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The Bible Contains the Word of God...

January 18, 2017
By Mike Pilliod

…I disagree.

You say, “Mr. Pilliod, how could you disagree with that statement?!”  Good question.  Let me point you to a statement from the apostle Paul in his second letter to Timothy, in particular, chapter 3 and verses 15-17:

 “And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

I’d like to focus on the word “inspiration” now.  In the Greek it is θεόπνευστος, or theopneustos, which comes from 2 root words:  theos, meaning God, and pneuma, meaning spirit or breath or wind.  So what we have here is that God breathed out His Word through men such that the Scriptures were written.

How could this happen?  Did God move the pen that the man held?  Of course not.  Did God usurp the will of man in order that His Word could be revealed in written form to all of mankind?  Of course not.  It is a mystery, to be sure, but God does not force man’s will such that he should sin…neither does God force man’s will such that he would write what God wants him to write.  God’s motivations to our will are perfect, complete, and intimate in such fashion as only available from Creator to creature.  Therefore, when God motivates men’s minds to write the Words of God, they do so with precision, accuracy, and infallibility while at the same time using their own techniques, styles, grammatical idiosyncrasies.  God is THAT good, you know!  So, we can be assured that what the men wrote, they wrote in the Spirit of God and in the perfection of God.  I guess that sums it up.  I’m sure I’ve written some portion of this incorrectly and would really like to be corrected in this such that I can nuance it better so please feel free to let me know!

I’d like to also discuss, briefly, the phrase from our passage that reads, “All Scripture is given…”  Did you hear that (or read that)?  “All Scripture.”  Therefore, the Bible does not merely ‘contain’ God’s Word, but it all ‘is’ God’s Word!  If the Bible merely ‘contained’ the Word of God, then that would mean that some small portion of the Bible was ‘not’ the Word of God.  Or it might mean that 50% of the Bible was ‘not’ the Word of God.  Or it could mean that the vast majority of the Bible was ‘not’ the Word of God.

The problem then becomes one of figuring out which sections of Scripture are indeed God’s Word and which sections are not God’s Word.  For example, clearly if the Bible merely ‘contained’ the Word of God then the section of our passage saying that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” would by necessity NOT be the Word of God!  Hmm…

Another point…if the Bible merely contains God’s Word, then where might we place our ultimate authority?  I know of many ‘places’ we might place such authority, but I’d like to focus on one since I’m a science guy.  Secular science operates under a philosophy called naturalism as well as materialism.  Basically, the beginning axiom is that all of existence can be boiled down to matter and/or energy because those are the only things in existence.  In our current culture, science has taken a place of authority in our thinking.  Unfortunately, the Christian can fall into this trap as well.  The Christian, though, uses phrases like “God’s general revelation.”  It is true that there are two revelations of God.  One is indeed the general revelation.  This is the revelation of God in the Creation.  We can glean much about God from general revelation.  For example, laws of logic, mathematics, the fact that there is a sense of good and evil, that the world is looking for God through various religions, etc.  But understand this:  nature is corrupted, cursed, and fallible according to God’s special revelation.  And that is the second revelation of God.  God has specially revealed Himself in two ways: One is through Holy Scripture and the other is through the Incarnation.

The Scriptures and Jesus on earth are perfect, infallible, and inerrant.  So I ask you…which of God’s two revelations should take precedent over the other?  That’s right, God’s special revelation in Holy Writ is the ultimate authority through which we should view God’s general revelation…and this includes the “discoveries” of science.

Cornelius Van Til, apologetics scholar, says this,

“God’s revelation in nature was from the outset of history meant to be taken conjointly with God’s supernatural Communications.”

Van Til was specifically referring to Genesis chapter 2 and the explicit account of the sixth day of Creation.

Steve Ham in his book “In God we Trust” says,

 “In the Garden of Eden, Adam was given explicitly communicated instructions from God in relation to understanding the environment around him.  In the midst of the beautiful garden surrounding him, God supernaturally instructed Adam to work it and keep it, to eat of any of the trees except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  God’s special revelation allowed Adam to make sense of the environment around him, otherwise he had no way on his own but to imagine and guess.  When we choose to reject God’s special revelation for understanding the world around us and the life we live, we also simply imagine and guess.”

