Saturday, December 1, 2007

Having Confidence in God's Word

When I have a moral dilemma, or need to figure out how I should be living life, or what I'm doing wrong in life, I always fall back on my final authority: God's Word. I wholeheartedly believe that God has preserved his Word for us in the Bible. Most of the time when I talk to non-Christians about God or the Bible, they tell me, "But it's just a book written by man... you can't believe that God did that." The fact is, I can and do believe that God wrote the Bible... He wrote it through man. This is where we get the term "divine inspiration."

If you look at the Bible, you'll notice that it doesn't contradict itself... 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, "God is not the author of confusion." Basically this means, God isn't going to write something in one part of his book, and then contradict himself by writing something completely the opposite in a different part of his book. God is not going to try to confuse us by doing something like that. 

For those of you out there who say, "The Bible is written by men," I'd like you to think about this: the Bible was written by over 40 authors! Not only is it written by over 40 authors, but it is written over a period of 1,600 years! Each author agreed on: history of the world, their idea of what God is like, their rules for living, prophecies for the future, and man's sinfulness. Because there are so many authors and the books were written over such a vast amount of time, there is no possible way that all of these authors could have gotten together and talked about writing the same thing over and over and over again. I like to think about it this way: If you look at a painting by Divinci, you can tell that he did it. If you look at another one of his paintings, you can still tell by the style of painting that Divinci painted it, and not another artist. We're supposed to compare spiritual things to spiritual things in the same way. In each book of the Bible, we can see God's brush strokes. Yes, he used men to write and preserve the Bible, but He (God) is still the author. He inspired the men he used to write what he needed them to write, and promised us that He would preserve His word for all time.

If you're interested, I found an article outlining a few similar ideas. You can read it by clicking here: Confidence.

You can also read about the King James Bible HERE.



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