A book is an expression of thought. Obviously, a book written by an uninspired man is an expression of an uninspired thought. It should also be obvious that a book written by an inspired man is an expression of an inspired thought – the thoughts of God (II Timothy 3:16). What is not so obvious to me is why so many preachers and Bible class teachers are eager to go to books that teach the thoughts of uninspired men, yet so very hesitant to go to “The Book” that teaches the thoughts of God. Too many are all too anxious to quote the words of men, yet are unable (or unwilling) to quote the word of God. How disheartening! Why not let God speak?
Paul wrote that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:16-17). The scriptures make us complete in matters of religion and thoroughly furnish us unto all good works. Can any book written by men make that claim? Certainly not!
Peter wrote “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” (II Peter 1:3). The Holy Spirit, through the inspired scriptures, has given us everything we need that pertains to living a godly life and obtaining eternal life. Can an uninspired book of man make such a statement? Never!
God’s word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). Is there any book written by man that can outshine the brilliant light of God’s word? Of course not!
Paul wrote to Timothy that he (Timothy) had been taught the scriptures from the time he was a babe. Paul went on to say that the holy scriptures were able to make Timothy wise unto salvation (II Timothy 3:15). Can the wisdom found in any book written by man begin to compare with the wisdom of our almighty God? Preposterous!
God’s word is powerful! “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Can the power of the words of men begin to compare to the power of the scriptures? The very suggestion is laughable!
Can any book written by mere men provide the solution to the problems of youth to even the slightest degree that God’s word can? How foolish to ever harbor such a thought! “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word” (Psalms 119:9).
Let’s lay aside our books of men, open our Bibles, and let God speak!