All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
When I started writing these almost daily thoughts on scripture I had no idea I would still be writing over three years later. It was not for lack of material, God has supplied plenty and I have only scratched the surface. No, I just thought I would share a few verses that were especially meaningful to me and that would be that. What I had not counted on was the great support I would get from each of you. Of course without God’s intervention my thoughts would have run dry long ago. Just when I think I have no more to give He gives me more or He nudges me in a different direction.
So I keep writing. I was also encouraged to start a blog and post these writing to it. Then I started to write some just for the blog. There I did series on such topics as how Mormons view God, evolution, ongoing, and various book and movie reviews. Blogging opened up literally the whole world for me and I have had readers from all across the globe. I have also had ongoing comments from fellow believers and non-believers. Today as I was deciding on what to write on next that once again I was struck by how many people believe that we have only one source for God’s Word, The Bible.
But is it really one source? You could think of it that way as over the years we have consolidated the scriptures into one book. But in actual fact the Bible is a collection of multiple attestations to God and His glory. In the New Testament we have four distinct eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life, sayings and actions. We have a collection of letters Paul wrote to the various churches and people in the first century putting forth basic Christian doctrines as well as attesting to the risen Christ. There is the Book of Acts that Luke traces the history of the early church and the journeys of Paul and others.
In the Old Testament we have accounts from various writers of the early history of creation and the founding of the nation of Israel. We have God’s warning to His people in the writings of the prophets and we have the poetry of David and the other psalmists. We are able to see God’s plan for Israel and us develop over the centuries. And we are told what is to come in the future.
We may carry all this around in one bound volume or today on our phones, laptops and tablets and it is easy to think of scripture as one source but what God has given us is a multiple sourced revealing of His plan and His will. So when someone confronts you about having a single source for your belief set them straight. But do so in love and kindness. After all they are partially right. All scripture comes from a single source, God.
Have a blessed day,