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The Word of God Builds Faith

The very first Christians who were disciples of Christ had a bit of an advantage, as they traveled with Christ, they heard and saw him. They were assured that he was the Messiah by the things they saw and heard, such as his healing the sick, opening blind eyes, raising the dead, Jesus himself being raised from the dead. These ones had an opportunity to see the person that could deliver on the promises that have been made to us. These ones had faith based on things that they literally saw, namely, real things that happened.

FEARLESSWe today have that written record in the Word of God, the Bible. We have the life and ministry of Christ while he was on earth. We have a record of what the apostles did after the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. We know that a Christian’s faith is based on truth and real things that were seen and heard, which actually occurred.  We know, and the early Christians knew, that they were and we are condemned to death because of the sin of Adam, as Paul explains, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men,  because all sinned.” (Rom. 5:12) We know why God created the heavens and the earth, placing man and woman in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 1-2) We know what issues were raised by Satan in Eden. (Gen. 3:1-6) We know the issues raised by Satan at the beginning of the book of Job. (Job 1:6-11; 2:4-5) We have the history of man and God’s people over a 4,000-year period. Christians know why we grow old, get sick, and die but they also know that life is a gift from God through Jesus Christ our Lord. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift[1] of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23) Paul and early Christians knew these things and believed them to the point that they would be martyred before forsaking them. Do you today in the 21st century? If you do; then, you have faith in the written Word of God.

Many Christian religious leaders in the world today do not believe these things to be true. Many of these so-called Christian religious leaders have abandoned their faith. They believe the Word of God is a book by men, which they analyze with a form of interpretation known as historical-critical biblical interpretation.[2] It ends up that they say Moses did not write the first five books of the Bible, Isaiah did not write the book of Isaiah, Daniel did not write the book of Daniel, Jesus did not say all the things in the Gospels.[3] Moreover, they say that the originals contained mistakes, errors, and contradictions. This biblical higher criticism in the extreme. This form of biblical interpretation, higher criticism, is being taught at almost all seminaries today and is seriously flawed, and its assault on the Bible has been unsuccessful, in their effort to demonstrate that the Bible is not the Word of God. This form of biblical criticism got its start during the 18th and 19th centuries. Because seminaries have adopted this around the world, many so-called leaders of the church espouse criticism of God’s Word in one breath while saying they have faith in the next. The impact on churchgoers has been tremendous.

   Jesus said: “It is unavoidable that causes for stumbling should come. Nevertheless, woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to stumble one of these little ones.” (Lu 17:1-2) How many good Christians have lost their faith by faithless Christian religious leaders! In the end, they will pay for stumbling such ones!

True Christians will maintain and grow their faith in the Word of God. They build their faith through personal Bible study and research. If their pastor, elder, priest, or minister casts any doubt on the trustworthiness of Scripture; the true Christian will find out what his or her church’s position on Inerrancy of Scripture[4] is and if it is not full or absolute inerrancy of Scripture,[5] he or she leave that church.

Hebrews 10:26-27 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the accurate knowledge[6] of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.

The true Christian will maintain and grow their faith in God’s Word. Some though will renounce their faith because they let doubts set in, which frees them up to the point of sinning. Then they go on sinning deliberately even after receiving the accurate knowledge of the truth. Christ’s sacrifice only covers Adamic sin, human weakness and imperfection, it does not cover the deliberate, willful, unrepentant, living in sin. His sacrifice does not redeem such ones. These ones have thrown their faith to the wind and have rejected God, and have moved over to the point of being beyond repentance. There is a coming judgment day and this is the only thing we should truly fear in life. The apostle Paul tells us, “For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away,[7] it is impossible to renew[8] them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put him to public shame.” – Hebrews 6:4-6.

[1] Lit gracious gift; Gr kharisma

[2] See BASICS OF BIBLICAL CRITICISM: Helpful or Harmful? [Second Edition] (ISBN-13: 978-0692319857)

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[3] DEFENDING OLD TESTAMENT AUTHORSHIP: The Word of God Is Authentic and True by Edward D. Andrews

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[4] Inerrancy of the Scripture (Monday, October 9, 2017)

https://christianpublishinghouse.co/2017/09/26/inerrancy-of-the-scripture/

[5] Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy with Exposition (Monday, October 9, 2017)

https://christianpublishinghouse.co/2017/09/26/chicago-statement-on-biblical-inerrancy-with-exposition/

[6] Epignosis is a strengthened or intensified form of gnosis (epi, meaning “additional”), meaning, “true,” “real,” “full,” “complete” or “accurate,” depending upon the context. Paul and Peter alone use epignosis.

[7] Fall Away, Forsake, or Turn Away: (Gr. parapiptō) The sense of parapiptō is to fall away or forsake the truth.–Heb. 6:6.

[8] Renew, Restore, or Bring Back: (Gr. anakainizō) The sense of anakainizō is to cause change to a previous state, to start anew.–Heb. 6:6.