Norm Fields Contributing columnist
August 30, 2014
In this series of articles I have laid out several ways I know the Bible is from God.
Please notice that I haven’t said that “I believe the Bible is from God,” though I certainly do. What I believe about the Bible or what you believe about the Bible is really irrelevant. My personal belief and your personal belief doesn’t really have anything to do with the factual reality that the Bible proves itself, in numerous ways, to be from God.
I don’t just believe the Bible is from God, I know the Bible is from God. I know that, without any doubts whatsoever, because of the very clear evidence of that fact.
The fact that God exists, the fact that the Bible repeatedly claims to be from God, the fact of the Bible’s inerrant unity, the fact of the Bible’s fulfilled prophecy, the fact of the Bible’s scientific foreknowledge, and the fact of the Bible’s superior moral teaching. Those are facts whether a person believes them or not!
As I bring this series to a close this week I want us to consider the evidence of the Bible’s Divine origin in its moral perfection. There is a moral code taught in the Bible that is so perfect as to be irrefutable by even the most ardent skeptic.
There are dishonest skeptics that will take passages of the Bible out of context to try and make it look immoral in its teaching. But when those passages are examined in their true context they unanimously agree with the perfect morality of God.
Not only is biblical morality perfect in its teaching, but it is taught in a brevity that is incapable of human wisdom. Where human authors have filled huge volumes and libraries with their ideas of morality, self-help, meaningful living, etc., etc., the Bible says it in very few and simple words. Twelve simple words, to be exact, “whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matt. 7:12). These simple words are so profound that we call them “The Golden Rule.”
Think for just a moment what would happen if everyone in the world woke up tomorrow following that one simple rule. What kind of impact would it have on the world if everyone followed that twelve word moral code?
Terrorism would instantly vanish from the world! There would be no more wife beaters, child abusers, corrupt politicians, greedy business leaders, warmongers, alcoholics, drug abusers, bullies, adulterers, thieves, etc., etc. Every human behavior that might harm another human being would instantly vanish away if “The Golden Rule” were universally followed.
That’s what Jesus meant when He said, “for this is the Law and the Prophets.” If people just followed that one perfect rule for human conduct then they wouldn’t have to worry about breaking any of God’s laws. All of those passages about how to treat each other would take care of themselves if we would just treat other people the way that we want to be treated.
Where “The Golden Rule” is the perfect moral code for human relations with each other, Jesus also gives the perfect moral code for human relations toward God. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Again, a very short and simple statement, but incredibly powerful in its perfect moral teaching.
Perfect human relations with God is summed up in this powerful statement. To be pleasing to God we must be devoted to Him (“in spirit”) according to His word (“and truth”). That one simple statement takes care of all the specifics.
If we just have that one perfect principle in place then the specifics will take care of themselves. There wouldn’t be any man-made religions or selfish human ambition in religion.
Everyone would worship and serve God the why He wants instead of how they want. Instead of focusing on attending the church of our choice, we would be more concerned about attending the church of God’s choice!
I give thanks to God every day for His perfect, inerrant, word. I am so thankful that God has not left us to wander in darkness and doubt. I praise Him and glorify Him because He loved us enough to give us a lamp unto our feet and light to our path (Ps. 119:105).
The Bible gives the most perfect moral code for the home, for the workplace, for government, for the church, for friends, classmates and neighbors. How thankful we should always be unto God for such a perfect word as His!
And that is how I know the Bible is from God. And that is why I dedicate myself to spreading that perfect word as far and wide as I can in my life.
If you would like a printed copy of this six part series or if you have questions about the Bible that I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Norm Fields is the minister for the Church of Christ Northside meeting at 1101 Hogansville Road in LaGrange. He may be reached at 706-812-9950 or BibleQnA@NormFields.com.