Did we not enter faith through the Bible? Do we not practice faith according to the Bible? We’ve not seen the , so what do we base our faith on? Do we not base our faith on the Bible? The Bible’s the foundation of our faith in the Lord. These two thousand years, all the believers have based their faith on the Bible. So I believe the Bible stands for the Lord. Belief in one means believing in the other. No matter what, we can’t stray from the Bible. How we suppose to practice faith without the Bible? Is that even faith?
Many believe that the Bible represents the Lord and God, and that in one means believing in the other. People place the same status to the Bible as they do to God. There’s even those who acknowledge the Bible but not God. They regard the Bible as supreme and even use it to replace God. There are even leaders who acknowledge the Bible and not Christ, and claim that those who preach the second coming of the Lord are heretics. What’s the issue here? The religious world has sunk to the point where they only acknowledge the Bible and not the Lord’s return, and so they’re doomed. It’s clear that the religious world has become a group of antichrists who take God as their enemy. It is undeniable, many religious leaders are just like hypocritical Pharisees. Especially those claiming that “those who preach the Lord’s return are heretics,” they are all antichrists and unbelievers. It seems many people do not know what exactly faith in the Lord truly is. They all call their belief in this vague God “orthodox faith,” yet they replace God with the Bible. They even condemn Christ incarnate of the as they ignore and neglect any truth which Christ expresses. What’s the problem here? It’s quite a deep question. It’s worth reflecting. Way back in the days when Lord Jesus did His work, did the Jews not act in just the same way? Before Christ appeared to perform His work, man all based their completely on the Bible. None could tell whose faith was real and whose was false, and surely none could tell who was truly obeying God and who was opposing Him. Why was it that when the Lord Jesus Christ became flesh and performed His work, each kind of man was revealed? This is where God’s wisdom lies. When , Christ of the last days, appears and performs His work, the wise virgins hear God’s voice and see His footprints; thus, quite naturally, they become those brought before God’s throne. As for those foolish virgins, because they fail to see Almighty God, Christ of the last days, is indeed God, they’re revealed and cast off. Although for now they continue to hold firm and cling to their so-called faith, yet when the disasters do come, they will end up with wailing and gnashing of teeth. From this it’s clear those that cling to the Bible and fail to accept the truth; those that in heaven but don’t accept Christ incarnate are all unbelievers and will be eliminated by God. This is the truth! Let’s see what Almighty God says. Almighty God says, “From the time when there was the Bible, people’s belief in the Lord has been the belief in the Bible. Instead of saying people believe in the Lord, it is better to say they believe in the Bible; rather than saying they have begun reading the Bible, it is better to say they have begun believing in the Bible; and rather than saying they have returned before the Lord, it would be better to say they have returned before the Bible. In this way, people worship the Bible as if it were God, as if it were their lifeblood and losing it would be the same as losing their . People see the Bible as being as high as God, and there are even those who see it as higher than God. If people are without the work of the , if they cannot feel God, they can carry on living—but as soon as they lose the Bible, or lose the famous chapters and sayings from the Bible, then it is as if they have lost their life.” “They believe in My existence only within the scope of the Bible. For them, I am the same as the Bible; without the Bible there is no Me, and without Me there is no Bible. They pay no heed to My existence or actions, but instead devote extreme and special attention to each and every word of Scripture, and many of them even believe that I should not do anything I wish to do unless it is foretold by Scripture. They attach too much importance to Scripture. It can be said that they see words and expressions as too important, to the extent that they use verses from the Bible to measure every word I say, and to condemn Me. What they seek is not the way of compatibility with Me, or the way of compatibility with the truth, but the way of compatibility with the words of the Bible, and they believe that anything that does not conform to the Bible is, without exception, not My work. Are such people not the dutiful descendants of the Pharisees? The Jewish Pharisees used the law of Moses to condemn Jesus. They did not seek compatibility with the Jesus of that time, but diligently followed the law to the letter, to the extent that they ultimately nailed the innocent Jesus to the cross, having charged Him with not following the law of the Old Testament and not being the Messiah. What was their essence? Was it not that they didn’t seek the way of compatibility with the truth? They obsessed over each and every word of the Scripture, while paying no heed to My will and the steps and methods of My work. They were not people who sought the truth, but people who rigidly followed the words of Scripture; they were not people who believed in God, but people who believed in the Bible. Essentially, they were watchdogs of the Bible. In order to safeguard the interests of the Bible, and uphold the dignity of the Bible, and protect the reputation of the Bible, they went so far as to nail the merciful Jesus onto the cross. This they did merely for the sake of defending the Bible, and for the sake of maintaining the status of each and every word of the Bible in people’s hearts. So they preferred to forsake their future and the sin offering to condemn Jesus, who did not conform to the doctrine of Scripture, to death. Were they not lackeys to each and every word of Scripture?
