Where does one go to get an accurate picture of God? We could make it up, and make Him to be everything we would want Him to be! We could ask philosophers and theologians to have input on the matter. We could take the traditions of people, groups and nations and filter that in. Would that get us to the place of truth and assurance that we have something we can trust? Ultimately it comes down to trust.We are going to put our trust in something, and from there form our beliefs. Once we trust, we move on to belief, and from belief to action. What or whom do we trust when it comes to forming our truth about the existence and personality and actions of God?
Many books claim to have spiritual depth, authority and truth. Many good things have been written in the name of God, truth and spiritual insight, but we always get to the real question of “what is the ultimate authority?” “How do we know for sure?”
In language there are six types of statements, and anything we say fits into one of those six. Our words form either a request, an offer, a promise, an assessment, an assertion, or a declaration. I want to focus on the last one.
A declaration is valid based totally upon the authority of the person making the declaration. If I called a press conference, stood in front of a microphone and said “I now declare that the government of my country is dissolved and the people of my country will now go to the polls to elect a new one,” the place would explode in hilarity and laughter because I do not have the authority to make such a declaration. If the Prime Minister of Canada makes that statement, it carries an entirely different impact. He has the authority to do so.
The Bible is a book that declares to be the Word of God! Who made the declaration? Well, God did! He is the teller of the story of the Bible. He used about 40 human writers to tell the story, people with a variety of backgrounds, skills and professions. He used metaphors, symbols, dreams, visions, prophecies, parables and a host of human interest stories, all designed to tell us about Himself and how He interacted with people and nations through the history of planet earth, and what His plan is for planet earth. He uses stories of heroes and heroines, and He uses stories of scoundrels and broken people. He tells the whole story including the painful and not so pretty sides of people. He tells it all.
The story that unfolds in the Bible is there for our inspection, and then calls for our response. It’s the story of God’s complete knowledge of what He was dealing with, and more fascinating, it’s the story of His dealing with broken people, caught in the web of rebellion, sin, mistakes and failure. And best of all, it’s about His response to all of that, and gives a complete picture of how He chose to deal with it all. He declares it to be His version of His story, and only He has the right to make that declaration.
The question is do we trust that He had the right to make that declaration? Has the story been told accurately? If the answer is no, then the search for authority continues. If the answer is yes and I believe this is from God, then the story that unfolds is one to be trusted, believed, then acted upon.
As the story unfolds post by post, I will tell it from the Bible. I believe it’s authority and declaration to be a valid and accurate revelation of God. As He let’s us in on a picture of who He is we are privileged to learn what we could not learn any other way. Let’s unfold the story!