Is the Word of God THE Word of God?

Why is this verse important?

I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me. John 14:6

I watched a show on TV last night hosted by Morgan Freeman entitled “The Story of God”.

It furthered my belief that the majority of the world, (even many Christians), believe there are many ways to Heaven.

I’ll start with a baseline verse and then hopefully lay down some principles for life’s choices.

The baseline scripture – Proverbs 16:25 (NIV) 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

 The way that seems right, not always is. We don’t want to accept a truth that goes against what we prefer to believe.

The ground rule:

The ground rule regards the “Word of God”.

What do we believe about the Word of God?

Is it THE WORD OF GOD?,

Or does it just contain the Word of God?

(There are a lot of professing Christians that believe the Bible just contains the Word of God.)

Or is it, (as many people who claim to be believers contend), it is just a collection of thoughts of people who thought they knew the mind of God and attempted to write it down?

So, our ground rule grows out of this statement,

What you believe ABOUT the Word of God determines what you believe FROM the Word of God.

 

The Word of God (continued)

That means, if God says it, can I really believe it?

That is a choice each person must determine in his own heart and mind.

It doesn’t change the truth, but it does affect your perception of the truth which is what really guides your actions in any given situation.

If I choose to believe that the Bible only contains the Word of God, then I must measure and evaluate everything I read in the Bible. “Is this true, how much of it is true, can I believe it enough to use as a guide for my actions?”

That stance really puts you in a bad place because you must spend your focus on evaluating the truth of everything you read rather than, “What is God trying to teach me? It is an effective tool of Satan to make you doubt the validity of God’s Word.

Now, apply this thought to: John 14:6 (NIV)

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

The world disagrees with that statement. They will not accept that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Once you take that out of the Bible, you may as well take your pen knife and go to work because there is a lot that people (us included) don’t want to believe.

I believe Oprah Winfrey is a good woman. She does a lot of good things. But Oprah’s philosophy is, “You take your way, ll take my way and we’ll all hold hands and skip into Heaven together.

That is not what God’s word teaches.

My ground rule then is that we believe that the Bible is indeed the Word of God and we can use it as the measure of truth in every situation in life.

Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Now, that seems easy enough until you start trying to apply it. Or worse yet, trying to convince another person who is not as convinced as you are.

Our witnessing must take into account the perception of many people that the Word of God is not necessarily The Word of God. We are not going to convince them by arguing. The thing every evangelist must learn about witnessing is that it is not your persuasiveness that convinces people. If the Holy Spirit does not precede your personal witness, nothing you can say will convince them of the truth of God’s word.

That fact does not excuse our reluctance to witness. We are commanded by Jesus to witness. The important thing is that we personally believe what we say and be obedient in our witness. The rest we leave to the Holy Spirit.

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