“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
No book has made a greater impact on the world than the Holy Bible. It certainly has left its mark on Canadian society though many have attempted to erase it. This book is unparalleled in its influence simply because it is unparalleled as to its nature.
You see, the Bible is the word of God. Although penned by men, its true author is divine.
Every word you read in the Scriptures is just as much the word of God as the words God spoke to directly to Moses. Therefore the Bible is the only absolute authority for faith and practice.
Worthwhile faith must be based on and verified by the Bible or it is not worth having.
Allow me to illustrate. If I needed a board to be 54 inches, how do I know where to make the cut? I should be able to take a guess and come somewhere in the neighbourhood of 54 inches, right?
Obviously in an important building project being in the ballpark doesn’t cut it. The better way is to get a tape measure which shows the standard of measurement.
Many approach spiritual and eternal things with the guess method. I hear people say, “I think” or “to me … I believe.” Most just hope it’s right or close enough. Even “in the ballpark” is not good enough for the all-important matter of your relationship with God and the destiny of your eternal soul.
My friend, there is a better way! There is a standard to go by; it is the Bible, God’s word.
Since God created you and has a will for your life, wouldn’t it make sense that He would communicate His heart to you? Yes, the Bible is not only the revelation of God’s commands but of God Himself.
My relationship with God is based on the Bible and through His word He communes with my soul. Do you want to know the Lord? Do you want to know what is true?
Don’t go to man’s philosophy; go to the standard; go to the source; go to the Bible!
If you don’t have a Bible and would like one, just contact Castlegar Baptist Church, we’ll provide one free of charge or obligation.
–Pastor Tom Kline, Castlegar Baptist Church