How Can Christians Say God Said Something?

Scripture shot of Matthew 17:5
Matthew 17:5

Dear Pastor Andy, why do Christians claim that God said something just because their Bible says God said it? I mean, you can’t prove the Bible speaks for God, so why claim that it does? What gives the Christian Bible, or their Bible’s authors, the right to speak for God? Of course, you can claim that God inspired the Bible writers, but, I can claim that you inspired me to ask this question. Does that mean you asked it?

My Reply: To turn this around, why do you think God did not say it, just because you were not the one who heard it? Or, how do you know famous people really said the quotes that they are known for? How do we know the words of Buddha or Socrates? How do we know the things in history really happened? What, because they are in our school text books?

You could say that people who were there at the time they said them, or at the times these things happened, witnessed it and wrote them down so we may know today. But that is also what the people who wrote down God’s Word in the Bible did.

You have to figure the drastic change in the lives of those who heard the words of Jesus and who knew Him personally. You also have to figure the history, not only by what is written in the Bible, but also by those who were not connected directly with Christianity, yet wrote about such anyway. Many other cultures wrote about events mentioned in the Bible, many of whom were even directly affected negatively, yet identical.

So how do we know God said these words? Because people present at the time, who heard God’s words, wrote them down for others to know, because of the direct impact it made on those who heard God’s words, and because archeology and literature from non-biblical sources confirm what the Bible says.

So what gives us the right to speak for God? As Christians, we have intimate (close) relationships with God…He is our friend, too. So as we communicate with Him, He communicates with us, also, for communication is a huge part of a friendship/relationship. The “Right” we have is by believing in Jesus Christ that we’re given the right to become children of God (John 1:12), and as children of God, we are also given the right to speak for Him when He reveals something to us, and some things, it’s even our responsibility to tell others so that they too may be blessed, may believe, and/or glorify God.

As for your last question, I will guess that you have had some time to think about it. So how do you know that God did not prompt you into asking this question in order to receive the answer?

—Pastor Andy G.

1 Comment

  1. 2 Timothy 3:16–“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right”. Notice it says ALL Scripture is inspired by God, not just bits or parts of it. All 66 books of The Bible (written by different authors, in different languages, on different continents, over centuries–again, “inspired by God”) all point to descriptions and prophecies of our Lord Jesus Christ. With that, I believe the God-inspired Holy Bible has a lot more authority than any textbook, newspaper, magazine or TV show on any given day.

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