For a long time, the Lord has been speaking to my heart about the importance of His Word. Did you know that God created the heavens and the earth by speaking them into existence? In fact, in Genesis 1, there are 16 references to God speaking creation into existence. (Genesis 1:3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29)
The book of John refers to Jesus as the Word:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
(John 1:1-4 NKJV)
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 1:14 NKJV)
The bible is unlike any other book that has ever been written, because while other books contain the words of mere mortal men, the bible is God breathed.
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16 NIV)
While other books, letters, blogs and posts written by men and women like you and me, may entertain us or even inspire us, there is no real power in those words. However, the bible has the power to judge us. While we may often fool others or ourselves about who we are, the bible, which is the word of God, exposes us for who and what we really are.
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 NKJV)
For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.
(Hebrews 4:12 NLT)
Because scripture is inspired by God (or God-breathed), it is holy, and we must treat it with respect. Scripture warns us in several places that we must not add to or take away from the word of God.
5 Every word of God proves true. He defends all who come to Him for protection. 6 Do not add to His words, or He may rebuke you, and you will be found a liar.
(Proverbs 30:5-6 NLT)
Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you from the LORD your God. Just obey them.
(Deuteronomy 4:2 NLT)
18 And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone removes any of the words of this prophetic book, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.
(Revelation 22:18-19 NLT)
The Word of God is vital to our well-being. Jesus made it clear when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness that we don’t live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Therefore, it is extremely important for us to know the word of God for ourselves. Otherwise, we’ll believe all sorts of doctrines that go against the will of God.
It is because people are ignorant about what the bible truly says, that they allow men like Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Adolph Hitler, Jim Jones, David Koresh and Fred Phelps to lead them. It is because they are ignorant about what the Word of God truly says that people are duped into giving millions of dollars that many can ill afford to give, to televangelists who spend the money on their own lavish lifestyles, rather than God’s ministry. They give to these “ministries” because the leaders often quote scriptures out of context, and the men and women who follow these leaders believe what their favorite “ministers” say, without ever bothering to see for themselves if they were truly quoting scripture, and if so, were they quoting the scriptures the proper context?
For this reason, the Lord has led me to share the Word of God with my readers, so that you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. In this category – Truth or Lie? – I will present the scriptures to you in their proper context, and help you to discover whether some of the things we have been taught in the church are indeed the truth or a lie. Sometimes people teach lies, not because they intentionally want to deceive you, but because this is what they have been taught. As I’ve studied the scriptures over the years, I’ve discovered that some things that I have taught in the past were not true, because of my own ignorance.
This is why I encourage you to read the scriptures for yourself as you read the studies I will be presenting in this category. Check things out, to make sure that what I present to you is the truth, and not some strange doctrine that I’ve dreamed up myself, or not merely someone else’s teaching. If my words do not line up with what the scriptures say, then it isn’t the scriptures that are wrong. It is me. For this reason, I encourage you to do as the Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to do:
Work hard so God can approve you. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
(2 Timothy 2:15 NLT)
Cheryl A. Showers