Truly people’s opinions are innumerable.
An obvious statement (considering that the world’s population is estimated at 7.7 billion/April 2019).
Every subject under the sun can elicit a response from us all.
We might ignore the subject because it doesn’t interest us – or we launch into an exposition of our opinion, if not by our initiation, then in response to the questioning of others.
We have a new (not so new now) phrase coined for us – and we talk of ‘Fake news’.
Which can be either – news mixed with factual inaccuracies or simply lies.
Think of it – a world full of opinions. Left right and centre – from all sides – opinions, arguments, points of view, political stances, differing views on morality, political correctness, ideologies, philosophies, – no perfect unity of opinion.
Friends today – enemies tomorrow. And so the world spins on.
People look for meaning in it all.
Sometimes we have a closed mind to certain turns-of-phrase, or language we equate with certain ideologies. And sometimes we do not take the time to investigate and study what is really meant by the use of the terms.
In all of this we are either part of a group of adherents to ‘whatever’ or we plough a lone furrow.
Some are ‘loners’ by nature. Some run away and escape from the world, from society as we know it. Isolating themselves in some foreign land or island in – as we say – ‘the middle of nowhere’, just to escape the rat race.
Stated simply I have found that the only concrete and 100% reliable set of thoughts and opinions, on earth is found in the Bible. I set myself to give it my full trust, as I have found all else and all others to fall short of the bestowal of my complete trust.
Aware that this can receive a barrage of ‘put down’s’, either by intellectuals, atheists, or those of another religion other than Christian, I simply add that having listened to, or read such ‘put down’ views, I remain convinced that:
New King James Version –
Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Do not add to His words,
Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
Amplified translation –
Every word of God is tested and refined [like silver];
He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.
Do not add to His words,
Or He will reprove you, and you will be found a liar.
For any man or woman to look to the opinion of a book that they know little about, and to build their whole beliefs and desire for what they hope to get from life – is a tall order, if it’s only a book.
But to become convinced, like I happen to be, calls for more than mental accent, because the Bible read on a purely intellectual level is like having a balloon with no air in it. You don’t get the full picture until you blow it up, until it is air-injected.
A rather poor analogy don’t you think?
It will have to do – the point is – unless you are enabled by God Himself – you miss the whole point of the book. You miss it’s unique category as a read.
It is God-breathed. Without His breath our conclusions are misshapen, not fully formed, incomplete.
Even when we think in our skeptical brains that we have stumbled on some great ‘error’ within it’s pages, we have brought it down to our level, and have relegated it to deflated balloon status.
Because we have not approached it as a spiritual book in the first place, but approached it rather, as we would any other natural piece of writing.
The breath of God’s Presence must breath upon the pages. Which leaves us with the conclusion that all the intellectual gymnastics we can enter into by way of analysis is insufficient as we negate or reject the claims of the book before we start. By bringing it down to an earthly level.
All other ground is sinking sand – and boy are we sinking. The old hymn tells us –
I was sinking deep in sin
Far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within,
Sinking to rise no more;
But the Master of the sea
Heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me,
Now safe am I
Christ’s Life Manual is God’s revelation to man, the sacred writings of scripture. The classic hymn goes on to say –
Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted Me!
We read of His Love and see it demonstrated throughout His earthly journey. Without His Word breathed into the heart of mankind, we are left to our own devices. We can’t know His love without hearing of it first.
There is a statement in my culture – often used in jest.
It’s an exchange between husband and wife where the husband says concerning his wife or even a child: “One word from me and she does what she likes.”
The joke being that the husband’s authority is somewhat deleted or ignored…
Kind of describes the human condition though – that God’s Word the most trustworthy and wisdom imparting journal on earth is ignored and we do what we like.
Hear the words of Peter concerning the eternal aspect of The Word of God:
BUT SIMON PETER ANSWERED HIM, “LORD, TO WHOM SHALL WE GO? YOU HAVE THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE”.