Is The Bible The Only Word Of God?

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Hi J____,
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One reason Islam is growing so fast is that it never passes up an opportunity to point out the hypocrisy of “historical orthodox Christianity”. Many Christians bow down and worship before icons of Mary and Christ and many so- called saints. Islam does not do this Also they are very good at making sure that those to whom they are appealing see the inconsistency in teaching the first four commandments while at the same time violating every one of them. Because most professing Christians are so uncommitted to the teachings of Christ, because “historical orthodox Christianity places so much emphasis on free moral agency, and on man’s ability to make choices free from the influence of God, the Western ‘Christian’ world has essentially enshrined man as the one who decides what is man’s fate. Islam, on the other hand teaches that everything is preordained of ‘Allah.’ Here again, the Moslems are teaching a little bit of the Truth of God’s Word while Christianity ignores and denies God’s Truth:

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

So one reason why Islam is growing so fast simply because Christianity has lost its connection with Christ who taught His followers to “love thine enemies.”

Mat 5:43  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Islam does not teach what Christ taught. Muhammad made no pretense of loving his enemies. But at least Moslems are honest about hating their enemies. The Jewish religion into which Christ was born was also taught to hate their enemies. Here is an example of what Christ referred to above:

Deu 20:16  But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth :
1Sa 15:3  Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. [“save alive nothing that breatheth”]

This was what God Himself told Israel to do, being a carnal nation. But the “Israel of God” (Gal 6:16) is not to live by this “carnal commandment” which God gave His carnal people at that time:

Heb 7:11  If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law ,) what further need [ was there] that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Heb 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Heb 7:13  For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
Heb 7:14  For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
Heb 7:15  And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
Heb 7:16  Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment , but after the power of an endless life.
Heb 7:17  For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Heb 7:18  For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
Heb 7:19  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

We cannot conceive of God ever having a “carnal commandment” for a carnal nation. But that is exactly what He had. Physical Israel was as carnal as any of the nations around her:

Deu 9:4  Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.
Deu 9:5  Not for thy righteousness , or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Deu 9:6  Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.
Deu 9:7  Remember, [ and] forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.

Why did God bother to have a carnal nation? He had a carnal nation to show us that the church today is carnal and “has been rebellious against the Lord.”

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1Co 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Everything that happened to Israel happened to them “for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” The tings that happened to Israel was not for their admonition, but for ours:

1Pe 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of [ your] souls.
1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
1Pe 1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Ever since Christianity became the accepted religion of Rome under Constantine, Christians have been taught the exact opposite of what Christ taught Peter and you and me:

Mat 26:51  And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
Mat 26:52  Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Mat 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Mat 26:54  But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

“All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword” is not logical to either the Christian or the Moslem or the Jewish mind. It is foolishness to them all:

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

It is impossible for the natural man to believe that he is to “love  his enemies” and refuse 12 legions of angels which could immediately right all of this wrong which we see around us. How utterly foolish to the natural man to not immediately right the wrong with his own sword. And yet here it is again:

Mat 5:39  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

The natural man simply “cannot receive… love your enemies… resist not evil… turn the other cheek.” It is the height of foolishness to him.
And it was just such faith which was displayed by Christians before Constantine adopted Christianity as the state religion of Rome. So long as Christians felt persecuted, they grew in numbers.
That is always what provides the dedication that produces great numbers of followers. When Christianity was so oppressed by Rome, Christianity grew exponentially. There was a time when Christians were willing to die for what they believed. Christians have never been suicidal as so many Moslems are today, but they were willing to lay down their lives for what they knew was coming later in spirit. But Christianity today is all about the here and now.
On the other hand Islam, as twisted as it is, still emphasizes the next life and promises great blessing there. That is one reason Islam is gaining on Christianity.
Christians were 33.2% of the earth’s population in mid 1990, while Islam was 17.7%. But ten years later Christians were 33% while Islams share had increased to 21%. This is all according to “the detailed country by country analysis done by David B. Barret’s religious statistics organization, whose data is published in the Encyclopedia Britannica.”
As for convincing your daughter that “the Bible is the only authentic word of God,” neither you nor I can do that. Here is why:

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw [ Greek – drag] him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:45  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Until the Holy Spirit first prepares your daughters heart and then drags her to Himself, “No man can come to me… except the Father… drag him.” Until that time Christ’s own parables are custom designed to keep them from seeing and hearing the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

Mat 13:1  The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
Mat 13:2  And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
Mat 13:3  And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

Christ taught the multitudes in parables. Why did he do this? His disciples wanted to know.

Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them [ the multitudes who seek to know Christ] in parables?
Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

The beast within us wants to say that God blinds us because we refuse Him. Nothing could be farther from the Truth taught here and throughout God’s Word. The truth of God’s word is that He is working all things after the counsel of His Own will, and that we refuse him “because it is not given to us to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.”

Rom 9:11  (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
Rom 9:12  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
Rom 9:13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

When then was this “election” made?

2Ti 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Am I saying that your daughter is not part of God’s elect? Absolutely not. I pray, and you to need to pray that she is part of God’s elect. The apostle Paul was part of God’s elect “before the world began.” And yet it surely did not appear to be so while he was “breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord.”

Act 9:1  And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

Knowing and acknowledging God’s sovereignty does not keep his elect from crying out to Him for His mercy upon their loved ones and upon this world. In fact knowing and acknowledging God’s sovereignty make God’s elect to know that their heart- felt prayers for others are part of his sovereign will.

Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

There is not hope of ever being at one with God until we confess the fact that we are not at one with Him. When we are at one with God, then we are healed. This is True even if God has seen fit that we, like Paul, must minister “through the infirmity of our flesh:”

Gal 4:13  Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
Gal 4:14  And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

What I am pointing out is that the “ye may be healed” of Jas 5:16 refers much more to the eonian spirit than to the temporal flesh. Physical healing is of little value when given without spiritual healing of the heart and mind. When we are healed spiritually We can still function even when we must, by God’s sovereign decree “minister through infirmity of the flesh.”
Your daughter then must first be prepared of God to receive him. This is not something that you or I can do. Being brought to God is the work of His spirit in each life:

1Ch 29:18  O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:
Psa 10:17  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
Pro 16:1  The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

It will not be by her choice or by ours. It will happen at its appointed time and it will be His Work:

Rom 9:15  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Rom 9:17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Rom 9:18  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

Your daughter’s salvation, as well as yours and mine, is a matter of God showing mercy upon us. “He has mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardens.” But as we do not know just who that is, we are to cry out for mercy. The formula for your daughters salvation as well as for ours is in Act 16:

Act 16:23  And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast [ them] into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
Act 16:24  Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
Act 16:25  And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
Act 16:26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Act 16:27  And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
Act 16:28  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
Act 16:29  Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
Act 16:30  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Act 16:31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Act 16:32  And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

The ‘dragging’ of Joh 6:44 is the same thing as the “great earthquake” of Act 16. And it is all part of the ‘fire’ that is the Word of God in our lives. It is God’s Word which burns out the wood, hay and stubble which is in us all.

1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

It is ‘fire’ that both destroys and saves:

Luk 12:49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

The ‘earth’ is you and me; the ‘earth’ is God’s own people who have rebelled against his Word:

Jer 22:2  And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by hese gates:
Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

It is out of this rebellious house that God calls His elect. And it is through his elect that “thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
It will be through your example, through your influence, through your readiness to give an answer to those who ask, that “your house will be saved.” It is all the work of the spirit, but God’s spirit works through those He calls to be used of Him.

1Co 7:14  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

There is no ‘eternal hell fire’ awaiting anyone. Your daughter will come to know Christ and to know God through Christ. But she will very likely be brought to that point through you if you are used of God as a faithful witness to the end. I think you know that no one is saved while yet in this flesh:

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption .
Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

God is love. Rest in that love. He will bring your daughter to Himself in His appointed time.
In the meantime, you can point out to your her that the Bible is the only holy book of all the religions on the earth which prophesied of a coming Savior for all men. There were no prophecies of Buddha, or of Muhammad or Ghandi or of any other ‘holy’ man. Christ was promised only in the Bible. The Bible far exceeds the antiquity of any other holy writings. Only the Bible was written by various authors over thousands of years and yet, because it is written under the inspiration of God’s holy spirit, it agrees with itself from Genesis to Revelation.
Here is a prophecy of Christ hundreds of years before he came to earth to die for the sins of the world:

Isa 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
Isa 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [ there is] no beauty that we should desire him.
Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [ our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isa 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5  But he [ was] wounded for our transgressions, [ he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [ was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Isa 53:8  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Isa 53:9  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [ was any] deceit in his mouth.
Isa 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Isa 53:12  Therefore will I divide him [ a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Believers of Judaism, to this day, do not know what this chapter of their own Bible is all about. Like “historical orthodox Christians” today, Jews cannot see the things of the spirit. They are, to this day, looking for a Messiah who will make them the rulers of this earth. They cannot understand what the word ‘earth means in Biblical terms. They cannot “discern spiritual things.” Spiritual things to them and to most Christian’s are “just spiritual.” The real things, the things that matter are physical to both Christians and to Jews. And while the present emphasis in the Muslim religion is on the next life, they too, are expecting physical blessings, even in that life.
The Truth is as Peter said to Christ:

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Joh 6:65  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
Joh 6:66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Joh 6:67  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Joh 6:68  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
Joh 6:69  And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

Christ told His followers that “the flesh profits nothing… no man can come to me except it were given him of my Father,” and “from that time many of His disciples went back and walked not more with Him.”
“The flesh profits nothing” was not a popular doctrine then, and it is even less popular today.
Peter was “given of the Father” to understand that Christ alone has the words of eternal life. But the only way Peter or you or me or your daughter can come to see this vital Truth is to have this revealed to us by the Father Himself:

Mat 16:13  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
Mat 16:14  And they said, Some [ say that thou art] John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
Mat 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Mat 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

That is the only way anyone ever comes to God. He reveals himself to them through Christ. But you must not confuse Christ with orthodox Christianity. Do not allow Catholicism to tell you that it was they who decided which books would be in the canon of scripture. Peter reveals to us that the apostles themselves were shown by God which epistles and Gospels were considered scripture.

2Pe 3:15  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
2Pe 3:16  As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Here is the apostle Peter referring to Paul’s epistles as scriptures.  It is obvious to any honest thinking person that God Himself had determined long before the Council of Nicaea what was and what was not scripture. Catholicism has actually added 14 books to scripture which God Himself has seen fit to disregard. The original King James Version also added these same 14 extra Biblical books which God Himself has see fit to reveal as not being divinely inspired.
I hope this gives you the peace of mind you need to approach your daughter. I think you probably realize that no one makes anyone see anything. That is all up to God’s holy spirit.
I pray that God will give you the ability to be an example to all of your family of what Christ can and does do in the life of those who are His. I will close with a couple of scriptures of admonition for us all:

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (Read Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth for more information on that subject)
1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Never become “puffed up with knowledge.” Always answer any who first “ask you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
Your Brother in  Christ,


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