Rob Bell has written a book called What Is The Bible? Here’s a poem and a few thoughts to help answer Rob’s question:
Let The Bible Ring Your Bell
What the Bible is
By reading it,
And as I did
The words burned
In my heart,
Transformed my life,
And made Jesus
More real and powerful
Than I could have imagined.
No one can adequately tell you
What the Bible is.
Read it and
See for yourself.
It’s easier to to twist the Scriptures, than to let the Bible untwist you. However, without faithfulness to Scripture, we’re left solely to our own (or others’) subjective discernment of what’s the voice of God. To avoid subjective answers to the question: “Did God really say…?” read the Bible daily.
We need an epidemic of heart-felt Bible reading where Jesus jumps off the pages and the words of Scripture burn in our hearts! Scripture isn’t a collection of suggestions. It’s supernatural revelation from God. The Bible fills my heart with continual aha moments as the words of Scripture jump off the pages and dance in my soul!
To deny the authority of the Bible is to set aside what God has revealed in the past for your own opinions. If people who put down the Bible would humbly put it into practice instead; they’d soon discover its truth and power.
A Bible basher who says he’s a believer in Christ is chopping down the tree he’s sitting in. Most of what we know about Jesus comes from the Bible. To deny the Bible’s authority is to declare our faith merely subjective.
To divorce Christianity from the authority of Scripture is to jump overboard into the choppy sea of your own perceptions. Making the Bible a smorgasbord where you choose what you like, is to override the testimony of the earliest Christ-followers.
History’s full of testimonies about how God spoke through the Bible and transformed people’s lives. Read it & let God change you.
The Bible is collection of ancient writings from God that multitudes ignore; some analyze; and some try to explain away. However, I absorb it as a love letter from God.
Denying the authority of the Bible doesn’t excuse you from the consequences of ignoring its truths! Many people if they disagree with something in the Bible, deny its authority, rather than letting the Bible hold them accountable. Perhaps it’s time to set aside theological, critical, legalistic, self-protectionist approaches to the Bible and simply read it as God’s love letter.
If what Jesus taught isn’t true; then He was dishonest or deceived. If His teachings are true, then we should wholeheartedly follow & obey Him.
Some people are proclaiming that because Jesus is the Word that the Bible can’t be the word of God. However, Paul of Tarsus disagrees with those who are making such claims. He wrote: “When you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
The word of God that Paul is referring to is the message (the words) that he taught the Thessalonians; which they could have written off as being merely human words. However, instead they received Paul’s message as the actual word of God and it began to work in the hearts of those who believed.
Don’t follow or believe the people today who are trying to get you to write the Bible off as a mere human word. Instead, begin to read the Bible daily and believe it. Try this experiment: Read the New Testament for at least 5 minutes everyday for 21 days without missing a day. Before you finish the 21 days, you will begin to experience “the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.”
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