But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
The Bible is very special because without it no Christian can grow into a mature man of God, have the armor of God on and be strong enough to defeat the devil. We eat food because our bodies need the nourishment that food provides well, in the same way the word of God gives nourishment to our spirit and strengthens our faith in Christ so that we might live a life that pleases Him and have the strength to fight against the demonic deception. The word of God acts like a filter that the more you read the Bible the better your filter gets. The filter works like this: imagine someone comes to your door and want’s to share with you their “holy book” (The Book of Mormon, The Watchtower Magazine, The Qur’an) or even if they bring a Bible. How do you know that what they are saying is false doctrine or if from the Bible, interpreted correctly? If you know the Scriptures very well than anything that contradicts the Scripture you will pick up on it, having no affect on you whatsoever. Like a filter that doesn’t let anything through that would harm your body so in the same way your spiritual filter will keep false doctrine from taking root in your heart.
The Bible in today’s time is under extreme attack. The devil knows that his time is short and he is trying to destroy as many faiths in Jesus Christ as possible, by obliterating one’s trust in Scripture. I want to share with all of you an exchange I had. Faith in Scripture is essential to our faith in Christ. Without holy Scripture, we will drift dangerously away from God’s presence.
If anybody’s faith is in the bible alone, then his faith is worthless. You might choose to do what you think is God’s will according to the bible, but because it is the word of men, you will be doing what men think is God’s will.
First of all, I would disagree with you wholeheartedly and I’m blown away with what you just said.
For you to say this, “If anybody’s faith is in the bible alone, then his faith is worthless.”
That statement tells me which side you’re really on without a shadow of a doubt.
The Bible is not men’s words like you wrongly said but it is the Word of Almighty God according to 1 Thess 2:13 which says, And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
Paul to the church in Galatia said, Galatians 1:12I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
By you rejecting the Bible as God’s Word you are rejecting Jesus Christ. The Bible is what God said and His Word teaches us by the direction of the Holy Spirit how to do His will and how to live a life that pleases Him.
John 12:48 says, There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.
Jesus and His Word are two sides of the same coin. His Word convicts us of sin and directs us into His righteousness.
46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
If you question the reliability of Scripture, that will reflect in your relationship with the Lord. By believing that the Bible has errors, your communion with Christ will suffer deeply and your love for Him will start to grow cold. According to John 14:23-24, it says, 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
Not believing in inerrancy will make you drift from the love of Christ because Jesus and the Scriptures are two sides of the same coin. Can you take a coin that only has heads or take one that only has tails? Of course not! When you take a coin, you take both sides or none at all. In the same way, when you believe and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are also accepting the Scripture as being without errors. Jesus and the Scripture are two sides of the same coin. For an example:
1. Revelation 19:13-He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
2. John 1:1, 14 -In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
It is an oxymoron to believe in two contradicting statements as being true like accepting that Jesus is without sin and at the same time believe that the Scriptures have errors. Either a professing Christian believes in both or he/she will reject both. You cannot believe one without the other. Scripture is God’s revelation of who He is and how we can please Him. Without God’s Word, we cannot have a relationship with Christ. If you reject the inerrant Word of God then you will make up a Jesus who is not Biblical and who will lead you to hell.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, do not be mislead by those who reject inerrancy for they are bankrupt of the Truth. Hold on to it, for it will guide you by illuminating your path according to Psalm 119:105 which says, 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Jesus said that the Word of God not only will give you faith to believe in Him for salvation (2 Timothy 3:15, Romans 10:17) but will protect you from demonic attacks as seen in Matthew 7:24-27 which says, 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Show me a coin that has two heads or two tails and I will show you a worthless coin that has no ability to help you buy what you need. In the same way, by believing in a Jesus apart from the revealed Jesus of Scripture, I will show you a false Christ who cannot give you eternal life.
Our only protection against deception is by trusting 100% in God’s Word.
You are my shelter and my shield; I put my hope in Your word.
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”
Satan attacked Eve by planting doubt in her mind about God’s Word. He continued with his attack by giving Eve the wrong interpretation since doubt was acting as a deteriorating agent of God’s Truth as seen in Genesis 3:4 which says, “No! You will not die,”the serpent said to the woman.
