Throughout history, the Bible has been a great source of comfort for people looking to find reasons for why they believe the things they do.
Somewhere in the Scriptures you can always find a verse that tells you what you want to hear to bolster your personal opinion or promote the latest random thoughts of society.
The thing that often seems to be ignored is the question of just why the Bible was actually written.
If it was written by men, we can stop all consideration here since, as men ourselves, it can offer us nothing more than we already know. Throughout history countless books have been written expounding on the collected random thoughts and wisdom of mankind.
So, for the sake of discussion, let’s consider that the Bible could have actually been written by God. Especially since the Bible itself says as much.
But why would God have directed men through inspiration to write down such a collection of stories? The Bible covers a period of a few thousand years, including the creation of the Nation of Israel to the founding of the Christian Church. And on every page, the purpose is always the same.
God desires for us to know Him, who He really is.
He has revealed himself in numerous ways, from a cloud in the desert to the crucified Christ hanging on the cross. He desires to reveal to us what he likes and dislikes, what he loves and what he hates.
These attributes never change. God never changes who He is. His thoughts are not random. He has changed his mind at times, but only in regard to His response to something, not in how He feels about it.
For example, God hated the immorality and sin of ancient Ninevah and sent a Prophet, Jonah, to tell them He was about to destroy the city. But after the Ninevites repented and asked for mercy, He changed His mind.
He didn’t change his attitude toward their sin, only His response to it.
All of this brings me to this point.
It does not matter whether you believe you can be eternally saved or that you can be saved and then lose your salvation. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in Predestination or whether you believe that you must be baptized, washed in the blood, filled with the Holy Ghost, sanctified or any of the other many specific ideas of men and their doctrines.
In fact, what we believe doesn’t matter at all, because, unless we agree with Him, we are wrong.
What matters is what God believes.
This is the main purpose of the Bible.
To reveal God to us. What God believes, what He hates and what He loves, these things never change.
We change constantly. . . . our religion, our morals, our values, our desires.
God never changes. If He hated something three thousand years ago, He hates it now.
We can argue with him, we can ignore him, we can try to justify our behavior, we can even try to “tune” him out, but we can’t change Him.
The only smart move left to us is to agree with Him. We need to believe what He believes, learn hate what He hates and love what He loves.
And trust Him to do everything He says He will do.