So I implore you to take careful stock of where you are placing your source of authority.  It’s not like both nature and the Bible are on equal footing because both are God’s revelation, nay, nature is clearly and totally subservient to the special revelation of Scripture.  So what does this mean?  It means that when the Bible touches on issues of science, then the Bible is correct in what it says in regards to the issues of science.  Our measurements are fallible.  Our observations are fallible.  Nature is cursed and fallen; God’s special revelation is not.

So what does this have to do with the Pilliod family going to Panama?  Think on it.  If the Bible merely contains the Word of God, then it could be possible that what has become known as the Great Commission might just not be God’s Word!  If the Bible merely contains God’s Word, then maybe Scripture is subservient to nature?  I deny this outright!  The Great Commission is God’s Word.  We Christians are commanded to take the Gospel to all the earth…

Feel free to leave a comment below!  Let's have a conversation!

Soli Deo Gloria

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Graham Ries says:
November 07, 2020 12:38 AM CST
I fully agree with you Sir! Brilliantly written article. Thank you. But... I am curious about John 1:1. In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God and The Word was God etc. So it's a simple question really, but one that has bothered me for quite a long time. Does 'The Word' refer to the scriptures, or as I like to say, 'The Word(S) of God', or is The Word JESUS, Who was with God and is God Himself? I eagerly anticipate your response Sir... By the way - I am in South Africa and would dearly love a penpal in Panama... God Bless - Shalom!! Graham

Graham Ries says:
November 07, 2020 12:39 AM CST
I fully agree with you Sir! Brilliantly written article. Thank you. But... I am curious about John 1:1. In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God and The Word was God etc. So it's a simple question really, but one that has bothered me for quite a long time. Does 'The Word' refer to the scriptures, or as I like to say, 'The Word(S) of God', or is The Word JESUS, Who was with God and is God Himself? I eagerly anticipate your response Sir... By the way - I am in South Africa and would dearly love a penpal in Panama... God Bless - Shalom!! Graham

Grant W Cleaves says:
January 31, 2021 05:34 PM CST
The WORD IS JESUS CHRIST. JESUS CHRIST IS THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. GOD WALKED WITH ADAM IN THE COOL OF THE DAY. ADAM WALKED WITH GOD I THE COOL OF THE DAY. GOD GAVE ADAM EXPLICIT INSTRUCTIONS TO NOT EAT THE FRUIT OF THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL; etc. GOD KNEW ADAM FACE TO FACE AND ADAM KNEW GOD FACE TO FACE. GOD GAVE ADAM THE INSTRUCTIONS AS IF I WERE IN THE SAME PLACE AS YOU NOW SPEAKING WITH YOU. ADAM DID NOT RECEIVE SOME SUPERNATURAL MYSTICAL REVELATORY THOUGHT THAT HE NEEDED TO ANALYSE IN HIS HEAD AND HEART TO TRY AND DECIPHER IF IT WERE GOD SPEAKING TO HIM OR NOT. THIS SIDE OF THE CROSS AND IN CHRIST JESUS WE HAVE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH WHO LEADS US IN ALL TRUTH AND HELPS US AND COMFORTS US. IT IS HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT IS OUR GUIDE ON WHAT IS AND IS NOT OF THE TRUTH. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT TRANSLATIONS OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES IN THE WORLD TODAY THAT WE NEED THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH TO GUUDE US AND GIVE US CONFIRMATION OF TRUTH. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE “HOLY SCRIPTURES” ARE THE WORD OF GOD. THUS SIDE OF THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST GOD HAS POURED OUT HIS SPIRIT ON ALL FLESH.

Grant W Cleaves says:
January 31, 2021 05:39 PM CST
The WORD IS JESUS CHRIST. JESUS CHRIST IS THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. GOD WALKED WITH ADAM IN THE COOL OF THE DAY. ADAM WALKED WITH GOD IN THE COOL OF THE DAY. GOD GAVE ADAM EXPLICIT INSTRUCTIONS TO NOT EAT THE FRUIT OF THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL; etc. GOD KNEW ADAM FACE TO FACE AND ADAM KNEW GOD FACE TO FACE. GOD GAVE ADAM THE INSTRUCTIONS AS IF I WERE IN THE SAME PLACE AS YOU NOW SPEAKING WITH YOU. ADAM DID NOT RECEIVE SOME SUPERNATURAL MYSTICAL REVELATORY THOUGHT THAT HE NEEDED TO ANALYSE IN HIS HEAD AND HEART TO TRY AND DECIPHER IF IT WERE GOD SPEAKING TO HIM OR NOT. THIS SIDE OF THE CROSS AND IN CHRIST JESUS WE HAVE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH WHO LEADS US IN ALL TRUTH AND HELPS US AND COMFORTS US. IT IS HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT IS OUR GUIDE ON WHAT IS AND IS NOT OF THE TRUTH. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT TRANSLATIONS OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES IN THE WORLD TODAY THAT WE NEED THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH TO GUUDE US AND GIVE US CONFIRMATION OF TRUTH. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE “HOLY SCRIPTURES” ARE THE WORD OF GOD. THIS SIDE OF THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST GOD HAS POURED OUT HIS SPIRIT ON ALL FLESH.

