Recently, I read a Gallup Poll Article – Record Few Americans Believe Bible Is Literal Word of God
“Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is “the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,” similar to the 26% who view it as “a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man.”
In December of 2015, Gallup reported that 75% of Americans identified themselves as Christians. (I was unable to find more recent statistics.)
Based on those two numbers, we could conclude that although 3/4 of all Americans say they are Christians, only 1/3 of self-identifying Christians believe that the Bible is the Inspired (literal) Word of God.
And then this week, I read the following article … GQ Says the Bible is Overrated. Here’s What They Got Right. by David Rupert
It appears people are talking about the Bible and I told you we are going to search for the answers to hard questions, so here goes…
Is the Bible the Inspired (Infallible) Word of God
You need to know!
If the Bible is God telling man about Himself, and if God is who He says He is … then the Bible is the MOST IMPORTANT book ever written.
Eternal futures are at stake.
If you watch the news you know that people are wound up about the future of our nation. They’re worried about their relationships, their finances, and how people perceive them on Facebook.
The Bible says all those things we worry about are temporary.
Teach us how short our lives really are so that we may be wise. Psalm 90:12
But the living out of our days often seems long and difficult. Which is one of the reasons we need the Bible … it gives us perspective as well as teaching us wisdom. It gives us the information we need to live today but even more importantly it tells us what we need when our “short lives” are over.
That’s a big deal!
Believe the Bible – my personal story.
The Bible has always been in my life but I haven’t always loved it the way I do now.
Most of my life the Bible was used as an instruction manual of dos and don’ts. Bible lessons for life were part of every day both home and at school. I knew about the commandments … the thou shalts and the thou shalt nots.
Oh, I knew Jesus and I trusted in Him as my Savior but somehow my head told me that the message of the Bible for today was mostly about obedience and “right” living.
I hadn’t read the Bible thoroughly for myself, relying instead on learning about its message through religion classes, sermons, and Bible studies.
Then a life-event dumped me in a pit of grief. I cried out for God’s help and grabbed my Bible. For the first time, I read it from Genesis to Revelation and I did it in just 3 months.
It was unputdownable! (Yes, that’s a word!)
That was 13 years ago, and I’ve read through the whole Bible at least once a year since.
By His grace and through His words in the Bible, God…
lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
God didn’t change my circumstances — He changed me! And every day I continue to learn something new about God’s love and how it applies to my life.
That’s my story – but maybe you’re more of a facts and detail person…
Believe the Bible – a look at some facts.
In the book, The Insanity of Unbelief: A Journalist’s Journey from Belief to Skepticism to Deep Faith, Max Davis wrote:
Look at the unbelievable unity of the Bible. It was penned by forty authors from diverse backgrounds living on three continents stretched out over a period of sixteen centuries. A variety of kings, peasants, warriors, and priests wrote in a variety of languages—Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.
Without any collaboration what they produced was sixty-six books with 1189 chapters that reveal in harmonious unity the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan for humanity. How is this possible without supernatural guidance?
And then he added…
After centuries and thousands of discoveries, not one single time has an archeological finding ever disproved the Bible.
I love where Davis asks…
Why? Why is the Bible so popular? Why is it so polarizing? Why do some hate it so much that they’d burn it along with its readers while others love it so much they’d willingly die to protect it? Could it be that the Bible itself is God’s Word?
Believe the Bible – what it says about itself.
The Bible is Truth.
Every word of God proves true.
He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection.
Do not add to His words,
or He may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.
The Bible is Inspired.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16
What do you believe about the Bible?
Is it the inspired Word of God?
Is the Bible – God’s Truth?
If truth is relative. Then it really doesn’t matter whether the Bible is Truth or not.
If truth is absolute. Then you and I need to have a source of truth. It must come from someone or something.
I believe the Bible, God’s Word, is that source of truth!
The Psalmist wrote…
The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever. Psalm 119:160
Make them holy by Your truth; teach them Your word, which is truth. John 17:17
Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God. 2 Peter 1:20–21
Believe the Bible – read it!
Earlier, I mentioned the article … GQ Says the Bible is Overrated. Here’s What They Got Right.
It begins – “GQ Magazine recently ran an article called, “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.”
So, I went over to the GQ article and found the following narrative to go with their selection of The Bible #12 on the list of books you don’t have to read…
The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it. Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced. It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.
GQ is wrong in their synopsis of the Bible, wouldn’t it be awesome if we proved them wrong about people not reading it, too?
I’m reading the New Living Translation – Life Application Bible and I’ve made it a goal to not only read the Bible text but to read the notes as well.
It’s my favorite! This combination daily draws me in and fills me up.
But if you need one more bit of encouragement, think about this…
God wants you and me to know and love Him personally and intimately so much so that He used 40 writers, over 1600 years, on 3 continents to tell His message. Kings, peasants, warriors, priests and prophets wrote details of His amazing grace, His love … His truth!
The Bible is God’s declaratory revelation to man containing the great truths about God, about man, about history, about salvation, and about prophecy that God wanted us to know. The Bible could be trusted just as much as if God had taken the pen and written the words Himself. ~John F. Walvoord, theologian, pastor, and president of Dallas Theological Seminary
What do you believe about the Bible?
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