Summary: This message deals with 1) myths we believe about the bible 2) how we got the bible 3) why the bible is credible, and 40 what is the purpose of Scriptures for our lives today. It includes an outline form for the congregation to follow.
The Bible Why Live By It
The Bible has been called the Word of God. We live in a society that wants to ban the bible and the 10 Commandments, without really knowing what it says. Chuck Colson told the story of talking with an attorney who was insisting on a separation of church and state. This attorney talked about how glad he was to have the 10 Commandments taken out of the school.
But then the conversation turned to them talking about Kids not having many moral values and that they were not respecting people’s lives or property. Chuck asked them if he thought maybe the schools should try to teach them some moral values. Chuck then said, would you support putting up a list in classrooms saying, Do Not Tell Lies, Do Not Steal, and Do Not Kill. The attorney said, that would probably be a good idea.
How many of you have ever seen the show myth busters. A couple of guys go out and challenge certain things that people think are true, but may in fact not be true at all. We are going to begin with some myth-busters about the Bible, so that we can all be on the same page.
1. The Bible is a book written by Man to people to keep everybody under control.
• The bible is not one book, it is actually 66 books.
• The Bible was written in one person’s lifetime but took 1500 years to write.
• The Books of the bible came from Asia, Europe and Africa.
• The first five books were written by an African married to a black Woman. His name was Moses.
2. Everything in the bible is True.
• The bible records the lives of people. It records, the truth, half-truths and lies depending on what is being said. When Satan told Adam and Eve, if they eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they would not die, but would become like God. It’s in the bible, but it was a flat out lie.
3. God APPROVES of everything in the bible.
• In Judges 19 a woman is violently raped in the bible and dies as a result. God records this action but does not approve of rape. The resulting consequences was 60,000 soldiers were killed.
4. The bible teaches, Judge Not.
• The Bible teaches that we are always to judge, but we are to judge fairly. The rest of the verse says, that when you are judging make sure that you are not doing the same thing, otherwise you can’t help the person who has the problem. In Matthew 7, Jesus was dealing with being a hypocrite in Judging. He speaks of a log in your eye with a speck in your brother’s eye. First take out the log, then help your brother get out the speck.
• There is a verse in 1 Corinthians 7: 39 that says, A believing woman who is a widow is free to marry anyone she wants, so long as he is in the Lord.
• I Corinthians 5: tells us to judge the behavior of other believers.
5. Every book in the bible carries EQUAL weight today.
• Some books were to point us to Jesus. Jesus said he came not to destroy the law but to fulfill it. Those books that were to point us to Jesus have things in them that no longer apply. The purpose of the books on the sacrifice of animals was to show that one day God would provide a sacrificial lamb whose blood would take away the sins of the world. That is why we no longer offer animal sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins. Some books are more important to our Christian lives today, especially the New Testament.
• You are going to know more about how to live your life for Christ reading Colossians than you will from reading Haggai.
6. The Bible is written in chronological order from Genesis To Revelation.
• The Bible tells the story of God creating mankind. We reject God and can’t do anything about making things right again. God promises human beings, that He will not abandon them but will send a savior that can bring them back into a right relationship with God.
• After the promise, people do more and more wicked and evil things. God’s judgement comes with the flood. God gives humankind another chance. Instead of going all over the world as he instructs, the people build a giant pyramid structure to try to reach the heavens, God instantly scatters people all over the earth.
• God chooses the family of Abraham to show his love for humankind. Abraham is a Gentile, but becomes the first Jew.