The Bible: Lies People Believe

Earlier this week, I was discussing with people—atheists, homosexuals, and liberal “Christians”—what the Bible says on homosexuality. And I discovered some lies the devil has propagated about the Bible. He will do anything to keep people from reading, believing, and obeying the Bible as the very Word of God. He uses gross lies, subtle cunning. Here are some of those lies.

  1. The Bible is God-inspired but not God-written, since God doesn’t have hands. Men wrote the Bible so it is fallible. We can pick and choose what we believe. We don’t have to obey.
  2. The Old Testament is not relevant for Christians today. Leviticus is full of ridiculous laws like “don’t eat shellfish” and “don’t wear clothes with mixed colors.” So the laws against homosexuality aren’t relevant either. They don’t have to be obeyed. Homosexuality isn’t sin.
  3. Jesus is love, not hate. If you hate homosexuality, you don’t know or love Jesus.
  4. Some things have been “lost in translation.” The Bible has changed over the centuries. So the King James Version is not authoritative. And homosexuality isn’t sin anymore.
  5. We shouldn’t take the Bible literally. It’s just spiritual, full of parables and allegory and good moral lessons. A different version of this is that only some parts are literal. [This doesn’t having anything to do with homosexuality. I just observed it in some Catholics this week.]

In Eden, the devil cunningly questioned God’s word by asking Eve, “Yea, hath God said?” (Genesis 3:1) He then proceeded to lie, saying, “Ye shall not surely die” (3:4). Eve’s first mistake was a second-hand knowledge of God’s command. Her next one was adding to that command. She then chose to believe the devil’s word instead of God’s and allowed herself to be enticed by sin. Paul warns that the devil wants to do the same with believers: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3). Notice the part “minds … corrupted.” Only twice more in the Bible do these two words appear together. And both times the portrait is of spiritual reprobates and apostates, people to be avoided. Paul tells Timothy to “withdraw” from “men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness” (1 Timothy 6:5). Again, he says that in the last days, the world will be full of “men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith,” who “resist the truth” (2 Timothy 3:8).

So how do we avoid a corrupt mind? Some Christians say, “If people will just pick up the Bible and read it…” This is not enough! Believing the Bible is God’s word takes faith, itself a gift of God. Countless people down through the centuries have read the Bible from cover to cover, sometimes more than once. But they didn’t believe or obey it. And they died in their sins. We must believe and obey the Word. We must renew, or transform, our minds through imbibing the Word (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23). But there’s a problem. Last month, I heard or read that “your heart will not accept what your mind rejects.” If the mind rejects truth, the heart won’t receive it either. The only solution is repentance and divinely opened eyes. I have prayed for eye-salve for myself (Revelation 3:18). And I have prayed the same for others. We must come to the Word in humility and faith.

Some Christians also say, “There’s a church on every corner and a cross on every steeple…” This is not enough! Most unbelievers aren’t interested in church. God has to make them interested. Also, what is the church teaching, preaching, and practicing? Is it alive and on fire? Or is it dead? If the church is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, some will be attracted and others repelled. Consider that: the true gospel repels those living in and enjoying sin. They don’t want to hear repentance. That hasn’t changed. We should pray with and for those attracted to Christ, and baptize and disciple them. But if the church is preaching “another gospel,” it may grow numerically but it will wither and die spiritually.

What must the church do? Fast and pray – in desperation. Be a witness for Jesus Christ. Live the gospel. This is a spiritual battle that requires spiritual weapons. Put on the whole armor of God. Remember: God can do more in an instant than we can do in a lifetime. So pray!

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  1. BIBLE TRANSLATION CRITICS BY STEVE FINNELL

    Did you ever notice that the self appointed arbiters of Biblical translation accuracy spend their time criticizing various translations. Ninety-nine percent of all translations give an accurate, trustworthy account of the gospel of Christ. The problem is not that men cannot find a translation that tells men how to become saved by accessing the blood of Christ. The difficulty occurs because men reject the clear teaching of Scripture.

    God’s message in 99.5% of all Bible translations is the same.

    TRANSLATION COMPARISON

    Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. (NKJV)

    Ephesians 1:7 So overflowing is his kindness toward us that he took away all our sins through the blood of his Son, by whom we are saved. (The Living Bible –Paraphrased)

    Ephesians 1:7 By whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his favor, (The Better Version of The New Testament by Chester Estes)

    Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins, in accordance with the riches of his grace (The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible NIV 1983)

    All of these translation say the same thing. All men need to do is believe the message.

    John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.(NKJV)

    John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the Way—yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except through me.(TLB—P)

    John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. (TBVOTNT by Chester Estes)

    John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(TTC-RB NIV 1983)

    All of these versions of the Bible say the same thing. Why would any one criticize God’s translations.

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

    Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, “Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive the gift, the Holy Spirit.(TLB–P)

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Let each one of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(TBVOTNT by Chester Estes)

    Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (TTC-RB NIV 1983)

    All of these translations say the exact same thing. Repentance and water baptism are essential in order to have sins forgiven, and following that, men receive in indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit Himself.

    There is no problem with the translations. The problem is that men reject the clear teaching of Scripture.

    YES, GOD IS SMART ENOUGH TO GIVE MORE THAN ONE ERROR FREE TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE.

    TRANSLATIONS OF THE BIBLE ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS, MEN WHO READ THE BIBLE WITHOUT ASKING GOD TO REVEAL HIS TRUTH TO THEM

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