AT the end of the day all a person has is their word. It's no different with God. His faithfulness and character are revealed to us through His Word. His Word is not only important to us and the framework by which we live, but it is also very important to Him, who said through David in Psalm 138:2, "...For you haveexalted above all things your name and your Word." To God, these two are the highest and greatest.

            SO this has been the great debate going on throughout the ages. The question as to whether or not God is real? Is He truthful and can we trust Him? Did He really create us or not? And finally, will we one day have to answer to Him or can we do whatever we want?

            THIS debate began all the way back in Genesis chapter one. Did you know that nine times it says in Genesis chapter one, "And God Said...?" So what God said is how the world, the sun, moon and stars, the plants and animals, land and water, and the birds and fishes came to be. Psalm 33:4-9 says, "For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love. By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; He puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm." That line, "He spoke, and it came to be", pretty much sums up Creation from Genesis chapter one.

            IN John 1:1-3 it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made." This is the New Testament's version of what happened in Genesis chapter one.

            THIS is the power of God's Word... LIFE. So it's no wonder then that the first question in the Bible was by Satan who challenged what God actually said to Eve. His question to Eve, and to all of us for that matter, was "Did God really say?" This challenge has echoed throughout the history of mankind.

            AND so God's Word has been questioned from the very start. One of the telling things about this is what Paul wrote in Romans 1:25, "They (meaning rebellious mankind) exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator..." This reveals the nature of those who listen to the question Satan posed to Eve and then question and doubt Him themselves.

            WHY do you think Satan started his conversation with Eve (Mankind) by questioning God's truth and the legitimacy of His Word? Maybe it was because he had seen and heard God's voice in action at Creation. Certainly he must have felt the weight and power of God when He spoke. So when the Devil confronted Eve, his plan was to cause her to question the authority and authenticity of God as her Father, Creator and Lord. If he could get her questioning this, then he could sow seeds of doubt in her mind as to the goodness and even the intentions of God. This would then drive a wedge between them, and ultimately their relationship as Father to child would erode, causing her to be isolated from God and subsequently life itself.

            OVER the years Satan has used countless thousands of leaders, artists, writers, philosophers, politicians, and even ministers to question God's place in the world and in our lives. Satan has even used our family, friends and acquaintances to call into question the reality of God's existence and power. And the Devil is not stopping. He'll never quit his assault on the Character and Word of God. As a result our world is full of people who have rejected God and pay no heed whatsoever to His Word. I for one do not want to be included in that mass rebellion. My intentions for the rest of my days are to read, listen to, and act on God's holy Word.

            WHO is it you are listening to? What questions about God, that are really challenges to His absolute authority, are you allowing? These can create division between yourself and the Author of life. And I'm not being overly dramatic here, for it is a matter of life and death!