Can We Worship the Bible?
were glad, and glorified the
word of the Lord"
Can we make an idol of our Bible?
this is the big
question here ... can we make an idol of our Bible and worship
it, in other words?
Meaning, was David going too far (pulling a verse or two outta the
Psalms) when he declared ... "O how I
love thy law!
it is my
meditation all the day?"
here: David was meditating on God's word here. It does not say he was
meditating and chewing over in his heart, how good God was in person.
the previous question the same as
asking ... can we make an idol of our Lord Jesus, when we worship
Sounding silly!? Meaning, is not the King one and the same with
anyway? Like ... try telling the King you dare not take His decree
seriously, I say!
here: Yes, you can worship King James all right!
Notta problem here (although it could be yours!) in the sense of this
scenario getting outta hand. Just like you
can worship Martin Luther King, Martin Luther, Johnny Calvin, Doc Peter (de Ruck
and so forth! Or howabout your beloved President, Pastor, Pastoress, or latest
Lamborghini! Yes, the list is literally endless! All or one
no doubt, would amount to idolatry at the end of the day.
Now getting back to the issue ... can we really
worship God's written word?
else did King David say to the Lord in regards to His word? Did
say this to the Lord ... "I love
this ... "Consider how I love thy precepts"! Or, in
regards to us (those that are serious about the written word) ...
"Great peace have they which love
thy law"! Here's
more to add ... "I love thy commandments above
gold"! Isn't this amounting to loving God's word above mammon and soft
living? Meaning, itz trew ... David was very passionate about the written word of
God! Moreover, I can't see no reason why God's children cannot be
as equally passionate today, instead of getting bogged down by religious semantics and intellectual hotchpotch!
why people don't like us true Bible believers loving the scriptures and
embracing them to heart, at the end of the day. This they prefer
as 'idolizing the scriptures', in oder for them not to be really
accountable to them, if you really want the truth. After all, it
may show them up or
something. Like showing them how worthless or hypocritical their
religion really is. Irrespective
of how well learned and bright they are. Or how brilliant their
guru just happens to be or not be. It may also expose their
motive of building strawmen. Thatz the false arguments they have
invented to pull down what is written! Or what they have craftily
orchestrated and cleverly erected, in relation to
countering God's sure word. In a line ... making God's
word appear like something that it isn't, so it can be easily disproved
played down. Get the drift?
119: 98-100), in regards to the regions where loving the
word brings us into, as opposed to the areas mans brilliance keeps him:
"Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies (wiser than the Bible thieves, the Bible correctors and the textual critics, who would luvingly disarm us in the name of "caring shepherds"): for they are ever with me (whether always 'in the face' or lurking in the shadows). I have more understanding than all my teachers (those that are better trained and more academically qualified): for thy testimonies are my meditation (not as mere segments of entertainment or buzz quotations for the day). I understand more than the ancients (than the church fathers, the reformers, and the prophets of old?), because I keep thy precepts (instead of analyzing or questioning them - TI1 6:4 & TI2 2:23, or bringing them into disrepute)."
straight: No, I am not a
fanatic! I do not sleep
my "King James". Nor will I be buried with my own personal "King
Jimmy" when I leave this world.
attachment? Nope! Emotional value? Nah! Or
nostalgia? Never! I might unpromptly use it as a doorstop or a glue
weight when there is nothing else around that's handy, without giving it much thought.
Furthermore, I would not
scared to dump or incinerate one when it got too old, tatty and virtually unreadable.
people go over board here (as some people always tend to do in any area
of "faith" - that's religion for you, not God) then it is not my
problem but theirs. It is also not
problem. You've gotta realise that it's not the material fabric
(the pages made of paper, nor the
cover itself) we follow, but the words which are spirit and therefore
life (whether scribed, penned or punched on
a keyboard); as the good Book always testifies to itself.
Trusting in the book or in ideas
One of the most common accusations or misconceptions against the Authorized Bible people, is that they have become so caught up in "one book only" (if God has ordained and inspired other books and writings as final) and are therefore worshiping a book and not the God of the Book. Couldn't this argument also be used against worshiping the Son instead of the Father who begot Him? The great assumption is that these 'Bible Only' people have become idolaters, because they actually worship the Authorized instead of God. A verse they love to major on here is JOH 5:39:
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."
