I had been deceived into believing that the Bible had been manipulated and distorted over the centuries, that it was the work of men and not a reliable source of the Word of God. In fact, many are openly saying that it is the work of the Devil. Yet many Bible verses are used out-of-context, with their true meaning distorted, to promote various New-Age teachings. We are told other ancient religious texts and writings, along with new revelations from people living today or spirit entities, are equally as valuable and reliable. Some things in the Bible are not meant to be taken literally. The Bible is filled with allegories, poetry, symbolism and figurative language. It takes study to know what this symbolic language means.
However I always take the literal meaning first because the Bible is primarily a simple, no-nonsense document. If it’s from God to his children, then the majority of it should be easy to understand at face value. Also the literal interpretation is always the easiest interpretation, and not as subject to opinions as symbolic interpretations, so it’s the most stable interpretation.
On the other side of the coin, however, if scripture is from God, then it may very well contain a nearly infinite degree of meaning, hidden as nuggets of truth. As scripture states, it is the honor of kings to seek them out (Proverbs 25:2).
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.
In short, scripture provides the light we need, and it dynamically fills our spirits like water in a sponge, uniquely tailored to each person’s level of maturity, intellectual ability, spiritual wisdom, and other characteristics that make us the individuals that we are.
In most cases, scripture provides a clearly understood literal meaning, but often embedded deeper within are numerous symbolic meanings.
For the first time in my life I am actually sitting down and reading the Scriptures. It is changing my being and I am becoming a new creature as the work of the Holy Spirit is transforming me. I feel the grace, the authority and the tremendous power of God permeating every word of His Gospel. What an incredible blessing! The words within the Bible are spirit and life; they are supernatural and when we let the Living Water penetrate and soak into our heart, we are transformed and renewed.
I believe in the supreme authority of the Bible as the Word of God. The Bible contains 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. I believe that the original God inspired books of the Bible, written in the original biblical languages of Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, were free from error.
The Bible is the Word of God and that it does not and cannot contradict itself. The problem is never with the Word of God as inspired by God through His Holy Spirit. The problem is always with man made translation and interpretation errors that bring contradictions into the Word of God.
God is Sovereign in everything and He has allowed errors to exist in Translations, but no translation errors can prevent God from revealing His true Gospel of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to whomsoever, and whenever, He chooses to reveal it.
They are facts which scientifically prove that the Bible could not possibly have been written by mere human beings alone, but that it is a supernatural, God-inspired, God-given book!
having been begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and abideth. 1 Peter 1:23
David Eells of UBM ministry says: “God put His signature on the sixty-six books of the Bible through Bible codes, Numerics, Theomatics, etc., which cannot be found consistently in any other books. These prove a perfect inspiration in the sixty-six books, the level of which nothing else matches.”
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35
Every scripture inspired of God[is] also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16
For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21
The Bible is truly an amazing book, living and powerful, and when it is studied and understood with the help of God’s Holy Spirit, the true meaning of the Word is revealed.
*See appendix 1 for more revelation on the Bible: “The Holy Bible, Wholly True” and “Science proves the Bible”