God’s Word is the basis of authority

Published 8:15 am Wednesday, January 10, 2024

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: Our class was given an assignment to watch a presentation on YouTube claiming that the Bible is old, boring, irrelevant, and impossible to understand. How can we find answers if there’s no source of authority? – B.U.

Dear B.U.: God’s Word is the basis of authority. The Bible is a living Book and can be trusted for its advice, direction, and knowledge of God. God speaks from Heaven through the Bible – His written Word. No book ever takes its place. The Bible is its own best commentary.
Most people do not understand nuclear fission, but we accept it. The Bible is God’s gift to us. It came from God, and it points us to God. It is our guidebook and leads people to God in a personal faith. Like a map, it will show us the way, one step at a time. Its power to transform lives is its best apologetic.
God caused the Bible to be written for the express purpose of revealing to man God’s plan for his redemption. Without the Bible, this world would indeed be a dark and frightening place. The Bible is the only book which has God’s revelation. There are many books of religion that are accessible to us by reliable translations. Anyone can read them, compare them with the Bible, and judge for themselves. It’s soon discovered that all these sources have parts of truth in them; they begin with some flashes of true light but end in utter darkness. Even the most casual observer soon discovers that the Bible is radically different. It’s the only book that offers people redemption and points the way out of dilemmas. It’s the one sure guide in an unsure world.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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