Donít Believe Me, Believe Your Bible
Comments from a couple of long time Church of God members
Comments by: Ronald Dart
Several years ago two of our church evangelists who were on radio and t.v. would challenge their audience with a Bible truth and then they would say, "Don't believe me, believe your Bible." They would continue by saying, "Just get your Bible, take it down off of the shelf, dust it off, look inside, and see if what I am telling you is there or is it not there."
So I did precisely that. Now my Bible was not covered with dust. I had been a Bible reader for a lot of years, even from the age of 24.
One thing, as I read their literature and their magazine and as I read my Bible, one thing I could not deny was that the Bible was beginning to open up for me. All of a sudden, and I guess the best way for me to describe it was, my eyes were being opened. It was a funny thing. It was like unlocking doors. If you look for analogies to explain what took place, it is as though you had been trying to fit these things together, and you kind of tolerate them as they relate to one another, and all of a sudden, a piece, or a missing piece, or you turn something in a way you had not turned it before, and then several pieces would fall into place. It was astonishing what was happening to me.
What was actually happening was, they were challenging the things that I had assumed to be true for much of my life but had never taken the time to prove, never realizing that I was assuming them, or perhaps I thought that they were not that important or critical. For whatever reason many of the assumptions that I had held were wrong and I had not realized it was wrong until those assumptions were challenged.
Note: To find out more about Ronald Dartís assumptions read his article: "Who Is The God Of The Old Testament?"
Comments by: Bill Bratt
Several years ago I remember one of the leaders of our Church of God who was a radio and t.v. evangelist would state a truth from the Bible and then he would say, "Don't believe me, believe your Bible." As I read an article or booklet, I would look up the Scriptures to see if it was correct. I remember the one booklet that was eye opening to me was the booklet, "The Resurrection Was NOT on Sunday." It was astonishing and amazing as I read and knowing that my mind was being opened and seeing God's truth coming to light. It was amazing.
Another statement that this Church of God Evangelist would say was: "Bible truth is like finding a pearl of great price and it is like a piece of a puzzle. Each new truth that you learn is like a puzzle piece, and when you put all of the pieces of the puzzle together you see the picture of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God."
As I read my Bible and studied and prayed for God to open my mind, it was astounding to learn that the Ten Commandments had not been done away with. Other truths included the seventh day Saturday Sabbath, Passover and Godís seven annual Holy Days, Tithing, Clean and unclean meats, and the truth about the pagan holidays. The truth about the True Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.
Whenever I talk to someone about the Bible and truth, I try to tell them to read and study their Bible without the trappings of their own church doctrines and the customs of the world. It is astounding to know that the Bible says nothing about Sunday, Easter and Christmas.
Godís word is truth. (John 17:17). Jesus told us that "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). He also told us that "We must worship God in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23-24). Jesus said that Godís Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth (John 16:13).
Pray that God will lead you into all truth. Pray that God will open your mind to understand His truth. Godís word is precious. Will you take the time to read, study and pray about Godís truth?
The Bible is a contract document between God and man and we need to take it seriously.
Note: To find out more about Godís truth request our free articles: "Do You Love Godís Truth?" and "Are You Going to Heaven?"
In Conclusion: Donít Believe Me, Believe Your Bible!