That was the question asked this Sunday at Church. We are in the middle of a series called God Questions, where we are looking into commonly asked questions about God.
What are your personal opinions about the truth of the Bible? Is it the inspired Word, fictional stories?
The Barna Group reports that in 2006 48% of adults agree strongly that the Bible is totally accurate in all of its teachings, there are probably as many different ideas about the Bible as there are people, but to some degree it is important to know the accuracy of the Bible for your personal faith.
Two major points from the message Sunday really stuck out to me. The first responded to the point that many different authors wrote the Bible (40 authors wrote the 66 books). I guess the argument is that God didn't "write" the Bible, 40 humans did. The Pastor used the illustration of a famous architect such as Frank Lloyd Wright. FLW creates the plan, the blueprints, the design for a building. Does FLW actually build the building? Nope, contractors come in and they take care of the building process. But if a contractor wants to change anything about the building, they must first talk with FLW about and gain his approval for any modifications. Now back to God, He created the overall plan for the Bible and used 40 specific contractors to create His Word. Nothing was written without the "permission" of God. Pretty cool eh?
The second illustration was a car manual, he used a specific sports car that I don't remember (let's say a Corvette). So you are given this 2008 Corvette with all these fancy numbers and letters after it! You sit down and pull out the car manual. You begin reading through it, highlighting important parts - making notes about stuff you don't agree with. You become so passionate about the car manual that you begin going out and speaking to local groups about it, talking about the power seat functions (his example). This is great you go around for awhile and everything is great, then one night some young guy comes up afterwards, "that was a great presentation about power seats. I've always wanted that car, how does it drive?" This question catches you off guard because you've never actually driven it! You got so caught up in the manual that you never "practiced" what it said. You never acted on all the knowledge. Some take the Bible and read it ravenously, but never act on what they know or have learned.
The second illustration was more of a practical application, but I really liked both of those points and applications. As a kid I took on faith that the Bible was truly the inspired Word of God. As an adult I know by both faith and fact that the Bible is the true Word of God. A good book is More Than a Carpenter written by Josh McDowell.
There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 The Message
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