Is The Word of God Really a Matter of How We View It?

Below is the reply that we received from a Catholic priest when asked if The Catholic Church believes in The Bible as The Word of God, and not merely the word of inspired men:

“The Catholic Church believes that the Bible is the Inspired Word of God both the Old and the New Testaments. That does not mean every word and idea that is in it. Example of this is God created the world. It doesn’t mean it took 7 days but that He did create it. The Bible used human writers to record Divine Truths. God bless you.”

This is an important example that can be used to demonstrate the problem with what people are calling “Christianity” today.

The reply reveals A WAY OF LOOKING AT God and HIS Commandments (His Word) to mankind.

The type of faith as demonstrated here toward the sacred scriptures is a faith that allows the human to decide that God “did not mean” what He had purposefully put down in writing.
THIS type of faith allows ANY individual to not only interpret what God meant when He had something very specific written down for us, but it also allows the individual person to pick and choose which passage in The Bible actually means what it says and which does not…
The results of such thinking will, without doubt, always be that any scriptures we don’t like (or perhaps appear for us as too heavy to bear) will then become a verse where God was not meaning what He said– or – must have meant something other than what is said there.

Yet, it is THIS very type of faith that is held and professed to by all of the Nicene Christian organization to this day- whether it be Catholic, Protestant, Advent, Baptist, Pentecostal (the list is endless).

* Nicene Christianity is a religion (claiming Christ) that is founded on an agreement reached long ago, at The First Council of Nicaea (AD. 325)- also known as “The First Council of The Catholic Church”- for more information on this point, you may refer to the fact article,
“The Nicene Church- What is it? Where Did it Come From?”

It is also this very WAY OF THINKING (a way of viewing God’s Word as being ‘vague and mysterious’, as ‘not meaning what it says’, and therefore ‘open to interpretation’ from men) that has even infected many groups who strongly proclaim no connection to the Nicene ways whatsoever… Do we fail to recognize that this way of thinking is NOT something that came FROM the Nicene Christian agreement? Rather, it has existed since Adam and Eve’s time, as this short examination will prove..



Because of the endless forms of MAN’S ideas of “Christianity” (rather than the definition as put forward by God), the interpretations are also endless as to WHAT it was that GOD MEANT in what He had written down inside of The Sacred Scriptures.
It is against THIS very sort of thing that God spoke to Israel through HIS prophet Isaiah. He describes here the very problem that has come to pass for the world today:
Isaiah 59:13-15 (KJV)
IN TRANSGRESSING and LYING AGAINST THE LORD, and DEPARTING AWAY FROM OUR GOD, speaking oppression and revolt, CONCEIVING AND UTTERING FROM THE HEART WORDS OF FALSEHOOD. [14] And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for TRUTH IS FALLEN IN THE STREET, and EQUITY CANNOT ENTER. [15] Yea, TRUTH FAILETH; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.



It might help to take note of THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON GOD HAS FOR US in His Word of Truth… We as humans (who are subjected to the resulting weaknesses caused by sin in our flesh and mind) will do well to pay attention to what God tries to teach us from the very beginning of HIS sanctified Word:
Genesis 3:1 (KJV)
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? [2] And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: [3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Notice- the woman did know The Word of God- She quoted it to Satan.
God meant what He had said- on the day that the woman and man disobeyed His commandments they DIED, since Mankind became a slave to sin, and death that comes as a result of sin-
James 1:15
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.


[4] And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
A lie spoken…
[5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Here we see Satan attempting to change Eve’s very WAY OF THINKING toward God and HIS Word- trying to sway the way she looks at The Word of God (His Commandments)… God said DO NOT touch it or you will die (Eve quoted God)… Yet, Satan introduces A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT THINGS here– God “didn’t mean” what He said- and then he tries to pit her against God with the He just doesn’t want you to be like Him…

As soon as the woman decides to look at God’s Word a certain way-we can note the results:

[6] And WHEN THE WOMAN SAW that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Notice- “the woman saw”- this was HER way of viewing things now… Not God’s (since God had already spoken clearly- The Truth). Yet, now it has become a matter of ‘God didn’t mean what He said’.

