I believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, and that God gave it as the only guide for salvation and for churches and individuals to live by (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
Surprisingly, this is not the case with all Christians or religious groups. Many would be taken aback to learn that their preachers, if pressured, would admit they do not believe the Bible to be the inerrant word of God.
Some doubt the creation account (Genesis 1–3), saying that Adam and Eve are invented characters.
Some deny that Noah built a literal ark to survive a global flood (Genesis 6–9).
Moses parting the Red Sea? Only an overexcited writer embellishing a boring exodus account (Exodus 14:21–30).
Jonah and the fish? A fish fairy tale.
Prophecies foretelling events in Jesus’ life? Just coincidences!
Feeding five thousand? Just a boy’s generosity inspiring people to share what they had hoarded (John 6:1–14).
Walking on water? He knew where the rocks were (Mark 6:48).
Virgin-born (Matthew 1) and third-day resurrected? (Matthew 28). Just legends.
There is no middle ground when it comes to the Bible: Either it is a fraud and should all be rejected, or it is from God and should all be accepted. It claims inspiration (2 Peter 1:21); it claims perfection (Psalm 19:7). Strong evidence supports it, such as fulfilled prophecies, prescientific statements, freedom from contradictions, honest portrayal of heroes, brevity of expression, and archeological/manuscript evidence.
We cannot choose what we deem acceptable. That puts man over Scripture instead of Scripture over man. Augustine said, “If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”
Since the Bible has not changed—and must all be preached (Acts 20:26–27)—we should still speak against such sins as abortion (Proverbs 6:17), adultery (Romans 13:9), animal cruelty (Deuteronomy 25:4; Proverbs 12:10), child abuse (Matthew 18:6; Titus 2:4), civil disobedience (Romans 13:1–6), cursing (Colossians 3:8), fornication (Colossians 3:5), hatred (Proverbs 10:12), homosexuality (Romans 1:18–32), hypocrisy (Luke 12:1), immodest dress (1 Timothy 2:9), judging (Matthew 7:1), lying (Colossians 3:9), poor stewardship (money, environment) (1 Corinthians 4:2), pornography (Matthew 5:8, 28), pride (Proverbs 6:16–17), racism (Acts 10:34), rape (Deuteronomy 22:25), self-righteousness (Matthew 5:20), and social drinking (Proverbs 20:1; Ephesians 5:18).
Christians and churches should have a vision to preach God's word and to carry the gospel to the whole world?
Filled with aspiration and longing for heaven, Christian churches have the true hope to share with others. World evangelism has always been the church’s major task and joy (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15).
God is so kind and gracious. He wants to bless us. He wants to save us. He does not want a single person to be lost (1 Timothy 2:4). He gave His word to bring salvation through His Son to us.
Please consider this a personal invitation to you from God.
A significant amount of the content this blog has been gleaned from resources on the Internet. The writer believes that these quotes are based on the word of God (i.e. the Bible)
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