The Inspired Word of God

This belief is rooted in four aspects of the Word of God found in the Bible. The four aspects are as follows:

The Consistency of the Message

The Consistency of the Effect

The Consistency of the Power

The Consistency of the Promise

 

1) The Consistency of the Message

For many people reading the Bible for the first time, one of the obstacles in understanding and enjoying the Word of God is its repetitiveness. The stories are cyclical and the message remains the same throughout all 66 books of the Bible. The story arc maintains a steady truth that doesn’t waver according to time, place, or person. The truth is steadily believed, repeated, believed and again repeated.

The ability of the Word of God to seamlessly express the same truths to all people of all languages is unparalleled in literature and impossible to replicate. The only logical explanation for such a seamless collection of truths conveyed by different individuals living in different time periods from different backgrounds is that the inspiration and work are of a being outside and completely independent of each individual writer, aware of the entire story and thus able to orchestrate words that link past to future with writing occurring in the present. Man would never imagine such a radically ludicrous endeavor. Thus the impossible consistency of the God-inspired words of the Bible is one of its most powerful proofs.

 

2) The Consistency of the Effect

We as humans are complex beings that evolve, adjust, grow and change with the passing of time. Our views on the world we live in are dependent on not only where we are raised but also when we are raised. Our views on ourselves have changed, developed and in some ways digressed with the advancement and proliferation of sociological and psychological studies. Theories of human behavior have left our general understanding of who we are in a state of hyper-developed immaturity, still quite unaware of the truths for which we continually grasp.

The Bible’s ability to not only clearly explain the ultimate truths we all seek, but also to offer solutions that apply to all people, of all nations, from all times is what sets the Word of God apart from other books that simply venture theories and/or hypotheses on who we are, why we’re here and where we are ultimately going. There has always been, and forever will be, truth that affects all readers of the Bible one way or another. For the person seeking answers to problems, the Word of God will forever reveal the root of not only our deepest desires but also the root of our deepest suffering. Additionally, for the person seeking to explore human origins and human existence, the Word of God presents truths that often offend us by telling us what we know deep down to be true and in many ways want to believe, but want desperately never to accept. Whether to repel in rejection or to attract by need and love, readers of the Bible are always marked by what they read.

 

3) The Consistency of the Power

Humans have an innate desire for answers that corresponds with a desperate need to ask questions. Human history reveals that our accepted ideas about the world and its people vary drastically according to where we live and when we live. Depending on the culture we were brought up in, we develop certain expectations of ourselves as well as certain limitations. We all are raised aware that certain things are not possible and beyond our reach. The goals that evade us can be personal goals we strive to attain, but are limited by our natural and limited physical or mental ability. Or perhaps these goals could pertain to certain physical or mental obstacles that seem impossible to overcome or change, such as a physical or mental handicap.

While medicine and therapy are also limited in their power to change, the miraculous characteristic of the Word of God is its consistent ability to create change where no change was to be found. The Word of God has always been able to make a way where we as humans confidently proclaimed no way existed. The Word of God makes the blind see, the lame walk, and broken receive restoration.

The explanation for this power is that it comes not from the mind of humans with limited knowledge of the problem, but that it comes from the creator himself. The very One who created the paradise, witnessed the Fall, brought forth the redemption for the Fall and has never removed his hand from what he loves. We are blessed as humans with enormous knowledge and ability. However, it is only God that can know all problems of all people in all nations throughout history. It is only God that can know the precise way to bring about the needed change in all of these strangers, uniting them in a common mission to heal the world in the power of his name and with the power of His Word. While the human heart is deeply self-absorbed and boastful, to suggest that man, rather than God, is somehow orchestrating the healing power of the Gospel seen in our world since the 1st century would surpass our most exaggerated heights of self-worth.

 

4) The Consistency of the Promise

Our limitations have previously been stated and explained, however, one more aspect of our inability to “know” is worth noting. Although our passions and dreams encourage us to do and know more, the reality of our humanness is that more often than not we can’t do more, and we have no ideas or inspirations. The suggestion to know the outcome of a particular situation premature of its conclusion is foolish, given our limitation of foresight and foreknowledge. Thus, we are reduced to making educated guesses and assumptions— nothing of weight in regards to truth or certainty. Once again, the Bible sets itself apart as a collection of promises, made during times where not nearly enough fact or information is present to support them, only to find that those promises are consistently fulfilled. There is something uniquely powerful and also terrifying about how much God professes to know in the Bible. There is a casual confidence that emerges from the pages of the Bible as God reflects on his plan and the way in which he has, is or is planning to carry it out, regardless of the will or abilities of man. The casual and almost hypnotic redundancy and consistency of God’s plans and methods throughout the Bible is one that at a casual glance is unimpressive and some might say tired and unimaginative. However, once one understands that this Word is not telling a fictitious story but is telling the history of real people, real places and is still in effect in our present age, one is suddenly and violently thrust from a view of the Word as boring or predictable to an understanding that God has known all along what he was going to do, what he had to do and what he intends to finish.

THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD