The Pilgrim’s Treasure, Part 1 of 3

As I sat and pondered the situation in our country with its turmoil, I considered what I would do if a throng of people arrived and told me to leave my house and possessions immediately.  They commanded that I am only allowed to take one article along.  What would I take?  After many years of thinking and reading about life, my choice would be my Bible.  You may ask, why the Bible?  Why not a warm jacket, or some precious item? 

#  The Bible is truth.

  • Jesus is the Word of God, (Revelation 19:13) and He says in John 14:6, ‘I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.’
  • Without going into too many details, there is a statement in Revelation 21:5b, that gives us an indication of the truth of the Bible,  ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’

#  God the Owner of the universe speaks with authority.  

  • His words are like those of the owner of any business: they carry weight and are applicable to everyone in the firm.  Similarly God is omniscient and holy.  He speaks only truth and all people are called to belong to Him.  For those without Bibles, He gave them a conscience, and creation also testifies about Him.  

#  The Bible ‘published’ over a long time

  • The Bible is an old book (about 2,300 years old).  It took a very long time to be ‘published.’  From the first book, Genesis (written around 1400 BC), till the last book, Revelation (written around 70 AD), was a period of about 1,500 years. 
  • To help us understand it better, let’s say Genesis was written in 500 AD.  Then Revelation would be finished in 2000 AD.  Think about the changes that occurred during those ages.  World powers came and went.  There were social changes, different fashions, great advancements in industry and science, et cetera.  
  • Yet, because the Holy Spirit inspired the writers who lived in different times in history, they all had one theme.  It is God’s Kingdom, and the role of His Son Jesus in it.  What a miracle!  

Conclusion

The Bible is a super special book, ‘The law from Your mouth [the Bible, God’s Word] is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.’  Psalm 119:72  Just the right treasure for a pilgrim in this life. 

How to offend God

It is always better to trust Scripture in stead of man’s fallible opinion.

Many believers get mixed up by the propaganda of the world that evolution, the big bang, et cetera is scientific.  There are even theologians and ministers of the Word that teach that the God of the Bible created through the process of evolution over millions of years (theistic evolution).   Inevitably it affects one’s faith in the authority of Scripture (if Genesis 1 is not true, why believe the rest of the Bible).

#  The authority of Scripture

  • God, in His wisdom, gave us only one revelation of Himself – the Bible.  It contains everything we need to know about God and His Kingdom.  It is the manual for how to live this life and to inherit eternal life.
  • There is not one verse in the Bible that gives people the right to change, take away from, or add to God’s Book.  On the contrary, ’All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’ 1 God’s Word stands, even as people come and go.

#  The character of God

  • The Bible (the Word of God, or Scripture) reveals the character of God.  Scripture is very clear that the God of the Bible is the Creator of the heavens and the earth in six twenty-four hour days. 2
  • To change the omnipotent Creator God into an onlooking ‘God’ who trusted that all He planned would evolve randomly and naturally over billions of years, is a direct assault on the character of God.

#  Some logical thinking

Scripture is not a book that is forced upon a person.  One is free to accept or reject it, take it or leave it.  If theistic evolutionists are not happy with the Bible and its account of the six-day-creation-God, there is no pressure on them to remain in the Christian camp.  Even Jesus did not call back the disciples who left Him. 3

Conclusion

The devil, who leads the whole world astray, was originally in God’s employ. 4  He knows all about God and His plans.  He knows the authority of the Word of God.  That is the reason why he influences some theologians and preachers to chop and change the Bible.  It is always better to trust Scripture in stead of man’s fallible opinion.

References

  1. 1 Peter 1:24-25, quoted from Isaiah 40:6-8
  2. Genesis 1, Exodus 20:11
  3. John 6:60-67
  4. Revelation 12:9
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