The Essence of Gold
The essence of truth and love is not to be equated with the fool’s gold contained by letters, verses, paper and ink in a book called …
The Christian’s Bible Book
The Muslim’s Qur’an
The Sikh’s Guru Adi Granth Sahib
The Buddhist’s Tripitaka for achieving Liberation
The Jewish Torah and Talmud
The Confucius’s Wisdom in Five Classics
The Hindu’s Holy Veds
The Hindu’s Bhagavad Gita
The Zoroastrian’s Avesta
All religions lead towards spiritual truth knowledge and may even help an individual to set higher standards and values by which to live and help others.
Yes even the occult, paganism, humanism and secularism are ways by which some element of ‘good living practices’ may be learned and obtained.
But so what!
It is still only knowledge and knowledge remains incomplete if it is not made alive and functional by the indwelling essence of God in Jesus for it is He who is the Spirit of Truth.
The essence of Truth is in the Spirit of Truth and that essence is God.
This essence is not found in the pulp and paper industry nor in the bits and bytes technology industry and therefore the essence of God is not found in a recorded scripture no matter how many preachers have preached on that topic. A book only contains the knowledge of what that essence of God is. The essence of God is always relational within community.
Even Jesus referred to the ancient writings as the Scriptures, never once did He give up His place as being the living Word of God by calling the Scriptures the Word of God. That term The WORD OF GOD is a man made term applied to the book called THE BIBLE and I personally hold to the notion that such a phrase needs to be replaced with a more accurate “Thus sayeth the Lord” or “as we read in the Scriptures”
Does that mean that the Scriptures are useless?
But to know Truth as the relational Person of Jesus is to also have read the knowledge of truth. will most definitely help to reestablish the brightness of our clouded conscience and rekindle awareness as to what is in truth.
The Scriptures do not contain the inspired Spirit breathed words of God but they are His inspired breathed and recorded words for all mankind to read and have the Spirit of Truth bring alive to them..
We must come to understand that the written words are written down and have miraculously been preserved by the one who is the essence and source of those recordings for they are the wisdom and knowledge of HIS REVEALED WILL throughout the history of mankind.
If we believe that just because the original words are Spirit breathed that they are also worthy of our worship is then to ultimately end up worshiping everything that has come from the spoken words of God for all things spoken by Him have come about.
It is for that very same reasoning that man now worships himself and every particle of creation – simply because they hold to the belief that if it is from God that it must be God or at least a particle of God and therefore to be held in high reverential esteem and to be worshiped.
For many Christians the Bible has become the worshiped physical word of God but we are clearly advised that the Word is a living Word who became flesh. So folks, let us not be deceived like those who believe they can still be sinners and be saved. Like Leonard Ravenhill once said “You are either a sinner or you are saved, but you can’t be both.”. Is it true and Scriptural to say that God loves the sinner but hates the sin? Click through and find out.
Why was it important to tell us in the Scriptures that Salvation is not a book or a scriptural thing wherein we seek salvation but a spiritual reality of the Person of Truth, Love, Life, Right and Light.
37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.(John 5)KJV
The words in Scripture are only that which testify of Him – they are the knowledge of truth and they are inspired Spirit breathed words for sure.
We do not worship a book, we do not worship a particular translation or version or perversion otherwise we are no different than any of the above book based religions.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.James 1:27
I guess any religion which focuses on only that is – well you could say it is a pure religion. It is worship of sorts but is it the relationship God desires of His children?
When will we get it right?
The Spirit brings to life the dead words of ink on paper.