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Inerrancy of Scripture

Confident in the Bible

Biblical inerrancy is the belief that Scripture, in their original form and properly interpreted, is without error and therefore completely true in everything they teach. Inerrancy is the foundation for the Bible’s authority. Without this belief, our confidence in the Scriptures cannot be secure.

Jesus and the Inerrancy of Scripture

In Matt 4:1-11, Jesus affirms the inerrancy of Scripture where He says, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Deut 8:3).'” The word “every” clearly shows that the God-breathed Scriptures are included. That He meant the Scriptures is also strengthened by His immediate use of them, demonstrating that He lived by them.

The Bible and the Inerrancy of Scripture

In 2 Tim 3:16-17 it states that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work”.

That Scripture is God-breathed is what essentially makes them inerrant (without error). Inerrancy is vital to the authority of the Bible, and without it we may as well throw out our Bibles. As John Wesley put it, “If there be one mistake in the Bible, there may as well be 1,000.”

In 2 Pet 1:20-21 it states, “… that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Also, the authors of the New Testament identified the Bible with the living voice of God. In various places, the Scriptures are spoken of as if they were God Himself speaking, for example in Matt 19:4, 5 and Heb 3:7. Elsewhere, God is spoken of as if He were in the Scriptures, such as in Gal 3:8.

The Church and the Inerrancy of Scripture

Many church fathers affirmed inerrancy. For example, Clement said, “the sacred Scriptures are the true utterances of the Holy Spirit.”

Calvin said, “We owe the writings of the apostles and prophets that same reverence which we owe to God, because it has proceeded from Him alone…”

Warning against Rejecting or Limiting the Idea of Inerrancy

“The generation of those who first give up biblical inerrancy may have a warm evangelical background and real personal relationships with Jesus Christ, so that they can ‘survive theologically’ on the basis of their limited inerrancy view. But what happens when the next generation tries to build on that foundation?…any denomination or parachurch group that forsakes inerrancy will end up shipwrecked.” – Francis A. Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster.

Rob Morley (based in part on notes by Gus Martin)

Here are further posts concerning the Bible:

Jesus and the Bible, Separate but Inseparable

“I Hate You” – The Living Power of The Written word

The Bible is God’s Word

What Did Jesus Write In the Sand?

Inerrancy of Scripture

The Words of the Bible are Alive

The Bible Is Jesus Speaking

Where the Bible is, God is

Is the Bible for Everyone?

Do What You Can Do

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The Words of the Bible are Alive

Recording Words

Communication through words is a strong characteristic of both God and man. Recording our words in books, on MP3, CD or whatever means can be a way of not only preserving what we are saying, but also of having our words continually represent us.  This way, our recorded words can always be transmitted as though we are still physically speaking them. Similarly, God’s recorded words represent Him eternally.

Time Doesn’t Change God’s Word

In a sense, the Scriptures are like posts that someone blogging wrote some time ago. They still represent the blogger as though he were posting them today. Unless the blogger indicates a change of mind, when we read his older posts, we are still hearing what he is saying. Similarly, when I read the Bible I am not only hearing what God said, but also what he is still saying.

Despite a lapse of time, my recent posts, and for that matter my posts of months ago, still stand as my point of view. Likewise, despite a lapse of thousands of years, God’s recorded words in Scripture still stand, and are speaking, just as they did at first. The Bible is a recording of essential communication from God that is still alive and active.

Rob

Where the Bible is, God is

God’s Word, The Bible

Is your Jesus, Jesus?

At this time in Church history it’s essential that the issue of the authority of God’s word be urgently addressed. Through neglect or undermining of God’s word, we are in danger of attributing aspects to God after our own imaginations. In this way your Jesus and mine can be quite different from each other’s, and worse, very different from the actual Jesus Himself.

God is not separate from His word

Just as one cannot separate a person from his words, even so, one cannot separate God from His. God’s person, character and standards have never changed; He is the same yesterday, today and forever. What He has said remains an eternal expression of who He is. Although His covenant with us is new, nevertheless, all of His word is alive. In fact, as we read it, He is speaking.

