal differences... Looking forward to your next hub :-) God bless.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good point, JD. If the final authority isn't God's Word alone, then what do we really have that's trustworthy?


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Lifegate- You hit the nail on the head when you wrote about how true believers have this issue settled because of their experience of applying the word and God confirming it is true. I have what I call "God sightings" all the time. He does not hide Himself from His children. Looking forward to reading part 2!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Fred, thank God He doesn't hide from us and that He is easily accessible. I also think He doesn't hide from those who are not His children as well. They just don't take the time to see.


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temiprice 6 years ago

When the Bible talks about "the word of God", do you think it is talking about itself? How could that be? The Bible as we know it was not compiled until hundreds of years later. So the question becomes, when the Bible talks about the word of God, what is it talking about?

Please understand, I am not questioning the authority of scripture - or whether the Bible is inspired by God. I am not.

But since the title of this hub is: "Is the Bible the word of God?" I have to answer "no" if you are talking about the word of God referred to in scripture.

My concern is that many christians are coming to treat the Bible as almost a part of the trinity - instead of a tool used by the Holy Spirit to direct us.

I would much rather tell a non-believer about the grace and peace I find in knowing my Heavenly Father than argue about whether the Bible is perfect or not.

And if I don't believe the Bible is perfect, am I not a "true believer" though I have accepted Jesus as my savior and enjoy the fellowship of the Spirit?


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Temiprice, when I speak of the Bible as the Word of God, I'm referring to the fact that God has spoken directly to us through holy men of God as He led them to write the pages of what we now call the Bible. Parts 4-6 will explain this better. I hope that helps for now.


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temiprice 6 years ago

Thanks lifegate,

I hope I don't sound like I'm trying to split hairs. Just seems like so many people use such circular reasoning in defending the Bible, it's almost embarassing. Plus, some never look for the word of God as described in the Bible because they've heard the Bible referred to in those terms so many times.

Kudos on taking on this subject. I have thought about writing a hub on what the Bible means to me - but am frankly afraid I wouldn't be able to find words to describe it properly - and would probably take fire from every direction without benefiting anyone.

May God give you wisdom and joy in this endeavor. I look forward to reading more.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks temiprice.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

The Bible is definitely the Word of God. Yet there are many divisions in the Church because of disbelief in each other.

See: 40,965 DENOMINATIONS FOLLOW JESUS

http://hubpages.com/t/bef8e

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/40965denom...


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Yes einron, that is the problem.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

voted up & beautiful! I'm glad I came back Bro

God is good, ALL the time; look forward to reading more...

Blessings to you & yours.


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v_kahleranderson 6 years ago from San Jose, California

Good evening Lifegate!

This is one of the toughest topics we deal with as Christians. "Men wrote the Bible, and men are always wrong and open to make mistakes!"

When faced with a situation like that, I find it is always best not to allow that individual to corner you. They are only looking for an argument, or, through them, Satan looking to put us in position to question God's Word.

When we are faced with very difficult times, many Christians (I included) face moments of weakness and so question His Word. But, praise the Lord, in the end, He always leads me back to win the fight. And there will be many other battles, I have no doubt. :)

Wonderful Hub! May God bless you and keep you writing His Word.

VKA


Donna Ferrier 6 years ago

Amen, Lifegate. I was just thinking about a friend of mine this morning who goes to a very "liberal" church (liberal, as in the way we would use the word today). She tends to measure truth by experience (i.e., if it has longevity, if I see "good things" come out of it, etc., "it must be the truth"). I think that's very dangerous ground to tread on. After all, if you want to talk about longevity, the father of lies has been around for thousands of years. But that's what happens when people disregard scripture or only pick out the parts they like and reject everything else, or say, "that's culture based, so it doesn't apply to us" when they don't like something. Or, like the friend I was thinking about, she doesn't test the spirits to see whether they are from God, and instead measures truth on the basis of her experiences. Dangerous ground indeed.

BTW, seeing your hubs gave me a great idea for layout. I think I'll start putting the pictures up front. At first I thought they would disrupt the text flow, but yours look really good. :)


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

For sure Donna, If we base our life on anything else but God's Word we're standing on shaky ground.Thanks for stopping by.


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djbraman 6 years ago

I have found that most people who disagree with the bible do so because they don't like what God's word is saying to them. God's word is not open for man to change but is written for it to change us. You can never intellectualize God's word because understanding and discernment comes from the Holy Spirit. This is why Jesus spoke in parables because only his sheep will hear his voice and understand what he is saying. It was not until I began walking in the word, a doer of the word, and letting go of some things that God's word was clearly saying was wrong, which happened to be a heart issue. But as I kept hearing and reading the word, faith grew until I just dumped everything in my life and became as obedient as I could to God's word. Something happened, my mind, spirit and flesh began to line up with God. The word will change you, it will wash you and it will restore you! We should all be in one spirit, and getting back to the pure gospel because in the end its all about how many people you can take up river with you with his living waters. We've gotten away from the truth of the word and this is why you see so many denominations and people who believe this and that in the bible. But every man's words are measured by the bible, (the pure word of God) Its truths will transform your fleshly life into a Kingdom life where all blessings flow! Great subject, you go preacher!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

dj, thanks for sharing truth. It amazes me how people try to sidestep the Word of God. In place of just accepting it and living it, they believe all kinds of foolish things. I'm glad I'm one of His sheep and I hear His voice.


