The Bible says…
Jesus was giving us important information when He said “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” In other words, if we knew our Bible better, then we would be able to know what is truth or what isn’t truth. We also would know God’s way so much better. I would add, also, to this what 1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us, “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.“ Basically, it makes sense to know that while we are going over Scriptures, it was saying that we have a source of information, the Bible, where we can find the answers, and therefore, be correct in what we say, not being wrong because of lack of Biblical knowledge.
So I thought to use the Bible as a guide for my answers to the questions that occasionally pop into my head, or in the case of non-believers, I’d be able to “reason out the answers” for them. One common thought is how people view the Bible. Is it a special book, or is it just a bunch of stories from the past? For instance, there are many who would that say that God of the Old Testament is a mass murderer, and that if God is like that, no way will they place their faith in such a God. On the surface one might think that they have a legitimate argument when looking at the many people - men, women, and children - were often wiped out in the Old Testament. However, look at what isn’t being said in those spots. Throughout the Old Testament are verses such as the following:
Deuteronomy 4:29 – “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
1 Chronicles 28:9b - “… for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.’’
2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 15:12 – “Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul.”
2 Chronicles 15:13 – “And whoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.”
Even the New Testament teaches us that we should live in this manner.
Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 7:8 – “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened to them.”
The Bible also tells us that “There is none righteous, no not one.” and “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:10, 23)
So looking at the Scriptures above we can see a consistent pattern in which none of those that were killed were innocent people. The Bible does not tell us things like, “They weren’t that bad and didn’t deserve to die.” Everyone sins, and being a sinner, everyone deserves the death penalty if they don’t change their life style and beliefs. So as a Bible student, I see that sin separates us from God. The fact is that Scriptures show this throughout the Bible what God really is like. In John’s Gospel it states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” When a person realizes that God did everything by allowing His son to take our place, to take the wrath of God in our place, then their view changes to be a believer in God and His Son Jesus. The change should be noticeable as Ephesians 2:1-3 tells us. “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” John 3:36 goes on to tell us, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” In fact, believing in Jesus is the only way to get to Heaven. John 14:6 tells us, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
In conclusion, Romans 1:20 tells us that “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” We must diligently check out whether our beliefs match God’s word and discern whether our religion is or is not as the good Lord established and wishes us to follow. Religion saves no one; understanding and obeying our Lord as evidence of the true salvation comes only by faith. Not faith in ourselves, but by faith alone, in the finished work of Christ alone, saves anyone who believes. This, as 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us, is how we can attain that righteousness that Jesus was saying everyone needed to have when He said, “Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20) He demands perfection, that “no sin enters heaven.” (Revelation 21:27) Therefore, if the readers take the time to realize, that despite the opinion that we think so highly of ourselves, we would instead, understand that, “There is none righteous, no not one!” (Romans 3:10) and that, “All our great works are like filthy rags,” (Isaiah 64:6) before the Holy God, then we could be more hopeful and know that we are right in our beliefs.
Now, if the readers would check their beliefs out with Scriptures, not just because it says it is truth. No that would be circular reasoning. However, because it is God’s word, then we can know that the Bible is the truth. If people would do this, then the Gospel Light writers will have accomplished their mission. Remember that Jesus once set the standard for us when He told us that we are wrong (because) we don’t know Scripture. Set your heart on learning about Jesus, as the Bible shows us, today.