The Bible & The TV Guide

They lie on the table side by side
The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.

One is well worn and cherished with pride.
Not the Bible, but the TV Guide.

One is used daily to help folks decide.
No, not the Bible, But the TV Guide.

As the pages are turned, what shall they see,
Oh, what does it matter, turn on the TV

So they open the book in which they confide,
No, not the Bible, but the TV Guide.

The Word of God is seldom read.
Maybe a verse before they fall into bed.

Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be.
Not from reading the Bible, from watching TV

So then back to the table side by side,
Lie the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.

No time for prayer, no time for the Word,
The plan of Salvation is seldom heard.

But forgiveness of sin, so full and free,
Is found in the Bible, not on TV

As a footnote I’d like to say that there is some great stuff on TV. It’s in no way all bad. However, the approach that Satan always takes – rather than replace good with bad, which would be instantly distasteful to us and we would flatly reject – and thus it would have no longterm effect on our mind and body – is far better, far more intelligent and far more effective.

He always mixes or ‘mingles’ the bad in with the good, truth in with falsehood, and in this way we are very very very easy to snare. In fact it’s impossible to stay away from the stuff that affects our subconscious. It’s not for me to say throw away your TV as this may be be too much where you are now, or perhaps not even God’s will as you may be learning from it – I don’t know (I have however taken this step myself and i can tell you my life has only got richer and better and i have more time for others and myself to do things like write this:) – but whatever you do, be careful what you allow your eyes to see and ears to hear as EVERYTHING you see, hear, smell, and taste is recorded in neural pathways in your mind – even if you don’t recall it now, there IS a trace left by everything we experience and this is now backed by science (not just The Bible). God bless you all today.:)

What is The Bible?

My thoughts today on The Bible having seen several posts on Youtube of people arguing over wether it is God’s Word or not.

I must say having read countless times (especially when I was a new Christian) that; “The Word was with God” confused me no end when people say the Bible “is the word”… this is not to say they are wrong – but then what is The Bible? How can we understand what the Bible is?… unbelievers would say it’s a book written my men and therefore not the word of god – others say its the living word of God – literally alive, others still say it’s ‘The Word of God’. Are both The Bible the word AND Jesus the Word?

Well God is a God of logic – not confusion. So let’s look at it logically. The Bible contains God’s words – Jesus’ words (also God’s words), testimonies of God’s wonderful truths, the histories of his workings and men’s accomplishments with God’s power – and men’s failings when they forget God. I believe also that the Bible is a book of truth in a general sense – so much so it even contains men’s errors, leave in it a few apparent ‘contradictions’ (that could have been removed at any time if it were made as a fabrication) – making it surely God’s book as He is not afraid to even have our weak efforts portrayed in His book – a book that always tells things as they are. This is great – we don’t even have to worry if we find things which seemingly dont make sense as the Holy Spirit will reveal meanings to us over time.

From the Bible: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” Can one argue with that?

We know that the Bible’s words have been tried 7 times in the fire by many the ages and by men of God and those who are not of God (see stories in the Bible of those that ignore God’s ways), and when the words of the Bible are read it does divide like a sword as if it is a living thing! So is it THE sword, or a sword? Well it is definitely a sword and i think in terms of its overall truthfulness and trustworthiness it is THE sword. It is not a living person but God’s sprit IS behind the truth it contains so it certainly has an effect like a living being and is living in that sense (my thoughts remember!:). Even a story of failure in The Bible is powerful as its a true testimony of what really happened and has the power to teach and heal us.

I think it is all, in a sense God’s word (not just Jesus/Gods words) as anything that is truth is of and comes from God. And God does indicate to us in The Bible, that all power is actually held in words and not flesh and blood (He spoke the universe into existence) but these would have to be words of truth right? And we know how it hurts us more when people speak bad WORDS over us that words of love and truth or cause us physical hurt.

My summary is that The Bible is a fantastic testimony of the ways and workings of God as shown in the story of the Jews and countless other stories or testing, failure and triumph. We can trust it as God’s guide and instruction book for us and His truthful testimony to us of His love. And it contains words that are living and will divide like a sword when applied to life, and we do not need to worry about semantics and quibble unnecessarily – just trust God when we read it that He is able to preserve His words and truth and teach us through it. All thoughts welcome – lets help each other understand God’s ways.