Also, if Jesus is the exact representation of God, then the Jesus that we have in our minds and experience had better match the words of God revealed in Scripture or we have a problem. As God incarnate, Jesus should match His words. God won’t contradict Himself.

As I see it, the Scriptures aren’t separate from God in the same way that creation is. For example, God made mountains separate from Himself so when I stand in awe of them I don’t worship the mountains, but God who made them. However when I interact with Scripture I am in immediate contact with God who remains connected to His word. The words may as well be a part of Him, like His hand touching me. Although creation is of God, it’s not essentially a part of Him. However, His word remains in essence a part of Him.

When Jesus touched someone with His hand, He was worshipped, not His hand. Similarly, when we read God’s word, we don’t worship the word, but God. It is God Himself presently speaking who I am in contact with and I worship.  We would do well to worship at reading or hearing the words of the Bible, because where they are God is! They are inseparably one.

The word is an Essential Part

You cannot separate the scent from a hot roasted chicken. Without the scent, it’s not completely a hot roasted chicken. Even so, although the written word of God isn’t completely God, nevertheless it is certainly a part of Him.  It is a part of the full expression of Him, and while as a part it is not worshipped, nevertheless, because it remains attached to Him, it is Himself that we are in touch with and we ought to worship.

God’s word has been revealed in part through the written word, and in fullness through Jesus. Almost like a limb on a body, the written part remains a part of Him. The full cannot contradict the part expression, neither the part the full expression. Part of the full expression is the part expression. By not receiving the part expression, we don’t have a part of the full expression.

If you take away the written word’s authority, then you misrepresent Jesus whose words they are. If Jesus is God and the scriptures are God-breathed, then by removing their authority, you have a fragmented representation of Jesus. And, His written word is essential to help us to avoid creating a puppet God to express our own imaginations.

Scripture for thought:

ALL Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2Ti 3:16).

And, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, as it judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart” (Heb 4:12).

Get Plugged In

Although He has much to say to each of us personally and corporately, nevertheless, like electricity constantly flowing through a wire, God’s written word too, is Himself eternally talking.

Rob Morley

Having Everything

Go here for part 1.

Despite revivals and the like, the church, without the Spirit and the word, has a propensity to fall away from the simplicity of faith in Jesus. Whether through mixing things like cultural values or tradition with God’s word or simply through bad interpretation, we have inadvertently complicated what should be easy to attain. Whatever our reasons, extras like special places, buildings, special days, titles, clothing, status, gender roles and in cases even issues of preeminent race have been added back at different times. Despite the presumable good intentions, these add-ons serve only to weaken faith, because Jesus alone is the source of our faith and the accompanied life of faith.

Many churches, whether new or traditional, have these unnecessary and distracting add-ons. It seems inevitable that man will concoct something extra to try and make the unseen faith in Christ more tangible. He wants to support his faith with things, but unfortunately he may be substituting his faith with them. Now, some stuff may be harmless, but when it is “forced” onto people, alarm bells should ring in your head. Even courses, programs and meetings can be unnecessary.

Some have gravitated to equating the shadows of the Old Testament with the New Covenant in Christ. The earthly Jerusalem is revered, garments are worn, horns are blown, certain jargon is used, particular days are esteemed, and special feasts are kept. These have an appearance of being helpful and give the participants both a sense and an appearance of maturity. Yet, all the while they’re nothing more than shadows keeping them from Jesus. They are diversions from the source, and keep one in a state of infancy.

Although generally neutral in and of themselves, it’s the meaning and the weight that we so easily attach to them that causes problems. The necessity of any add-on is determined by asking whether it will really help you in your walk with God. Ask yourself if it is Biblically founded. Often, they simply create a religious atmosphere giving you the illusion of a richer relationship with Him. For example, walking into a church building can give one a sense of awe and reverence that is Biblically unfounded. Now, I don’t advocate getting rid of buildings, but rather correcting our view of them. They are no more or less religious than a school building. So, while in some cases things should be removed if they have no real usefulness, in others the status that they carry needs to be reconsidered.