Again, God’s words through Isaiah come to pass here:
“IN TRANSGRESSING and LYING AGAINST THE LORD, and DEPARTING AWAY FROM our God, SPEAKING OPPRESSION AND REVOLT, CONCEIVING AND UTTERING FROM THE HEART WORDS OF FALSEHOOD. [14] And JUDGMENT IS TURNED AWAY BACKWARD, and JUSTICE STANDETH AFAR OFF: for TRUTH IS FALLEN in the street, and EQUITY CANNOT ENTER. [15] Yea, TRUTH FAILETH…”


THIS is the very first lesson we are taught (BY GOD) in The Bible… HIS word, HIS commandments mean what they say.

This is the first lesson for a reason.
God allows mankind to decide for themselves. We are allowed to view things OUR OWN way- just as Eve, and then Adam did- yet, this merely means that we ARE CHOOSING DEATH, just as they did.

God exhorts us TO BELIEVE THAT HIS Word MEANS WHAT IT SAYS- and that IT IS IN TRUTH “THE WORD OF GOD” and “not of men”… He does not give HIS Word – HIS Law, HIS Commandments, HIS Gospel- so that mankind can wring multiple interpretations out of it; throughout The Bible’s this message is taught to us:

Hebrews 1:1-2 (KJV)
GOD, WHO at sundry times and in divers manners SPAKE IN TIME PAST unto the fathers BY THE PROPHETS, [2] HATH IN THESE LAST DAYS SPOKEN UNTO US BY HIS SON, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Q. Who spoke?
A. God spoke.
Do we choose to believe this as Truth, is the question.
God leaves us to choose for ourselves exactly HOW we go about viewing The Bible.


Notice:
1 Thes. 2:13 (KJV)
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it NOT as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also IN YOU THAT BELIEVE.


There is a sanctity (a respect and awe) that comes from choosing to view The Word of God AS The Word that is FROM God and not man…
Isaiah 66:1-2 (KJV)
Thus saith The LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? [2] For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith The LORD: but TO THIS MAN will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, AND TREMBLETH AT MY WORD.



A person will NEVER understand The Truth of God’s ways, UNTIL they decide (they make a willing choice) to place their complete faith in The Word of God as The Word of God:
John 8:43 (KJV)
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.


The many forms of what is referred to as “Christianity” today (- Catholic, Protestant, and the many denominations that have come out from them) DO NOT understand, NOR do they keep The Ten Commandments of God… From The Seventh Day Sabbath, to The Holy Feast Days, to Divorce & Remarriage being preached as Adultery (Sin- violation of The New Covenant), even down to WHAT “fornication” actually means– all these have been lost from vision BECAUSE of that ONE original problem of the people deciding that, God did not mean what He said (thus requiring THEM to interpret what He MUST HAVE meant by what He said).

THIS ONE point is why all of “Christianity” has TURNED AWAY FROM THE TRUTH (“The Word of God”), and have been turned to “traditions of men” and “fables”…
This is all in fulfillment of what Jesus Christ through saint Paul warned would happen:
2 Tim. 4:1-4 (KJV)
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; [2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
[3] For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
[4] AND THEY SHALL TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, and shall be turned unto fables.


Notice Jesus’ original warning to HIS disciples (His followers)- He warned them to beware of something very important:
Matthew 16:6 (KJV)
Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. [7] And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. [8] Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? [9] Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? [10] Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? [11] How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? [12] Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, BUT OF THE DOCTRINE OF the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.


What was The Doctrine (teachings)?
Matthew 15:1-9 (KJV)
Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, [2] Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. [3] But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also TRANSGRESS THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD BY YOUR TRADITION? [4] For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. [5] But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; [6] And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. [7] Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, [8] This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. [9] But IN VAIN THEY DO WORSHIP ME, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.
Mark 7:7-13 (KJV)
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. [8] For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. [9] And he said unto them, Full well YE REJECT THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD, THAT YE MAY KEEP YOUR OWN TRADITION. [10] For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: [11] But YE SAY, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. [12] And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; [13] MAKING THE WORD OF GOD OF NONE EFFECT THROUGH YOUR TRADITION, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.


The Leaven (doctrine/teaching) that Jesus Christ Himself warned HIS followers to “beware of”:

– Teaching for doctrines the commandments OF MEN…
– Transgressing The Commandments of God BY YOUR tradition…
– Reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition
– Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered

THIS is the same as what happened with Adam and Eve’s viewpoints toward The Word of God due to sinful influences.
Mankind has suffered from this problem ever since.


God cannot (will not) teach a person who will not accept HIS Word as meaning what He says.

There are many, many more scriptures that God uses to speak to us about this very topic.
For more on this, you may refer to the many other Text Studies on this site that deal with The Truth being The Word of God to Mankind in the form of The Bible.

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