Writers and commentators in the world often see the Bible very differently than faithful members of the Lord’s church.
Members of the body of Christ know the Bible is inspired. They know this because the New Testament says it is inspired. The Apostle Peter said “but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost,” (2 Peter 1:21). The Apostle Paul wrote, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” (2 Timothy 3:16). As far as the apostles of Christ were concerned, the Bible was (and is) the inspired word of Almighty God.
But many do not share the inspired apostles’ claims. J.B. Phillips, the translator of the “New Testament in Modern English” said in the foreword of his book, “For the most part, I am convinced they (the writers of the New Testament) had no idea they were writing Holy Scriptures.” Phillips also said he was an interpreter rather than a translator, saying that, at times, “he is bound, after careful consideration, to set down the most likely meaning” of a passage.
Such an attitude reflects the view of the Bible as uninspired, for if the Bible is the inspired word of God, no one would dare tamper with its words. If the Bible is the inspired word of the Almighty Father, then all would have to honor it and obey it as it is written, instead of paraphrasing it to sound like a bedtime story.
There is a reason, of course, why the world denies the inspiration of the Bible. If the Bible is not inspired, then it may be ignored and the individual may continue his or her life deaf to its message. To them, the Bible is just an ordinary human document, like any other book; there is no requirement to obey it or hold ones’ life accountable to it.
But the Lord Christ promised divine inspiration while he was on earth (Matthew 10:18-20; John 16:13-14). The Lord kept his promise in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit inspired these same men to speak his word before that large crowd in Jerusalem.
People, however, deny the inspiration of the scriptures because they deny the scriptures’ authority on how to conduct themselves. They deny the scriptures’ authority so they can commit adultery, allow themselves to be drunken with alcohol, engage in sexual immorality and allow hundreds of other sins in which they wish to engage. They wish to degrade the scriptures because they want to put God in other than first place. (Matthew 6:33).
But the Bible is the inspired word of God. It does have the authority to regulate conduct of people on the earth, and it has that ability because it is God’s word! The Bible is the inspired word of God no matter what man may say against it.
-John Henson preaches for the Grand Blanc Church of Christ in Grand Blanc, MI