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God's Word Stands Forever

The Bible is unique. No other book has been attacked like it, scrutinized like it or criticized like it. Neither has there ever been another book that has stood its ground like the Bible. The critics have passed on through the centuries, but the Bible stands as strong today as ever. It is an amazing book.

Why is there so much hatred against the Bible? Perhaps we can see part of the reason in a statement Jesus made: "And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil" (John 3:19). Jesus was referring to Himself as the light coming into the world. The Bible represents the words of Christ. If people hated Him, they also hate His words. Why? Because His word exposes evil and shines light upon the sinful activities of mankind. People who love their sin will despise the Bible.

The Bible still stands. Regardless of all the hatred manifested toward it through the ages, it is still here to be reckoned with. This fact alone ought to make us think about the importance of the Bible.

If a book were to be given to us by God, then we should expect that it endures. This is exactly what God promised about His word:

"A voice says, 'Call out.' Then he answered, 'What shall I call out?' All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever" (Isaiah 40:6-8).

Peter repeated this over 700 years later (1 Peter 1:24-25). And today, nearly two thousand years after Peter wrote, the word of God still stands. It has not diminished in its power and authority at all. This at least makes the Bible worthy of our investigation.

The word of God has the power to change lives - no, not just like other "self-help" books. Other books might tell you how to treat others better, or feel better about yourself or how to lose weight. But the Bible gives us to the way to forgiveness of sins and eternal life. The Bible not only tells us how to improve life on earth, it tells us how to go to heaven. It gives us what no other book gives.

When we obey God's word, we are "born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God" (1 Peter 1:23). Being born again of the imperishable word, we are "born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you" (1 Peter 1:3-4). Because we are born of the word which is imperishable, we receive a reward which is also imperishable. This all comes from the God who will always remain.

Investigate the Bible. It is not a book that we can brush aside with a sweep of the hand. We must come to terms with it. It is the inspired word of God, and it will be with us on the Day of judgment (John 12:48). Don't trust your soul to anything less than God's holy word.

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