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Is the Bible Really God’s Word?

I struggle at times. I know that the only word we have from God on this planet earth is contained within this leather bound book that lies on my desk day and night. Yet the computer, television, a busy schedule, to-do list or even serving God – woo me away from hearing God’s voice in his word.

I long to sit down and just drink from the living waters of God’s word and be refreshed. I long for a still moment of prayer and time in God’s word. But for some unknown reason, I regularly try to satisfy this need in other places!


What makes the Bible so special? What makes it the number one best seller of all time?


The Bible is God’s revealed Word to us. It was written by men who were moved by God to write.

2 Timothy 3:16 says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
 

2 Peter 1:21 says “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Scripture is God-breathed. Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. This is a huge and magnificent claim. Do you believe it to be true?
One reason Josh McDowell gives to explain the difference of the Bible to other books is its UNITY.

Josh McDowell explains: Imagine if you asked 10 different people from your local area, with similar educational backgrounds and culture to write on one controversial subject such as the meaning of life. Do you think they would all agree and have perfect unity? Of course not.

This is what makes the Bible marvelous! The Bible doesn’t have 10 authors it has 40! It’s not from one local area or culture or time frame. It was written over a 1,500 year time period, in different cultures, languages, with men from vastly different education (Joshua was a military general, Luke was a doctor, David a shepherd boy poet turned King, Peter a fisherman, Paul in prison, and Moses in the wilderness), 3 different continents and on hundreds of topics. And yet the Bible has perfect unity!

The unity of the Bible is a strong argument for its divine inspiration. And when you look further into archaeological evidence and the fulfillment of prophecy - your jaw will drop. We serve an amazing God and indeed - the Bible you are opening daily to read – is THE VERY WORD OF GOD to you.

Teach the above truths to your children so they are able to defend their faith. Memorize the above passages so you can defend your faith. And as you open your Bible in your quiet time, remember the authority that is in the Bible. And remember the love that God has for you that he would choose to reveal himself to you in his Word.

Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

The Bible is not like other books – that lay lifeless. The Bible is living and active! He loves you so. Enjoy your precious time alone with God the Almighty creator of the heavens and the earth. Wow – does that not floor you!

Walk with the King!

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  1. Thank you for this Courtney…. this is an area I need growth in! Very inspiring!

  2. Courtney, thank you for this great post. I struggle at times to but when it comes to it, itis all about Faith; the Faith that the Holy Spirit of the Father filled these authors to give us His word. Believe it or not, God uses many ways to help us understand this in simple terms we each understand. In my case it was two movie, because I love movies and I think God wanted to use a medium I understand. First is a film called The Case for Faith which deals with two of the most fundamental questions Christians are always confronted: why is Jesus the only way to Salvation? and If God is so good, then why is there so much evil in the world? Of course, answering these question implies having to explain why we think the Bible is the word of God. Funny enough, I bought this film the same day I bought Billy: The Early Years, about Billy Graham. I say funny because The Case for Faith is presented in the context of Charles Templeton (Billy Graham’s friend) struggle and subsequent disbelief that the Bible was THE word of God. So between both movies I came to also understand the struggles but also the importance of Faith in the Spirit of God, and the belief that the Bible is His words. Ok, sorry for the long comment but this really is one of those subjects that I have come to finally understand better and it excites me! :)

  3. Awesome post! :) Definitely need to memorize these! My hubby has tried to talk to his dad about salvation and the Bible, but his dad thinks the Bible is just a storybook. :(

  4. “Every word of God is pure”- Proverbs 30:5 There has to be a preserved Word of God. But careful study and investigation shows that their is a serious problem in newer versions that have come along since the 1880′s.

    I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading God’s Word- I want to let the prudent beware. I did a couple posts on this issue in a summer series this year if you are interested.

    http://www.halloffamemoms.com/2010/09/1413-saturdays-many-bible-versions-satans-mo-part-2/

  5. Tracy – I do not wish to argue translations with you…and I respectfully disagree with you but I LOVE you dearly as a Christian sister and look forward to meeting you at Relevant!

    Since you stated your view (and very gently and respectfully I might add – thank you :-), let me just say a few things that may help you understand where I am coming from.

    1. The Bible was not originally written in English. Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic are the main languages the Bible was written in – so NO English translation is flawless including those previous to the 1880′s.

