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Should I Care About What The Bible Says?

by R. Jerome Harris on February 5, 2015

Many who profess following Christ may find this a strange question to ask. Yet, I submit to the reader that it is a question that should have been asked long ago and one that deserves an answer.

Many will take the "emotional pill" before responding to such a question and answer in the affirmative. I submit to the reader that belief in "The Bible" has a cult following. I would venture to say that it is revered and worship as an idol. So should I care about what the Bible says?

In answer, "No!" Why not?

Because those professing to follow Christ and his teachings should care about what he says and teaches, not what a book – as a whole – says. I cannot emphasize this enough.

Ask yourselves: "Did God send us a book or His son?"

Who was it that he told us to listen to? A book or His son?

Who then, told you to listen to a book that men gave the name "Bible" to? Did God?

Why – and how – did a book so quickly attain the status as "Holy" and "The Word of God?"

Is the Bible, "The Way, The Truth and The Life?" Or, is Jesus [the] Christ? (John 14:6)

Was it by God's doing or by men?

Whose purpose would it serve to divert all of mankinds attention away from the one who is The Way, The Truth and The Life and place it on an inanimate object that can cannot speak or see; in other words, something lifeless.

If you believe that the Bible is "The Word of God" I highly encourage you to really think about that! Opposers of God – angelic and human – have always tried to establish substitutes in place of God (we call them idols) and since Christs ascension, that substitute has become a book. The so-called believing world has been so taken and so misled that it actually believes that a book is what The Son of God only is: The Word of God!

When one presents this book – or any other book – as a Teacher and blasphemously as "The Word of God" they are not teaching that God is Spirit and must be worshiped with spirit and truth. Instead, they are teaching that God is to be worshiped by the thing or things that can be seen. The religious system called by men is training the masses to be carnal rather than spiritual. It is teaching the masses to place faith in the things that men have created and can be seen. It is teaching the masses to place faith in the things that can be seen – such as the Bible and false images and portrayals of Jesus whom they have never seen. 

Christianity is replete with forms of a man portrayed in art, film and literature who is no longer a flesh and blood entity but one who is invisible and existing in the heavenly realm. It insists on pushing this form of a man into the entire world and insists that it is the Christ. It is not the Christ, it is a false image as the Son of God is invisible and has not been in the form of a flesh and blood man for more than 2000 years! It requires faith now to "see" or "perceive" the Son of God as he exists today. Yet, none of the denominations within Christianity is teaching or encouraging Christ be perceived as one who is invisible and to be seen with ones mental eyes of faith.

Members of Christianity are engaged in the practice of idolatry and they do not even know it.

The Apostle Paul prophesied that people would exchange the truth about God for a lie. That they would worship and serve the things that they create (religious organizations, the Bible, false Christs, etc) rather than God himself who is the Creator.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

A true worshiper of God would obey Him. He has commanded that we listen to the one He sent. If God had sent a book to us, He certainly would have told us to listen to it would He not? Yet, it was not to any book, but to His son that he commanded us to listen to. (Luke 9:35)

Permit me to say: Christ is not dead. He lives and is able to teach us from afar from the heavenly realm. Yet, an inanimate object has been given his lofty title as Word of God.

The one and only Word of God is not dressed in bound leather and paper with words written on them. Rather …

He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. (Revelation 19:13)

Care about what Christ says, not what a book says.

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Shaka Terry December 3, 2015 at 9:18 pm

everytime you quote something out of the bible it's scripture and not just bible verses right?

if you do both then what is the point of using it as a reference?

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R. Jerome Harris December 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm

The Bible is not “Scripture.” Neither God nor Christ stated such. It was men who compiled scrolls into a book and gave that book a name (the Bible). Not all of the scrolls that were found were included. God did not send into the world a book, he sent a “person”, His Son. No book can be “The Word of God.” ONLY “the person” The Son of God can be “The Word of God.”

Many persons are quoted in the book called the Bible. Even Satan is quoted. So are his words – which appear in the Bible – the Word of God.

What is more important than “The Bible” as a whole, are the things that God and Christ say in it. Most of what is read in the Bible are not utterances of God and Christ. God himself stated (commanded) at Luke 9:35 that we are to “Listen to His Son.” he did not commend that we listen to a book.

I quote not “the name of a book” (The Bible) but what is found in it. I did not give this book its name. But it is the name most “believers” know.

“The Bible” was not known to Jesus or his Disciples. It did not appear on the earthly scene for some 1500 years after Christ ascended.

As for me, I refuse to believe paper and bound by leather is the Word of God. Rather, I believe that a “person” is The Word of God and that one is God’s Son. If the book called by men – The Bible – speaks of him, then I believe what is stated about him. Yet, that does not mean that the Bible is the Word of God. I believe that anyone who believes that a book or any object other than Christ is The Word of God, are engaged in idolatry because they venerate something God did not create. Yet, God created His Son and sent him to us. (Rev 3:14, Col 1:15, John 3:16, and Rev 19:13)

The world at large has been misled to venerate a book as The Word of God rather than the one God created and sent into the World: Jesus Christ.

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gary January 6, 2016 at 7:59 am

Alright, This is silly or I've missed something… At the end of your above statement you have (Four) bible scriptures. Do you use a copy of the Dead Sea Scrolls and where can I obtain such. Your thoughts on 2 Tim 3:16 ?

 Also you seem overly sensitive to the Race of Jesus. I'm caucasion and could care less how he is portrayed by misguided individuals in print, I read somewhere he may be Ethiopian, that's certainly not caucasion. It simply doesn't matter, does it ?