Falajiki Abiodun says:
April 24, 2021 04:38 PM CST
I believe ALL SCRIPTURE IS GOD BREATHE. I believe that men were inspired by the Holy Spirit to pen the scripture. And I believe all the scripture have their place in our lives. However, is the Bible the Word of God or it just contains the Word of God? I do not think we appreciate & understand this question. In the Bible, different people spoke and without contradiction were not speaking to advance God's kingdom. 1. The serpent spoke to the woman in Gen. That speakings of serpent cannot be categorized as God's Word the way the article seems to portray 2. The lying prophets in the Bible in the book of kings & Jeremiah were not speaking for God 3. The man that wanted to pay money to have power is not speaking for God So, I feel that we must understand the context in which the Bible is the Word of God. The men God used to write to us documents that we are using as the Bible today could not have imagined in their minds the extent to which the documents they wrote have become important for us today. The whole Bible is the Word of God because it reveals to us the principles of God's kingdom. The bible reveals to us the operation of darkness. Hope we know that demons spoke in the Bible? But this makes us to know that when we hear similar speakings today, we can begin to suspect demons again. I feel I should add this balance to our discussion

Victor Seah says:
May 09, 2021 03:04 AM CST
Just as Graham Ries has been puzzled about the meaning of John 1:1–3, I too have read this passage many times. To tell you the truth, I do not understand the words of the Bible's deeper meanings – I can say that I can only understand what the Bible is trying to tell me at only 0.0001% of the time. The Bible is a profound book. It contains literal words and sentences, as well as, most of the time, words and sentences that are metaphorical, allegorical, symbolic, imaginative and hidden. It uses abstruse and abstract language in a context that is foreign to our understanding (unless we are well verse in many disciplines). So I prayed to God to open up the meaning of His words and to make me understand. And God answered my prayers. Just recently, as most of us were struggling on what to do during the Covid-19 lockdown, I decided to tackle with language itself. And the linchpin of language or speech is Grammar. It was eye opening for me. Most of us (>90%) can carry on a conversation or write an article perfectly without any deep knowledge of grammar. But when you ask an educated person to analyze the sentences that he uses so flawlessly, he can hardly distinguish the parts of a sentence. In other words, when we speak, write or think, we tend to do so unthinkingly, mechanically and spontaneously. But in grammar you need to ask a lot of questions: why, how, when, where, in what manner, at what time, etc. By doing so grammar challenges us to question and think in order to get to the root of most of our problems in speech, writing and thoughts. Man is unique among all of God's living things. God has given man the gift of speech, and speech is comprised of words. Without speech (words), man has no dominion over nature. For man to think, communicate and carry out various activities of discovery, invention and creative endeavor, words are required. Without words, no thought, writing and purposeful action can be generated. And it is one language and a common speech that the ancient people tried to build the tower of Babel to heaven. And God had to frustrate their plan by confusing their language so they will not understand each other. If, let say, New York were destroyed, man with power of language (word) will be able to coordinate, plan and rebuild New York again. So, when I read John 1:1–3 again, something happened to me, as if I was in a twilight zone. Things that I have not thought before flooded my mind and put me in a completely new perspective. John 1:3 hit me hard: "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." The Word is God and God has gifted man with the word to be creative for the better or for the worst. Man is made in the image of God.

