You say that the Bible is not entirely the but also contains the word of man. I have a different interpretation. For thousands of years, the religious world has believed the Bible is the word of God, that it represents the Lord. For these many years, this has been my belief. Is there anything wrong with our belief?
Many people of the religious world believe the Bible is inspired by God, is all His word. This clearly is a faulty notion. All of the testimonies of apostles in the Bible as well as the epistles state the author. The Bible is written by people of different times. How could it be that their testimonies are construed as the word of God? If we go by the religious world’s thinking, though the writers clearly are all men, somehow their words become the word of God. What kind of logic is this? God is essentially different from man. Only God can speak God’s word. And man speaks human word. If we insist that man’s word is actually God’s, then let’s think: Could the Bible’s authors in fact be God? Did they claim that they were God? Did they claim that all their words were inspired by God? If someone claims they were all God, he contradicts fact because there’s only one God. Also, clearly they’re all men, but someone insists they’re God. This is blasphemous. This is a deadly sin. If man accepts that they are all men but still maintain that their words are God’s words, it is a distortion of the facts, and it amounts to blasphemy of God. Within the Bible, apart from Moses and the prophets, none were told by God to convey His word. Also, they never claimed to have the inspiration of God in their writing. If one hasn’t such evidence but claims that these men were speaking the word of God, he’s just shamelessly spouting off nonsense. The authors of both Testaments were all men used by God. And they experienced God’s work at that time. They had some knowledge of God and burden in their hearts. They set their experiences and testimonies to writing and spread them to the saints of the churches. This is fact. But there were some who felt all of this was particularly edifying and higher than testimonies of common man, therefore, they blindly followed and worshiped thinking their words must have issued from God because no one else was capable of writing such things. So these fallacies and false notions came into being, and these fallacies and false notions spread far and wide and were adopted by many people. In the end, they became conceptions of religious people. The damage this caused is so vast. Had Almighty God not come, who would have realized all this? Though many say that all things should align with the Bible and God’s word, no one tries to discern all this according to God’s words; no one tries to seek the truth and scrutinize facts with regard to this issue. Let’s read Almighty God’s word. Almighty God says, “Today, people believe the Bible is God, and that God is the Bible. So, too, do they believe that all the words of the Bible were the only words God spoke, and that they were all said by God. Those who even think that although all of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament were written by people, they were all given by inspiration of God, and a record of the utterances of the Holy Spirit. This is the erroneous interpretation of people, and it does not completely accord with the facts. In fact, apart from the books of prophecy, most of the Old Testament is historical record. Some of the epistles of the New Testament come from people’s experiences, and some come from the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit; the Pauline epistles, for example, arose from the work of a man, they were all the result of the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment, and they were written for the churches, were words of exhortation and encouragement for the brothers and sisters of the churches. They were not words spoken by the Holy Spirit—Paul could not speak on behalf of the Holy Spirit, and neither was he a prophet, much less did he see visions. His epistles were written for the churches of Ephesus, Philadelphia, Galatia, and other churches. … If people see the epistles or words like Paul’s as the utterances of the Holy Spirit, and worship them as God, then it can only be said that they are too indiscriminating. To speak more harshly, isn’t this nothing but blasphemy? How could a man talk on behalf of God? And how could people bow down before the records of his epistles and of the words he spoke as if they were a ‘holy book,’ or a ‘heavenly book’? Could the words of God be casually uttered by a man? How could a man talk on behalf of God?” “Not everything in the Bible is a record of the words personally spoken by God. The Bible simply documents the previous two stages of God’s work, of which one part is a record of the foretellings of the prophets, and one part is the experiences and knowledge written by people used by God throughout the ages. Human experiences are tainted with human opinions and knowledge, which is unavoidable. In many of the books of the Bible are human conceptions, human biases, and human absurd interpretations. Of course, most of the words are the result of the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, and they are correct interpretations—yet it still cannot be said that they are entirely accurate expressions of the truth.”
Having read these words, we can all see the Bible’s not all inspired by God nor all God’s word. As for which parts of the Bible are God’s words and which are from men, it’s clear to those who’re discerning. The author is named for each scripture, and it’s clearly stated which parts of the Bible contain the words of God. So how is it without batting an eye, people continue to take the words of man and Satan as those of God? Now is this a fair way of speaking? If believers insist the words of men in the Bible are the word of God, how will God feel? Is this fair to God? Is this not blasphemy and defamation of God? What is the weight of man’s word in the eyes of God? Why don’t we just take a moment to think? How can the word of man compare with that of God? Man’s essence differs from that of God, so of course man’s words greatly differ from God’s. If through enlightenment, man’s word can accord with truth, this is a great achievement. If man’s word is not guided by the Holy Spirit, is it not fallacies and lies? If believers in God can’t see this, then they’re just too foolish and ignorant! Today, the religious world takes the words of men within the Bible as the words of God. This shows no one in the religious world truly knows God. Most leaders in the religious world are hypocritical Pharisees. Those who truly know God would not believe that the Bible is all inspired by God and all God’s word. They certainly would not worship the Bible as if it were God. The religious world believes the Bible was all inspired by God and is God’s word, that it represents God. That is the most absurdly false notion in the religious world.
from the movie script of Who Is My Lord
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