FROM A GUEST BLOGGER
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
It’s possible to read the Bible as a work of literature - an account of history, a collection of poetry, an ancient book of rules, an interesting perspective on God, life and the universe – but it will have no real impact upon you at all. You can approach it with scepticism, cynicism and criticism, doubting its authority and casting doubt upon it with insinuations and clever questions (in much the same way as the Pharisees approached Jesus) but you will not experience its power. You can focus on the individual authors, deciding whether or not you like or believe what they wrote, but you are ignoring, dismissing and insulting the real Author.
Unless the Holy Spirit graciously opens your eyes to see, your mind to understand, and your heart to love the Bible as the true, inerrant, wonderful, precious, living, powerful Word of God – complete and perfect, with no mistakes.
Then you will know what it is to,
not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2