Recently, I was having some work done at my house and one of the workers began talking about certain words and their meaning in Greek. He seemed very proud of his knowledge of the Bible and was happy to share his opinions with me. He then began to talk about the gifts of the spirit and asked if I believed that God still healed. I told him that I did, but I also said that God doesn’t choose to heal everyone. I sensed that he was wanting to get into a discussion so that he could attempt to convince me otherwise.
This very nice man obviously loved the Lord and only wanted to share his views and opinions. However, I have learned over the years that most of these discussions have a tendency to turn into an argument that only divides rather than to edify. There are many denominational differences, and some even among those within the same denomination.
I have my own set of beliefs that I like to think are compatible with the Holy Scriptures. But others have theirs as well that may differ from mine. One of the things that I am most thankful for is that there will not be arguments over biblical doctrine in Heaven.
Have I been wrong about the scriptures before? Absolutely! But there is one thing that I believe that has not changed since I became a believer. That is that the Bible is the Word of God and thus is without error. It is we who err in our perception of its meaning. This is why it is so important for us to trust the Word even when we cannot trust those that preach, teach and discuss it. It will never fail and will guide us through the sometimes confusing maze that is life.
We should express our gratitude to God for gifting us with His written Word. Through it, He speaks to us, guides and reassures us of His ufathomable love, while telling us the greatest story ever told. That story is the gospel and we should never tire of both hearing and sharing it with others.
Psalm 119:89 says that, “Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in Heaven.”
If you want to argue with God about the meaning of His Word, … well, good luck with that. As for me, I choose to just accept it for what it is; the most infinately wonderful manuscript ever written.
It is through the scriptures that we are sanctified. Jesus Himself said, “Sanctify them through Thy truth. Thy Word is truth.” Don’t you think He would know?