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Can You Trust God's Word? [11-1-20]

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Have you ever had your heart broken? Have you ever been so hungry you could eat a horse? Have you ever died of embarrassment? Have you ever been so hungry, you said you were starving? Have you ever dodged a bullet? Ever been so happy you were on top of the world? Have you ever had a friend who was so mad at her husband, she said she could just kill him? This is so fun, we could go on all morning.

Context is sometimes important for understanding the metaphors, analogies, and figures of speech we use. Most of us know the difference between a real heart attack and the sadness which comes with a broken heart. Both are true. One is literally true and the other is figuratively true.

The Bible is true in its literal expressions…in its figurative expressions…in its metaphorical expressions…in its poetic expressions. The Bible is true in all it expresses. When Jesus says he is the good shepherd, he's not claiming to be a farmer or a rancher. But he is expressing something wonderful and loving and encouraging for us. When Jesus says he and the Father are One, he is speaking about a deep, literal truth. The Bible speaks to us in a variety of ways about truths that are informative and transformative.

Here's a survey from 2014 of U.S. adults who self-identified as Christians to best summarize their view of the Bible:

  • "The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word."

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