In other words (according to these skeptics), "you're too caught up in the Book but not the Person!"
sound really koool man!!! Faaar out!!! Actually these blind
individuals tend to
overlook the fact that the
very reason we are caught up in the Book is the very same
we are caught up by the person, Christ Jesus our Lord, who inspired and
Book in the first place, so He could say (as it is written):
"they (that's the scriptures
in the Book of books) are they which testify of me."
sparks' of our day just mentioned before, don't get it! Do they? The religious
people Jesus were referring to here, were searching the scriptures for
life (or salvation) without Christ (see the next verse - JOH
they could not find it. This
is no different than today, as "modern" man spends untold
billions in searching the heavens for life. However, foolish man
can't see that the very, readily available book, called the Holy Bible,
shows quite clearly that no life can be, unless God has breathed His
life there in the first place. Moreover, God breathes His life
into the scriptures when we realize and embrace the fact, they are
speaking about and revealing Him!
Found in the person of the
Lord Jesus Christ and none other. The very person of whom the book is all
... "they (that's the scriptures contained in the Holy Book) are they which testify of me."
5:39 is not an indictment against
the values and paramount importance of the word at all. It is
a verification for it! The fact that
in the Holy Book) reveal and make real Jesus! No
other book or human source can. This
also confirmed in God's prophetic written timetable (HEB10:7)
... "in the volume of the book it is written of me."
want to know Jesus, then you need to
the Book. There's simply no other way around this, on this
crazy planet anyway! Want
a relationship with God, then be confident,
wavering, in the Book (His book) you are reading, as the very God
breathed and autographed words themselves. There's no
folks! Coz a verse these Bible subversionaries will never quote
(especially while matching it with JOH
5:39) is the verse prior (JO1
have I written unto you that believe on the name of the
Son of God; that ye may
know that ye have
eternal life, and that
ye may believe on the
name of the Son of
I say I cherish
this verse, as I do (hope you do also) ... does this mean I
idolize it? Or does it mean I cherish it coz it is the word of
God, that also happens to guarantee me complete and utter, eternal
the people who Jesus were speaking to
had the same problem as Catholics, Judaizers, and all religionists have
today: They were placing the word of God on a par with their
tradition or culture (if they weren't outrightly, ruling it out in the
This of course is a big 'no no' with Jesus. It cancels out the word (Matt.
15: 3 & 6), as the word of God
the Protestants who proudly blab the Latin instead of the English here,
are even more deceptive and hypocritical. Ever heard of Sola
Scriptura? Thatz "by scripture
alone"! For those bamboozled by the riddles and puzzles of the
Understanding also, the
Protestants actually go against what they usually
teach ... "by scripture
alone". This is because they say they are all for the scriptures on
one hand, before they tell you on the other hand, the scriptures are
unreliable or need scrutinizing by the experts. Here
they cleverly proceed to undermine the scriptures by their insistence that the
original meanings have been lost over time, and therefore need
rectifying, by those qualified enough to do so.
Dum de dum dum!! Rings of "Hath God said?" are certainly echoing here! Paul calls this "the hidden things of dishonesty". Moreover, "walking in craftiness" is another way he puts it. Plus, "handling the word of God deceitfully" (CO2 4:2) is another antic they practice according to Paul. In regards to his brethren in Christ, Paul also said, "For we are not as many (those handling the word of God deceitfully), which corrupt the word of God (CO2 2:17)"!
What else is there to trust at present, this side of eternity, than the Holy Bible? Therefore, me thinks Matthew 22:29 is very appropriate here:
"Yea do err, not knowing the scriptures."
worshiping the word, or
it to some place of importance it apparently doesn't deserve (as some
it and as this is the topic of this article),
let's allow the word to speak for itself. Here Acts 13:48 is declaring for
... "when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord."
They glorified the word of the Lord, did they? I thought they/we are only supposed to glorify Jesus? However, scripture clearly reveals they are one and the same ... "they (the scriptures) which testify of me (Jesus)." In "the volume of the book (the scriptures) it is written of me (Jesus)."
