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The word of God: Hebrews 4:12
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Seems the verses coming in over the last few days focus on the topic of scripture and its validity. Two extremes, perhaps covering its characterization:
1. Fictional allegory, providing decent guidelines, some of which transcend time?
2. God’s directly inspired word. Truth.
I guess everyone falls somewhere in between or on either end.
Scripture itself makes the claim outlined in #2 above. For this bold claim to be true, the Bible would indeed have to be without contradiction, impenetrable and able to withstand any and all challenges. Free of error.
Where do you start in mounting the challenges? I suppose at the focal point found within: the person of Jesus Christ:
- Did He indeed go to the cross, and more pivotal, did He resurrect Himself from the grave?
- Have all the prophecies concerning Him to date been fulfilled with 100% accuracy?
Other areas to look at:
- Can we look at our world today and find direct alignment with related prophecy? Those prophecies concerning Israel provide a specific area for consideration.
- Does scripture accurately describe and predict the nature of man? Good place to start here, take a look into the mirror and be honest with ourselves.
- Is the Bible historically accurate?
- Our personal history. Have there been times in our lives when somewhat amazing things have happened, lending credence to the possibility God was pulling at our own hearts?
It can certainly be quite a study. Exhaustive at times.
I’ve been at it for 20 years, still feel like an amateur. My pastor has a PhD in theology, knows a lot. I hit him with tough questions often, which he welcomes.
Came into work today with a lot on my mind, lots to do. Electronics, complex radios. Big strain on my brain. Prayed and asked for wisdom so I might solve today’s problems and get some work done. Thought it a good idea to do some Bible study first. Give Him 15 minutes before I go and try to fix everything by myself. Realized it might be better to first ask Him for help and spend some time in His word. After all, if He is really there and really does care about me, why not?
I would help my kid out. Follows that He will too.