And what of people today? Christ has come to release the truth, yet they would rather expel Him from among man in order to gain entry into heaven and receive grace. They would rather completely deny the coming of the truth in order to safeguard the interests of the Bible, and would rather nail the Christ returning to flesh to the cross again in order to ensure the everlasting existence of the Bible. How can man receive My salvation, when his heart is so malicious, and his nature so antagonistic toward Me?”
Having read Almighty God’s words, let us ponder together: What is belief in the Lord? What does it mean to believe in the Bible? How does the Lord relate to the Bible? Which came first, the Bible or the Lord? Then who is it that does the work of salvation? Can the Bible do the work of the Lord? Can the Bible represent the Lord? If people place blind faith in the Bible, does this mean they worship God? Is holding to the Bible tantamount to practicing the word of God? Does holding to the Bible necessarily mean that one is following the Lord’s way? So if people deem the Bible supreme, does this mean they magnify the Lord that they are reverent of and obedient to the Lord? No one sees the truth of these issues. For thousands of years now, people have been worshiping the Bible as if it were the Lord. Some even substitute it for the Lord and His work, but none truly knows the Lord and is obedient to Him. The Pharisees held onto the Bible, yet nailed the Lord Jesus to the cross. What was the issue? Does understanding the Bible mean knowing God? Does holding onto the Bible mean following the Lord’s way? The Pharisees were experts of biblical exegesis, but didn’t . They nailed Lord Jesus, who did redemptive work and expressed truth, to the cross. Have people actually forgotten this? Exactly what does it mean to really know God? Does just being able to interpret the Bible and understanding the Bible knowledge qualify as knowing God? If that’s the case, then why would the Pharisees condemn and oppose the Lord Jesus even as they interpreted the Bible? The key of whether one is able to truly know and obey God is whether or not he knows and obeys the incarnate Christ. God incarnate reveals all of , this is what most people fail to realize. The Lord Jesus’ curse on the Pharisees is testament to the fact that God treats everyone with righteousness. As is clear, if one does not obey and worship the Lord but only blindly believes in and worships the Bible, he will not receive God’s approval. If man’s faith consists solely in abiding by the Bible and their heart has no place for the Lord; if they cannot worship the Lord as great and practice His words; if they are incapable of accepting and obeying God’s work and guidance, then is such a man not a hypocritical Pharisee? Is such a man not an antichrist, a man who has made God his enemy? Thus, if man only clings to the Bible, this certainly does not mean that he has gained truth and life. It is wrong to worship and blindly follow the Bible, by doing so one certainly will not receive the Lord’s approval. God has become flesh and expressed the truth to purify and save man and to rescue him from Satan’s influence, so that man may worship, obey, and be gained by God. This is the purpose and meaning of God incarnate doing His work. The key to man’s faith is seeking and practicing the truth and the Lord’s word. This way we’ll gain the Holy Spirit’s work and know God. Then we’ll be able to revere and magnify God. We will have true obedience and faith. That’s the true meaning of faith. In this way, we’ll receive the Lord’s approval. So from this, we know belief in the Bible is not the same as belief in the Lord. What is their relationship then? In this regard, the Lord Jesus spoke very clearly. Take a look at the Gospel of John Chapter five verses 39-40. “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have : and they are they which testify of me. And you will not come to me, that you might have life.” The words of the Lord Jesus are very clear. We see the Bible is only a testimony, a record of God’s work in the past. It does not represent God, because it only contains a limited amount of God’s word and work. How can this limited amount of record represent God? God is the Creator. He is the Master of all things. God’s life is unlimited and inexhaustible. We can never fathom God’s greatness and abundance. And this limited record of God’s words and work in the Bible is just a drop in the vast sea of God’s life. How could the Bible represent God? How could the Bible even be on par with God? God can save man. But can the Bible do the same? God can express the truth. Can the Bible do that? God can enlighten and guide mankind at any time. Can the Bible do that? Of course not. So the Bible cannot represent God. Man places the Bible on par with God, thinking it can represent God. Is this not belittlement and blasphemy? Using the Bible in place of God’s work is denial and betrayal of God. God is God, and the Bible is the Bible. The Bible can’t represent God, nor can it replace His work. The Bible is merely a record of His work. God’s words in the Bible are truth. They are a manifestation of His life and show His will. And each stage of work can only represent His will during that age for mankind. But they do not represent the words and work of God in other ages.