We seem to have well impressed upon our minds the idea that we should not add to nor take from the content of Scripture. Good for us.
Deuteronomy is one of the places where this sentiment is expressed. “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you” (Deut. 4:2; see also 12:32).
What is found here, relatively close to the beginning of the Bible, is also found near the middle (Prov. 30:5-6) and at the end (Rev. 22:18-19) as well.
I think the Lord is serious about this and doesn’t want us to forget.
What we would never do overtly, we sometimes do practically. Really, we do.
The Bible warns us about what some have called “practical atheism.” It’s not that a person is verbally denying the existence of God, but they act as if He’s not there (see James 4:13-17).
In the same way we may never think of trying to remove or add to the Bible, but sometimes we act as though some of the Bible’s instruction isn’t there or that some idea, opinion, or practice we have is there. We act as though some things are in the Bible that aren’t and other things most assuredly present are no part of God’s word.
There is more than one way to add to or take away from.
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