    2. Different versions of the Bible are written different ways – some are word for word (and can be choppy and harder to understand but are great translations), some are thought for thought (these are a little easier to read and the meaning is still preserved) and some paraphrase (these are both hated and loved by many!). There’s great reading here about it: http://scripturedig.com/2010/06/10/how-to-judge-a-book-by-its-cover/

    So we could hotly debate translations and really get no where. So let’s agree to disagree – dig into our English Bibles (I took Greek in college but I’m very rusty!) and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s truth to us.

    Remember,the missionary linguists on the mission field struggling to get God’s word into third world languages. It may take 5-10 years just for the missionaries to learn the language and write John 3:16 in the 3rd world language! The fact that we hold a fully translated Bible is so amazing and HUGE let’s enjoy it! We are so very blessed!

    United as sisters in Christ,
    Courtney

  6. Great post once again Courtney! We DO Have God’s Word! Praise the Lord! I know this is VERY controversial, but it DOES matter which version you read! Please check out these links if any of you can and consider them carefully.
    http://av1611.com/kjbp/charts.html
    God bless you Courtney!

  7. Courtney,

    You did a great job with this post! What a blessing! I completely agree with all that you shared. I think that one of the things that makes me the saddest is when Christians get more involved in debates about translation/versions than in actively sharing the encouragement and love of Christ with the people in our lives. Sigh…everyone has their own personal favorite translation for their own reasons. You did an excellent job of explaining your thoughts on this. Thank you for bringing us all back the the amazing gift that we have in having the entire Bible translated SO many different ways into English when there are folks in this world that don’t have even one in their native language. To God be all Glory!!! Thank you Sister!

  8. Wow, it definitely DOES floor me. Courtney, I wish I could put into words how UNBELIEVABLY BLESSED I’m finding myself through my new quiet time with the Lord, and through the encouragement and accountability of my GMG sisters (both in my group and the reality of hundreds of GMG’s “at large”).

    This post is so very, very encouraging to me. THANK YOU, Courtney, for your ministry to us.
    Blessings,
    Toni

  9. Hi Courtney,

    I love the the verses you stated from the Bible! Especially, 2 Tim. 3:16 and Hebrews 4:12. These promises give me the enduring faith I need on my journey to bear the fruit of gentleness and self control. Thank you:)!!

  10. Thank you Courtney! I needed to read this post. I have had trouble trying to get my husband to see that the Bible is God’s living word and I admit that sometimes I have wondered if everything in the Bible is the truth. But like the previous poster stated, it’s all about faith and trusting what’s in your heart. I will definitely be reading this to him when he gets home. Thanks again!

  11. Thank you Courtney For writeing about God word. Comeing from Thailand. I am thankful so thankful that I have the Bible to go to to find wisdom in my life.
    Love in Christ
    Mem

  12. Great post!! Thank you so much for sharing this! It is so amazing that the bible IS God’s word to us! How amazing that it has come so far and the words and meaning are never changing!!
    I really need to memorize those passages!! Thanks again and God bless you!!

  13. Deana Olvera says:

    How do I get to know Him? I want to so bad. Where do I start? Please help me someone please!

    Email me deana_olvera5@hotmail.com

    I really want to know Him.

    Thanks
    Deana

  14. Deana – start here and read this blog post…then feel free to leave specific questions about what you read either on that post, on this post or send me a private email.

    http://womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com/2009/12/do-you-know-christ.html

    Praying for you tonight,
    Courtney

  15. Praying for you tonight also Deana! :) We are both here for you! :)

  16. Hi, Courtney, what a busy week it has been for us and I am now just getting by to read up!!!!! You can see a little of my crazy week on my blog, it involves a moving van and lots of boxes!! Thank you for reminding me of how important not only is God’s Word but also to listen to him. I am eager to see your post on Bible translations!! I am in like mind with you, and without reading your post, yet, I would like to chime in that I find it nearly impossible that God would let His Word become void by having “wrong” translations. I did a great deal of study on this when I was once told that I was going to HELL because I was not reading the KJV and I have a grandmother who suffers greatly because she just can not understand the KJV Bible and is also under the belief that if she reads anything else she will go to hell. How this saddens me to know that she will not grow in His grace and mercy all because “man” feels that they must impose these rules upon us. You have handle this topic with grace and tack, well done my Sister in Christ!!!!!

  17. This is exactly what I needed to read today. I’ve been trying to “fill up” on God’s word by resources around me, and nothing has worked. I’m going to go straight to the source now :). Thank you.

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