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The Bible Must Be Our Standard

I have often stated on this blog that I believe the Bible is the sole guide for faith and practice.  Yet I believe even further that the Bible is the sole book given to us by God Himself through which we are able to test all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21).  I believe that we are to read the Bible, memorize the Bible (Psalm 119:105) and to take the Bible and judge all things whether they be theology, life issues such as careers, marriage, children, jobs, college, the will of God, etc.  We are also to use the Bible to judge all things including politics, science, cultural issues, etc.  That is how comprehensive the Bible is.  It gives us principles for all things.

Too many disciples of Jesus, I fear, believe the Bible is the Word of God and they believe that we can know God through the Bible but yet they don’t use the Bible to judge all things.  For instance, many disciples will read their Bibles and judge theology by the Bible (and rightly we should) but they won’t take the Bible and allow it to judge a television program or a work of fiction.  This should not be.  I believe that part of being a disciple of Jesus implies that we seek to build our lives based upon His teachings (John 8:31-32).  Jesus said that to do so was wise (Matthew 7:24-27).  Jesus said that His disciples “are those who hear the word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21).  Much like the disciples that James mentions in James 1:21-25 and James 2:14-26, we are disciples who obey the teachings of Christ in all that we say or do.

What we need to do is fill our minds with the Bible in such a way that we think biblically about all things.  The only way to cultivate a true Christian worldview is to know what the Bible teaches in all areas.  We perhaps will not fully understand everything that is in the Bible but we should seek to fill our minds with the Word of God (Romans 12:1-2; cf. Psalm 1:1-3) in such a way that we allow the Spirit to bring to our minds the Scriptures whenever we face any given situation.  If we don’t have a ready answer (1 Peter 3:15), we should go to our Bibles in order to better understand God’s position on any given issue.  I believe that we can find biblical principles for any situation.  To me, this shows the inspiration of the Bible as the only Word of God in that the Bible is so comprehensive.  Despite the fact that the Bible was written over 1900 years ago, the Bible still has principles for us to this day.  That is truly amazing.

I want to encourage you to never neglect your Bible.  Don’t allow a day to go by that you don’t spend time reading and studying the Bible (Matthew 4:4).  Bible reading is vital to helping us know Jesus and His ways and to follow Him.  Jesus is not here in the flesh but we can know Him in truth by reading His Word and following its timeless principles.  It is also important that we defend the Bible and be willing even to die for the truths that it teaches.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/16/2010 at 12:33 PM

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  1. There are a lot of strange "teachings" out there and the sad thing is that many Christians fall for them without bothering to check it out with the Word of God first. It is so easy to be duped, and led astray. God has given us His word to guard us against error.

    phil

    11/18/2010 at 4:07 AM


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