Now, I certainly don’t wish to destabilize the faith of those who practice with any add-ons. Rather, each person should determine for themselves what is irrelevant and what is useful to their faith. However, I would like to warn that we avoid imposing things on others while being watchful that they aren’t imposed on us. Also, if you feel someone is trapped by add-ons, pray, and should the Lord wish to use you, teach them correctly and wean them from non-Biblical thinking that is robbing them from maturing in Christ.

While giving room for a wide range of expression, let’s avoid the pitfalls of add-ons. Let’s do all that we can to make it clear that God Himself has been made completely accessible through the blood of Jesus, and that by God’s Spirit, Jesus alone wishes to be our source of light and life.

Rob Morley

 

Flirting with Evolution – The Christian Alternative Considered

In order to try and satisfy the “science” of evolution and hold onto the Bible at the same time, some people attempt to fit in multiple generations to the Adam that is spoken about in the very beginning of Genesis. They do this, despite the fact that the book does not suggest it. However, suppose it was possible to do so, let’s consider this idea from a logical perspective.

It has been purported that the process to humanity over millions of years was so gradual that the first humans may not have even observed their differences to the previous generations. Now, if you will, indulge me with your imagination. During the proposed transition in evolution, the first men and women must have had their pre-human predecessors, presumably multiple in numbers, living around them. If the person, whom the Bible called Adam, and who it states singularly brought sin into the world, was in such a scenario, then he was either among many that became human, or he and Eve were the only two who evolved into humanity.

In the case that there were other humans around, when Adam existed, then he would have had to have influenced them all to sin too, because the Bible says that “all have sinned.” However, this would leave us with another problem. None of them would be included in salvation, because they are not direct descendants of Adam’s family tree. The virgin birth and the genealogy of Jesus show the necessity for the Savior to be both sinless and a blood descendant of Adam.

Now, in the scenario where Adam and Eve were the only two who evolved into humanity, we still have incompatibility with Scripture. The Bible allows us only approximately 6000 years of human history and gives no evidence of any pre-humans existing prior to or simultaneously with the first of mankind. Also, congruent with the stories in Genesis, the Bible shows that humanity had an immediate singular beginning. Jesus’ genealogy reads, “Jesus…the son of Joseph…who was the son of Enos, who was the son of Seth, who was the son of Adam, who was the son of God” (Luke 3:38). The Bible also says, “For Adam was first formed, then Eve” (1 Timothy 2:13). And also, “The first man Adam was made a living soul…” (1 Corinthians 15:45).

The logic of Scripture leaves us no other reasonable option but for a literal view of a singular first person called Adam, from whom all of humanity descends. Also, we have no historical literary evidence of mankind’s beginning that is as historically corroborative as that of the Bible. It has proved itself to be God’s word in countless ways. Why would it not be accurate in this too?

Flirting with a scientific theory that not only is clearly in argument against all of Scripture, but also has no proof, is absurd! Scientifically, macro-evolution, the changing from one species to another, will remain a theory and will ultimately dissipate as the broad opinion of science and culture. Not only is there no proof for this idea, it is also being shown more and more to be a scientific impossibility.

Go here for The Fact of Adam vs. the Fancy of Evolution – Part 1

Rob Morley

Equality in Marriage – 2

Rob and Tina Morley with their kids, 2010

Continued from part 1

Countless times I have heard it preached that married women should submit to their husbands and that the man is the head of the home. It is preached straight from the scriptures. Are those who preach submission really preaching straight or are they preaching skew?In the past, Rob and I tried to apply these “truths” at home.

Today I want to use an example from our own marriage to illustrate how head-ship by the husband is not helpful. Immediately after reading this, some of you have alarm bells going off in your heads.  You might be surprised to find out that in this context “head” doesn’t mean “authority over.” This article, The Head of the Epistles, explains it nicely. The story below is a portion from my chapter “Who’s in Control?” from my e-book, Happy Moms, Happy Homes.

[My husband and I] were no experts at conflict resolution. I felt caught in the middle of a tug-of-war. Or maybe it was more like a three-way tug-of-war with my husband, God, and me. Fortunately, God won the war, but He had to first teach us how submission works in a marriage. It’s not as simple as some would have us believe. I had come from a highly conservative Christian background where godly women were meant to “know their place.”

