The Bible Isn’t Just A Book!
In my “Tough or Fluff” post (6-14-19), I showed you how to use questions to determine if the person you’re dating is ready for marriage and the right mate for you. In that post, I gave you the five rules to keep in mind when you are developing questions for the person you’re dating. Here are the five rules I gave you…
1. Ask questions that are difficult to answer.
2. Ask open-ended questions.
3. Ask questions that expose your date’s priorities.
4. Ask clarification questions.
5. Ask questions that confront a person’s behavior.
Well, one of the most important questions you need to ask the person you’re dating is, “What do you believe about the Bible?” This question is important because the Bible isn’t just a book – it is the inspired (God-breathed) Word of God. According to 2nd Timothy 3:16-17, God gave us the Bible to teach us what is true, to reprove (rebuke) us, to correct us when we’re wrong (off-track), and to equip us to do good works.
“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 corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2nd Timothy 3:16–17 NLT
Let me focus a minute on the idea the Bible shows us the truth. We live in a world where there are many different thoughts and opinions – where there are many different truths. It seems as if everyone has their own idea of what is right and wrong. Whenever I hear people making statements like, “All truth is relative!” “My truth is as good as your truth!” I think, “Their idea of truth is both wrong and unhelpful.” First, our society must have truth to run smoothly. A society built on relativism will fall into chaos. Truth cannot change with every person’s thoughts and feelings. Can you imagine what would happen if everyone in America had a different view on murder, stealing and rape? Second, our legal system and relationships are built on the concept of honesty. How can we know if a person is being honest with us if there is no absolute truth?
The big question is not “Does absolute truth exist?” The big question is, “Where can we find absolute truth?” God gave us the Bible so we could know the truth and build our lives upon it. The truth in the Bible is not only supposed to rebuke our dishonest words and actions, but it supposed to show us the correct way to live so we can do what God created us to do (Ephesians 2:10). God promises we will be successful and prosper in everything we do if we base our lives on the absolute truth found in Bible.
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8 NLT
We should allow the Bible to be the absolute authority in our lives because the Bible is the absolute truth. By absolute authority, I mean we should submit to the Bible whenever we have questions about what to say or do. We should allow the Bible – not our sin marred minds and feelings – to steer our daily lives. Only when we allow the Bible to be in control of our lives can we be assured of going where God wants us to go and doing what He wants us to do. God wants us to allow the Bible to show us the steps we need to take through life! As a lamp helps us see the path before us, God wants us to allow His Word to show us how to safely navigate through life.
“How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey. Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey your righteous regulations.” Psalm 119:103–106 NLT
In Psalm 19:7-11, David makes some statements about the Bible then lists some effects the Bible has upon humanity. In Psalm 19:7-11, David tells us…
1. The Bible is perfect (flawless); it renews our soul.
2. The Bible is trustworthy (reliable); it makes us wise.
3. The Bible is right; it brings joy to our heart.
4. The Bible is clear; it tells us how to live.
5. The Bible is true; it is always fair.
6. The Bible is valuable; it rewards those who obey it.
Nature shows us God exists (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:20), but the Bible shows us who God is and what He wants for our lives. It reveals His love for us. It tells us how God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. The Bible is God’s special revelation to us.
So, when you’re dating to find your soul mate, make sure you ask the person you dating what they believe about the Bible. It’s an important question because the Bible isn’t just a book – it is the Word of God. In it, we find the truth and our authority for life.
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