Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The Life-changing Word


I do not understand how gravity works. I’m sure that at some point in my life I had a wonderful teacher who carefully explained it all to me, but somewhere along the line I simply began to take it for granted. After all, I didn’t see people walking around desperately clutching at stationary objects before taking a step. Nor did I see heavy objects floating around in space. The evidence all around me proved gravity did indeed exist. I could, therefore, walk around without fear of flying off the face of the earth. 

I have flown many times, and although I don’t remember offhand how it is possible for a huge, plane loaded with people and baggage to defy that same force of gravity I take it for granted that it will indeed get off the ground. 

The Bible says of itself that it is the word of God. Furthermore, it states that it is living and powerful. It changes lives.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

A powerful claim indeed, and yet the evidence of its truth is all around us. I have witnessed the life-changing power of the God-breathed words contained in this book.  People bound by addiction find freedom. The broken-hearted find comfort and consolation. Words of encouragement lift the spirit of the downtrodden. If followed, its precepts can change a life bound by sin into a life of blessing and fulfillment and hope.  The evidence abounds.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” II Timothy 3:16

The Bible is more than a self-help book with a list of suggestions on how to live a better life. It contains the powerful words of the One who spoke creation into existence. 

Perhaps it would be good to hear what others have said about the Bible:

Thomas Jefferson – “The Bible makes the best people in the world.”

Abraham Lincoln – “But for this Book we could not know right from wrong. I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.”

Patrick Henry – “This is a Book worth more than all the others that were ever printed.”

Winston Churchill – “We rest with assurance upon the impregnable rock of Holy Scripture.”

James Dwight Dana – “Young men, as you go forth, remember that I, an old man, who has known only science all his life, say unto you that there is no truer facts than the facts found within the Holy Scriptures.”

Benjamin Franklin – “Young men, my advice to you is that you cultivate an acquaintance with, and a firm belief in, the Holy Scriptures.”

Henry Van Dyke – “No other book in the world has had such a strange vitality, such an outgoing power of influence and inspiration.... No man is poor or desolate who has this treasure for his own.”

John Locke – “It has God for its Author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter: it is all pure, sincere, nothing too much, nothing wanting.”