Saturday, November 1, 2014

Can You Hear The Stones?

I think that’s because we aren’t holding our peace:

Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. (Luke 19:38-40 KJV)

If we did, we’d be hearing from the stones, wouldn’t we? There is too much to tell in a short length of time. The Bible doesn’t hold the whole story:

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. (John 21:25 KJV)

What the Bible does tell us is what God inspired:

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:15-16 KJV)

Paul used those very same scriptures – the Torah, the Old Testament, to explain the salvation through faith in Christ. Not the New Testament, which he and the other apostles were in the process of writing.

Not everyone believes this.  From
I didn’t realize the importance of this question until I saw a statistical analysis of young people who had walked away from the church. Out of 1,000 young adults who have left church, 44% of them said that they did not believe the accounts in the Bible were true and accurate. When asked what made them answer this way, the most common response (24%) said that the Bible was written by men (not God, albeit inspiring men).
This article explains how the acceptance of humanistic beliefs affect one’s view as to whether the Bible was inspired by God, or was the journals of more than forty men who just happened to believe in the same Creator, Lord, Judge and inspiration of their prophesies and writings.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)

It is against these principalities and powers that continuously seek to deny God that we need to be aware. It is not necessary to take the Bible solely on faith, we only need to have faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior. The Bible does not provide salvation, it only introduces us to the concept. Our acceptance – or rejection – of God’s gift is our decision. Just as spending time with the Bible, which tells us:

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)

And, where will we hear the word of God? My best choice is a worship service that includes a sermon given from God’s word. Fortunately, there is such a church nearby available for me to attend. Just as unfortunately, there are churches where one will hear sermons containing more humanism that Bible verses.

Listen closely to sermons. Do the speak of the inherent goodness of mankind while striving to be better? Or of God’s provision for eternal life? Thank you, but I believe God did inspire men and they wrote the words we are to study. Share that, before stones cry out.

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