"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and
of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of
the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all
things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give
account." (Heb 4:12-13 NKJV)
‘This book is a fraud!’ exclaimed my visitor picking up a book on the lounge room table. “The author told lies so you shouldn’t believe it now that we know so much more about it.”
“Should I throw it out – put it in the bin?” I asked tentatively.
“Definitely!” My visitor advised. “It has given rise to a whole false way of thinking so get rid of it.”
So I did just that. The book is gone, it no longer advises, admonishes, teaches or directs. I have tossed it into the bin where all false books should go.
Then one day my visitor returned saying she was collecting money for a charity. I slammed the door in her face telling her to let people care for themselves. It was no longer necessary to do to others as I would like them to do to me because the book that told me so was wrong.
There were also no longer any restriction on telling lies or committing murder because the book that says ‘love is peace, patience, kindness, fidelity and self-control’ had been proven false.
Or has it? Many cultures have thrown the book away only to discover that life without it is violent and cruel.
I retrieved my book from the bin but would you read it with me and tell me if you think it is false, please? Perhaps we could start with the bit I have just quoted under ‘Galatians’. Read chapter 5, verses 19 to 21 and tell me if you think love, peace, patience, kindness and fidelity are worth keeping. "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom 5:19-21 NKJV)
Oh, and another thing; check out the Author’s credentials. He said ‘through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made,’ (John 1:3). He also said ‘all Scripture is inspired by God,’ or ‘God breathed’ as one translation puts it. (2nd Timothy 3:16) If the Author is correct, the whole book must be true because if God breathed it, it cannot die. It is still alive! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, will you?