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Does the Bible have authority over the unbeliever?

We have already established the fact that the Scriptures are the Word of God (see question How Do We Know the Bible is True?), and therefore, all the Scriptures carry the authority of God.  Since that is has been clearly established, we need to simply accept in child-like faith these plain scriptures:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23

Since every human being is a descendant from Adam & Eve all truth that God has revealed applies to all people everywhere at all times.  The Bible clearly teaches that we all proceed out from our first parents.

“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” Genesis 3:20

As it is said of our first parents that they were created “in the image of God” (Gen 1:27), so it is that everyone reflects that same image of God.  The image of God primarily consists of the fullness of having life with special ability to make logical & reasonable decisions, and the ability to freely love.   Therefore having the image of God stamped into our very being, we are without a doubt connected to God and we are bound to a relationship (whether good or bad) with our Creator.  The unbeliever’s “unbelief” does not change the fact that the unbeliever has been created by God and is accountable to Him.  God requires obedience and acceptable worship to Himself alone from all His creatures.

No matter how hard one fights God’s authority – No matter how one tries to do their own thing – No matter if one considers themselves to be politically tolerant – No matter if one calls themselves a “free-thinker” – No matter if one tries to undermine the Holy Scriptures or ridicule believers.  If one chose not to believe in God, or decides not to serve God, that does not eliminate God’s existence or His authority!

“For the word of the LORD is right; and all His works are done in truth.”  Psalm 33:4

The unbeliever, in spite of his unbelief, is still responsible to obey whatever God says.  Anything God says is authoritative to all people, at all times, and in all circumstances.  Lastly, we believers were once unbelievers.  The question is how did we come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ?  Answer:  We were unbelievers who read the authority of God’s word, (the Holy Bible).

 “…yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;”  Rom.3:4

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