Is the Bible the Word of God?

It is a common amongst Christians to believe and say that the Bible is the Word of God without deeply thinking about this subject, and this is why I find it important to reblog this for all to read: The Bible is not the Word of God.

First of all, it is important to keep in mind that the Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:12-132 Timothy 3:16-17) by over 40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book. (http://bibleresources.bible.com/afacts.php)

As Christians, we are to study, cherish, trust and obey God’s Word, which the Bible holds. God will fulfil all of what the Bible says (Matthew 5:17-18). The Bible has no error (although some translations of it do) (Proverbs 30:5 – being inspired by the Holy Spirit). We must be careful not make the Bible an idol. The Bible is Holy and Sacred, but we must not compare (even if not willingly) the Bible to God Himself! The Bible is not God! Also, Jesus is the Living Bread (John 6:33John 6:51), not the Bible.

The Bible, therefore, contains the Word of God, but the God is not subjected to it in a way that He cannot do or say anything that is not written in it. Prophesies and visions come from God (2 Peter 1:21) and are given to us today too – not only to the Bible characters (Acts 2:17Joel 2:28). God does not speak to us only through the Bible (Job 33:14), so the Bible cannot be His Word. God can talk to us in many ways, such as in films, books, through people and even animals (Numbers 22:30) and inanimate objects (Luke 19:40)!

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. – Deuteronomy 8:3 (see Matthew 4:4 also)

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36 thoughts on “Is the Bible the Word of God?

  1. Tony Puccio says:

    I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth’s sake; for You have magnified Your Word above all Your name. Just curious, what do you make of this verse of scripture?
    (Psa 138:2)

    • Psalm 138:2 is a common debatable verse because of its various translations, such as these ones. And over here and here are commentaries about the verse, including the “best literal Hebrew translation” for it (which wouldn’t be the KJV one you’ve used).
      In any case, God’s Word is magnified by God Himself.
      What do you make of it? Thank you for reading and commenting!

  2. Tony Puccio says:

    I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your grace and truth; for you have made your word [even] greater than the whole of your reputation.
    (Psa 138:2 CJB)

    The above is from the Complete Jewish Bible.

    What I make of these is that we all need to be careful when it comes to the word of God.

    First of all, understand this: no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted by an individual on his own; for never has a prophecy come as a result of human willing — on the contrary, people moved by the Ruach HaKodesh spoke a message from God.
    (2Pe 1:20-21 CJB)

    The Holy Spirit is the interpreter of the Word since He is the One that will teach us all things and keep us in remembrance of everything that the Lord has said.

    I am going to take this verse to prayer and see what the Lord has to say about it and then I will post again.

    • Yes, I believe in all of that because the Bible is Holy – unlike other books such as the Qur’an.
      My concern towards people taking the Bible as the only Word of God is that many people are disregarding other things, especially visions, dreams and prophesies that God gives us today, saying they’re not valid because they’re not in the Bible.
      Thank you, Tony! Please do let me know about the answer!

      • Tony Puccio says:

        Agreed!! There are those who teach that the gifts are not for today which could not be further from the truth. I do believe that the Bible needs to be the final authority, however, when it comes to dreams and visions and prophetic words. One without the other leads to excess in either becoming flaky or legalistic.

        • Exactly! I guess one without the other may also (lots of times) lead to false prophets..!

          • loveaskswhy says:

            But we can make anything an idol! All idolatry means is something that holds a higher place in our hearts and lives than God does…as in the first Commandment!

            • Yes! This is why I find talking about this very important, for some Christians think it’s OK to place something (like the Bible or a cross symbol, for example) or someone (like a pastor or seminar teacher, for example) as an idol just because it isn’t “secular” (like making an idol out of a non-Christian musician or fashion trend, for example).

          • loveaskswhy says:

            It’s what is meant in the first Commandment – allowing anything or anyone in our lives to take the place of God.

          • Tony Puccio says:

            Let me start this by saying that the Holy Spirit has had this on my heart all day long and, with that said, take the following to prayer and see what the Lord says to you.

            I understand that there are translations of the bible that are definitely NOT the word of God . Some strip Jesus of His deity, Some claim that there is no hell, etc. These types of translations are most definitely, as I said before, NOT the Word of God but instead are the word of man which is why they are without power because Jesus says in Mark “The disciples spread the Good News everywhere. The Lord worked with them. He confirmed his word by the miraculous signs that accompanied it”. (Mar 16:20 GW). Secondly, God watches over His Word as it says in the following passage of scripture. The word of Adonai came to me, asking, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” I answered, “I see a branch from an almond tree [Hebrew: shaked]. Then Adonai said to me, “You have seen well, because I am watching [Hebrew: shoked] to fulfill my word.”
            (Jer 1:11-12 CJB)

            Third the word specifically says that we are not to interpret the word on our own. First of all, understand this: no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted by an individual on his own; for never has a prophecy come as a result of human willing — on the contrary, people moved by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) spoke a message from God.
            (2Pe 1:20-21 CJB)

            I believe that there are people in every Generation that are zealous for God and His word and wish to keep His word pure.

            If you remember when Elijah complained to God that He was the only one left who sought after God, and I know that it can sometimes feel that way, God reminded him that there were 7,000 that He had reserved for Himself who had not bowed the knee to Baal.

            To say that there is not a bible out there that is the word of God is to say that He is not powerful enough to keep His word pure.

            • I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about this too for the past two days, and yesterday when I was in church I felt the Holy Spirit whispering to me, “Which is more important? Someone’s name or who they are?” leading me to answer, “Who they are.” I believe this was related to the thoughts on Psalm 138:2, about God’s Word being above His name and am in peace with that now.

