Do you have an open mind when it comes to studying God’s Word? Why do you study the Bible? Some people study it to find out what God has said, while others may study it trying to prove that what they believe is what God said. They are constantly looking for loopholes. In our Wednesday night Bible class, we discussed the two different ways to interpret the Bible. Do you believe that if God doesn’t specifically say “Don’t do this!”, it’s okay? Or do you believe that you should only do what the Bible does command us to do? Example: The Bible doesn’t say that we should not use hot dogs and soda as part of the Lord’s Supper. He didn’t have to – He told us and gave us example of what the early church did. They used unleavened bread and fruit of the vine. Therefore – that’s what is authorized, and everything else is excluded.
But – what if we want to do things that the Bible doesn’t – exactly – authorize? Has the Bible ever “stepped on your toes?” Have you rebelled and said, “I know that’s what the Bible says, but I believe. . . .” If the Scriptures have stepped on your toes, then maybe your feet are in the wrong places! Think about it – are you dressing, talking, and acting “Christ-like?” Are you living in adultery – I mean – God wants you to be happy – right? But, when, and only when we use His word as He intended – for doctrine (teaching), for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, will the man of God be perfect (complete), thoroughly furnished unto all good works! (II Timothy 3:16-17) Then, and only then, will we be happy in this life and live in eternal bliss in the next life.
If the Bible has been stepping on your toes lately, I hope your move your feet in the right direction! God Bless, Courtney