Victor Seah says:
May 09, 2021 03:10 AM CST
Just as Graham Ries has been puzzled about the meaning of John 1:1–3, I too have read this passage many times. To tell you the truth, I do not understand the words of the Bible's deeper meanings – I can say that I can only understand what the Bible is trying to tell me at only 0.0001% of the time. The Bible is a profound book. It contains literal words and sentences, as well as, most of the time, words and sentences that are metaphorical, allegorical, symbolic, imaginative and hidden. It uses abstruse and abstract language in a context that is foreign to our understanding (unless we are well verse in many disciplines). So I prayed to God to open up the meaning of His words and to make me understand. And God answered my prayers. Just recently, as most of us were struggling on what to do during the Covid-19 lockdown, I decided to tackle with language itself. And the linchpin of language or speech is Grammar. It was eye opening for me. Most of us (>90%) can carry on a conversation or write an article perfectly without any deep knowledge of grammar. But when you ask an educated person to analyze the sentences that he uses so flawlessly, he can hardly distinguish the parts of a sentence. In other words, when we speak, write or think, we tend to do so unthinkingly, mechanically and spontaneously. But in grammar you need to ask a lot of questions: why, how, when, where, in what manner, at what time, etc. By doing so grammar challenges us to question and think in order to get to the root of most of our problems in speech, writing and thoughts. Man is unique among all of God's living things. God has given man the gift of speech, and speech is comprised of words. Without speech (words), man has no dominion over nature. For man to think, communicate and carry out various activities of discovery, invention and creative endeavor, words are required. Without words, no thought, writing and purposeful action can be generated. And it is one language and a common speech that the ancient people tried to build the tower of Babel to heaven. And God had to frustrate their plan by confusing their language so they will not understand each other. If, let say, New York were destroyed, man with power of language (word) will be able to coordinate, plan and rebuild New York again. So, when I read John 1:1–3 again, something happened to me, as if I was in a twilight zone. Things that I have not thought before flooded my mind and put me in a completely new perspective. John 1:3 hit me hard: "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." The Word is God and God has gifted man with the word to be creative for the better or for the worst. Man is made in the image of God.

Lincoln Greenidge says:
June 11, 2021 06:59 PM CST
I really appreciated reading the comments and from what I read, I believe that Falajiki Abiodun broke it down sufficiently that it makes sense to a lay person like myself. Unless we feel the urge to continue brainwashing others, through no fault of our own, as many of us were brought up not to think for ourselves, but to assume that the clergy knew better. The same existed in the days of Jesus as the priests and elders continued to use the ‘Law’ to enslave the minds of the people. In short, one should not take the bible to be the “word” of God literally, as it is a book of words and not ‘a word’, and each word was not inspired by God, but the overall messages that permeate the Bible were. Many thanks to all for inspiring me to comment as normally I would remain silent, but this hopefully allows me to get a better understanding as I continue my journey to find Truth and Purpose.

Ray Rush says:
June 16, 2021 12:04 PM CST
The holy Bible is the word of GOD from Genesis to Revelations Gen. chapter ONE to revelations to chapter twenty two and if any take anything away from this holy Bible they part of eternity will be taken out if any add to this holy Bible GOD will add all the plagues that was given in Egyrpt

Ray Rush says:
June 16, 2021 12:07 PM CST
The holy Bible is the word of GOD from Genesis to Revelations Gen. chapter ONE to revelations to chapter twenty two and if any take anything away from this holy Bible they part of eternity will be taken out if any add to this holy Bible GOD will add all the plagues that was given in Egyrpt

Jason Thomas says:
June 17, 2021 01:37 PM CST
I feel sorry for the people that worship the Bible like it is part of the Trinity. The Bible is very clear what the WORD of God is. Read John 1. The WORD of God was in the beginning, before we even had language, there was the WORD of God. The WORD became flesh and dwelt among us! You seek authority and then you do NOT even Believe what the Bible claims to be the WORD of God? You claim the Bible to be God's Word, but then YOU pick and choose what version, what verses in Leviticus to believe, then you bend over backwards to say why you don't follow that part of what you call God's word? Give me a break, you hypocrites. Take off you colored glasses and read Matthew again. If that's too much how about Matthew 25:31-46. Stop this "Bible is word of God" discussion and go help the downtrodden, the oppressed, people treated badly. Because if you aren't doing that? woe to you

