Have you ever wondered what makes a word come into existence? The first American dictionary published by Noah Webster wasn’t published until 1828 and contained around 70,000 definitions of words. It makes me wonder how the validity of definitions survived all that time.
The way a word gets into the dictionary is by usage. Citing a word consistently in enough publications over time gives the word credibility. Once decided the word has been widely used on a consistent basis it is then considered for entry into the dictionary. Every year over 1700 new words are added to the Webster dictionary. Today the Webster-Merriam dictionary has close to 500,000 definitions in the unabridged version and 165,000 in the collegiate version. That is a lot of new words since 1828! 
This makes me wonder if new words can emerge and come into existence, then where do their definitions originate?
Are these definitions of words something we make and come up with?
As new definitions emerge and change as each era progresses, The Bible is one book that never changes its definitions. Of course, we need to add definitions for when new technology emerges. However, we can always count on the Bible because its origin of truth stays the same and never changes.
Why can we depend and trust that the Bible is a dependable source of truth?
Even though the Bible was written by the pen of imperfect men, these words were not from them but from God. There is much dispute in whether the meaning of the messages in the Bible has been lost or changed with each new translation that emerges. However, each chapter of the Bible has been authenticated by author, place, and events that occurred with writings of historians that existed at that time. The Bible has been around since the time of Moses delivering the 10 commandments (1,400 BC), to the completion of the Hebrew manuscripts which include the 39 books of the Old Testament (500 AD), to the completion of the Greek manuscripts including the 27 books of the New Testament (1st Century AD) to present day.
God’s truth can be trusted because…….
God’s truth has existed from the beginning of creation.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
God spoke life into existence.
“God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
God created truth.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” John 1:1-3
God’s Words breathe life into our lives.
God IS the TRUTH.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
Words make up who we are and say a lot about our identity and world. If you were to look up the topmost trending words on the Merriam-Webster dictionary website people have looked up in the past week, you would be astonished. It says a lot of what is going on in our world. The topmost searched word right now is fascism. Other words include white supremacist, bigot, bigotry, Neo-Nazi, terrorism, and communism. These words have to be among the most hateful and evil words that exist and yet are at the forefront of our world.
We may have our differences and not always agree with each other, but can choose what we use our words for. We were never meant to live in a world full of hate and evil–but in a world full of God’s love.God desires our world to be filled with His love--not hate and evil. Click To Tweet
In a world of hate and chaos, God’s truth will always bring us freedom.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Our words have the ability to speak life and truth into the lives of others (Prov. 18:21). Our words can make a difference in someone’s day by being kind and loving (Eph. 4:32). Our words can build another’s confidence by encouraging and building them up (1Thes. 5:11). Our words can change the lives of those who persecute us by praying for them (Matt. 5:44). Our world will always be filled with evil when we use our words to destroy, slander, gossip or hate. There is freedom when our words are used to encourage, love, build and pray.
We can’t change the definition to words to fit into the box that we desire them to. Trusting in emerging definitions can be dangerous over time. Changing the truth to our own desires is a slippery, dangerous slope to walk. When we trust in God’s truth and love we will find eternal protection and wholehearted healing.
God’s truth will always keep us straight on our paths.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct[a] your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
If you ever have doubts about God’s truth, test it. Our words can be destroyed in an instant. God’s words can never be destroyed and will always last till the end of time.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8
Have you ever questioned where your source of truth originated and whether you can trust it?
Have you ever been caught on the slippery slope of finding your truth in emerging definitions?
God’s love and grace are transformational. We become victorious when God’s Word is alive and active in our lives!
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- Info was obtained from Wikipedia.
- Bible history info was gathered from this site. For a more detailed instruction of a historical timeline of how the Bible evolved over time visit http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/.