I tried the submission route only out of desperation. Did it fix our problems? No, it fell short of expectations and it sometimes flew right back in my face…

I can clearly remember one incident where our idea of submission showed its flaws. At the time, we were staying at my in-laws’ luxury country inn. My husband and I were sitting outside one of their suites while the children were down at their grandma’s house. It had been a lovely day, and the kids had been running around barefoot.

Later that afternoon, as the air began to cool, my husband became concerned that the children could catch a cold. He thought that I was being negligent and told me that I must go down immediately to put socks and shoes on them. I didn’t feel that going right then was a good idea because my mother-in-law had said that she was resting and I didn’t want to disturb her. Also, the kids were indoors so I didn’t think the cold air would bother them for another half-hour or so.

Well, my husband became annoyed. He wanted me to respond to the situation as he thought I should. To keep the peace, I went down, despite my reservations. I tried to be as quiet as possible, but my in-laws’ house was small and their room was right next to the living room where the kids were watching TV. I didn’t stay long, but long enough to have disturbed her rest. I had become trapped between my husband’s expectations and my own conscience. Clearly, submitting in every situation did not always have a favorable outcome.

Why do the scriptures say things like “wives, submit to your husbands” (Eph. 5:22)? There is a verse right before verse 22 that says, “submit one to another” (Eph. 5:21), but it’s easy to glance over this as someone has added a paragraph break with a title above verse 22 that wasn’t in the original text. Chapter breaks, subtitles and even verses can hinder the flow of the author’s original intention.  To actually go in depth into the scriptures regarding the portions that people get hung up over would take too much time. My husband and I have given hours to the study of these things and have been richly blessed by other scholars of the Bible. Hopefully, we’ll be posting in more detail on these difficult passages in the future.

One key to good interpretation is context. Another key is to use scripture that is plainly clear to help interpret portions that are hard to understand. One fundamental truth states that there is no longer slave or free, male or female, because we are all under Christ (Gal. 3:28). This scripture was written in order to unify believers. Where there is unity, God commands a blessing. We are not to lord it over each other anymore. We are all heirs of the same promise, and if Christ set us free, then we are free indeed.

I hope I have managed to wet your appetite, because I have more in mind to write and share in the near future.

by Christina (Tina) Morley

Hand of God

Without Biblical Compromise

In the next two posts, I’ll be commenting on the Bible with regards to the persons of Adam and Jesus in order to show that belief in the entire Bible as God’s inspired inerrant word and the idea of evolution cannot reasonably be held simultaneously.

To begin, let’s consider two popular views that Christians hold onto regarding who Adam might be. Firstly, there are those who believe in a literal Adam, a real person, and also the first person, as stated throughout scripture. Then there are those who, in order to accommodate evolution, believe that Adam (& Eve) are only mythical figures in the Biblical story of creation, representing mankind that evolved out of a former evolutionary state. Some who believe this suggest that the opening stories in Genesis start with a mythical Adam and possibly continue with an account of a real person. And, along these lines, some say that Adam was not necessarily the first human.

I’m sure that the variations of thought are numerous, but I would like to show that, under fair scrutiny, only the first view stands as a literary possibility and in harmony to what the various authors in the Bible intended. To do so, I’m going to reflect on how Adam relates to Jesus in the Scriptures.

The Adam to Jesus Connection

Reflection on the texts found in the Bible concerning Adam show that he is spoken about throughout as one and the same real-life person. This is clearly seen both through the type of literature used and logically through the argument of the literature. Previously, I made an argument focusing on the type of literature. This time I want to consider the logic of the Biblical texts. (For a list of texts, see my first post on this theme, Some Biblical Considerations Refuting the Theory of Evolution.)

