Holly, I think of the term, "Word," as God's intentions. With the "Word" we can understand His intentions. Jesus is the "Word." Jesus is a natural manifestation of God's intentions. One pastor said, "Jesus is perfect theology." In that he means that if from the scriptures we can understand Jesus' personality and intentions, then we also understand God's personality and intentions. They are one and the same. So when, just as an example, Jesus tells us that to look at one of the opposite sex with lust is sinful, then we can know that God's intentions are for humankind to be monogamous, to marry for life, to be totally devoted to that one person in this life, so totally devoted that one never even looks with lust at another. That is the standard, a high standard, one practically speaking that is impossible for men to live to. Yet God can live to it. Jesus, a natural representation of God's intentions and standards, did it. So how can there be any lesser standard? There cannot be. Holiness is as holiness does. Unholiness is the same way. We are not holy. So the only way that we can be judged holy is to be given holiness from God, under God's infinite grace. He does that as a promise, a pact, a covenant with all of mankind. This covenant with mankind, let's think about that for a minute. Let's say that you are God. You desire the best for mankind whom you love. Among your best wishes, you desire that mankind live with you for all eternity. Yet mankind is unholy. You are holy. So man is not entitled to live with you and you know it. So to make man holy, you, God, put on a man suit, go to earth and live as a man. You give mankind the perfect example of your holiness, your goodness, your power, your grace. You even suffer like none other has, and die for mankind, at the hands of men, to make your point. Then you come back to life thus proving your point. And you make this pact with mankind: that all man must do is believe in you, believe that you did what you did, trust in you, and work earnestly to live to the standards you set while on earth. And when men fall short, as men surely will, they simply have to turn away from their failings and ask forgiveness, thus repenting and starting anew, holy once again, each time. But each time man starts anew, he starts ahead of where he was before. Man has learned from his mistakes, his unholiness, and becomes more in the image of God as a result. And even though man never gets to the point that he lives according to the perfect standard of God, he gets closer and closer each time, his shortcomings falling by the wayside, each time, asking and receiving God's forgiveness, until eventually, man dies, as Jesus died. But because man repents and receives forgiveness each time, in the end man is judged holy, according to God's pact, a pact that a perfect God must uphold. Now you are God. You died for mankind. You left an incontrovertible record of the events that led up to your time on earth, and your life, and your suffering and death. And all you ask is that man read and study this record, formulating whatever opinions out of free will, and in the end believe that you really did what you did. Is that much to ask? God even gives us the Spirit of understanding, if we just ask. So God gives us all that we need to receive His grace. Why should God accept any less of men than to truly believe that He did what He did for us? That, I believe, is the question that unbelievers must deal with. The evidence is all there in the book. God even gives those who ask the Spirit to understand what is written. So God gives us no excuse not to believe. Belief may take some work, soul searching, studying, beseeching, and submitting to God. But it is all within man's grasp to achieve what God asks of him. Nothing is impossible with God. That is what the scriptures tell us.