Twenty One Days 6 years ago

I will only say this: The WORD became flesh and lived as us, so we could see with our eyes, the TRUE glory of who we are designed to be. A book, however valuable, can never be the total Word of Creator --ever. The Word was before words were and every word scribed owes itself to it.

The Word is in YOUR mouth and heart, that -YOU MAY DO IT. Not in a book. Else, you will die in Babylon like the rest. "Behold, I have come that YOU may have [the] Life and have [the] Life more abundantly [than I was able to show you in such a short span of days]". A life without choice or thought of yes/no. A life beyond anything you can conceive within your thoughts...

Let go of the Babylon G/gods. The One who is all things is NOT a G/god. G/gods are for Babylon slaves and worshipers. Worship now in spirit and truth. For the Word of the Father AND the Testimony of Y`shua Moshiach IS [the] Spirit of Prophecy! ~James.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

James, thank you for your comment. The WORD did indeed become flesh.Unfortunately I did not see Him with my eyes. The only way I know of Him is by what is revealed in His Book--the Bible.

I noticed you said that the "True glory of who we are designed to be." Far be it from me to glory in myself, but rather all glory belongs to God, and God alone.

I don't understand what you mean by letting go of the Babylon gods. The one and only God I worship is Y'shua Moshiach. Jesus saved me by His blood and He alone is worthy of my worship. Thanks for your thoughts.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

I'm reminded of a song we used to sing as kids. "The B-I-B-L-E, yes that's the Book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E."


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada

Great hub and reminder, thank you for sharing lifegate.


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dfbishopsr 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, US

I am, like other believers, enticed into the Word of Truth. I too like many others understand it with a deceitful heart, and a corruptible mind; God however gives me His spirit to guide me into His truth. His Word has such power that it caused light to come into existence; such power that it changes me daily; such power (authority) that it stands on it's own - neither history, nor rational, nor science can prove it to be what it claims - But it can prove itself to the one who opens up the heart to it's reality and gazes into the creators heart with faith. Thank you for writing about God's Word, and thank those who have herein commented.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Hey LIfegate I wanted to ask you something (I didnt know where else to post this comment) what do you think about white and black supremacist groups who beleive in serpent seed doctrine. Some white groups who beleive in it say that all blacks are evil and all jews should be exerminated. And some black groups who beleive in it sa that whites are edomites (the desendents of Esau) who cannot be saved and are hated by God and Christ and should not be helped by others (especially by blacks and anyone else they consider to be Isreallites) and whites are covering things up (whatever that means) and have forgotten their true history. There was this one black who said to this white person (Its true you are the devil because your justifying satanism you deserve what you have gotten and everything you will get until then you just keep living the way you think things are.) and another black said it will be the end of all white people. This kind of scares me sometimes.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

smowhamo,

To make a long story short it's a false doctrine all together. There is no such thing as a supremacist group as far as God is concerned.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Thank you Lifegate and if you are interested I just wrote an article debunking it.

http://samowhamo.hubpages.com/hub/Serpent-Seed-Doc...


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks samowhamo.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Hi lifegate. When you have the time could you please look at this and tell me what youe opinion on this is I try not to let this end of the world stuff bother me but its hard not to think about plus I am not really an expert on the subject so I need a little help with it. Here's a link please let me know what you think of it after you read it.

http://www.cogwriter.com/news/prophecy/red-moon-mi...


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

I'll try to get to it as soon as possible. Thanks Samo.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hello again Samo,

I checked out the link. I suppose the events that are being mentioned are possible, but as I look at it, the timing seems to be off. The tribulation period lasts for seven years, and I believe the Bible clearly teaches that "the church" - we that are saved will be removed prior to the beginning of the tribulation. It seems to me that the 2nd coming is after seven years, not at the beginning, so IF the blood moons are part of prophecy it wouldn't be for at least another seven years. Not sure that helps, but hope it does.

I would also like to personally invite you to register to stand with us for America at www.thegreatamericanfast.org. We need to warn this country about what's going to happen even if we don't know exactly when. Have a great day!


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Thank you for the invite lifegate but I dotn think I am going to be able to make it I checked the date for it and I have plans to be with my mother around that time for the 4th of July I appreciate the invite though thank you.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

You don't have to physically be here. We're pulling people from all across America to come together where they are and pray. Just join with us wherever you happen to be.

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