God has given us the Word of God. The holy written Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
No other religion has a book that they can say truthfully that it is the Word of God. Others may claim to have such books, but it’d be a lie.
This book is the foundation for our belief system. And it is so important that we don’t neglect it. It is important that we don’t twist its words. This is the Word of God. It is not to be taken lightly.
As the Bible says:
Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you.
It is clearly stated that the Bible is not to have anything added to it or taken away from it.
But many people have done this and it has led to many heresies. I would like to list a few from the first few centuries in A.D.
- There was a group of people called Docetic Gnostics. They believed that Jesus was God, but they didn’t believe that Jesus was man. They believed that he looked like a man, but really he was some sort of ghost. They couldn’t believe that God would ever take on human flesh. Flesh was evil, full of sin. God would never do that. Their beliefs were called the Docetic Heresy. What they didn’t realize is that Jesus had to be fully man and fully God if he was to be the perfect atonement for our sins.
- The Arian Heresy taught that Jesus was the greatest created being. That he existed before anything else was created, though there was a time that he did not exist. They didn’t believe him to be God, he was just a awesome (the traditional meaning of that world) human being. He was similar to God, but not God. Jesus was one with the Father. They were one and separate. Something that our minds can’t even begin to comprehend.
- Now known as the Apollinarian Heresy, a man taught that Jesus was fully God. He even had a human body, but his divine nature only occupied the body as a sort of host. So he wasn’t fully man, he didn’t have a human soul. Of course, that would mean that Jesus’s death wouldn’t cleanse of our sins. He had to be fully man and fully God.
- One other heresy taught that Jesus was fully man and he was fully God, but they were separate people. So those of the Nestorian Heresy believed that Jesus was two people. How could that even work? I don’t know. That explanation just raises a whole lot of questions. Jesus could never be two different people: one divine and one human. Jesus was the Son of God. He became man, though he was still fully God.
Okay. I know, I went on a little history rant. But I’m trying to make sure I get my point across. Heresies have appeared all over the world time and time again all because people couldn’t take the whole Bible as the sovereign Word of God. They had to add something to it or take something out of it. And that’s just sacrilege.
Even now heresies have popped up. There may not be as many as there was at one point. But it’s still there. It is still so very real.
And that is what is so sad about it. People are being led astray into thinking that they’re actually believing in the true God, when it is only a twisted form of it.
Let’s make sure we stick to the true Word of God. We need to either take and believe the whole Bible or not believe in any part of it at all. Because believing in only part of it won’t make a difference in our lives.