A few months ago, as I was on a Christian website reading items in a forum, one comment caught my eye. The guy was saying that you could not possibly believe all the events described in the Old Testament, and he was giving examples, picking the stuff that he did not like. Now, I found that extremely offensive because if everybody does that, believing in one book and not the other one, what's the point.
I would like to quote Pastor Steven Abram' thoughts on the integrity of the Bible:
'In terms of dating, I subscribe to the conviction that the New Testament was written before AD70 - the fall of Jerusalem. It is my conviction that Scripture is not only God-breathed but also God-preserved. Why would the Lord reveal all he wants to reveal and then allows man to mess it up by forgetting it or changing it? I trust the integrity of the Bible and its writers as a true and honest record of what God wants us to hear from him, his ways and his purposes. There are things we want to know that if God explains them to us we would be unable to comprehend. When all is said and done, He is God, infinite, immortal and all knowing and we are not! I am adding his website for copyright purpose www.abram.org.uk
In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul says : All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
This could not be more explicit! In Corinthians 10 1-11, Paul goes over tragic events that happened to 'our forefathers' and he concludes : 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us..
Two weeks ago, in the staffroom, a colleague told me that he was a Christian but added to my dismay that the Bible was a collection of books solely written by men.
This is not what the apostle Peter tells us :
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit'
2 Peter 1:20-21
There are many more quotations that point to the veracity of the Scripture.
Jesus too refers to the Bible in many occasions. In Matthew 4 4, Jesus answered : It is written: Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God'.
The writer of Hebrews also mentions Jesus's amazing statement:
Hebrews 10: 7 Then I said, Here I am - it is written about me in the scroll - I have come to do your will, O God.'
This is what the three of us did yesterday morning. Oh, there is also a snowman nearby. In the end, we ran out of snow so it was a roofless igloo! Imogen's school shut down for the first time this winter! More photos to come. Watch this space, lol.
Every saturday, if we can, Steven and I go for a walk by the canal. It's wonderful because there is so much to see and not many people around.
Though there is no obvious clue whereas the weather was fine or not, I can tell you that after 10 min, we feel the cold. After walking for an hour, it's different : you have warmed up!
A psalm of David.
1 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise
because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:
7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.’
I was born in France and brought up as a catholic. After the traumatic divorce of my parents, I moved to England and became a lost sheep. However I was convinced that I was 'a good person' until I fell in a muddy pit in July 2005 after taking decisions without seeking God's Word for guidance. I cried out to the Lord and He heard me. I was rescued and redeemed by Jesus-Christ my saviour. He has turned my life around.
I live blissfully with my husband Steven, a c.o.e. vicar, near Stafford (UK). We are the proud parents of three loving daughters, I am also a step-mum, I have an amazing family including a step mum, two brothers and two sister and a dear sister-in-law and her children and grand-children, lots of cousins and eleven nephews and nieces. We live near Stafford in the UK.