In the opening book of the Bible, Adam’s sin brings about the curse of death and an inherited sinful nature for all his future descendants. (Notice that you never have to teach a child how to misbehave. It comes naturally.) Later the New Testament states, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, so death spread to everyone, because all have sinned.” (Rom 5:12) and “But God’s free gift is not like Adam’s offense. For if many people died as the result of one man’s offense, how much more have God’s grace and the free gift given through the kindness of one man, Jesus Christ, been showered on many people!” (Rom. 5:15). Here the Bible speaks not only of the impact of Adam’s sin on each subsequent generation, but also of God’s solution.

The Bible also shows that the solution had to be someone in Adam’s bloodline. And Jesus was that Someone, a Savior to break the curse! Notice that the New Testament gives careful account of Jesus’ own genealogy, showing it to go all the way back to Adam. He was born of God and of a virgin in order to bypass the transmission of the sinful nature passed on through the male descendants. He then died on the cross, carrying the sin of all who have come from Adam, so that we could be free from the power of sin and death and be restored in our relationship to God. “For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, an innocent person for the guilty, so that he could bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18 ISV).

Go here for The Fact of Adam vs. the Fancy of Evolution – Part 2

Rob Morley

Equality in Marriage – 1

Rob and Tina Morley with their kids – 2007

Why is it that there are so many messages on the subject of godly women submitting to their husbands and husbands being the spiritual head of the home? Is it because this message is so hard to swallow that we need to keep being reminded of it? I think if we had half a chance to consider how this so-called truth hasn’t improved the lives of Christian married women, we’d chuck it out for something better.

I took my older kids to see the Hunger Games movie. In the beginning of the film, the people of the districts are given a televised message by the mayor. This message is propaganda that serves as an important reminder as to the necessity of the games. Of course, it’s a twisted message that is presented as truth. A message cloaked as truth, if presented often enough, is all too easily embraced by the people.

People follow influential leaders like sheep and this is true of Christians as well. We were given minds to reason and the Holy Spirit and Scripture for instruction, but we too easily accept the majority opinion as truth and fact. This traditional message that says that the husband is the spiritual head of the home is like a pair of shoes that are too tight and cause discomfort and harm. They need to be replaced with a pair that fit and support the feet.

Earlier on in our marriage, when my husband and I disagreed on a matter, he would sometimes play the trump card that he was the leader of the home and it was my role to submit. I have written a chapter in my book, Happy Moms, Happy Homes, titled “Who’s in Control?” Here is an excerpt from that chapter:

Through books, testimonies, and searching the Scriptures, I began learning and experiencing more of the Spirit. I became more attuned to His leading. For me, it became a surrendered life. I no longer wanted to be the one in control, because God knew how to do things better.

Then I got married. My husband and I didn’t live the Christian life as well as we thought we did. We thought we were more Christ-like than we really were. Marriage brought out all our imperfections. When we couldn’t agree on something, the issue of submission would sometimes follow. Neither of us knew exactly how submission was meant to function in the marriage. I, especially, had doubts….

Now, I had no fear in submitting to the Lord, but I did have a few misgivings about submitting to my husband in every situation. How could I let him take the place of God? Was it biblical that I should be controlled by him? Was it my duty just to submit? Well, through it all, the Lord was teaching us both a hard lesson. At the end of the day, the Lord wanted to be the One in control of both of us.

Continued in part 2

This post is addressed to Bible believing Christians caught at the crossroads of the Creation vs. Evolution debate, and also those who have already taken one road or the other.  I hope that you find this post honoring to God’s word and food for thought.  And then, whatever your view on the issue, you will not let it matter not as much as enjoying our loving God and loving one another wholeheartedly.

Now, I don’t want to dissect the multiple variations of each view, nor challenge specific scientific discoveries, theories and claims. Nor will I be dissecting the controversial Genesis creation accounts that we are usually at loggerheads over. My approach is to challenge the claim that one can believe in both the Bible and evolution, by looking throughout the Bible at how it speaks of both Adam and creation.

Firstly, let me ask where Adam fits into your timeline or framework of thinking. Then, I would like you to consider your view on his existence in the light of, not only the beginning of Genesis, but also other books of the Bible, written by multiple authors, in various genre, and at different times over a period of 1500 years, and together covering some 4000 years of history. Determine for yourself if Adam was a real man, or if he is just a representative symbolic figure? And, then ask, if real, who or what was Adam’s predecessor?