Anthony Musaala says:
July 03, 2021 02:30 PM CST
Jesus Christ is the living Word of God who pre-existed and pre-dated the bible, according to John 1:1. He is God's self communication or self-utterance, hence God's Word. The words of scripture whether in their aggregate form, or dissected into bits, are only the Word of God in so far as they reveal or 'make present' this true person of Christ, in our minds and hearts and in the world. The bible in itself, by itself, is not an end in itself, it is the most excellent means to encounter Christ, the living incarnate Word of God. The scriptures aid our understanding of the mystery of Christ who is God, but the scriptures do not take God's place. God is God and the bible is the bible. All depends on the proper understanding and interpretation of the texts, and how these texts caused the church to exist and grow throughout history, and how these texts have set in motion that 'prisoners' are free. Therefore when we say that 'the bible is the Word of God' without qualification, we must not forget John 1:1, which says "and the Word was GOD", i.e. the Word is not the bible, a mere book but a divine person. If according to John 1:1 the Word of God is God and we say without qualification that the Word of God is the bible, then we are saying that the bible is God, which of course it is not.

Anthony Musaala says:
July 03, 2021 02:38 PM CST
Jesus Christ is the living Word of God who pre-existed and pre-dated the bible, according to John 1:1. He is God's self communication or self-utterance, hence God's Word. The words of scripture whether in their aggregate form, or dissected into bits, are only the Word of God in so far as they reveal or 'make present' this true person of Christ, in our minds and hearts and in the world. The bible in itself, by itself, is not an end in itself, it is the most excellent means to encounter Christ, the living incarnate Word of God. The scriptures aid our understanding of the mystery of Christ who is God, but the scriptures do not take God's place. God is God and the bible is the bible. All depends on if we have the proper understanding and interpretation of the texts, and how these texts caused the church to exist and grow throughout history, and how these texts have set in motion that 'prisoners' are set free. Therefore when we say that 'the bible is the Word of God' without qualification, we must not forget John 1:1, which says "and the Word was GOD", i.e. the Word is not the bible, a mere book but a divine person. If according to John 1:1 the Word of God is God and we say without qualification that the Word of God is the bible, then we are saying that the bible is God, which of course it is not.

Pastor Kunaka says:
July 16, 2021 06:33 AM CST
Thank you for the article. Quite interesting. Without drawing any conclusions but merely giving some thoughts I would gather there is a great need for the Holy Spirit to clarify a few things. I love the Word of God. Whilst we understand that the Bible is authoritative and sacred Its importance is paramount to Christendom. The same Bible teaches us that Godhead is three persons in one. And the Word is the second person. The Word of God in this instance is a personality. We know that the Word was exalted above his Name. We understand that when Jesus comes in Revelation He is called the Word of God. There is a difference between the Word and Scripture. The Word "Logos" is any word spoken. Scripture, on the other hand, is mere writings of any kind but in case the writings are Holy hence separated from other writings. More books are written in addition to the Bible. Some in heaven and come here like the book of remembrance where everything we say is being recorded. There is the book of life and other books mentioned in the book of Revelation. Q. If Jesus is to come today and people are to point to the Word of God. Who will we point to the Bible or Jesus? Are the two then the same if they are identified by the same term? In the Bible, there is no specific place or reference that suggests that the Bible is the Word of God but there are numerous references where Jesus calls what we call the "Bible today" - scripture, writings, Moses, law, Psalms and the prophets. I.e. Jesus said, Ye, err because you do know the scriptures" or "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." When exactly and who exactly termed Scriptures the Word of God? The scriptures were written (canonised) First by Job who lived before Moses then Moses to what we have. Before these writings were inked the Word of God was already there. What Abraham believed was God's Word and it was not written. Lastly seeing there is not much space, everything was framed and is sustained by the Word of God. How do the scriptures play this role? Every reference pointing to the Word of God is pointing to Jesus. The Holy Scriptures point to the Word of God that became flesh which is Jesus making the Word of God, a person, living and able to give life, who can be sent and return when he accomplishes whatever he was sent to do by His father. In conclusion, read John 5vs39 there are interesting things Jesus says about the scriptures. There is more I can share on this subject. I am willing to learn

