And here is the follow-up to "Threw It on the Ground" post and about Christians who accuse people like me of "Bible-olatry" because I dare say that all of the words are Christ's first-hand words to me today and to all believers and non-believers for all time. People who hear it preached are changed and they lead people to be able to accept Jesus and to be saved.
Does that mean I don't believe in the Holy Spirit? I'm crazy about him. All believers have him and are constantly guided by him each and every day. Here's the thing: sometimes I get him confused with my feelings. My feelings and the Holy Spirit's guiding are not the same thing. If I feel him leading me or teaching me something, I need to double check it with something that I know is tangible and objective: the Bible.
Yes, I'm a predestinarian in my beliefs on how each member of the Trinity works to save the elect of God. It is because of that that I hold so high a view of the Bible. It is the hallmark of Reformed faith that gets called Calvinism. People who don't understand simply should not tell me what I believe.
All that aside: here are some verses.
John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God." Jesus is the Word. His words are recorded in a book. The book is not him, but it's like his cell phone call to us. It's like when my husband Tim was in South Korea. I would Skype with him to communicate. The computer was not Tim, but it was his connection to me. And it was tangible and objective.
What about times before the Bible was written? Hebrews 1:1-2, "
The Apostle John wrote Revelation. He was the last surviving apostle and Revelation is the last book written in the New Testament canon. Revelation 22:18-19, "