The Bible or Christ?

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Two contending forces have been – and still are – at work in the world in which we live today.

One of them is a lie and the other is the truth.

Notice what Jesus says of himself at John 14:6:

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

So here we have it told to us who “the truth” is.

Revelation 19:13 says of Jesus [the]Christ:

He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.

Now, what of the other force that is “the lie?” Well, “the lie” is The Bible.

Please understand in what context I mean that the Bible is “The Lie.” It is “The Lie” in it IS NOT “The Truth” and it IS NOT the Word of God. So anyone making the statement that The Bible is “The Truth” and that it is “The Word of God” speaks what is not the truth. What is not the truth is known as a lie.

I am not saying that nothing written within the Bible is not true. Neither am I saying that one should not read or study the Bible. What I AM saying is that one should not equate a book men fashioned, made holy by men, and authorized by men, with the person of Christ Jesus who is both “The Truth” and “The Word of God.”

There can be only one Truth and there is only one God. Do we say that there is another God next to the Most High God? No, we do not. Why then, should we stand up a book as The Truth”  next to the only one identified as “The Truth.” Just as there cannot be two Gods, so there cannot be two Truths. The Bible is not mentioned within itself as being “The Truth” and neither should any elevate it to that lofty position. Only Christ Jesus can stand there.

Below are seven expressions I copied off various so-called Christian websites (to include the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Societies official website):

Does the Bible Permit Divorce?

Is the Bible a Book of Human Wisdom?

  • Is the Bible From God?
  • Is the Trinity Doctrine in the Bible?
  • Does the Bible Permit Divorce?
  • Does the Bible Comment on Same-Sex Marriages?
  • Does the Bible Comment on Abortion?

At first look one would think that there is nothing wrong with these expressions, but there is.

Each expression contains the word “Bible” and they take preference over Christ as far as our source of teaching. For instance, the above expressions should be:

  • What Did Christ Teach About Divorce?
  • Who Did Christ View As The Only Source of Wisdom?
  • Did Christ Teach That The Bible Is From God?
  • Did Christ A Trinity?
  • Did Christ Teach About Divorce?
  • Did Christ Comment on Same-Sex Marriages?
  • Did Christ Comment on Abortion?

The mindset should not be “What does the Bible say?” but rather “What does Christ say or what did Christ teach about the subject matter?”

The Bible is being consulted as “The Word of God.” As shown above, Christ Jesus is The Truth and The Word of God. Therein, is the lie.

I am amazed that when I listen to persons who claim to be followers of Christ constantly make statements such as “The Bible says …” or “The Bible teaches …” rather than say “Christ says …” or “Christ teaches …”

Someone has spared no expense in indoctrinating the mind into thinking and believing that the Bible is The Word of God when the fact of the matter is that it is not. 

The Most High God directed us to “Listen to His Son” at Luke 9:35. Either we obey Him or we don’t. Christ Jesus is the one and only TRUTH chosen and authorized by God to speak on His behalf; thus, The Word of God. No book by ANY given name has been chosen or authorized by God to be such.

Many will fight this tooth and nail and will continue to view and equate The Bible to Christ Jesus as The Word of God and will mention it first and place it ahead of the one who is The Word of God.

Many reading this, no doubt, will be offended at the statement that “The Bible is the lie.” Again, not that any of its contents are untrue, BUT that it is NOT “The Truth.” ONLY Jesus [the]Christ is “The Truth.”

What I observe is that many claiming to be followers of Christ loose it and become upset when the Bible is spoken of in this way. One would think that they would defend the undeniable truth that Jesus [the]Christ ALONE is the truth and that they would not stand for anything or anyone being called “The Truth.” But many of will not defend The Master as the one and only Truth. They defend the Bible instead as “The Truth” and as “The Word of God.”

They think that persons like myself are crazy to write in this manner. But what I am saying is the truth. Is Jesus [the]Christ the only identified Truth and only Word of God or isn’t he? Where is it stated anywhere that “The Bible” is “The Truth” and “The Word of God?” Nowhere.

Proponents that believe that the Bible is “The Truth” and “The Word of God” blaspheme against the Most High God. He certainly NEVER approved or authorized any book or person – other than His Son – as “The Truth” and “The Word of God.”

