Consider the following expressions (there are much more):
The Holy Bible
It’s in the Bible
The Bible is the word of God
My favorite part of the Bible is …
Read your Bible
The Bible says …
The Bible teaches
Many would look at these expressions and say: “So what? What’s your point?”
The point is that has not anyone noticed that a book has taken on a life and iconic status that does not belong to it?
Is the Christ dead or something? I think not; he lives. Yet, he is not foremost and primary in the minds of so many who claim to be his followers.
At John 8:31-32 Jesus makes this statement:
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Notice here that Jesus is calling persons to be “his” disciples. The word disciple means “taught one” or “trained one.” In other words to be taught by Christ himself, the person.
That many place the Bible (and even religious organization) before Christ is idolatrous. Why is that?
Because the Most High God at Luke 9:35 says of His Son:
This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.
So is reading and studying “The Bible” listening to Christ or is it listening to the Bible? Is the Bible “The Word of God?”
By answering the latter question – Is The Bible The Word of God – should prompt one to stop and think about what the Bible is and what it has become.
Nowhere in Scripture do we read that the book itself, “The Bible,” is “The Word of God.” Many turn to 2 Tim 3:16 as proof that the Bible is the Word of God. Yet, that Scripture does not say that “The Bible” is the Word of God.
It says that “All Scripture” is God-breathed. What qualifies as “All Scripture?” What people decide “Scripture” is?” How can a book posthumously be made Scripture? When the Apostle wrote his letter to Timothy there was no such thing as “The Bible.” There were no 66 smaller books compiled into one book with a name called “The Bible” in existence. So the Apostle Paul was not referring to a book called the Bible when he used the expression “All Scripture.”
The European creators and namers of this book have done a bad thing in the eyes of the Most High. These men and the counterfeit religious system they stood up called Christianity has duped, fooled and convinced the so-called “believing” world that the Bible is holy, authorized by God, and the Word of God. It has ensnared the entire so-called believing world. So who is the “one and only” Word of God and the “one and only” Teacher that we are commanded to listen to and be disciples of?
The answer can be found at Revelation 19:11-13. This Scripture clearly identities the one who is The Word of God.
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
No reader of this Scripture will deny who the rider on that white horse is. It is the Messiah Christ Jesus and he is called The Word of God.
One should also consider John 1:1 as it too identifies him as “The Word of God.”
If one Googles the keyword Word of God and then clicks on the images link, notice the returned results. Almost all are the Bible. Jesus [the] Christ takes a back seat to the Bible.
That “The Bible” has been ascribed by men a lofty position that does not belong to it, pushes Jesus [the] Christ, The Word of God, out of the way. The expressions I started this article off with is powerful testimony what is foremost in the minds of the many who claim Jesus as their Lord, Head, Teacher, and Master. Their own words condemn them.
Rather than having the proper mindset of saying and thinking …
Christ is the word of God
Christ teaches …
Christ says …
They ascribe to The Bible all of these things.
If anyone listens to any human, human agency or what can be lifted from a printed page, then they make themselves disciples of those objects. They are essentially saying that a man, woman, religious organization, or book is their teacher. Yet, Jesus makes this statement at Matthew 23:8:
But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
Jesus, at John 13:13 identifies himself as that one Teacher:
You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.
True followers of Christ are not students of the Bible, they are students of Christ.
Many will be offended at this because it rocks their world and they refuse to let go of the belief that the Bible is The Word of God. They have allowed themselves to be taken captive by the religious system that pushes this belief upon them. Yet, they do not listen to Christ when he says to them to become “his” disciples.
In the Lords face they boldly and defiantly proclaim a book – The Bible – as The Word of God, when he himself is such; a title given him by The Most High God that is not to be shared with no one or anything.
That I have said this to others claiming to be followers of Christ, have brought heated and hateful comments and responses. One of those “Thank you for your expressions of Christian love” moments. One would think that such persons would champion The Christ and not allow anyone or anything to be stood up next to him as the one chosen by The Most High God as His Word.
There is also something else more insidious here: A particular race within the human family has taken the lead in this misleading the world. Who? Those of European descent. Why would I say this? And, is what I say racist on my part?
The “who” are those of European descent. They are the ones in mankind’s history created, named and made holy the Bible and pushed it has The Word of God. Via their “Christian” organizations and missionary dispatches, they have indoctrinated the world with this belief. They have even done so violently. (The Crusades, Spanish Inquisition, Salem Witch Hunts, and the African Slave Trade). They continue today to march forward ever so aggressively like drunkards misleading and confusing the world and misrepresenting God and Christ and they dare any question and challenge them.
This is criminal! I know, I know, many of you feel picked on. But I say, you have no interest in “truth.” Yet, it is the truth you should be championing.
One of the biggest evidence of this great deception is that those of “European descent” have portrayed in literature, art and film the men and women in Scripture, angels, Christ and God in their likeness: Persons of European descent.
