The Word of God
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4 KJV). Many of us spend a lot of time reading and studying the Bible. In this blog I am not writing to analyze the previous verse or to give you the origin of language. I am not writing to prove which version is the “truer” version that one should consider because one translation seems to have more validity according to the times of which it was written. I am not even writing to debate whether it is the written Word of God or whether it was the inspired Word of God. I am just writing to present the Bible from a (perhaps) different perspective. I have heard many times that the best-selling book of all times is the Bible. As long as there has been written words that could be put together and passed from one person to another (and then one generation to another) the Word of God has been in circulation. This body of work was and is so powerful that it has spawned many different interpretations and many different religious beliefs and practices. Sometimes, it has even sparked many arguments, disagreements, and even wars. As time has gone on, there have been debates on its accuracy and even its validity. It seems the more “man-determined” knowledge that we gain as a society and a planet, the more we figure that we can accurately decipher what the Bible means. This can sometimes lead to a lot of confusion and quarrels.
You see, we as humans and having human nature, do not always see or consider the wholeness of a thing. A better way to say it is that we do not always see the big picture. We tend to get bogged down with point by point. It is like playing a sports game and as a team, we keep focusing on whether we win or lose one game and we never get to the championship. The whole goal is to win the championship. If you play for the whole season with the championship in mind, you will not get bent out of shape when you lose a game or two. You will condition yourself for the long haul. You will see past the immediate challenges that you may face because you will see them and know that they are temporary. Focusing on the little things while ignoring the big picture has caused a lot of our downfall. Different religious practices tend to emphasize certain parts and ignore the others. This has caused conflict and a superiority complex among a lot of believers. It is kind of counter intuitive and counter-productive, but I will save that topic for another day. The Bible as a whole, is a manual. It is a manual for a healthy and successful life, in all areas. The Word of God is so timely and so powerful that it has lasted the test of time. Perhaps the principles that it presents are life changing, if you actually apply them, not just from a moral perspective, but in finance, marriage, relationships, and yes even health. Most of the time, we get stuck in just the moral aspect of things. And yes, God wants you to be a good person, fundamentally. However, the Bible is much more than a moral compass.
Often times, we get stuck in the awe-inspiring miracles that exist in the book as well. The gospels are full of them and they are mesmerizing. It seems that there was a period of time where you were not worth your salt as a preacher if you didn’t lay hands on someone and they weren’t instantly healed. It sometimes felt as though all power was given to the preacher and the individual was powerless. Then, there was the trend of speaking in tongues. You were not holy or saved if you did not publicly speak in tongues, because an aspect of that was mentioned in the Bible. There was another trend of prophecy. Sometimes prophecy went hand in hand with speaking in tongues. Someone would stand up during a service or gathering and start speaking in tongues. Then, another person would stand and interpret it on the spot. Now, I am not here to say which is valid and which is not. They all have a place in our Christian lives and spiritual journeys. But what I am suggesting is that it is only one part of the equation. It is only one piece of the pie, one leg of the table. Maybe one way to look at it is, when it is all said and done, and we have gone through all of our man-made theories and analysis...it’s still the Word of God. It is like saying, you can have a million different diet programs and workout regimes. You can use the Atkins diet or the Keto diet. You can do yoga or a high intensity workout. At the end of the day, you need to burn more calories than you consume if you want to get and stay fit. If you want a blessed life, seek the Word of God. In the beginning and at the end of the day it is the Word. Study to show thy self approved for all the blessings that come with it.