Pastor Kunaka says:
July 16, 2021 06:34 AM CST
Thank you for the article. Quite interesting. Without drawing any conclusions but merely giving some thoughts I would gather there is a great need for the Holy Spirit to clarify a few things. I love the Word of God. Whilst we understand that the Bible is authoritative and sacred Its importance is paramount to Christendom. The same Bible teaches us that Godhead is three persons in one. And the Word is the second person. The Word of God in this instance is a personality. We know that the Word was exalted above his Name. We understand that when Jesus comes in Revelation He is called the Word of God. There is a difference between the Word and Scripture. The Word "Logos" is any word spoken. Scripture, on the other hand, is mere writings of any kind but in case the writings are Holy hence separated from other writings. More books are written in addition to the Bible. Some in heaven and come here like the book of remembrance where everything we say is being recorded. There is the book of life and other books mentioned in the book of Revelation. Q. If Jesus is to come today and people are to point to the Word of God. Who will we point to the Bible or Jesus? Are the two then the same if they are identified by the same term? In the Bible, there is no specific place or reference that suggests that the Bible is the Word of God but there are numerous references where Jesus calls what we call the "Bible today" - scripture, writings, Moses, law, Psalms and the prophets. I.e. Jesus said, Ye, err because you do know the scriptures" or "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." When exactly and who exactly termed Scriptures the Word of God? The scriptures were written (canonised) First by Job who lived before Moses then Moses to what we have. Before these writings were inked the Word of God was already there. What Abraham believed was God's Word and it was not written. Lastly seeing there is not much space, everything was framed and is sustained by the Word of God. How do the scriptures play this role? Every reference pointing to the Word of God is pointing to Jesus. The Holy Scriptures point to the Word of God that became flesh which is Jesus making the Word of God, a person, living and able to give life, who can be sent and return when he accomplishes whatever he was sent to do by His father. In conclusion, read John 5vs39 there are interesting things Jesus says about the scriptures. There is more I can share on this subject. I am willing to learn

Pastor Kunaka says:
July 16, 2021 07:00 AM CST
John 5:38-40 KJV And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. [39] Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. [40] And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. We understand that the Word of God is living and can give life. The Word is where we draw faith and it comes by "Hearing". The Word of the Lord comes "saying" meaning we hear the word. The sheep hear the voice. The good ground is those that hear and keep the word. Man shall not live by bread alone by every word that Proceeds (spoken) from the mouth of God meaning it is heard. Blessed are ye the hear was the Spirit is saying to the churches. Be doers of the Word and not Hearers only. He sent for the Word and healed them. The word is spoken or uttered. The Word is spirit and life thus mobile. The Word can penetrate even unto the bone marrow in spirit form...The word has a voice (Psalm103:20). Some reference point for consideration

Pastor Kunaka says:
July 17, 2021 02:50 PM CST
Job 33:14 speaks about God speaking through dreams. Lets explore the meaning of that too.

Peter K Lee says:
August 14, 2021 06:07 PM CST
I believe the "Word of God" exists in two forms: the "personified" form in the Person of Christ, and the "literary" form in the form of the Bible. Jesus always takes preeminence because He is the Author of the written Bible. The Bible has had millennia of history with multilingual sources (Hebrew and Greek), translations and commentaries. We can be led to different conclusions, but through the Spirit leading us to Christ, the "personified" Word keeps us true to God's revelation in any matter. Just a thought I wish to share, thank you.

Peter K Lee says:
August 14, 2021 06:08 PM CST
I believe the "Word of God" exists in two forms: the "personified" form in the Person of Christ, and the "literary" form in the form of the Bible. Jesus always takes preeminence because He is the Author of the written Bible. The Bible has had millennia of history with multilingual sources (Hebrew and Greek), translations and commentaries. We can be led to different conclusions, but through the Spirit leading us to Christ, the "personified" Word keeps us true to God's revelation in any matter. Just a thought I wish to share, thank you.

Michael says:
October 09, 2021 03:54 AM CST
Is Matthew 4:3 The word of God?

Rachell says:
October 12, 2021 11:03 AM CST
Someone ask me this question the muslim have the scripture,jew have scripture,the budhist have scripture,the hindu have scripture does this mean every scripture is the word of god

Rachell says:
October 12, 2021 11:06 AM CST
Someone ask me this question the muslim have the scripture,jew have scripture,the budhist have scripture,the hindu have scripture does this mean every scripture is the word of god

Lex says:
October 24, 2021 11:09 PM CST
No? Your quote from the Bible states that all is inspired. Inspiration is not his word. He didn't say these things, it's just that we are expected to believe theseen not to have lied or manipulated. Or simply to have misunderstood. Secondly I can prove that nature isn't subservient to the Bible because we have recorded instances of homosexual relations between animals. And monkeys have been greedy and rude to each other for a long time. Nowhere was God stated to have given Free Will into animals so.... They can't sin because they must do as He expects of them.

