“You Can Make the Bible Say Anything You Want”

People say that when they want to discredit it and not obey it.  But the Bible is truth (John 17:17).

The amazing fact is that God wrote His instruction book on life so that people not only could make it say anything they want but that they would.

Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, inspired every word of His written Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) to be like a puzzle—here a little, there a little, line upon line (Isaiah 28:13).  Why?  “That they might go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and caught.”

So open the Bible to Matthew 27:5 where “Judas went out and hanged himself” and then open again to Luke 10:37—“Go and do likewise.”  See, the Bible says you should hang yourself, so why pay attention to a suicidal book!

When you’re working a puzzle, it’s a big help to have the beautiful picture on the box to guide you in finding the pieces and putting them together properly.  Thanks to Plato and the Greek philosophers and to Dante Alighieri, people interpret Bible passages to soulful images instead of to Christ’s glorious Kingdom of God He is going to establish here on earth which He says we should seek first above all else.

Also people find a pet proof text scripture instead of carefully studying all the scriptures on a subject.  Perhaps they even spiff up their pet, like when Martin Luther penned in “alone” after “saved by grace.”

And people say Jesus talked in parables so people would understand the folksy stories.  Why bother reading that Jesus said he spoke that way so those beside His disciples would not understand at that time (Matthew 13:11).

So people say Paul changed everything.  Peter says that people twist what Paul wrote to their own destruction—“as they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (2 Peter 3:16).  So people say Paul did away with the law and the Commandments though he said they were “holy, just and good” (Rom. 7:12).

As one who has done editing and proofreading all my life, how badly I wish God would let me take out all the ambiguous words that allow people to twist what the Bible says.  And let me make some inserts that would make a verse crystal clear.

But better not because I don’t want plagues for adding to this Book or removal from the Book of Life for taking away (Revelation 22:18-19).

The simple truth is that until God the Father calls us (John 6:44) and Jesus Christ opens our minds that we might understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45)—which They will do when the time is best for us, when we will be able to understand and respond correctly—then God allows us to make the Bible say anything we want.

Oh God, help us to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

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