              There’s a really good book I recommend called “The Authority of the Bible”, by Colin Peckham, which shows the reliability of the Bible today, proving its trustworthiness by explaining how the scripture is reliable based on archaeological and other external evidences. It proves exactly what you’ve said: God watches over His Word (the Bible and who He is, plus all of what He reveals today).

              Thank you very much for sharing this! I’m really glad the Lord is using you to make me understand more of His Kingdom! You’re a very inspiring person!

  3. loveaskswhy says:

    I totally agree with your post! I have written on this myself and spoken on it, so I might publish some of that too. Whatever we hold the Bible to be, it is not God. Tjhe Word of God is Jesus Christ,. the same Word who was in the beginning. The Bible is the Scrptues. Verses that speak of the Word speak of Christ. The Bible is God’s gift to us, inspired by God, to teach us about Him and his ways, and show the way to salvation. But it has been made an idol by the Church and made equal with God. This is an offence to even read those words to many Christians, which actually demonstrates the truth they speak. The Bible is a book.. Jesus is God.

    • Thank you for your comments! They mean more than you know because I actually didn’t know the feedback on this was going to be positive, for I myself have just realised what the Word of God truly is and have never met anyone that has said this before! I was scared of writing about it on here, so thank you and God bless!

      • loveaskswhy says:

        This is a huge revelation to have! It changes everything! When you now read Scriptures that talk about the “Word” or “Word of God”, they are talking about Jesus! This is such an exciting discovery! The Bible comes alive in a whole new way when you get this truth straight. The Holy Spirit certainly has you on the path of grace, making one exciting new discovery after another all by yourself! And that’s the best way because you get it fresh from Him, instead of second hand through someone else!

        • It changes everything, indeed! I’ve even been remembering some children songs, hymns and verses and going through their meaning all over again, like, “Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee” and “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path”!

          • loveaskswhy says:

            And what about Hebrews 4;12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” That’s Jesus!
            When we hear the terrm “the Word” preached, it either speaks of Jesus himself, or the message of the Gospel, which is of course Jesus and the cross.

          • loveaskswhy says:

            I am going to post what I wrote as a note some time back!

  4. Tony Puccio says:

    Have you ever heard the term “bibliotry”?

  5. ediddydub says:

    Hmm…this is a touchy subject, one in which I’m grateful that you have approached with respect yet truthfulness, unlike some other people I have had the displeasure of trying to have an amicable conversation with about the subject. I, too, believe that the Bible is a compilation of numerous Spirit-led texts which a council decided to put together as the complete “Word of God.” Now, I completely believe every single piece of Scripture written in it, because it has lain the foundation for whch my faith is based upon. And the foundation, being Jesus Christ, will never change, and studying the Bible only enhances that foundation. AFTER that, though, God inspires His revelations to me, to you, to everyone, about things that are not necessarily written in the Bible, but can be linked to it in such a way that the future “words” (notice the lowercase, because the Word is Christ) are built upon the foundation of Christ. If we look at all the different books, biographies, texts, and nowadays, blogs and videos that have been written and shot since the Bible’s inception, there is no way that the Bible is IT. God inspires people to do things today, just like He inspired David, Samson, Paul, and all the other men and women of the Bible days, and we only learn about them when they testify to what God has done and is doing. God never changes, but we as people do, and God gives us revelations about what we need to do to take care of His affairs of this day and age. As a result, we must pay attention to God and what He is saying to us today, and back it up with what He has done in the past to verify that God is indeed speaking to us. What do you think?

    • I always try to be very careful with my wording, especially in such touchy subjects, because people can surely be very mean, cruel and unforgiving when talking about things like that (especially when they have a different view of things).
      I think you’ve just summed everything up in an awesome and simple way! Thank you. ^^
      That’s one of the wonders of the Bible: It applies to everyone everywhere no matter what century they were born in. For example, according to do Bible we should say Yes meaning Yes and No meaning No, but today that could be extended to writing truthfully by always meaning what you type in social media sites too – which, although such thing would mean nonsense to someone born in 1678 that had no computer or internet and things like that, applies to us today!

      • ediddydub says:

        Yes, exactly! I just talked to my wife about it a second ago, and God showed up in the conversation to say to us that if we remember that Jesus is the foundation by which EVERYTHING ELSE is built upon (1 Corinthians 3), then no matter what is built atop it, if Jesus is the foundation, and God has ordained it to be built, then it shall stand. So when we are looking for new ways to inspire the people of God in our time, it is not for us to look for old methods done back in 30 AD or 200 BC, but we are to look back to the FOUNDATION, which is Jesus Christ, and ask Him to lead us, with the technology and tools we have today, in the right direction, as He has done for so many others in the past. The old landmark is Jesus Christ, not old methodologies. Look for a post in my blog on this really soon, this is eye-opening for me 😀

        • That’s a very good input!
          What you’ve said reminded me of the story of the wise and foolish builders in Matthew 7:24-27:
          “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
          Thanks again! I look forward to reading your post!

  6. One Christian Dad says:

    Hi, and thanks for following my blog 🙂 From reading some of your posts I can see that you and I are quite different in our theological/doctrinal stances. I hope we can have some heated, respectful discussions sometime! 🙂

    • No problem! Please do hit me up on something you disagree on or want to add! I’m really eager to learn more about God and be more spiritual, not religious, so discussions are widely welcome! I like reading about all possible views on something before I make up my mind on what to believe in, and I’m using this blog exactly for this! God bless!

  7. ediddydub says:

    Hey MTP:

    Here’s what God has spoken to me about this subject:
    http://asgodspeakstome.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/looking-to-jesus-part-i-is-the-bible-the-word-of-god/
    Let me know what your thoughts are 😀

  8. ljclayton says:

    You’ve obviously thought deeply about this to come to such a reasoned and persuasive conclusion. You’ve convinced me!

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