It’s by the word of God that’s why everything was created. As it was written in the book of Genesis how God demonstrated His Power because of the spoken words that came into being. Like when He declared; “Let there be light and there was light” and everything He has said was also came into being that’s why you and I were created and live to this very moment, through the life of Adam and Eve. But the question is that do you really believe God in His words that are written in the Holy Bible? As for me I do really believe God in His words simply because His words are His integrity. The proof is that when God tested Abraham with corresponding blessings, Abraham was so desperate to hold on to all God’s promise that eventually came to pass or happened in his life as he truly obeyed and trust the Lord. Now Abraham was considered the Father of Faith and has indeed remembered by many believers of Jesus that God really fulfilled all His promises and made Abraham the Father of many nations as evidenced by all of us living in this world. Lastly, because of Abraham’s faith the greatest gift has given to us by the Lord and He is Jesus the Savior of all mankind or Redeemer who died for our in 2000 years ago to set us free from the slavery of sins.
Although I am a Christian, I have always taken the words and stories found in The Bible with a grain of salt. Many Biblical stories were orally passed down from generation to generation without the benefit of them being written down. Since many non-fiction works often contain factual errors, it is certainly obvious that the ancient stories found in The Bible may also include untruths. Many people seem to believe that the words of The Bible were spoken by God and not by the individual writers; such is not the case, and I look upon many of these stories with the same skepticism that I would upon hearing a fantastic, unbelievable story told to me by a child.
I agree with post 3. I do not think that the Bible should be taken directly as the word of God. At the very least, it was translated many times. It was also re-interpreted for political reasons a few times.
I have to support pohnpei here. While I do believe in God, I also recognize the idea that the Bible represents the interpretations of what the authors come to understand the word of God as. All literature is subjective, with the exception of autobiographies. Given that God did not write the Bible, it exists as an interpretation of others.
These are two different questions, really. A person does not have to "flatly deny God's presence" to be skeptical about the idea that the Bible is the literal word of God. I do not believe that the Bible is the literal word of God because I believe that it is meant as instructions for how we should live, not as a historical and scientific textbook.
The assumption here is that the Bible is, in fact, the word of God. Many biblical scholars, people who have devoted their lives to the study of the Bible, have shown that the Bible was written by many different people over a long period of time. Furthermore it is well-known that Scripture has been transcribed from older versions (and there were older versions) in different ways that tend to cast doubt over the "original" meaning of the texts. It is impossible, basically, to know what the original text even was, or if an original text existed. Additionally, early Church leaders differed on what books should be in the Bible, leaving out books and passages that were presumably every bit as divinely inspired as what has come down to us today.
None of this is to say that people shouldn't believe whatever they want to believe, but it does seem to me that painting people who question the verbatim word of a document in the face of obviously contradictory evidence as agents of Satan is a little presumptuous.
for posts of 4,5 and 6...If you are quite convinced that the words wriiten in the Bible weren't from God then how come that He revealed these words to his people (servants) through the guidance of the Holy Spirit???
In reply to posts 4, 5 and 6:
You all seem to agree, that we can't believe it is the word of God, and everything in the Bible can be interpreted differently. Instead, it should be used as a guide for how to live our lives.
However, if the Bible can be interpreted differently, how can you all agree on how we should live our lives? E.g. Same-sex marriage: some might say it's wrong because God curses homosexuals in the Bible, and others might say it's okay because we live in different times nowadays, and homosexualism is normal, so it is okay.
It's like asking a personal question - do you or don't you.
I can thankfully say that I do believe every word He tells us in the Bible.
However, people will flatly deny God's existence no matter how much He shows us His existence. Think of the Israelites during the Exodus. Only a small while after He had parted the waters of the Red Sea, and they were sinning again. No matter what God did, they didn't believe Him. Instead, they made the Golden Calf, flatly denying God's presence with them. But the proof was there - the pillar of fire by night, and the cloud by day, guiding them on their journey. His wondrous miracles - the manna which came every morning (apart from the Sabbath) until they made it to the promised land, water coming from the rock, sending the quails because they wanted meat, His thunderings from upon Mount Sinai. The proof was there, but they never believed in God, never served Him or submitted to Him.
The power of Satan is so powerful, we should never underestimate it. True, God is a lot more powerful, but Satan's power over sinners is so great, that people will still flatly deny God's presence, even when being confronted with the truth. It's a fact of life, and we as Christians just have to accept that.