What happens when you chop and change Scripture?

It is positively dangerous to tamper with the factual meaning of Scripture.

The Bible consists of 66 different ‘documents’ or ‘books.’  If they were inspired by the Holy Spirit they should show an order, logic and continuity.  If they don’t, why should we believe they had a common Author, the Holy Spirit?

#  Creation, an example of a repeated theme

Let’s test whether the creation account of Genesis 1 is a theme found consistently in Scripture.  These are a few examples of the many verses about creation:

  • Exodus 20:11, ‘For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them….’ 
  • Nehemiah 9:6, ’You alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them.  You give life to everything….’
  • Proverbs 3:19-20, ’By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding He set the heavens in place; by His knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.’
  • Jeremiah 32:17, ’Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.  Nothing is too hard for you.’ 
  • John 1:3, ’Through Him [Jesus] all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.’ 
  • Colossians 1:16 and Hebrews 1:2 repeat that Jesus is the Creator.
  • Revelation 10:6, ’And he [an angel] swore by Him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it….’
  • A few other verses are in Psalm 33:6; Psalm146:6; Psalm 148:5; Ecclesiastes 11:5 Mark 13:19; Acts 17:24; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 11:3; 2 Peter 3:4 et cetera.

#  The pattern is clear throughout Scripture. 

God created.  If one denies God’s almighty power to create in six days, a big problem surfaces:

  • Isaiah 65:17 says, ’Behold I will create new heavens and a new earth.  The former things will not be remembered….’   It is a prophecy that points to Revelation 21:1, ‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.’  A new literal eternal heaven and earth is the hope of the followers of Jesus.
  • If someone changes Genesis 1, he/she has to change many other verses in the Bible that have to do with creation.  Where does it end?  If creation is not true, why is Jesus the Son of God, born of a virgin, resurrected from the dead, ascended to heaven?

Conclusion

God’s omnipotence is displayed in six days creation.  That same omnipotence guarantees the new heavens and earth for us.  It guarantees Jesus our Savior.  It is positively dangerous to tamper with the factual meaning of Scripture.

 

God, the Almighty in the book of Revelation

Our hope of an eternal dwelling with the Trinity rests on the firm foundation of an omnipotent powerful Creator God. He will deliver what He promises.

The wonderful book of Revelation in the Bible describes God as, ’the Almighty [all powerful, omnipotent]’, 9 times.  In the New Testament the word, ‘Almighty’ is used ten times – once in 2 Corinthians 6:18 and 9 times in Revelation.

#  Different descriptions of ‘Almighty’ in Revelation

  • Seven times it is, ‘The Lord God Almighty.’ 1
  • Twice it is, ‘God Almighty.’ 2
  • The uses of ‘Almighty’ describe ‘the majesty, splendour, power and greatness of the God who is actively working to bring all things to His intended end’ 3

#  Why the emphasis on God’s omnipotence is important. 

The Almighty God and His Son, Jesus, will totally annihilate and sweep away every vestige of the devil’s rule on earth.  They will send Satan and his demons to eternal punishment.  Then the new heavens and earth will appear.  That can only happen because God and Jesus are omnipotent (the Holy Spirit is also there, but still with the Church).  Thus this fitting verse, ‘We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is, and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.’ 4 

#  The link between Genesis 1 and Revelation 21

Genesis describes the beginning of God’s plan and Revelation the successful completion of the ‘project.’  This is basically what our hope is about – new life with Jesus.  So the enemy of God continuously tries to teach the followers of Jesus otherwise.

  • There is a continual effort to convince the followers of Jesus that God created the heavens and the earth through an evolutionary process (no omnipotent God needed).
  • There is no evidence from Scripture that the Lord God Almighty needed more than six days to create.
  • Either God is omnipotent, or He is not.  If God did not create the heavens and earth in six days as per Genesis 1, then obviously He cannot create a new heaven and earth.
  • Only the God described in the Bible, the Lord God Almighty can guarantee an eternal Kingdom of Peace.
  • The Holy Spirit mentions the ‘imitation,’ so-called evolutionary god among others, “Tell them this:  These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.’” 5

Conclusion

Our hope of an eternal dwelling with the Trinity rests on the firm foundation of an omnipotent powerful Creator God.  He will deliver what He promises.

References

  1. Revelation 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7; 19:6 and 21:22
  2. Revelation 16:14 and 19:15
  3. Experiencing the Word, New Testament, Holman Christian Bible (with notes by Henry Blackaby, Holman Bible Publishers, 2001, page 551
  4. Revelation 11:17
  5. Jeremiah 10:11

Who else believes that the Bible means what it says?

We live in an age in which people in the Church no longer believe large portions of their Book. They claim that certain parts are not literally true.

‘Literal’ means, to understand the meaning of words in their usual or most basic sense.  Literal means something is real.  For example, were the first couple on earth completely human, was the flood a universal deluge that destroyed most life, did Jesus walk by the sea of Galilee, et cetera?

The big question is, how does one determine what is literal (real) and what is not?  It is actually very easy.  Which portions of the Bible, if we remove them, will ‘fatally wound’ the Bible?

If we take out or change any of the following, there is no Gospel at all.

  • Creation in six days.  If God is not powerful enough to miraculously create all of nature in 6 days, He cannot create the new heavens and earth: no creation, no eternal future Kingdom.
  • The first couple on earth, Adam and Eve.  If they were not literal, then their descendant, Jesus cannot be real either.
  • The universal flood.  It is a symbol of God’s last judgment that will apply to all people.
  • Abraham, the ancestor of the Jewish nation.  No Abraham, no Jewish nation, no Israel.
  • The history of Israel.  Most of the events in the Bible happened there.  Anyone can visit Israel and see for themselves where Jesus walked along the Lake of Galilee or Jerusalem where He was crucified.
  • Miracles.  For example, an ax head floated,1 Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt through miracles, the resurrection of Lazarus,2 or the miraculous catch of fish.3  No miracles, no future resurrection of people, no eternal life, no use for the Bible.
  • Jesus Christ.  He was conceived by a virgin, resurrected, ascended and sits at the right hand of God in heaven.  No literal Jesus, no Gospel at all.
  • The final Judgment.  All people who ever lived will give an account of their deeds to God. Without it, there can be no eternal justice, and no way to divide the sheep and the goats.
  • Two eternal destinations.  They are the New heaven and earth (reward) and the lake of burning sulphur (punishment).  If they are not real, what is the use of the Bible, the use of righteous living with the help of the Holy Spirit?

These are the main aspects that the Bible hinges on.  If you take any of them away, nothing remains.  They have to be literal, real and true for the Bible to be a reliable guide to eternal life with God.

References

  1. 2 Kings 6:1-7
  2. John 11:1-44
  3. Luke 5:1-11