The Plan to Discredit the Bible
Today, we find ourselves in the midst of a not so subtle plan to discredit the Scripture. Perhaps you've encountered it from co-workers, online, or even from unsaved family members or those who think they know the Bible better than God themselves. There are always those out to discredit the Word of God. And it goes something like this:
"The Old Testament isn't relevant anymore!" or "The New Testament cancels out the Old!" (Subtract 38 books from the 66 books of the Bible.)
It follows that if the Old Testament isn't relevant, then any references to the Old Testament are not longer relevant as well. We'll sum up all the OT references in the NT by removing the Book of Hebrews as well. (Count: Remove 39 books from the 66 books of the Bible.)
Then you have the crazed feminists out there (and even some men) who think Paul was a misogynist and thus, any and everything he said is irrelevant as well. (Subtract 52 books from the 66 books of the Bible).
Then there are the "Christians" who think if it ain't in red letters (meaning Jesus said it), then it's not relevant to them. (It's also this crowd who says Jesus didn't say anything about homosexuality--specifically--so He's fine with same-sex relationships and "marriage". They would, of course, be abundantly wrong.) Thus, we remove 61 of the 66 books from the Bible.
However, the truth of the matter is these people spend time discrediting the Bible and, really, have no intention of following it. Nobody who truly 1) knew God, 2) loved God, and 3) obeyed God would try in any way, shape, or form to discredit His Word, either to themselves or the masses. So really, these are those who do not follow the Word at all and thus, discredit 100% of it in their own, twisted minds. And what a very sad existence that would be.
So with the mindset of the godless masses laid out, let's go to this "discredited" Word and see what it says of itself.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God....And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 2, 14)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16, 17)
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. (Psalm 18:30)
Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. (Psalm 30:5)
But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'" (Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4)
But He said, "More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!" (Luke 11:28)
He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God. (John 8:47)
For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18, 19)
So as you can see, there is much the Bible has to say in defense of itself. I mean really, THE WORD MADE FLESH. How can you discredit Christ, the only begotten Son of the Living God? The answer is: you can't. Try though some might. From Moses to John the Revelator, blessings are added upon those who abide by the Word of God, yet they call down curses on their own heads when they choose the way of disobedience.
But, but, a council decided which books would be in the Bible! Man did that just like man wrote the Bible!
Okay, if that's your argument, then let's just think about this for a moment...
You mean to tell me that the Almighty, Infinite God Who never was not and always was,
Who spoke the earth into existence by His wisdom and hung it on nothing,
Who was slain before the foundations of the world for sins yet uncommitted by peoples yet uncreated,
Who sent this same slain Son to earth to be born of a virgin, heralded by angels, proceeded by a star, welcomed by Wise Men, greeted by shepherds,
Lived sinless, ministered to earthly and human perfection for three and a half years, effectively turned the world upside down, was crucified, buried in a borrowed tomb, evangelized Hell, rose on the third day--with all power in His hands, ascended to Heaven 40 days later,
Who wrote the end from the beginning and has already won the war that we still struggle with from battle to battle, was so shortsighted as to NOT inspire the right words in the right men to be selected by the right council to form the Word He commands us to live by?
I THINK NOT.
If you think the God who's accomplished AAAAAALL that is shortsighted then you don't know the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the apostles.
We live--and die--by God's Word.
And by the way, there is no such thing as "your truth," "my truth," "our truth," or "their truth." There is only one Truth. And Truth is a Person. His name is Jesus. It is only He that sets any of us free.
The Truth of His Word, the Truth of the Living Word, is all that matters. And it does not depend our opinion. The Word of God, God Himself, is completely independent of any opinion. That's the Truth: take it or leave it.