The Bible – God’s Word

Our view of the Bible is foundational to the rest of our beliefs. 

 

Christians believe that the bible was inspired by God.  However what do we mean by  the inspiration of God? It is vital that we define our terms and do so biblical.

 

2 Peter 1 : 21 “For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”.  God inspired man to write his word without violating their personalities through the holy spirit. Therefore our bibles are God’s word written by man.  Man was the instrument God used to record his word. Since God inspired man to write the bible, the bible contains no mistakes or contradictions. Any mistakes we think are in the bible are our mistakes.  

 

Psalm 19 : 7 “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;” Since the bible is God’s word and it’s impossible for God to lie (see numbers 23 : 19, Hebrews 6 : 18) then the bible is true in everything it proclaims.

 

2 Timothy 3 : 16 – 17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”  The bible alone is everything we need.

 

Theologians refer to these as the inspired words of God, the inerrant, infallibility and sufficiency of the bible.  The authors were not inspired like a artist is inspired to paint a painting. Instead holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the holy spirit.  The Greek term used means God Breathed.

Was Jesus the Archangel Michael?

The Jehovah Witnesses believe that Jesus was the archangel Michael.  In there magazine the Watchtower states “Michael, is the chief angel in terms of power and authority.  The scriptures clearly indicate that Michael is another name for Jesus Christ”  (N0 5, 2017, page 5).  The article refers to 1 Thessalonians 4 : 16 and Jude verse 9 as proof texts.

 

The Jehovah witnesses use their own version of the bible called the new world translation.  It is important to known that the New World translation was a work of anonymous work of a watchtower society committee.

 

1 Thessalonians 4 : 16 “because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s+ voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first” (New world translation)

 

This text indicates that the coming of the Lord will  be herald by an archangel’s voice not that the Lord is a archangel.

 

Jude 1 : 9 “But when Michael the archangel had a difference with the Devil and was disputing about Moses’ body,+ he did not dare to bring a judgement against him in abusive terms, but said: “May Jehovah rebuke you.” (new world translation)

 

In this passage the New World Translation changes “Lord rebuke you” (New King James Version) to “Jehovah rebuke you (New World Translation).  In fact the Watchtower changes the greek for Lord or God and renders it as Jehovah.  Jehovah is add to the New Testament 237 times with no textual authority for doing so.

 

Here you have Michael the archangel leaving the judgement of Satan to  God.  This is a vast difference to who Jesus responded to Satan in Mathew chapter 4.

 

Mathew 4 : 10 “Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (New King James Version.

 

Neither of these scriptures indicate that Jesus was the archangel of Michael.  Hebrews chapter 1 indicates that Jesus is exalted even above the angels.   There is no scriptural support for this belief.

 

However the bible indicates that Jesus is Yahweh (God).

 

psalm 102:25-27  “long ago you laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish but you will remain just like a garment they will all wear out just like clothing you will replace them and they will pass away. But you are the same and your years will never end” (New World Translation)

 

This passage indicates that Jehovah (God, Yahweh) is unchanging and the creator of all things.

 

Hebrews 1:8-10But about the Son, he says: “God is your throne forever and ever, and the scepter of your Kingdom is the scepter of uprightness. You loved righteousness, and you hated lawlessness. That is why God, your God, anointed you with the oil of exultation more than your companions.” And: “At the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands” (New World Translation) 

 

Here you have unique attributes assigned to the son Jesus that are assigned to Jehovah (Yahweh, God).