Here are the Biblical accounts that relate to Adam. (Was he a real man who existed in time and space?):

(Genesis 2:19)  And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

(Genesis 2:20)  And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

(Genesis 2:21)  And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

(Genesis 2:23)  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

(Genesis 3:8)  And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

(Genesis 3:9)  And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

(Genesis 3:17)  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

(Genesis 3:20)  And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

(Genesis 3:21)  Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

(Genesis 4:1)  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

(Genesis 4:25)  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

(Genesis 5:1)  This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

(Genesis 5:2)  Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

(Genesis 5:3)  And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

(Genesis 5:4)  And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

(Genesis 5:5)  And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

(Deuteronomy 32:8)  When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

(1 Chronicles 1:1)  Adam, Sheth, Enosh,

(Job 31:33)  If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:

(Luke 3:38)  Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

(Romans 5:14)  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

(1 Corinthians 15:22)  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

(1 Corinthians 15:45)  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

(1 Timothy 2:13)  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

(1 Timothy 2:14)  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

(Jude 1:14)  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

Also, outside of Genesis, God’s word speaks explicitly and implicitly of humanity being at the beginning of creation:

(Mark 10:6)  But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

 (2 Peter 3:4)  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

I believe that the Scriptures above show not only in Genesis, but throughout the Bible, that Adam is referred to as the first man at the beginning of creation. So, although Genesis’ creation accounts are poetic, they’re at the same time a literal account. And, based on the entire scope of God’s Word, the proof needed for evolution will be impossible to find, because if it’s found it would make God’s word null and void.

Once you discredit the creation story as literal, you need an alternative that compliments the rest of God’s word. Although the theory of evolution is an interesting idea, it continues as a theory and the burden of proof remains with it. Although the scientific world make discoveries that, intentionally or unintentionally, display the wonders of God’s creation, many of its theories are ever changing and we need to be careful that we are not supporting an argument that has no proof, and worse is in contradiction to God’s word.

Rob Morley

Is the Bible for Everyone?

Me too!

It is often suggested that the Bible is not able to be understood by unsaved people as they are spiritually blind to its truths. While this has some truth to it, much of the Bible was written for the unsaved to understand. The 10 commandments are a small example of this. Also, many prophecies that were directed at godless nations, kings and people are found in God’s word. But, perhaps the most significant examples that were clearly written with the unsaved in mind are the 4 accounts of Jesus’ life.

In the Gospel of John, we can see that it was not only written for the church, but also to unsaved people for the purpose of their salvation. In John 20:31 it says, “these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” So, you see, parts of God’s word are particularly useful for opening peoples’ spiritual eyes.

A large portion of God’s written revelation cannot be missed by the unsaved, nor does God intend for them to miss it. As I see it, the Bible is designed so that all people can cognitively understand all of it, regardless of their spiritual condition. However, spiritual blindness prevents spiritual understanding, belief and people taking to heart God’s truth. Yet, that very same word can be a tool in God’s hands to give spiritual sight and understanding.

We are all accountable to what has been revealed to us. However, because we have essentially rejected God and are consequently spiritually blind and reprobate, we reject the things that reveal Him. For example, although creation shows that there is a God, we reject this idea. Similarly, God’s Word proves natural man’s blindness, because though we think we can see, we are shown to be blind by rejecting it. People’s response to the word, let alone to creation, shows their spiritual condition. As a result, God, who is already justified in judging us in our rejection of creation, has even more reason to judge us. However, the intention of His word is to bring salvation to man. He is able to use the very word we reject as absurd, and use it to switch our lights on.

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.” 1Co 1:18 -21

So, whether for judgment, salvation or any other purpose, God says, “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it”. Isa 55:11

God’s ultimate intention is for man’s salvation. Sin and spiritual blindness is a condition we are all born into and that God wants to remedy with His grace and mercy found in Jesus! As Christians we may lose our spiritual clarity along the way too, and if so, we too need to go to Jesus, who is ever merciful and our source of Light and Life.

Let’s share God’s Word with everyone!

Rob Morley

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