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R. Jerome Harris January 27, 2016 at 10:07 pm

No, not silly at all. I appreciate that others perceive things differently. I quote “Bible” verses because it is from that book that Christianity revere and considers The Word of God. What I do have is the ability to obey The Son of God and his directive to ask for what I need from the Father. I am not talking about material things; but rather, spiritual things such as knowledge, wisdom and understanding. I am also mindful that in Jesus’ day, neither he nor his disciples had a Bible that they consulted. While it is true that Jesus’ disciples benefited from his presence with them, one should consider how they carried on with the teaching after Jesus departed from them when he ascended. They had no written documents of his teachings. So how would Jesus continue to teach them when he was no longer with them? Answer: The Holy Spirit. At John 14:26 Jesus said: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Jesus said that the Father would send his Disciples the Holy Spirit and it would teach them all things. (Notice, that it would not be any book that would teach his disciples).

Thus, Christs disciples would become “spiritual” thinkers and believers as it is the only way to receive Holy Spirit. (John 4:23-24). So what I do is constantly ask the Father – in Jesus name –  for Holy Spirit so that “it” will teach me. No book can possibly teach and neither has God authorized any book to serve as a Teacher to us.

The problem is that the world at large has been duped and misled into believing that a book is The Word of God and that it must be consulted. Neither God, Jesus or his Disciples stated that some book or scrolls found would be The Word of God. The Word of God is a person” Christ himself. This is even stated at Revelation 19:13.

The Apostle Paul at 2 Tim 3:16 does not say that “The Bible” is The Word of God. He says that “All Scripture” is given by inspiration of God. Who says that “the Bible” is Scripture? Men do!

What is Scripture? Scripture is anything uttered by God. Since Jesus is “The Word of God” (His spokesman), anything Jesus speaks is Scripture. The utterances of anyone else is NOT Scripture. The majority of what is written in the Bible are the utterances of people other than God and Christ. Even Satan speaks in the Bible. So are his utterances scripture? Of course not.

At his temptation Jesus told the Devil at Matt 4:4 that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” “Out of the mouth of God.” So Scripture is not a book called the Bible, but anything uttered by God. And, as I have already stated, the Bible contains the utterances of many people.

God has commanded who we are to listen to. He did not command us to listen to a book, or religious organizations, or to dead Prophets. He commanded us to “Listen to His Son.” Why? Because he is God’s ONLY spokesman: The Word of God. (Luke 9:35)

I just used Luke 9:35. It qualifies as “scripture” because God is speaking.

Sadly, many refuse to obey God and Christ and unwittingly commit blasphemy by placing a book in a lofty and holy position where it does not belong. Only Christ belongs there.

 

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Kelvin January 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm

When Jesus was young he read the Scriptures did he not? He read words written down by man inspired of God. Were these words false? 

Why did he need to read the Scriptures when God could tell him everything he needed to know?  It was because it set an example that it was good for taking in knowledge of God. They were good for encouragement and to refresh the reader of true things. To know Gods plan for his people 

All of the new testament writings are of the disciples who wrote down what Jesus taught and told them. They are a record for future generations of Jesus's life.

We need to know this otherwise the disciples wouldn't have wrote them down!

We know that Jesus is the word of God! He said it enough times! He is the only word.        It says it at John:1 You make it sound like you are the only one telling this!

The Bible is simply the words of God written down for man to ponder over and for reproof.

I certainly don't worship a book!! I use it when I need to find out or have clarity on something. That is what it is for! Jesus's words are written down in there. 

If the Bible is untrue why do we find so much comfort and reassurance in it then?? It's because Gods words are contained within it! I talk to God first before I look and it usually helps with a question I might have.

I don't know what the vicars of Catholicism and Protestantism believe the Bible is but I can certainly tell you that to me its a book with knowledge of God and Jesus that helps me get me through, along with prayer. ( In my own room by the way)

I don't understand where you're coming from

You're constantly quoting text from a book you don't believe in and say is untrue.  So why do you quote from it?? It doesn't add up!

Best regards anyway 

Kelvin

 

 

 

 

 

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R. Jerome Harris January 21, 2017 at 7:33 am

Yes, when he was young he read the Scriptures. He DID NOT read the Bible because there was no Bible. Jesus understood what “Scripture” was. He said that “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of God’s mouth.” Scripture, then, was not the writings of EVERYONE that just happen to appear in a book that men themselves gave the name Bible to. Scripture is anything that God himself has spoken and was written down. So, if Moses for example, wrote down something God said, it is “Scripture.” If Satan is speaking, for example, as we see in Genesis and at Christs temptation at Matthew Chapter 4, that is NOT Scripture. If the Apostles say something of their own accord and it is written down, it is NOT Scripture. It is only Scripture if God spoke it. Since Jesus is God’s spokesman, anything Jesus says and it is written down, is Scripture.

Look at Revelation 1:1. We are told that it is a “Revelation by Jesus Christ THAT GOD GAVE HIM.” So ALL of Revelation is Scripture. It is the ONLY book that is purely Scripture. The angel told John to write down what he hears. What John wrote down are not his words.

Taking in a knowledge of God done is not via a book that men named the Bible, call holy, authorized and call Scripture. It is NOT the way. ONLY Christ is the way to the Father.

King Solomon did not become wise by reading a book.

If God wanted his creation to come to an accurate knowledge of him he would have sent a book. Rather, he sent his son. It was men who introduced a book into the world to replace his son. It is a book that they consult, not the one God sent.

The world sees a book as “the way, the truth and the life” and way to the Father rather than Christ himself.

The world does not believe in praying to the Father (through) Christ for wisdom, knowledge and understanding. No, it prefers to consult a book

The world only gives lip service to belief and faith in Christ. It is a book that they have placed faith in. A book – which can be seen – does not require faith; yet, a God and His Christ – who cannot be seen – requires faith.

A book is being defended, not the one God sent.

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