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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Six Things You Should Reject About the Bible

There are six things about the bible every Christian disciple should reject.
Reject the bible is just a book. 
It is the eternal holy communication between God and man. Psalms says it's a" light unto my path". John said the "Word was God "and the "Word put on flesh". Getting God's into your heart and mind is the closest we will come this side of heaven to touching Christ. When the word touches us, we  become the hands and feet of Christ by doing the things He taught us, putting flesh on the word today. 
Reject the bible is wrong.  The bible says the "...word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. (Psalms 119:160 KJV)" Either it is the word of God or it isn't. If it isn't, why should anyone listen to anything a bunch of dead guys from 2000 years ago say? If it is, we should treat it as such. The Word of God isn't a recipe book you get to customize by substituting ingredients. Isn't it convienant how some can quote those cotton candy verses from Paul's letters that melt in your mouth but can't stomach the verses where he qualifies pastors, church leaders, or speaks to discipline. If it is the Word of God, and we reject any part of it to make us more comfortable, we have traded the cross for a couch.
Reject the bible is at odds with science. Theories definitely, but not provable observational science. The bible encourages us to learn about God 'a creation. See Psalm 111.2  Whatever natural laws exist, it is God who creates and enforces them. The bible never called us to ignorance. Likewise, it never called us to arrogance. It's a spiritual book. Science is limited to the natural. 
Reject the bible shouldn't be taken literally. Sure, there is some figurative language used in the bible. Still, when the bible calls something a sin that is what it is. When the bible says for us think a certain way, act a certain way, operate our homes and churches a certain way, we should do it. 
Reject the bible doesn't apply to today. Jesus said that "man doesn't live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. "The bible has always been spiritual food. Now, just as much as ever, man needs to be spirit fed.
Reject the bible's authors don't speak with the authority of Christ. Including but not limited to Paul . Many people in church today reject the teachings of Paul. Paul's tough! On at least one occasion, Paul corrected Peter. If Paul's teaching is so controversial, why don't we just forget about it? There's a good reason and it isn't because he wrote most of the New Testament. It's not just because he was excepted by the disciples. Though he was the greatest covert, pastor, missionary, and church planter in the history of the world,  though he endured chains, stones, and lost his life in his service to Jesus Christ, Paul's accolades should not inspire our obedience. In Galations chapter one, Paul says the gospel he preached was the only gospel there is and that Jesus Christ had revealed it to him. To reject Paul's revelation means also to reject his  conversion, something those who knew Jesus best did not do. Here's why that's a big deal. Jesus said to his apostles in Luke 10 :16 Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me". 
We can reject the bible just like we can reject Christ. Those, who respond to His word through repentance and growth, will never know His rejection. How do you respond to His word?

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