Do You Really
Believe the Bible?
If you do, then you believe that there is and has only been one God and that no God has ever been formed before or after Him:
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. (Isaiah 43:10-11)
Cf. Isa 42:8; 43:11; 44:8; 45:6
If you believe the Bible, then you believe Jesus is the Creator and not part of creation:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3)
Cf. John 1:14, 18; Gen 1:1; Eph 3:9
If you believe the Bible, then you believe Jesus physically (bodily) rose from the dead:
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. (Matthew 28:6-7)
Cf. John 20:27; Rom 4:25; 1 Cor 15:1-4
If you believe the Bible, then you believe that the church Jesus started has survived without interruption and continues to this day just as He promised:
…and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)
Cf. Eph 5:25-27; Heb 12:28
If you believe the Bible, then you believe marriage and procreation is for and in this life only:
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. (Matthew 22:30)
Cf. Mark 12:24-25; Luke 20:34-36; 1 John 3:1-2
If you believe the Bible, then you believe Hell is real and eternal. And that those who exist there are not burned up or consumed:
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (Matthew 25:41)
Cf. Matt 25:46; Mark 9:43-48
If you believe the Bible, then you believe that the Word of God was completed by God and is not to be added to by man:
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19)
Cf. Deut 4:2; Prov 30:6; Matt 15:6-9
If you believe the Bible, then you believe that man’s natural state is sinful:
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. (Romans 3:10-12)
Cf. Rom 3:13-19; Gal 3:22; Eph 2:3
If you believe the Bible, then you believe that man cannot save himself and that eternal life is a gift from God that cannot be earned:
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (Titus 3:5)
Cf. Eph 2:8-10; John 20:31
According to Noah Webster, to believe means “To credit upon the authority or testimony of another; to be persuaded of the truth of something upon the declaration of another, or upon evidence furnished by reasons, arguments, and deductions of the mind, or by other circumstances than personal knowledge. When we believe upon the authority of another, we always put confidence in his veracity.”
When I was young I remember hearing more than one preacher say that to believe God is like coming to a cliff and, although you can’t see anything to stop your fall, take one more step and God will ‘catch’ you. May I say with all kindness, that this is not biblical faith. God does not want you nor expect you to step foolishly into the unknown. He expects you to stand on the rock of His Word. He even tells us, “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).
To believe the Bible is to believe that the Word of God – the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments – takes precedent over every other source that declares itself authoritative; whether that authority is a preacher, priest, bishop, church or body of men. To believe the Bible is to measure what is taught or believed against the plain written words of His Book. Either the Bible is the preserved Word of God or it is not. If it is, then we must sift every piece of information through it.
Please let us make a statement that sounds odd coming from a church: You will never get to Heaven by believing us. Surprised? Now, we won’t knowingly mislead you and we will always do our best to clearly tell the truth, but to be saved you must believe God – not the church, not a preacher, not this piece of paper. The question is, do you believe God? Do you believe God’s Word? He gave it and promised to preserve it. In fact, it would have been a waste of time to give it in the first place if God couldn’t preserve it from corruption. If in your church or belief system a man or men must ‘explain what the Bible really means,’ or restore it, then you are being misled. You claim to believe the Bible but in reality you believe what someone is telling you about the Bible. Remember, to believe the Bible means that the Bible, the Word of God, takes precedent over anything or anyone that declares itself authoritative.
You don’t need anyone to ‘interpret’ the Bible for you any more than you need someone to interpret the newspaper. God can’t hold you personally responsible if He has given authority to a church or body of men to ‘interpret’ the Bible for you. But He hasn’t done that and God does hold you and me personally responsible because we can read His preserved Word for ourselves. We will each be held personally accountable for what is plainly stated in Scripture.
You don’t have to speak the original languages to be able to read God’s Word either. One of the oldest English translations (KJV) also happens to be the best. True, some passages are harder to understand than others and require a certain amount of familiarity with the whole in order to fully comprehend. But the references, comparisons and proofs you make must all come from within the pages of the divine, completed revelation of 66 books God gave.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:13)
Cf. Rom 4:3; Gal 4:30; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20; 1 Cor 13:10
When you look for revelation or clarification outside of Scripture itself (to a preacher, priest, prophet, council of men, or new revelation) you will be carried away from truth into error.
The devil’s primary tactic from the very beginning has been to question God’s Word. If he can get you to doubt it or to put more confidence in what man says about God’s Word then in God’s Word itself, you have taken his bait. Are you willing to put your eternal destiny into the hands of a man (or men) when that source clearly contradicts what you can plainly read in the text for yourself? May I kindly say that you do not believe the Bible if you allow what it says in plain English to be ‘explained away’ as something that is the exact opposite. God is not the author of confusion. Please stop and think carefully on this matter as your eternal welfare depends on it!
Do you really believe the Bible?
Admit that you have sinned (Rom 3:10-18, 23)
Believe that Christ died as the substitute for your sin (John 3:16)
Confess to God your sin and your faith in His Son as your Saviour (Rom 10:9-10)