Tuesday, April 29, 2014

So....God’s Not Dead?

If you have not yet seen the latest film recently put out entitled “God’s Not Dead,” I would urge you to take the time to view it.

In this post-modern, post-Christian world in which we live, it can become disconcerting to the real lovers of the Word of God, to see Emergent Church leaders reject the Bible as the foundation of Christian theology. A liberal generation that embraces philosophy over Biblical authority and human opinion over inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures, will become a religion or non-religion unto themselves. They believe there is no basis for absolute truth. Hence, the belief in relativism. (No absolutes, subject to ones own opinion.)

The film “God’s Not Dead” challenges the philosophy of atheism and presents a convincing argument that there is a Creator and a personal God to believe in, and that the interpretation of Holy Scriptures are true. I think this film is a “must see” for believers!

Every Christian I know who believes the Bible is the Word of God worships the Christ he finds in the Bible. These Christians also believe that God not only speaks to them through the Bible, but that God’s own words are recorded in the text of Scriptures. Paul called the Scriptures “the oracles of God” and that they were “breathed out” by God. (Romans 3:2; 2 Timothy 3:16) Isn’t this what Hebrews means when it quotes from the Old Testament saying “The Holy Spirit says?” (Hebrews 3:7)

Peter wrote that “no prophecy of Scripture came by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21)

The Bible is called the foundation of our faith. The church is called the “household of God” and is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets.” (Ephesians 2:19-20) Christ is called the “chief cornerstone” of our faith. (I Cor. 3:11)

So yes, the Bible is the foundation of truth for the church. It is not possible for Christians to esteem the Bible too highly. Every word in every sentence in every proposition or command or question in the Bible is inspired by God, is authoritative, trustworthy, true, useful, and aids our joy in God. (2 Timothy 3:16) We are not asked to understand all the meanings of each scripture but to only trust, believe, and obey what we do understand and God will continue to give us more understanding.

“The Father of glory may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know….what the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe according to the working of His mighty power.”  (Ephesians 1:17-19)