“Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

2 Peter 1:20-21

 

OBJECTIONS TO CHRISTIANITY: WHAT IS “THE WORD?”

The Word of God is Jesus. John chapter 1 describes the incarnation – God becoming man in the form of Jesus Christ (John 1:1-5). But the Word of God is also the Scriptures, the written Word. This brings us to one of the common objections to Christianity: the validity of the Bible.  Some will argue that the Bible was simply an ancient, irrelevant book written by men a long time ago.

In fact, the Bible was written over 1,600 years by about 40 different writers. The argument is that these men were just like you and me, so they made mistakes. And that’s exactly right – these men were ordinary, men. However, the miracle of the Scriptures is the fact that it came into existence through this group of flawed, sinful men to tell one, cohesive story. The story of the Bible is that of a loving God desiring the redemption of mankind.  2 Peter 1 describes the power of the Holy Spirit working through these writers to reveal the perfect truth OF God, FROM God.  In other words, the Bible is divinely inspired BY God, in order to reveal Himself to the world.

Let me put it another way: If Jesus is the Word of God, then the only way that we can know Jesus is through the written Word of God. If this written Word is not trustworthy, then we don’t have a true picture of Jesus. But because it is perfectly true, without error – it makes Jesus the authoritative word on right belief and living.

We believe in Jesus because we believe the Bible, but it calls for a step of faith. Are you willing to believe what the Word of God says about Jesus?

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