3:1 says ... "that
word of the Lord may have free
course (without clerical interference),
and be glorified."
free course!!?? We can't have that! Can we? It
may mean after all, that the
average Joe Blogg is accountable to the decisions he makes, by his own
personal convictions through reading the word for himself and th way he response to God's word.
Furthermore, whattabout those who are qualified, trained and paid to do this for the
individual? Would they not know better? About God's word having free course?
For availability, accessing, and reading the word for yourself?
Sounds like it is time to place control and
restrictions in front of the word again. Like copyright or ministerial
redtape! Or by placing it back into the hands of the clergy. Or
the ownership of the Church. Meaning, if the Lord's word can't be
gloried (like scripture says it can be, while encouraging it), then guess who really gets the
glory? Certainly not the Lord at the end of the day!
Wise men follow stars (as signs) or do they?
But the excuses keep coming:
"The star only pointed to Jesus. So if the wise men had worshiped the star instead of finding Jesus, they would've missed the mark. Therefore, let us use scripture to find Jesus and not worship scripture!"
awesome this time!!
Sweeeet as!! Choooice
Maaan!! However (to burst the skeptics bubble here), the
scripture reveals that the
first point made here is true, but not the
second (1 + 1 must equal 2 to be true).
The star was not our daily bread! Wazit? Nor wazit our rock to
on, for zat matter! Nor is it the Christian's guide! Merely and purely because it is written:
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Many follow stars today whether they be horoscopes, movie "stars", sport "stars", or rock and pop "stars". Now, to boot, we have big time Televangelists who make their audiences all starry eyed! The very reason some of these people are waaayy over-paid, with phenomenal incomes and perks (who owns who?). Some have even made their minister or pastor their Superstar. Some, sadly, even try to hitch a ride behind a comet with tragic consequences. All these things the Bible plainly warns against. Also, man spends billions on technology while millions starve, thinking he can reach the stars and find life's answers. All because he does not want the truth. Merely coz man does not want to admit that God is true and therefore His word is true. That would intern make man a liar. It would also mean Jesus was right after all and blow the cover of religious mans snazzy alternatives. As the scriptures declare:
"I am the way the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
If man believed this and was prepared to embrace this, then all would be saved on the condition of what scripture said. This has got nothing to do with thanking your lucky stars or knowing your 'sign', by the way (Amos 5:26)! Live by the "stars" and you will end up like them ... lost and aimless. Ever heard of fallen stars (REV12:3-5)? Or howabout wandering stars (JUD 1:13)? Jesus said:
"if ye continue in my
word, then are ye my disciples (followers)
whether they be great people or
personalities, mystical powers or heavenly phenomenon's, are
corruptible. Fallen entities (the rebellious stars of heaven) are
already corrupted. Therefore, don't be influenced by them (TI14:
2: 1)! Furthermore, remember God's children of
old, who were warned against ...
"the star of your god, which ye made (concocted) to yourselves (AMO
believers have been born again by the
of God. How do we know
this? Simply because the good Book says so! How important
iz thiz? As important as the Bible itself is! Paramount would you believe? Furthermore,
notice how scripture gives so much
to the scriptures:
"The statutes of the LORD are
"the commandment of the LORD is
"the judgments of the LORD are
"The law of the LORD is
"the testimony of the LORD is
Ps. 119:142 ... "thy law is the truth."
Ps. 119:151 ... "all thy commandments are truth."
Ps. 119:160. "Thy word is true from the beginning".
John 17:17 ... "thy word is truth."
Tim. 3:16. "All
scripture is given
by inspiration of God".
... "Write: for these words are true and faithful.
1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
2. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6. Then shall I not be ashamed when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgements.
words emphasized are
for the word of God, with the purpose of making different statements in
regards to the word. As I write this (going back to 1998) I have
from using the term 'thy word' speaking for itself, plus the
verses mentioned along with another verse rendering 'ordinance' for the
word) these seven words are used in every other verse throughout this
There's got to be a reason for this! Some of the new age bibles
use different wording, thereby missing out
on this divine in-built and full-proof pattern.
a closer look at the
colours of this rainbow feature, sealed by God, regarding the word of
The word - higher than His name
of all we must consider this
scripture when dealing with the person of God (found in the Lord Jesus
Christ) and His full written account, record and testimony to this
revelation ... de scriptures!! Therefore, what is the most
important ... the
name of Jesus or the scripture?
