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The Bible is the final authority

I have been thinking for the last week or so what I would write about if it were my last chance to share my walk of faith. First, I have been able to share this walk because Trish invited me to. Thanks Trish. I‘ve enjoyed the response from readers because it let me know I was making a difference. A writer always wonders about that. This column has also caused me to grow and stretch but when it comes down to it, not that much in my walk has changed.

I still believe that the Holy Bible is the final, authoritative and divinely inspired Word of God, Yahweh, and it remains the only guide by which I measure my decisions. I still believe that there are not many ways to reach God, but only one: through Jesus Christ. Why? Because that is what Jesus said about himself: “I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life.  No man comes to the Father but by me.”  Gospel of John 14:1-6.

I find it interesting that some people believe Jesus is not the only way to God, but merely a good teacher. I submit that a good teacher cannot be a liar. Either Jesus is who He said He is, or He is a liar and cannot be trusted. I believe, as a result of His work in my life, that Jesus told the truth and can therefore be trusted. I believe He is the only avenue to the Father, and to eternal life. I understand that this view is not widely shared. It is, however, scripturally accurate.

I know that God is love, He is merciful, and He extends grace to all who will receive it. I also know that He has laid down some truths which, in the end, will not be ignored. The hardest among these is that sin separated all mankind from God. But in His mercy He made a way for me to have personal relationship with Himself through Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to wipe that sin away. Without accepting this truth, I cannot hope to see eternal life. I do not observe a cafeteria-style faith, picking and choosing the parts of the Bible that make me feel good. I choose to take it in its entirety because it is truth. It reveals proven truth about God, about the world, about people, about me, and about my future. Everything about my walk of faith revolves around this. God is love. I am in love and out of it I will not go.

If anything in my walk of faith has changed it is my value of process. I believe that God, not me, draws people to Himself and that different people get there in different time frames. Because I understand this, my walk of faith will continue to deepen my love for others as God loves them. It will continue to call me to accountability for my decisions and attitudes. And it will continue to connect me to other believers, old and new, and allow me to accept their process as they move forward in their own walk of faith.

Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co-Op Country Round-Up.

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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