When is the Bible the “Word of God”?

When is the Bible the “Word of God”? October 13, 2015

Is the Bible the Word of God if no one reads it

It is obvious to anyone who has thought about the matter that the Bible is not the “words of God.” It includes words attributed to Satan, to say nothing of words to which human authors like Paul have explicitly assigned their names.

But even when it comes to the possible metaphorical senses of “Word of God,” there are important questions to ask. If you think of it as having that status, if you think the label is appropriate, is it because of something done at the front end, or something about the words themselves, or something that happens between the text and the reader?

The question in the image above may be useful for getting at that issue. Is the Bible the “Word of God” even if no one ever reads it?

Or to put it another way, if the Bible falls amid a forest of books and no one picks it up and reads it, does it still make a sound?

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  • John MacDonald

    Satan is an interesting figure in the bible. For instance, in some parts of the bible, it seems like God knows, and has a plan for, our lives in advance. For instance, we read “”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jer 1:5).” But in other places it seems God has no foreknowledge of our lives, such as when Satan moves God to test Job, something God would not otherwise have done: “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is …. Although THOU MOVEDST ME against him (see Job 1:9-11).” Maybe God only knows the future for certain individuals He sets aside for a special purpose.

  • charlesburchfield

    IMO it’s only possible to really hear God speaking to one
    because one is in a loving relationship & experiencing a felt sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit.