The whole confusion started when a Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland, asked, “’Why is a raven like a writing-desk?’ …
` I believe I can guess that,’ Alice [decided] aloud.
`Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?’ said the March Hare.
`Exactly so,’ said Alice.
`Then you should say what you mean,’ the March Hare went on.
`I do,’ Alice hastily replied; `at least–at least I mean what I say–that’s the same thing, you know.’
`Not the same thing a bit!’ said the Hatter. `You might just as well say that “I see what I eat” is the same thing as “I eat what I see”!’
`You might just as well say,’ added the March Hare, `that “I like what I get” is the same thing as “I get what I like”!’
`You might just as well say,’ added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, `that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe”!’”
George Bernard Shaw, a play writer, critic and political activist, mentioned of the Bible: “No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means.” At first glance it sounds as confusing as Alice’s conversation with the Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse, but upon reflection is a statement worth analyzing. Basically Shaw believed that the Bible was not an authority, but could be changed to build whatever man wanted to believe. Saying such a thing of the Bible, the foundation of my Christian faith, deserves close examination before tolerating a statement with so many consequences.
Luke chapter four tells us the story of Jesus’ temptation by Satan. After trying two times to persuade Jesus to submit to him, Satan uses Psalm 91:11 and 12 to tempt Jesus into jumping off a cliff, knowing that God would send his angels to protect Jesus, even though that wasn’t what the Psalmist was actually meaning. Unfortunately for Satan Jesus didn’t fall for the trick, because He knew that the Psalmists real meaning in that chapter was that God would protect those who love Him, which is exactly what God was doing for Jesus at that time. From this story we can learn that twisting the scriptures out of context is wrong, because it does not line up with what God has already written and established to true for all time..
Similarly, we cannot change the Bible to suit our needs because as author and ultimate authority over the world, God has established the way we are to live in the Bible. If we could change the Bible, there would be no rules or law, and there would be no right or wrong, for it is in the Bible where we learn to discern these things, and we could simply mix and match the Bible to please the itching desires of our sinful nature.
Our old pastor once told the story of a man who opened the Bible to a random place, and randomly picked a verse. He came up with ‘Judas went and hung himself’. Hoping for a more pleasant conclusion, he once again randomly selected a verse and looking down at it, read, “Go therefore and do likewise”.
Obviously, God doesn’t want us to commit suicide, for the very reason Jesus died was so that we didn’t have to carry the burden of our sin and can have hope. It is a contradiction! If we could mix n match the Bible, the Bible would support complete destruction and utter havoc, allowing us to hate and murder one another. As a holy God of love and peace, He simply cannot allow those things into His will for us, therefore the theory of random Biblical study, fails.
As Christians, we are sinners, saved only by grace. We have stepped out of the darkness and into the light, trading our filthy rags for beautiful robes. Through our new love for God, we choose to learn how God would have us live. Several times the Bible says that God uses the Bible to teach and correct us, which consequently means we no longer adhere to today’s’ sinful standard, but God’s high expectations and love. Galatians 5:16 and 17 says:
“Therefore, live by the Spirit, and you shall not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit to what is contrary to the sinful nature…”
The Holy Spirit shows us the way to live through the Bible. Dig through it; you’ll find many commands and instructions on how to live your life as a Christian not as a sinful creature. For if we love the Lord, we will want His will for us, as Keith Green once sung.
In conclusion, God has written the Bible, establishing the way for Christians to live out day by day. If man could change them, utter destruction would rule the world. As it is, man can’t change the Word and follow Christ – we can only listen, and obey.