Most Christians would answer yes, absolutely yes, to this question. But that is not the case for the author of an article titled “Why the Bible is Not the Word of God.” In this article, the author explains that he is a minister at a Missionary Baptist church and tells us why he does not read the Bible. He believes that because people wrote the Bible, and not God, then it must not be true. He states that if there is any word of the Bible that doesn’t line up with God’s teachings, he will not believe it. Instead, he trusts that God will guide him through his faith life without it. If you’d like to read it, here’s the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alexander-j-barron/why-the-bible-is-not-the-_b_7717552.html
Sure, it is hard to believe that the councils who gathered the holy books together to create the Bible weren’t corrupt in any way. But, wouldn’t have God guided them towards the right path since Christians everywhere would be reading it? This is what was discussed at the meeting on Wednesday. So, Christians read and refer to the Bible for many reasons, including: to increase their knowledge of their faith, to improve their relationship with God, to learn how to live like Jesus did, and to receive guidance, insight, and answers. A FIGHT Club member said that the Bible is the core of his faith life, having everything else influenced by it. The members agreed that much of their faith life comes from believing in the Bible because it is the foundation of our faith.
But, what happens when you think about the books that were kept out of the Bible centuries ago? Books like The Gospel of Judas, The Gospel of Thomas, and The Gospel of Mary Magdala? Were they kept out because those in the councils had a personal problem with them? Or because God guided them to leave them out, knowing they were incorrect? It can be hard to believe that the Bible is the exact Word of God since there has been much corruption throughout history. It can get even more difficult when you hear of the books that are unavailable to Catholics, the curiosity the contents in those books is enticing. But could curiosity get the best of us and lead us to find something better left unknown? A member brought up a time where two peoples’ curiosity had overcome them and led them to discover something horrible: the story of Adam and Eve. So, are these books supposed to be kept from us, maybe because the authors weren’t guided by God when writing them? Or do they contain truths that would destroy our faith? As a group, we were unable to agree upon one clear answer.
“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” -2 Peter 1:20-21
Do you have faith in God that what we have as a guide is what we need?
My name is Carly Smith and I am on the leadership team for FIGHT club. I help with making sure people write meetings, and making sure everyone knows what we talk about. I will be writing most of these posts on meetings that we have, but every now and again there will be a guest blogger. Please tell us what you think. I hope you enjoy:)