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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Impact of our view of the Bible (Psalm 139)

Our view of the Bible impacts everything we do, say, and believe in our daily lives. A July 6, 2022, Gallup article by Frank Newport says "a record-low 20% of Americans now say the Bible is the literal word of God." How does that fact impact our nation?

Well for starters that means 80% of Americans will likely decide what is right and wrong according to something other than what the Bible says. I would guess the majority will either follow the crowd or determine right and wrong by what seems right in their own eyes.

The minority, the 20%, who believe the Bible is the literal word of God, will believe God defines truth, right, and wrong according to his Word, the Bible.

What does that mean in terms of the difficult subjects such as sexuality, gender, and terminating human life?

Those who believe that the Bible is the literal word of God will look to the Bible for the answers. When it comes to life, for example, there are Scriptures from beginning to end that make it clear that God is the origin of human life and that He alone determines the length of human life:

Psalm 139:13, 16, 19 [13] You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. [16] You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. [19] O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers!

If I am a follower of Jesus and someone who believes the Bible is the literal word of God, I am obligated to obey it. I am not to determine what is right and wrong in my own eyes but follow what God's Word defines as truth, right, and wrong.

But guess what that also means? It also means I am to follow what God's Word says about loving those who disagree with me. In fact, I am not to try to force anyone to see things as I do and I'm certainly not to unfriend those with different views. The Bible makes it very clear I am to love all people and pray for those who haven't experienced the love of Christ, to come to know Him and His great love for each of us.

So for those of you who don't see the Bible as the literal Word of God, I love you, I care about you, and I'm not going to tell you what you should or should not believe. Each one of us has been given the right to decide what we choose to believe as truth, right, and wrong. I respect your right to choose. I hope you will also respect my right to choose to follow Jesus Christ as my God and the Lord of my life, obeying His Word.

Dear Lord, I pray for our nation that has become so divided by our different views of truth, right, and wrong. Lord, I pray that we can learn to respect and love each other in spite of our differences and show each other kindness, regardless of our varying views. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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