The People of the Book
We Christians are supposedly known as “the People of the Book” … but how many Christians really know what the Book, the Bible, actually says?
We care not for what religions, denominations and traditions say. We care only for the words of the Bible, standing “above all.” David wrote;
“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for Thou Hast Magnified Thy Word Above All Thy Name.” (Psalm 138:2 (KJV)
We search the book seeking “what saith the Scripture” (Romans 4:3).
Muhammad (A.D. 570? – 632), Islam’s founder and chief prophet, understood Jews and Christians depended heavily on the Holy Bible. Thus, in the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book, Muhammad called Jews and Christians “the People of the Book.” As alleged “Bible-believing Christians,” are we really familiar with that “Bible” (Book)?
The average professing Christian is highly sidetracked, lacking even the most basic spiritual foundation. Church tradition, conspiracy theories, philosophy, and other speculations have distracted. Some can quote “Christian” bestselling novels, theology books, and “Christian” song lyrics with ease, but with ever so much difficulty we “cite” Bible verses.
Therefore, many Christian lives are not functioning properly—if at all. Never, ever can the Christian life operate on the basis of ignorance. It simply will not work, for God’s power is present only when His Word is there!
“The law [instruction] of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” (Psalm 19:7-9 KJV).
The Holy Bible will turn around the confused soul, equip the naïve with sound doctrine, impart joy, enlighten, never pass away, and be permanently reliable and upright.
God’s words are more to be desired.
“More to be desired are [God’s words] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (verse 10).
Provided that we listen to and believe the Divine words of God, we will be the legitimate “People of the Book” in thought and practice—and not in name only.