Who Am I Going to Believe?

13 Apr

Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (NKJV).

I’ve been a Christian for many years and still fall short of what God intends for me, including my choices and thought-life. Maybe that’s not true of you, but I know many people who struggle to be Christ-like.

In spite of my failures, it’s my desire to handle God’s word accurately as it says in 2 Timothy 2:15. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (NKJV).

The word handling in the Greek means “to lay down a way,” “to build a road; also “to open a way.” That’s what I hope you’ll help me do on this blog—open a way of understanding, a way to live life with wisdom and joy.

The Bible says this about itself. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17 NIV).

So here’s my dilemma. Is it my place to choose which verses are believable and worthy of obedience? Am I going to set myself up as the authority over God’s word? Each person has to answer that question individually. But I look at it this way, if I can’t believe all Scripture, then I can’t believe any of it. Who wants a god who would deceive, mislead, or play tricks? Not me. Additionally, we have archeological proofs, personal testimonies, and historical evidence that the Bible is true. Therefore, I choose the inspired Word of God above personal experience or opinion.

Years ago, I decided my responsibility was to discover what it means to “have the mind of Christ.” That’s where we’ll start with the next blog.

How about you? Where are you in your belief of Scripture? How did you arrive at your conclusions? For additional study, you might want to read Josh McDowell’s Answers to Tough Questions or Know Why You Believe by Paul E. Little. If you would like to share your thoughts or other resources, click on the link below.

5 Responses to “Who Am I Going to Believe?”

  1. LB April 13, 2013 at 2:58 am #

    I believe the Bible. Seems to me that many have done injury to their faith (and the faith of others) by trying to use all the Bible as a kind of magic, prescriptive book for living life. People give up on the Bible because they do not understand or relate to Revelation, for instance. Having never read anything similar, we moderns hardly understand what it is. It either leaves us cold, or we start looking for the locust attack helicopters.

    Further, in our day, we make ourselves authorities over everything. In the end, my experience and opinion matter (mostly to me), but I am not Ultimate.

    We are supposed to struggle, in my humble opinion. If God had wanted this to be easy, he could certainly have given us a simpler book. Thanks for your witness! I look forward to your next.

    • nancydavisbiffle April 20, 2013 at 3:43 am #

      Insightful comment, LB. We are not Ultimate and we do wrestle with the living word. I believe we should interpret the Bible “normally.” Revelation is full of symbolic language. The Psalms give words to our life and emotions through beautiful poetry. We find principles for finances, marriage, parenting, ethical living and more. Most of all, the Bible is an ongoing saga of God’s love.

  2. kat April 14, 2013 at 3:31 am #

    Thank you Nancy for your good council. I love you…..your sister kat

  3. Sharon Stevens April 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Like you Nancy I have such a tough time. I have so many quotes and thoughts, and even though I don’t want to force my understanding on anyone, I want them to walk away with sweet memories from the heart. You have done just that. Thank you for your blog to remind us. And the great thing with verses from the Bible is that I try to go look them up in my own Bible. The words are exactly the same, but in reading them with my own eyes they become anchored within. Thanks again. As always, living my destination, making memories. Sharon

    • nancydavisbiffle April 20, 2013 at 2:44 am #

      Thank you, Sharon, for your kind comments. I too have to find the verses in my personal Bible. In fact, I use my Bible as a personal journal with dates, notes, prayers, and more. God’s Word is a treasure in many ways.

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