Sharon says:
November 02, 2021 05:49 AM CST
I write every morning whenever the Lord wakes me up. As I listen and pray He begins to share His heart with me. The very subjects of the spoken word and written Word. Science were explored. He lead me to this article as I was looking something up. It confirms your words, mine and more importantly His. Be blessed!!!

Howard Beggs says:
November 14, 2021 10:04 AM CST
Exodus 21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Matthew 5:38-39 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. If God wrote both statements, didn't He contradict Himself? I thought He was infallible!

gary says:
November 15, 2021 09:53 PM CST
The evidence for the divine inspiration of the Christian New Testament is pretty pathetic. Are Protestant apologists really going to assert that just because Peter or Paul {allegedly) declared a passage "scripture", that automatically makes that passage divinely inspired? Are Protestant apologists now claiming that Peter (or Paul) was the "vicar of Christ"?? How very papist! https://lutherwasnotbornagaincom.wordpress.com/2021/11/15/the-alleged-divine-inspiration-of-the-new-testament-is-a-joke/

Okoro kalu says:
April 01, 2022 08:25 AM CST
If everything in the bible is what God said, what of Gen. 3:4 where Satan said "you shall not surely die"

Carol Andersen says:
June 19, 2022 01:23 PM CST
Please, understand that I respect the opinions of all. If one feels comfort in one's religious beliefs and respects those of others, God has probably accomplished some good. That said... Keep in mind how easily churches have divided over the many centuries over disagreement and dispute... 'man's' disagreement and dispute based on nothing more than personal opinions and the ability to aquire followers through fear (sometimes of God) and intimidation (sometimes of person). A group of men decided what would become our Holy Bible and what would be excluded. That Holy Bible begins with the words of a man named Moses written hundreds and thousands of years after any event, including the creation. What we have come to accept of Adam or King David or Abraham is all based on nothing more than the equivalent of "whispering down the lane", "wive's tales" and... personal opinions. Thereafter follows more of the same through the Old Testament into the New. If you believe that God did, in fact, give Moses the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai, then you must believe that those are the only true words God gave. There are no others accept what some man 'said' God gave him in a dream or sent an angel with a message. Gullibility, then and now - possibly. Man's fear of God - possible at that time, unlikely now as evidenced by the breaking of so many Commandments by so many. And, if you truly believe Jesus was the Son of God, how can His teachings of love, charity, the casting of that first stone and the Beatitudes be so readily ignored, not only in today's world but throughout history by so many including the very men we see as religious leaders. There are contradictions in the Bible which I will not go into but assume Bible scholars are more aware of than I. Even the 'begats' sometimes differ and the timeline from Adam to Jesus is far from trustworthy. Relevant? Perhaps, perhaps not. And yet, if there is one error, one miscommunication, one contradiction, the entire history becomes questionable to me, especially knowing that these are the accounts of ancient man with personal beliefs, sometimes a just man, sometimes nothing more than a power-seeker (which is common even now). They thought the world was flat, some women were witches, and not too many years ago, debated who was in The Last Supper, a painter's artistic expression of a meal 500 years before. Later, long after the Old Testament, Jesus and the Gospels, it cannot be disputed that the church ruled with a self-serving fist. And yet we follow and claim to believe, especially when it serves a personal purpose. When the Bible contradicts our preferences, we ignore it. Woe is man! I can no longer honestly say I believe in God. I still pray to Him, but it is only with the fervent hope that He is there. And I try to live my life according to the teachings of Jesus, mostly because it's simply the right thing to do even if a man named Jesus had never said them. But I'll admit, I have my own God - one who never would have told Abraham to sacrifice his son and never would have even considered visited the sins of the father onto the children and their children. Those are the thoughts of man in his attempt to control, as does the church in it's ever-changing desperate policies to keep a flock based on each leader's personal preferences and sometimes even devious purposes. Those who pretend to know God's will are the worst. Beware the false prophets.

