The greatest commandments is to love God (Matthew 22:37). God’s purpose in creating mankind is to create a certain number of free people who will freely choose to love Him. These people are known as the Church, the universal body of believers from all denominations and church groups. God has raised up the Church to unite with the Son in a special way in the future. People don’t need love relationships but desire them because by their nature they are loving beings. In a similar way, God doesn’t need our love but as a loving God He desires to love others who have the ability to reciprocate His love.
Of course men wrote the Bible. Who claims any differently! The implication here is that the bible is not from God but just a man-made book. But just because men wrote the bible does not mean God did not have a hand in its authorship. If God can create the Universe, can’t He inspire a select number of people to accurately write down some books for Him?
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, …”
Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
When I read other peoples writings, I do not convict them as being guilty of lying until proven innocent, in part because I don’t want people doing that to me. Therefore, people who also hold to the Golden Rule should extend the same liberty to the bible as they do their own writings.
If our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds, will we enter heaven? Many people think so but what does God think?
1. God cannot be bribed with good deeds
Deuteronomy 10:17 “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of
lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and
takes no bribe.”
2. Any bad deed can keep one out of heaven
James 2:10 “For whoever keeps the whole law buy fails in one point has
become accountable for all of it.”
3. Therefore, most people will not enter heaven
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way
is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the
gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are