Changing God’s Word

God’s Word brings life to our souls and it fits every part of our lives.  There is,however, a danger for making the Bible fit in places it does not speak.,

The other night, Hannah was in trouble and she was unhappy.  She has a little Gideon’s New Testament that I gave her and even though she can’t read, she reads it in  her own way.  Instead of it being a New King James Version, it is the New Hannah Version. 

After I had gotten onto her for something, she opened her Bible and read, “God says not to be mean to me.”  She then looks up at me with those eyes of “you better respond to God’s Word”.  So I replied to her, “God says to obey your father.”  (It is hard to win an argument with a 3 year old).  Hannah then goes to bed and decides to read her Bible some more.  I lay in the bed beside her and she turns toward me with her Bible.  “God says to get out of the bed.”  This time I just got up with no replies.

In our culture today, we try to make the Bible say what we want it to say.  We read into it more than it says.  We try to interpret the Word by reading between the lines.  The legalistic take passages that keep people bound rather than set them free.  Others, focus on the Scriptures that condone there lifestyle or they disregard passages that condemn it. 

Revelation 22:18 warns, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;”

God’s Word is 100% truth!  We cannot add to it or take away from it.  We must be careful to read it, study it and rightly divide the Word of Truth.  It is there for us to use that we might conform to the Word, instead of trying to make the Word conform to us.

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