A Brief Personal View of Scripture

From the onset allow me to stress this is only a “brief” and personal view of Scripture as the Word of God.  My view of Scripture has been solidified upon the anvil of human suffering (specifically friends and family members).  I believe in the midst of tragedy, one is propelled into the search for the existence of God.  Some might refer to this as a type of “foxhole faith.”  Life storms associated problems such as, illnesses, accidents, deaths and the results of sinful living create a vacuum for truth.   Specifically, many utter in despair, “Where is God when I am hurting and in need of His help?”  He is omnipresent and is very much aware of all that is happening in and around the hurting.  But that is an easy answer and some would say falls short of the needed comfort that is requested by the grief stricken, bruised and battered society which longs for the presence of a loving God.  Praise God for His Word, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NIV).  Yes, the love of God has given many people comfort in the time of storm but can we be certain of this particular passage?  Is it possible that some writers of the Bible are correct and others are not?  The answer to such questions is a resounding, “No.”  As seen in the following passage we can rely upon all of the Bible and not just a portion.  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV).

The Bible is more than revelation it is the very living Word of God from God.  I believe it is God’s message to us.  Scripture testifies and confirms that the Bible is God’s personal message to us.  The ultimate defense that the Scriptures are the Word of God comes from Jesus Himself.  Jesus maintained the authority of the Old Testament and even quoted portions of the Old Testament during His earthly ministry.  Perhaps, best demonstrated as two walked with Jesus along the road to Emmaus, “They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us” (Luke 24:32 NIV)?  His teachings provided not only hope to the ignorant but support for the educated that the Scriptures were in fact authoritative and the very Word of God.

The true evidence of Scripture being the Word of God is the life-changing, soul-saving power in Scripture which affects human life.  As stated in Hebrews, “For the word of God is living 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 NIV).  The apostles testified that the Word of God is powerful and that such power was not from themselves but from God.  Writing from different perspectives and backgrounds the Biblical writers did not contradict themselves.  On the surface this might appear not a valid argument.  But in light of fourty authors all who were fallible producing an infallible work is most convincing that the Bible is the Word of God.  If the Bible were not God’s Word then the likelihood of unity within the Scriptures would not be possible.  However, if God did speak through His servants at different times then His plan would be seen through the human writers and how God’s plan unfolds.  God knew the writers and the writers knew God!

As the Word of God the Bible has a purpose for its continued existence.  Historically, the Bible shows God’s redemptive actions in Jesus Christ.  This sets the Bible apart from other literary works.  For God gives us revelation knowledge in the Bible meaning that the source and content is from God Himself.  Jesus is the thematic connection between the Old and New Testaments.  From a fallen family (Adam and Eve) to nation (Abraham’s seed) to a faithful remnant (Tribe of Judah) to Jesus Christ (Messiah) and to the New Testament Church of which we are included (grafted in) we see God redemptive plan.  God has chosen to communicate to humanity through the Bible.  Testimonies of how lives have been changed as a result of opening and reading the pages of Scripture.  From the point of suicide many have returned to give credit that the Bible is the Word of God.  It is very probable that most Christians would say that they find the strength needed for every obstacle they face within the Bible.

In conclusion, can anyone really prove that the Bible is the Word of God?  Many might answer swiftly in the negative and rest upon the message of the Bible that is to be received by grace through faith.  For some Christians such an approach might seem acceptable.  For the scholar or the one who has an unquenchable thirst for answers that go beyond the avenues afforded by faith there is evidence that the Bible is indeed the Word of God.  Again, I believe the Scriptures to be the very Word of God known as the Bible.  The Protestant Bible consisting of 66 books is the verbal (linguistic), irrevocable (unchanging), plenary (full), infallible (trustworthy) authoritative Word of God!

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