Core Values: Biblical Authority

“What backs up the Bible?”  I wish I had a dollar for every time I have been asked that question.  I believe it to be, however, a good and valid question.  I would definitely question a faith that would not allow questions!  Let’s consider our Bibles for a moment:  1189 chapters written over a period of over 1500 years by at least 30 different men and women.  This ancient book was finished in the 1st century A.D.  In spite of its antiquity and the controversies which swirl around it, the Bible remains the all time best selling book on this planet.  We Christians believe the Bible reveals the heart of God and reflects the nature of God.  We believe the Holy Spirit authored the Bible using the agency of human intellect.  We further believe that that same Spirit collected and protected the various parts of the Bible.  We believe that the Bible we hold in our hands is the very Word of God and therefore authoritative in every aspect of human existence.

Monday…Reflect on the words, “the Word of God.”  We sometimes say to seal a promise, “I give you my word.”  We say, “A person is only as good as their word.”  Now reflect again on the words, “the Word of God.”  The Bible does not merely contain the Word of God, it IS the Word of God.  Matthew 24:35

Tuesday…It is a result of our fallen human condition that we chafe under authority.  Most of us have observed even very small children give a loud, “No!” to a parent.    It is very sad when people who can think in the abstract say “No” to their heavenly parent when He says something in His Word that does not agree with their      opinions.  We need to remember that “every knee will bow” and “every tongue   will confess.”  Philippians 2:10,11

Wednesday…The word, “Bible” comes from the Greek word for, “book.”  The Bible is THE book.  Solomon reminds us in Ecclesiastes 12:12 that “there is no end to the making of books.”  That is so true!  The Bible, however, is absolutely unique in that it is the ONLY book written by God.  How much time did you spend in ‘the book’ today?

Thursday…When I was a very young boy, my brother Denny and I made several “treasure maps” and tried to sell them on the street where we lived in northern Kentucky.  We didn’t do too well with that venture.  The people obviously knew that the maps were not genuine.  The Bible is a legitimate ‘map’ to unspeakable treasure…yet, few submit to its authority in order to receive its blessings.

Friday…It is one thing to acknowledge the authority of the Bible in an academic sense; it is quite another thing to actually obey its teachings.  It is a long chapter,  but you will do very well to read the 119th Psalm wherein the author mentions    the words of God in all but three of its 176 verses.