... they are both as equally
which one of the two has
priority when it comes to God's word and God's name according to His order?
... God's word is first here,
following verse proves beyond a shadow of a doubt. Here it iz ...
... "thou hast magnified they word above all thy name."
this: This means God has
indeed placed His word
name of Jesus as just mentioned! However, if you happen to read
the above verse in most modern
translations, you will miss the point completely (and know doubt it's
so) and get a far different story. Here iz de proof:
NIV ... "for you have exalted above all things your name and your word." (emphasis mine) What iz this saying? It is saying very clearly, the Lord's name and word have been exalted together (as equals) above all things, obliterating the important order the Holy Bible (the AB) makes very clear.
... "thou hast exalted
thy name and thy word". (emphasis
Again agreeing with the NIV here. However, still being in full
to the Holy Bible. What's more, can you not see that this changes
meaning of the AB completely, by presenting the word and name by
being on an equal
status? Just like traditionalists and nominalists placing
tradition on a par with scripture!
... "Thou hast magnified
Thy word according
to all They name." (emphasis
the meaning completely. The Lord's name being put above His word
time. Thatz the name and the word being given reversed
roles. Just like what is happening today with the role of men and
women within the IC. This would also mean we could do anything in
the Lord's name, without qualifying its end by scripture. The
recent 'false signs and wonder' movement comes to mind here, as well as
the Charismatic movement of the 70's. Plus all the crazy
being made against sound doctrine, within the traditional churches.
all important question
here: Why has the Lord magnified
His name? Answer is simple! We have witnessed through
history many armies that have gone out in
name killing, pillaging, raping and maiming, have we not? But
Definitely not, according to the New Testament! Many prophets
have prophesied many
strange and off-beat things in Gods
But has God told them to? No way! Why? Coz it is so
easy to do anything in Jesus name in order to link Jesus to the act, in
assuring His consent. Very convenient to say the least! But
pure bull nevertheless! Coz (get this very clear): Jesus will never put His approval on
anything done in His name unless it lines up with His word first.
Simple! As just pointed out. The new age bible versions make this
possible by distorting scripture.
the end of the day, anything done
in Jesus name
nothing as far as the Lord goes, if it does not line up with His
word. Remember all those try-hards, who
used the excuse when they came before the Lord, that they must be
of heaven, due to all the acts they did in His name? However,
did Jesus say to all these try-hard opportunists? Answer ...
never knew you: depart from me, ye
at Jer. 27:15 for further
"For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, yet they prophesy a lie in my name".
that? They did something in
the Lord's name but it was rejected. Merely because they were
using God's name to lie and spread deception, false promises and
error. Ring a bell? Think of the many 'weird and
done in Jesus name today, without scriptural backing! Get the
drift!? What is done in
name must always line up with scripture first (as just mentioned), or
else it's not of
God. Plain and simple!
of Jesus is very important. But it is simply not
enough. It must always be backed up by authority of the Holy
two are inseparable and must go hand in hand. And if you think
this is 'Bible worship' or that stupid Strawman word 'biblidolatry' is
appropriate here, coz someone is supporting God's word to the end,
by placing their life and salvation on it, then so be it! It's
choice whether you serve a "Jesus" outside of his word (the scriptures)
and reject the scriptural Jesus who says ... "they are they which
testify of me"! Knowing ... the rejectors will be judged as
the idolaters (not biblidolaters)
in the end (CO1
In regards to the accusation of worshiping the Book instead of the Lord, it must be mentioned the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most precious and exalted name there is, and is the only name by which man can be saved. Praise God He has told us so by His word! This is because God has made His word His final back-up in everything that pertains to life, faith, and working out our own salvation. Therefore, we cannot help but cherish, exalt, magnify, glorify, and elevate the word of God, as contained in the scriptures within the pages of the book called the Holy Bible, to a place of prominence and pre-eminence in everything we do ...