Annie Christopher says:
July 27, 2022 11:03 PM CST
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Annie Christopher says:
July 27, 2022 11:03 PM CST
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Dylan says:
August 07, 2022 01:43 AM CST
There is something that doesn't make sense to me, please help. Paul aorte this letter to Timothy. He writes, "All scripture"... I think im correct in sayikg that the new testeament would only be compiled many many yaars after this was written. So, when Payl says all scripture, is he referring to the Old testament or the torah? He cant be writing about the bible...

Christine cox says:
August 27, 2022 06:33 AM CST
Hi l was disturbed by a blogger called vanguard that was saying the bible is not God's word as if thousands of years of proof and identity can be swept away by a two bit blogger just disgusting what people lie and write just want someone like yourself who knows the truth could warn people against those inposters thankyou god bless

Christine cox says:
August 27, 2022 06:33 AM CST
Hi l was disturbed by a blogger called vanguard that was saying the bible is not God's word as if thousands of years of proof and identity can be swept away by a two bit blogger just disgusting what people lie and write just want someone like yourself who knows the truth could warn people against those inposters thankyou god bless

Christine cox says:
August 27, 2022 06:34 AM CST
Hi l was disturbed by a blogger called vanguard that was saying the bible is not God's word as if thousands of years of proof and identity can be swept away by a two bit blogger just disgusting what people lie and write just want someone like yourself who knows the truth could warn people against those inposters thankyou god bless

steve says:
September 04, 2022 01:20 PM CST
"all scripture" when Paul speaks of all scripture what is he referring to? Obviously not the new testament. Is the OT then the Word of God?

Kadiri Raphael says:
October 08, 2022 03:36 PM CST
The bible is the scriptures not the word of God. But jesus is the word of his father and not the scripture. God did never ask any one cought in adultatry to be stoned to dead. But one of this action was corrected by jesus in a situation where a woman cought in adultry was about to be stone to dead according to what the scripture descrbed as moses law. The scrpture gave a condition for divorve. But jesus said" i hate divorce. God is bigger than the bible. Jesus is bigger than the scripture. In the beginning was the word. And the word was with God. And the word was God. Readinh 1st john chapter 1 vs 1 going down. This is the sumary of what i am trying to explain.

Tony says:
October 19, 2022 10:40 PM CST
How do you know that the Bible is the word of God and not a book written by Europeans to brainwash the world? There’s no evidence that the people of the Bible existed. Where are the Egyptians who supposedly drowned in the Red Sea? No Egyptians have been found in the Sea so prove to me that it happened. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Please respond. I bet you can’t prove it. Another thing. Egypt is only a little bit more than 600 miles from Jerusalem so why did it take Moses 40 years to get there. How many animals existed on Earth and two by two aboard Ed the Ark? Come on people. THINK

Daniel Wescott says:
November 06, 2022 10:42 AM CST
While I seem to understand your position and the point you have delivered, I will definitely have to disagree. I do not believe Paul would have been prideful enough to make the claim that, his words, as he was writing them, were both scripture, and God-breathed. It seems quite clear that Paul is referring to the Torah, and other scrolls that they had in that day.

Mark says:
December 23, 2022 12:54 PM CST
No, Paul/Saul never even met Jesus. Check out the Jesus Seminar with Robert Funk who wrote "The 5 Gospels" as they dig into the actual words of Jesus Christ vs additions. Another great resource, priest Anselm Turmeda's book. He studied ancient text directly and is superior to this "perspective " that is nothing but pontificating. Finally, visit Www.manyprophetsonemessage.com for more details! Cross reference everything in Bible with Torah and Quran. You will see God is One.

Pat says:
January 27, 2023 09:30 AM CST
When 2 Timothy 3:16 was written, the New Testament didn't exist: there were only some letters written by individuals and not even all the writings of the New Testament. Is it your contention this applies to these (at that moment) unincluded and/or unwritten scripture? And if not, why should we believe 2 Timothy 3:16 represents the inspired Word of God? Also, how is Paul writing "In my judgment, she is...", the Word of God? Further, many parts of the Old Testament were clearly the words of men. I'm not talking about the parts that state, 'The Lord said..' or similar wording, but rather how was David, who was a prophet, saying "Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul", the word of God since it clearly didn't happen? How do you distinguish between one and the other? Aside from 2 Timothy, is there anywhere in the Bible where God, Jesus or even a prophet states that every single word is the Word of God? I want to believe that's the case, mostly because it would be a lot easier to do so, but the Bible itself doesn't appear to state that.