Is The Bible From God?

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If one were to visit the “official” Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society website, this question is posted as “Bible Questions Answered.” 

The answer provided by the Watch Tower organization is taken from three Scriptures: 2 Samuel 23:1, 2; Isaiah 22:15: and Revelation 1:1

The question is not really answered by the Watch Tower.

There was no “Bible” in King David’s day or the Prophet Isaiah’s day or the Apostle John’s day. The three Scriptures the Watch Tower provides do not prove by a long stretch that “The Bible” is a record of God’s thoughts. Such an expression is not to be found anywhere in Scripture. Yet, what appears is a Red Herring. In other words, the question is asked but the discussion goes elsewhere.

Satan, for example is quoted at Job 2:2-5 and at Matthew 4:3-9; are these records of “God’s thoughts?” Of course not.

A disturbing anomaly has been in the works for a very long time: To make “The Bible” something it is not; to elevate it up to a holy position it ought not be in; and to dupe persons into believing that it is The Word of God.

Scripture is clear at Revelation 19:13 who the only Word of God is. Speaking of Jesus, The Son of God we read:

and he is arrayed with an outer garment sprinkled with blood, and the name he is called is The Word of God.

No book can hold that lofty title. The Most High God did not send a book, he sent his Son and his command concerning him for us is found at Luke 9:35:

And a voice came out of the cloud, saying: “This is my Son, the one that has been chosen. Listen to him.

We are even told at John 1:1 that this Word – The Son of God – was with God in the beginning. He was “The Word of God” long before a book men gave the name Bible to came into existence.

Is it a book or an organization we are to listen to, or is it God’s Son?

In one section of the Watch Tower website it asks the question, “What does the Bible really teach?”

Is it me or does anyone else see it? The QUESTION should not be ‘What does the Bible teach?’, but rather, what does Jesus [the]Christ teach. See what has been placed in preference to Jesus? The Bible.

Jesus said at John 8:31-32:

And so Jesus went on to say to the Jews that had believed him: “If YOU remain in my word, YOU are really my disciples,  and YOU will know the truth, and the truth will set YOU free.

Neither is the Bible or any organization among men is our teacher. Notice what Jesus says at John 13:13:

YOU address me, ‘Teacher,’ and, ‘Lord,’ and YOU speak rightly, for I am such.

Jesus shows that the men among us not to be called teachers, for we have only one teacher and he is a person: Jesus [the]Christ. Matthew 23:8-10 reads:

But YOU, do not YOU be called Rabbi, for one is YOUR teacher, whereas all YOU are brothers. Moreover, do not call anyone YOUR father on earth, for one is YOUR Father, the heavenly One. Neither be called ‘leaders,’ for YOUR Leader is one, the Christ.

The expression Rabbi means teacher.  (John 1:38)

It is completely contrary to what Christ taught for men and their organizations to station themselves above others and claim themselves teachers or leaders over us. Christ said: “one is YOUR teacher, whereas all YOU are brothers.”

The Bible as we know it today came into existence many hundreds of years after Christ ascended into heaven and after the death of the last Apostle? 

The Apostles who remained on earth after Jesus ascended certainly did not have “The Bible” and thus could not have viewed it as a record of God’s thoughts. They simply recalled what their Master taught them.

We must be careful not to view a book as The Word of God.  But rather a person, as The Word of God and Bread of Life. Did God tell the European compilers to give it the name “The Bible?” Did God tell men to include only 66 books and discard the others? Did God tell men to make it Holy? Did God tell men to “authorize” it? More importantly, did God tell men to call this book, The Word of God? The answer to all of these questions is, no. It is only the person of Christ Jesus who is The Word of God.

It is both blasphemous, an act of idolatry, and an act of unfaithfulness to view a book that appeared on the scene long after Christ ascended into heaven and stand it up as God’s word.

Jesus [the]Christ ALONE is The Word of God. (John 1:1; Revelation 19:13)

 

R. Jerome Harris

A Disciple of Christ in the strictest sense. I belong to no religious organization. I view Christ as my only Head, Master, Teacher, Owner, and Lord. (John 8:31-32, 1Cor 11:3) His God is my God and I champion his teachings above anything issuing out of ANY religious organization.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Jerome,
    I have been a student of the Bible for several years and about
    a year ago I came to the same conclusion you so adequately
    presented with scripture that I must say is very compelling.

    Jerome, allow me to take my hat off to you!

    Sal

    • Thank you so much, Sal.

      May I encourage you to become a “student or disciple” of Christ as opposed to a student of the Bible (John 8:31-32). The Most High God sent His Son to us as the “Word of God” and not a book. It is to this person – Christ Jesus – our God says we are to listen to. (Luke 9:35).

      Reading and studying the Bible is OK; but we must not elevate it to a lofty position where it does not belong. It must not occupy a position “alongside” or “equal to” the ONLY one identified as God’s Word or Word of God: Jesus [the] Christ. (Rev 19:13 and John 1:1)

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