Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Is Scripture Inspired??

Hello gentle readers...

I was beside myself today about what to share with you. But, my spirit turned to 2 Timothy 3:16-17. It says (NLT), "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do."

So, is Scripture inspired? Yes, of course. Just as we share with our brothers and sisters the impressions which God lays on our hearts, so the writers shared with us their inspired thoughts and prophecies. So, what are we to think of this Book? It was written as an historical and theological document to help us walk through our lives and live life with integrity. It is a guide book for us as to how we are to live, love, bring peace and comfort to this world.

We must remember that even though God is immutable, His servants are not. They certainly made mistakes, many of which are included in the Bible. So, can we therefore assume that the written word, through all of its translations, has been maintained as a perfect document? I don't think so. How many hands have changed a word or meaning here and there to suit their interpretation of Scripture? I would think as many as have had the opportunity to interpret it or scribe it. Also, we have received in later years other scrolls that would make a difference in translation.

What about different versions? Which is right: King James, New International, New Revised Standard, New American Standard, New Century, New Living, etc.? We tend to pick Biblical translations based on how easy they are for us to read and understand. What makes one better than the others? I would opine that it is the accuracy of translation based on how easy it is for us to read and understand. Agreed?

So, here's my thought: it matters not which translation speaks to your heart because it will be the Holy Spirit who brings that Book to life for you. And it will be the Holy Spirit who takes it, applies it to your life, and prepares you in every way for every good thing God wants you to do.

The Bible is our fuel for the fire that compels us to reach others and do good in this world. So I would encourage you to read your Bible, and not just for kicks. Truly spend time understanding what God has for you in this Word so painstakingly translated for your use.

May God bless you richly this day and prepare you for all the good He wants you to do.


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