If we start to doubt God’s Word, we won’t be protected from deception because by trusting in God’s Word, it transforms into the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) which shields us from being hit by the arrows of lies which are constantly bombarding us to kill our faith and trust in the scriptures.
Once our protection (Armor of God) is off, Satan then introduces us to doctrines of demons seen in 1 Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons.” When Eve’s protection was removed by doubt and no longer capable to distinguish between the correct or false interpretation of God’s Word, she ate the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that God forbade her to eat. The danger of not believing in the Inerrancy of Scripture is so grave that you will lose your basis to weigh sound doctrine from false doctrine since you won’t measure with your rod or ruler (Scripture) anything that’s taught because you no longer trust it.
Canon (The Bible) in Greek it’s called kanón which means (lit: a level, ruler), a rule, regulation, rule of conduct or doctrine, (b) a measured (defined) area, province. Strong’s #2583
The Bible referred to as the canon which means (“rule, standard”) was used for a summary of orthodox Christian doctrine in the early Church (its “consensual theology”) – called “the rule (kanōn) of truth” or “rule of faith” (regula fidei). This represented the core theological convictions prevailing in the local churches in the “post-apostolic era” (particularly from ad 100 on).This was taken from Bible Hub words-studies Strong’s #2583
Why would a carpenter use a ruler that he feels is inaccurate? Satan attacks the credibility of the Bible to keep you from measuring his lies, therefore, blindsiding you from seeing the trap set before you with the ultimate goal of spiritually destroying you by giving you a poisoned fruit to eat.
We must stand firm in the Word of God without doubting it like Jesus when He was being tempted by Satan in the wilderness. We see this in Matthew 4:3-4 “which says, 3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” By Jesus turning the stone into bread, He would have sinned against God because His reliance would have been on His own abilities rather than of God’s promises which are found in scripture that God would provide for Him. Jesus, in turn, fought back by quoting scripture because He trusted in them, and so should we. Satan struck again but this time quoted Psalms 91:11-12 with the wrong interpretation to attempt to deceive Jesus into sinning. Jesus once again quoted scripture to correct Satan’s false interpretation. Christians must know the Bible like Jesus but how can we ever learn it if we doubt its inerrancy in the first place? Jesus quoted it because He trusted its accuracy.
When a person rejects the inerrant Word of God by doubting it, Satan will immediately introduce heresy to snatch whatever truth there is in you. Since the person doesn’t trust the Bible to protect him by putting on the full armor of God, he will eat up the fruit of Satan’s heresy and spiritual death is inevitable, also destroying his family in the process. When the leader of the house (the husband) falls, the rest of his household follows.
Lately, I have personally witnessed attacks on God’s Word by those who profess to follow Jesus. I spoke last night to a friend of mine who I considered to be a Christian who longer holds to the view of inerrancy. He told me that ALL the English Bible translations have errors and can’t be trusted. I say this with a sad heart, my friend whom I thought was a Christian, I no longer believe that he is one. Jesus said that the only way to abide in Him is through His Word.
7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
If anyone claims to be a follower of Jesus but denies the inerrancy of scripture, I would seriously doubt their salvation. The only one who has pure hatred for God’s Word is Satan. He will go to any length to discredit and make you doubt it.
Eisegesis-Putting your own or bias interpretation into the text of Scripture, making it say what you want it to say.
Exegesis-Extracting the plain meaning of any verse in Scripture without any preconceived notion. Allowing Scripture to give you it’s own meaning through context and other Scripture references.
Remember these rules to safeguard yourself from any errors in Biblical interpretation, which these are rules that I instituted for myself. Before you even open up the Bible always pray by asking the Lord to give you understanding through the Holy Spirit. All wisdom comes from God alone and is given to those who ask.
5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.
1. Define a word in its context since words have more than one meaning, how the author is describing that word and you will get the correct meaning of it.
2. The meaning of a verse always gets defined in its context either in the verse above or the verse below it and also it’s very important to read the whole chapter in reference to the verse to get the full scope of the verse you are trying to understand.
3. Use other references in scripture (scripture interprets scripture) in connection with the theme that you are studying which will give you more clarity and define symbols that are used in some of the verses.
If you always keep these 3 points in mind you will be safe in not giving your own interpretation but you will relate the message of the Bible plainly and understandable.