Does it work to ‘delete’ parts of the Bible?

We live in a divided world.  There are those who reject Scripture as the inspired Word of God.  There are those who accept God’s revelation.  Yet the Bible believers are also divided.  Some believe all 66 books are the product of God (inspired by the Holy Spirit) and some believe certain parts are not inspired.

Scripture is a library of books that tells us all we need to know about the invisible God and His plans.  It has never been updated, neither have some chapters or books been  declared redundant.  It is complete and final – a revelation from God to man about God.  1 Peter 1:24-25 says, ‘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.’  Forever!  Wonderful!

#  What happens when you chop and change God’s Word?   

  • Various churches and individuals teach that parts of Scripture are ‘wrong.’  For example, creation in six days in Genesis 1; the first couple, Adam and Eve; the talking serpent in Genesis 3; the world-wide flood in Genesis 6-8, et cetera.
  • The question: what happens when people begin to delete parts of the Bible?
  • The answer: the domino principle.

#  The domino principle

  • Scripture is a tightly integrated unit of 66 books.  They all contribute to the big picture of an invisible God who created a universe, life on planet earth and humans in His image.  His plan is to eventually live on a wonderful new earth with the people who accepted His invitation,.
  • His revelation, the Bible, is like a puzzle in which all the pieces fit together to complete the big picture.  We can liken the books and verses to dominoes that are stacked next to each other.

#  The chain reaction of falling dominoes 

If some one ‘deletes’ parts of the Bible, it causes a chain reaction.  The first domino falls and the rest follow.  Let us look at creation by God in six days.  If this ‘domino’ is pushed over, it causes a chain reaction of one domino after the other that falls.

  • Exodus 20:11, ‘For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them…’  This ‘domino’ affects other dominoes, like all the books that were written by Moses.  If Moses was wrong with Genesis 1, who says he told the truth in the rest of Genesis up to Deuteronomy?  It also deletes the promise of the Redeemer in Genesis 3:15.
  • Deuteronomy 4:32, ‘…from the day God created man on earth….’
  • 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….’
  • Psalm 33:6, ‘By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.’
  • Psalm 146:5-6, ‘…whose hope is in the Lord His God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them.’
  • Isaiah 45:18, ‘…He who created the heavens, He is God; He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it….’ 
  • Jeremiah 32:17, ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.’ 
  • Jesus referred to the ‘Creator’ and creation more than once. 1
  • Acts 17:24, ‘The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth….’
  • James 3:9, ‘…[men] have been made in God’s likeness.’  
  • 2 Peter 3:5, ‘But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.’
  • Revelation 10:6, ‘And he [an angel] swore by Him who lives forever 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….’

#  The dominoes that fall eventually cause all of Scripture to fall.

No verse or chapter in the Bible stands alone, so if some one ‘deletes’ one, it affects others:

  • Jesus’ reference to God as the Creator.  If it is not true, then it means we cannot trust Jesus’ words.  Then the reports of the four Gospels are wrong.  They must be deleted.  If you delete the 4 Gospels, all the Epistles and letters based on the four Gospels must go.  If Jesus did not talk the truth, all the prophecies in the Old Testament that He would come are invalid.  Revelation also has to fall, since Jesus plays an important role in it.
  • If Genesis 1 is wrong, then all five books of the Pentateuch are wrong.  Subsequent books that build on it like Joshua, Judges, Kings, Chronicles and others all fall.
  • If Isaiah and Jeremiah were wrong about God the Creator, we have to delete their writings and their references to historical events.

# The result of falling Bible dominoes (teachings)

We see the results in people who leave the faith, because some ‘theologians’ told them that this or that does not belong in Scripture.  Those who leave understand the Falling Domino Principle: if you accept that one part of Scripture is wrong, it starts to erode your faith in the Bible and eventually in God.

#  Conclusion

The Bible is a closely related ‘package’ of 66 books.

  • The option is: believe or reject it.  There is no middle way, no grey area.
  • The issue is: what is the difference between the person who rejects the Bible and the one who is a Bible surgeon who cuts away what he perceives is detrimental?
  • The answer is: nothing!

PS!

We celebrate Easter.  Remember Genesis 3:15, ‘…the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent..’  It became true.  Today we celebrate what God promised almost 6,000 years ago.  Glory to God, the Lamb and the Spirit!

References

1. Matthew 19:4; Mark 13:19

Do you make the mistake to believe the devil’s lies?

The world we live in today generally hates God.  It promotes material success, to live for yourself, do whatever pleases you and that you can disregard the Bible because it is full of mistakes.

Yet truth and reality as Jesus revealed it, includes the invisible world and life after death.  2 Corinthians 4:18b says, ‘…what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’  In this blog we want to show that we don’t need to believe the devil’s lies about God and Scripture.

#  God has an enemy.

  • Most leaders, kings, presidents and prime ministers throughout history had enemies who tried to topple them and foment unrest.
  • God’s enemy is the devil, Satan, that ancient serpent that leads people astray with lies about the Bible, God and His eternal Kingdom. 1

#  Scripture reveals Satan’s character. 

  • Cain was the first human being who belonged to the devil.  He refused to listen to God, murdered his brother and went out from the presence of God. 2
  • ‘Satan rose up against Israel and incited David….’ 3
  • ‘For we wanted to come to you – certainly I, Paul, did, again and again – but Satan stopped us.’ 4
  • ‘Those who oppose him [the teacher of the truth] he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil [Satan], who has taken them captive to do his will.’ 5

#  Satan’s deceptions in the world

  • The devil has mounted a massive propaganda offensive to keep people away from the truth and convince them that God is an illusion.
  • He promotes other ‘gods’ like aliens and UFO’s, the church of the Jedi, Zen, alternative ‘spiritualities,’ witchcraft, or whatever.
  • He presents an alternative creation account to Genesis 1.  It is the ‘creation account’ of the world.  It explains that all things came from nothing and go to nothing.  Therefore there is nothing to live for since there is nothing after death.  What a massive lie!
  • The devil encourages the activity of atheists and other groups or organisations to hate a God they have never seen.

Conclusion

What we see in the world shows us that there is an invisible spirit who lies about God and Scripture.  People on their own cannot keep a war against the unseen God going for ages.  The world shows us what the Bible tells us, ‘As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.’ 6  The many ‘strange’ ideologies that people embrace should strengthen our faith that the Lord and His Revelation, the wonderful Bible, is truth.

References

  1. Revelation 12:9
  2. Genesis 4;1-16; 1 John 3:12
  3. 1 Chronicles 21:1
  4. 1 Thessalonians 2:18
  5. 2 Timothy 2:25-26
  6. Ephesians 2:1-2

Is there, or is there not, life after death?

‘Elementary, my dear Watson.’  It was supposedly what Sherlock Holmes said to Watson on how to solve a case.  We want to use some of that ‘elementary’ logic to solve the issue of eternal life.  Is there, or is there not life after death?  Holmes might have explained it to Watson as follows:

#  1 John 5:19b tells us, ‘the whole world is under the control of the evil one.’

  • Logically that means he controls the media, advertising, amusements, education, economy, sciences and others.  He uses the media, schools, universities, newspapers, theological seminaries, or whatever he can muster to spread his hatred against humanity.
  • Since he hates God he uses all avenues at his disposal to foster enmity against the Word of God and God.  It happens through the so-called ‘science’ of evolution, teaching institutes, schools, museums, or organisations like National Geographic.  They spread the message that the Bible is wrong, for example, in creation in six days, marriage between a man and a woman, preparation for eternal life, man specially created in God’s likeness and not related to apes, the earth a special planet with a special star, the sun.
  • He influences thousands of individuals, organisations, media empires and governments to disseminate his antagonism against the Bible, like:
    • The Freedom From Religion Foundation,  Americans United and many others that are likeminded.
    • The National Centre for Science Education, BioLogos, et cetera.
    • Theologians at seminaries who do not accept the 66 books of the Bible as God’s Holy Spirit inspired message.
    • Individuals like Richard Dawkins who hate God and spend their lives to fight against God and the Bible.  There are hundreds of thousands of his clones around the world.

#  Why are people offended by the Bible?

  • The Bible is an old book.  It does not teach subversion against states or condone murder.  It warns about the dangers of stealing, adultery, addictions, et cetera.  The Bible does not tell its followers to plant bombs, incite violence against minorities, or plan coups against countries.
  • Anybody who claims to be a believer in the Bible poses no threat for society or governments.  Why isn’t a Bible believer just like the person who believes in UFO’s, in the power of the Jedi, the Church of the Unchurched, or whatever he wants to believe in?  Why are so many upset if someone believes in the Bible?
  • Why can’t you believe what you want?  Off course you can.  You can believe in Zeus, or whatever and whoever for that matter, as long as you don’t believe in the Bible or want to tell other people about it.

#  The problem is, the Bible is clear about the reality of eternal life.

  • The coming life has two destinations, one with God and one with God.’s enemy, the devil.  This life is where you choose your eternal destination.  Choose now!  That is the choice the devil hates, since he knows the person who does not choose Jesus now will suffer eternally with him in hell.  He likes that.
  • If it was not for this message about eternal life after death, there would be no controversy around the Bible.  If Scripture was only about this life, people would ignore it.

#  Conclusion

‘Elementary, my dear Watson.’  That is the reason for all the attacks against an old, ‘harmless’ book, with a powerful message that will transform the lives of those who believe it.  Such a belief leads to eternal life with the Lord God Almighty, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.  That is what the devil proves with his unwarranted attacks on the Bible.