Is the Bible the Word of God?

Is the Bible the Word of God? Then mind that you do not neglect it. Read it! Begin to read it this very day. What greater insult to God can a man be guilty of than to refuse to read the letter God sends him from heaven? Oh, be sure, if you will not read your Bible, you are in fearful danger of losing your soul!

Is the Bible the Word of God? Then be sure you always read it with deep reverence. Say to your soul, whenever you open the Bible, “O my soul, you are going to read a message from God!”

Is the Bible the Word of God? Then be sure you never read it without fervent prayer for the help and teaching of the Holy Spirit. Humble prayer will throw more light on your Bible than any commentary that ever was written. You will not understand it unless your heart is right. You will find it a sealed book without the teaching of the Holy Spirit. Its contents are often hidden from the wise and learned, and revealed to babes.

Is the Bible the Word of God? Then let us all resolve from this day forward to prize the Bible more. God has given us the Bible to be a light to guide us to everlasting life. Let us not neglect this precious gift. Let us read it diligently, and walk in its light.

adapted from J.C. Ryle, Inspiration (tract)

HT: J.C. Ryle Quotes

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  • Chris Gagner

    If something is important to us, we’ll schedule a time & place to get it done. If you’re struggling with finding time for God’s Word, then you need to mark it on your schedule. Start by setting aside a few minutes each day that you can focus on the Word without any distractions. Habits are a hard thing to get started, but they’re also a hard thing to break!!

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  • Jeff Burton

    I do read the Bible frequently.  I do believe that God is real and can be experienced.  I do not believe the entire Bible is the word of God.  Such a position is illogical and unnecessary. 

    Illogical because it was clearly written by humans whose understanding of God grew over time.  We witness, in the Bible, the development of the Mosaic Law and then centuries later, Jesus declaring the Law is not enough; that we must be more righteous than the most rigorous teacher of the Law.  How many Christian denominations or churches teach following the Mosaic Law?  None that I know of, but it is the heart of Orthodox Judaism.

    Also, there are the inconsistencies in the Gospels that suggest that they were written by different people at different times.  One of these inconsistencies is the manger scene; in Matthew wise men are lead by a star to Jesus in the manger.  In Luke, shepherds are instructed by angels to go to Bethlehem where they will find Jesus in the manger.

    Belief that God revealed (or authored) the entire Bible as we possess it today is also not necessary for a deep belief in God or a hindrance to our understanding of how God would have us live our lives, which is the whole point of Christianity.  Reading the four Gospels regularly and repeatedly is inspiration and instruction enough for a life in the presence of God.  Not every verse is easily understood, but enough are and the love and mercy of the message shines through.