Specifically why do we need an alive, independently authoritative God who never changes:
Because left to my own devices, I will always be able to construct a logic. . . find a viewpoint that justifies my actions, shines the best possible light upon my decisions, and ends up in my own mind allowing me to do whatever it is that I want.
Hitler killed millions. . .
Stalin killed further millions. . .
Mao. . . again 10’s of millions. . .
In our nation, we have murdered 10 of millions of babies. . .
In my own life. . . lying, stealing, cheating, drunkenness. . . hatefulness . . .
I was in my own eyes a good person. . .In my blindness. . . in my ignorance. . .I was somehow justified in everything I did. In each case, there was. . . there is logic, and rationalization that somehow these killings. . . and sinful behavior were/are logical and acceptable.
This is why we need an unchangeable rock upon which to build. Contrary to what the world will try to tell you, there is absolute right, and there is absolute wrong. There is good, and there is evil. There is a yardstick against which to measure and guide our behavior, the Word of God.
Has the Word of God been used to justify all manner of evil doings. Yes. It surely has. Even on its own pages, satan twisted God’s words several times. . . beginning on the opening pages of Genesis, and continuing on at the very beginning of Jesus ministry in the New Testament, one of satan’s favorite tools, is to twist the Word of God in order to attempt the confusion and corruption of man.
Does that in any way make the Bible less true, or valuable as the foundation upon which to build our lives? No, but it does strongly illustrate why it is vitally necessary to have a solid knowledge of all of Scripture, and not to merely have a superficial knowledge.
A hammer is a wonderful tool. All carpentry. . . the building of homes, and schools, and hospitals. . .much of our way of life depends upon the lowly hammer, and yet a hammer can quite easily be used for great evil. A hammer can and surely has been used many times to kill. Which should that be the focus, when looking upon a hammer? The evil that it has been used for, or the great good that has been accomplished with it?
It is the same with the Bible. It is a powerful tool, and with it both great evil, and great good can be accomplished. The tool is not to blame for the uses to which it is put. . . Do not decry the Bible due to its misuse. . .
I need God in my life. I must have Him. I must have the Word of God as a guide, and instruction for my life.
I love you my God. . .
I thank you for Your Word. . .