What other books do we need beside the Bible?

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2 Peter 1:2–3

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

Here in verse 3 we learn a vital point of the Christian life and instruction for it.  The writers of the Bible knew that when they were putting down the words that became our Bible that they were under His divine power.  We call that divine power, “inspiration.”  So, Peter, under the inspiration of divine power, wants us to know that within the writings of His (God’s) divine power we have all that we need for life, eternal life, and godly living.

This is a key statement for followers of Christ of all ages.  God, in His divine wisdom, has given us all the instruction that we need both for salvation and for righteous living.  The Bible is, in a sense, our owner’s manual for life.  As such, it has within its pages all of the wisdom that we need for every situation in life.  You cannot come across a situation that the Bible does not speak to.  Now, before you find one and say, “The Bible does not address smoking cigarettes or watching TV,” let me add, that the Bible in principle form covers all of what we do.  For instance, the Bible says that our bodies are the temple, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit of God.  (1 Corinthians 6:19) So, whatever we put into our bodies should be consistent with the indwelling Holy Spirit and not grieve Him.  Then, David wrote in Psalm 126 that he would put no wicked thing before his eyes. Principally, the Bible addresses both smoking and TV watching.

Since the Bible has been written, thousands upon thousands of Bible help books have been written.  While some might be helpful, none are needful.  No other writings help the Bible.  No other religious writings fill in the blanks for the Bible.  The Bible is God’s complete word to us giving us all that we need for life and godliness.  Therefore, David could say, “Oh how I love thy law, it is my meditation night and day.”  “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path, I will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.”

Read the Bible.  Study the Bible.  Memorize the Bible. Meditate on the Bible.  When you need answers for life, go to the Bible or to someone who can help you understand it.  Go to it first and last.  Make sure any helps that you use come from its teachings.  You will learn that it is sufficient for every situation of life and your faith in its teachings will bring you both guidance and comfort all the way through life here and eternal life hereafter.

It is a sad day in our country when the “religion” of sexuality and perverted sexual “freedoms” can turn the tide of an entire State’s legislature.  Pray for Governor Pence in Indiana and Governor Jindal in Louisiana and every other governor who tries to stand for righteousness.  I hear these “celebrities” who have neither wisdom nor conscience attack the Governor of Indiana, athletes who have no say as to what our country believes is right or wrong threaten to pull themselves from playing in Indianapolis, and I ask, “Who cares what you think?”  But apparently, legislators do care and do listen and are swayed.  The issue of the American acceptance of homosexuality is at a fever pitch.  The people of Sodom and Gomorrah are at the gate of Lot’s house demanding that his guests give in to their demands. Pray for our leaders, then write them challenging them to stand up under this insidious pressure to accept all homosexual activity in the same way that we accept people of all races and all handicaps.  Homosexuality is not, is not, a civil right. No, it is a perversion that brings decay and pain to people and to cultures. 

I did not mean to rant but the headline stories of the past few days giving godless and immoral celebrities the top spots has rankled me a bit. 

Pray for my Easter Service at Sunrise this morning.  For those who can’t get to church, this is their Easter Sunday church. 

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

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