This aggressive and predatory posture by the European and his descends is still very much in force today. Test it for yourself. Google Adam and Eve and look at the returned “images” results. They are predominately portrayed in the likeness of the European. In most cases, Eve has long flowing (hair salon) hair and raised eyebrows. Adam is chiseled, perfect White skin, clean-shaven, and with a fresh haircut. Google Jesus, Angels, Moses, Noah, etc and you will see the same.
Those of you of European descent – many of whom I know are good-hearted people – would not stand for it to have God, Jesus, Angels, Moses, Noah and others we read about in Scripture portrayed as someone of African descent. Neither do you want and neither do you want your children to have such images indelibly implanted in your minds or the minds of your children. Yet, you expect those not of European descent to accept your portrayals without question or challenge. Is that not arrogant and deification of a particular race of men among the human family?
Images of persons we have never seen when portrayed in the likeness of a particular race among men, then those images are false.
If Jesus, for example, is portrayed as European, then it is a false image and a false Jesus. Why? Because he was not European (there was no Europe) and no one in recent times has ever seen him. Yes, Jesus was from Israelite lineage. However, if he is portrayed as an Israelite, it would also be false. Why? Because no one in recent times has ever seen him to know what he looked like as an Israelite. Thus, it would be a false image and a false Christ.
We must worship God in faith because He is invisible. It takes faith to worship that which cannot be seen. The same is true of The Christ. He, too, is invisible and resides in heaven; he is no longer flesh and blood.
Col 1:15 informs us that God is invisible:
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Hebrews 11:1 teaches us that faith is required to worship and serve that which we cannot see:
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
What about the Bible? It takes no faith to believe in the Bible. Why? Because it can be literally and visibly seen. And, that is the very reason why so many places it ahead of the true and one and only Word of God: it requires no faith. Thus, those who revere this book men call The Bible display faithlessness in God and His Messiah.
The Master and Head of all of mankind teaches is that God is a spirit and that He MUST be worshiped in Spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
God is not accessible through any book. He is only accessible through the person of Christ Jesus. The Master Jesus says at John 14:6:
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Do any of you see the Bible as being mentioned as “the way, the truth, and the life?” Does anyone see the Bible mentioned as the way to come to the Father? No!
It ONLY by Jesus [the] Christ. So it should be what The Christ says and teaches – rather than a book called the Bible – that should be foremost in our minds and hearts.
Think about it: When one prays to the Father in heaven, how is it done? In the name of Jesus, right? If we ask and make requests of our Father in heaven, it is done “through” Jesus [the] Christ is it not? Therefore, when we receive from the Father, it should be through the same channel that we asked: Christ Jesus. Yet, I hear so many people say that they prayed to the Father in heaven “in Jesus’ name” and was reading “The Bible” and received an answer.
If a person received an answer from God by reading the Bible then they received an answer from another channel or way. Jesus [the] Christ, not a book, is our intercessor and pleader before God.
When a book is stood up in such a position before God it is blasphemous. No book an intercede for us. Books have no life within themselves. They cannot speak to God in our behalf; only The Son of God can.
The act of listening means one is speaking. A book cannot speak, Christ Jesus because he lives, can and does.
Next time you are in a conversation with someone or listening to a sermon, make a conscious effort to listen to those speaking and notice how many times the Bible is mentioned and placed ahead of Christ as the one that we are to listen to. The same should be observed when you are reading literature.
Someone wants you to pay more attention to what “The Bible says” as opposed to “What Christ says and teaches.”
I have to admit that it has worked on a very large scale. Most of the so-called believing world thinks that “The Bible” is The Word of God ALONG WITH Jesus [the] Christ being The Word of God.
Notice that “Scripture” as mention at 2 Tim 3:16 is “God Breathed or Spoken by God.” In other words, whatever we read that God Himself has spoken can only be considered “Scripture,” not an entire book.
For example, if we look inside “The Bible” and we read Matthew 4:5-6:
Then the Devil took him along into the holy city, and he stationed him upon the battlement of the temple and said to him: “If you are a son of God, hurl yourself down.
Well, this is not Scripture because God did not speak here, the Devil does.
Yet, if we read from “The Bible” at Exodus 3:6:
Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”
This is Scripture because God breathed it or uttered it.
It is a mistake to take an entire book and say it is “The Word of God.” What about the utterances of Christ Jesus?
Well, EVERYTHING he says or utters is Scripture because he is THE WORD OF GOD. He is God’s spokesman and he is the one God authorized and chose. (Luke 9:35)
Everything that Jesus [the] Christ speaks is Scripture. Everything God says is Scripture. The rest of it is NOT Scripture.
It is a gross mistake to view the Bible as the Word of God because God and Jesus did not say everything in it. In fact, by pure ratio, very little within the Bible is actually Scripture. ONLY that which God Himself and Jesus utters is Scripture.
Jesus [the] Christ is The Word of God and the Bible is an object of idolatry, blasphemy, and distraction away from the one and only person we are to listen to, Christ Jesus, The Word of God.
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