In the article that I have included below, the author of http://ptgbook.org does an excellent job of showing us what the proper attitude and approach should be toward the Word of God.

I find it curious that the Laodicean ERA of God’s church was given so much of the truth of God’s word yet they are about to be punished because they have a lackadaisical or lukewarm attitude about it. They have had so much of the truth for so long that it has become common place a kind of a “Ho Hum” attitude has fallen over the church and has literally put them to sleep. Read carefully the treatise copied below:

Our Attitude and Approach Towards God’s Word

Many in the world today have an attitude of scorn and ridicule towards the Bible. Many of these people are atheists or agnostics. They are often well educated in the things of this world, and they may be very successful materially, even highly respected. Some are writers, some are journalists, and some are TV personalities. Many are teachers and professors in colleges and universities. They may sometimes have an interest in religious subjects, even the Bible itself, but their whole approach towards the Bible is the very opposite of respect. This may not be apparent when they start a conversation or discussion about the Bible – they may start out very polite – but it becomes obvious later that they think of the Bible as something to be laughed at or looked down upon, and they tend to look down on those who believe and respect the Bible. They love to try to build contradictions where there are none by the way they interpret different scriptures. They love to judge the Bible, interpret passages unfavorably, and criticize and contradict what the Bible teaches. They love to try to find fault with the Bible or argue about it, but they will not learn from it or obey it.  Arguing about the Bible is a form of entertainment for them.

I once saw a news story on TV about serious drought in some southern states of the United States and how some people in those states were praying for rain and trusting in God to answer their prayers. When the story ended, the anchorman was on the screen, and his expression was that of a man who was struggling to restrain his laughter.

I have proved to my satisfaction that the Bible is inspired by a God who is able to know the future in advance. What does the Bible itself say about being the Word of God, and what does it say about the attitude we should have towards God’s Word?

“To whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal And compare Me, that we should be alike?  They lavish gold out of the bag, And weigh silver on the scales; They hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a god; They prostrate themselves, yes, they worship.  They bear it on the shoulder, they carry it And set it in its place, and it stands; From its place it shall not move.  Though one cries out to it, yet it cannot answer Nor save him out of his trouble.  Remember this, and show yourselves men; Recall to mind, O you transgressors.  Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure’ ” (Isaiah 46:5-10).

” ‘Present your case,’ says the Lord.  ‘Bring forth your strong reasons,’ says the King of Jacob.  ‘Let them bring forth and show us what will happen; Let them show the former things, what they were, That we may consider them, And know the latter end of them; Or declare to us things to come.  Show the things that are to come hereafter, That we may know that you are gods; Yes, do good or do evil, That we may be dismayed and see it together.  Indeed you are nothing, And your work is nothing; He who chooses you is an abomination’ ” (Isaiah 41:21-24).

” ‘To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?’ says the Holy One.  Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing’ ” (Isaiah 40:25-26).

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool.  Where is the house that you will build Me?  And where is the place of My rest?  For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,’ Says the Lord.  ‘But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word’ ” (Isaiah 66:1-2).

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him” (Proverbs 30:5).

“So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3).

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.  Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’  But He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” ‘ ” (Matthew 4:1-4).  Also see Luke 4:1-4 for the parallel version of the same event.  Also notice that for every temptation that Satan used to tempt Jesus, Jesus countered the temptation by quoting Old Testament scripture.

Note, the Bible says, God cannot lie.  “Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began” (Titus 1:1-2, see also Hebrews 6:18).

The Bible also says, Scripture cannot be broken.  “Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your law, “I said, ‘You are gods'”? If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, “You are blaspheming,” because I said, “I am the Son of God”? ‘ ” (John 10:34-36).  Along this line, if you read the gospel accounts, you will find many places where the Bible says that such-and-such thing happened in the life of Jesus so that Old Testament scriptures would be fulfilled.  Examples I have found are, Matthew 1:22-23, 2:14, 2:23, 4:13-16, 8:16-17, 12:16-21, 13:34-35, 21:4-5, 26:55-56, 27:35, John 12:37-41, 15:24-25, John 17:12, 19:23-24.

God requires that we believe His word.  Abraham believed what God promised him, and God counted that belief in God’s promises as righteousness.  “But Abram said, ‘Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’  Then Abram said, ‘Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!’  And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.’  Then He brought him outside and said, ‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.’  And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:2-6).  This is confirmed by Paul.  Note what Paul says about this in Romans.  “What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness’ ” (Romans 4:1-3).  Also, “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.  He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.  And therefore ‘it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us.  It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:19-25).  And James wrote, “Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?  And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’  And he was called the friend of God” (James 2:22-23).

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Refusal to believe God’s promises and word is a reason God rejected the generation of Israel that came out of Egypt and would not let them enter the promised land.  “For who, having heard, rebelled?  Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?  Now with whom was He angry forty years?  Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?  And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:16-19).  Also, Paul wrote in Romans, “You will say then, ‘Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.’ Well said.  Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith.  Do not be haughty, but fear.  For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.  Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness.  Otherwise you also will be cut off.  And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again” (Romans 11:19-23).

It is clear from the above quotes that the Bible claims to be the word of God, that is, God speaking, and that it claims to be infallible, and teaches that God cannot lie.  The Bible also teaches that it is vitally important to God that His people believe what He says.  It is clear to me from fulfilled prophecy that the Bible is indeed the word of God, and that God requires me to approach it in an attitude of belief and respect.

I might add, that in seeking to prove whether the Bible is God’s word or not, I also checked the literature of various other major religions in the world besides Judaism and Christianity.  For each book or piece of literature I found that is regarded as sacred literature by some other religion, I read through it to look for any claims to being the word of God and to look for prophecy that could be verified against history.  I found no other book besides the Bible that claimed to be the word of the creator God and that made predictions of events to take place between the time the prophecies were written and today, prophecies that could be checked against history.  If there is any such book besides the Bible, I never found it.

After I had proved that the Bible is God’s word, I had to make a decision whether to believe what God says.  I simply made a decision to believe God, to believe the Bible, wherever that belief would lead me.  I chose to believe that God is trustworthy and that He never lies, that He is perfectly righteous and truthful just as He says that He is in the Bible, and I made a commitment to myself and to God that for the rest of my life I would believe God and strive to base my decisions on that belief in God’s truthfulness and trustworthiness.  This decision to believe what God says is a free choice, but I could not have made this choice until after I proved that the Bible is God speaking.  I believe that this choice to believe what God says is an important element of the faith that God requires of us.

Author of http://www.ptgbook.org

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