Can We Believe the Bible?
After Adam and Eve, the first man and woman on earth, God spoke to them through His angels (for no man can see God and live). When God through the angel visited Adam and Eve when they had sinned: “Adam and Eve heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden and they hid among the trees of the garden” (Gen 3:8). Sin interrupted the contact of man with God.
After sin entered into the world, God communicated with people through the prophets and the apostles. “Surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants” (Amos 3:7). God has not left us in darkness concerning life and its meaning. He has revealed to us His answers to life’s great questions. The prophets and apostles gave us God’s messages by voice and pen while they lived, and when they died their writings lived on after them. These prophetic messages were then gathered together under God’s lead in the book we call the Bible.
But how reliable are these writings?
“You must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20,21). The Holy Spirit revealed to the prophets and apostles the message of ‘Glad Tidings’ of the scriptures. The writers of the Bible wrote not according to their own will, but only as they were moved, or controlled by the spirit of God. The Bible is God’s own book.
In the Bible God tells us about Himself and reveals His purpose to the human race. The Bible is a book of history, prophecy and of promises outlining God’s plan of salvation for mankind. It not only shows God’s view of the past but also opens up the future situation of man, telling us how the problem of evil will be resolved and how peace will finally be established on this earth we live in.
Is all the Bible message from God?
“All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16,17). The Holy Bible affects human beings so profoundly because “all” the words written in the Bible are God breathed. The Bible is more than a nice collection of principles: it is more than a great book: it is an inspired document: God’s book. The prophets wrote what they saw and heard in human language, but their message came direct from God.
If you want to know what life is all about, read the Bible honestly and prayerfully. You will find your attitude and outlook gradually changing. The more you study the Bible, the more you are exposed to the spirit of God, the real author of the Bible, and hence the more peace of mind you will experience.
It you want to become a child of God, obey the commandments written in the Bible. If you want your sins to be blotted out, you must be baptised into the saving name of Jesus. If you want to enter the coming kingdom of God, keep close to holy scriptures OF THE BIBLE.
Bro Isaac Kapa (Tangaren, Kenya)