The world at large has not come to realize that it has been misled and deceived with regard this book and the lofty status it holds. Like I said, when they speak, they tell on themselves. How so? Because the first thing that comes out of their mouths are expressions such as “The Bible says this or the Bible says that.” Rarely do they say “The Christ or our Master says this or the Master teaches this.” A book comes before the one who is The Truth.

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:25)

The truth about God was explained to the world by His Son. Yet, men today venerate a book – that was created – and exchange the truth about God for “the lie.”

So which of these contending forces will you side with: One of them IS the truth and the Word of God and the other is not.

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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4 Comments

  1. An interesting discussion is worth comment. There’s no doubt that that you need to publish more about this subject matter, it might not be a taboo matter but typically folks don’t discuss these topics.

    To the next! Many thanks!!

  2. What did Jesus say to satan while being tempted in the wilderness? “It is written..It is written… It is written…” Did Jesus quote Himself or someone else who was inspired by the Father? How can that be that someone other than Jesus has wisdom from the Father that it be recorded and later quoted by Jesus Himself? Does anybody’s voice in scripture carry any weight with you other than words spoken by Jesus? The “Bible” is simply a compilation of Holy Spirit inspired scriptures. If I don’t understand some seeming inconsistancies between Old and New Testament that some would bring up, it is simply that my thoughts are not as high as the Fathers. I have to by faith trust the Father to reveal His truth as I search for it. “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.” Prov. 25:2

    • Yes, Jesus’s words carry more weight because he IS THE WORD OF GOD. And, the Most High God at Luke 9:35 says “LISTEN TO HIM.”

      The problem with many of you is that you want “The Bible” to be The Word of God, too.

      “The Bible” is not from God. Who told you that? Who told the world that The Bible is The Word of God? Men did. It was not even named by God. It is a name given to a book by men.

      I cannot speak for you, but for myself, I will listen to the one The Most High God says to listen to. You can elevate “The Bible” to a lofty god-like position if you wish; that is your choice.

      Many of you do not listen to yourselves.

      God says “Listen to His Son” who IS THE WORD OF GOD and when one makes a statement such as “Does anybody’s voice in scripture carry any weight with you other than words spoken by Jesus?” only shows that it is an attempt to place “The Bible” at par or above Christ himself who IS THE WORD OF GOD.

      No, I will not place anyones voice above his other than his God and my God. Not even the words of the Prophets. God did not send the Prophets to us, He sent His Son.

      You mention “New Testament.” Another made up word. There is no such thing as a new testament or an old testament. THINK.

      There is only the words that issue for out of the mouth of the one The Most High God “chose and authorized” to speak in His behalf. That is why he is The Word of God.

      Why many of you insist on elevating a book – which is idolatrous – is disturbing especially against the backdrop of having full knowledge of who God sent into the world, His Son. He did not send a book. He sent his Son.

      Those of you who rely on “a book” called The Bible are essentially showing unfaithfulness to the one God sent. The Bible can be seen and The Christ cannot. Yet, faith, by definition at Hebrews 11:1 says:

      “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

      It takes no faith to believe “The Bible” because it can be seen. What about the one you cannot see, Christ Jesus and also God Himself. FAITH is required.

      Those of you who rely on a book also essentially say Jesus is dead and unable to impart information to us. So you turn to a book that YOU make The Word of God. You go against God and the His command to “Listen To His Son.” (Luke 9:35)

      Sorry you feel this way but I am not sorry. I will obey my God and listen to my Master Jesus Christ before any human, human agency, or any book men give a name to.

      And, I will not shrink back from speaking and championing his sayings and teachings.

      BTW: You say, “I have to by faith trust the Father to reveal His truth as I search for it.”

      Why are you searching for God’s truth? Don’t you know who it is? It is Jesus [the] Christ. He says:

      “I am the way and THE TRUTH and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

      So why are you “searching?” The truth is right there in front of you.

      Yet, everything I read from you shows you are not listening to him (The Truth). And, if you are still searching, no wonder. You have not found The Truth (Christ) so how can you listen to what you have not found?

      You speak of other things (The Bible) rather than focusing on the one God told you and I to listen to.

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