It has become common to hear spiritual people claim to believe in Jesus and embrace Him as the core of their life and their ultimate example while rejecting the Bible as an authoritative source of truth. The most direct way to wrestle with this questions is to look at the relationship between Jesus and the written Word of God. To help you do this, I have pulled many of them below. As a result this blog is much longer than normal. I hope it spurs you to go deeper in your understanding of Jesus, His word and your faith response to Him. Join us this Sunday as we consider that question together with Matthew 5:17-20 as our focal point.
Bible is the True Eternal Word of God
Matthew 5:17-20 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Psalm 19:1-2 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. 10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward.
I still remember the shock of it. My first day in a required religion class at a church sponsored liberal arts college rattled my cage. The warm & kind professor acknowledged that many of us grew up learning the Bible and being told we could trust it as ultimate truth. He then told us it was time to set that aside as he dropped a large copy of God’s word in the trash can. The rest of the semester he repeatedly sought to demonstrate how the knowledge of modern man has shown the deep errors, false assumptions and inconsistencies of the Bible. While it was sickening to my stomach in the end my soul was strengthened with greater faith in the reliability of God’s word than before. I wish I could say the same for my classmates and for all such unsuspecting students who face this kind of arrogant, dishonest academic bullying.
What if human sciences along with history, literature, archeology actually demonstrate the incredible truthfulness of the Bible as God’s Word.
That professor and others typically present a one-sided case for why the Bible is only a flawed human document with no more inspiration than any other piece of great literature. They rarely show the verifiably valid evidence that affirm its singular uniqueness among all written works and the real possibility that if true (which evidence supports), it points to an ultimate Creator & Redeemer who offers life to all who embrace Him in faith.
Psalm 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.
Each year the Bible remains the top of the bestselling books in the western world. Yet from the condition of our societies, I don’t think we are really buying it. Throughout history it has been the most studied, most criticized, most neglected, most loved and yet most socially controversial book of all.
The world doubts, downplays & distorts its nature in a wide variety of ways. We are in an age where it is mocked by some, ignored by most, distorted, reinterpreted or treated like a cafeteria buffet by others seeking to remain religious without really following it. Few people really embrace the Bible as truth. Most have questions. What is it really? Where does it come from? What difference does it make?
The first seeds of darkness in the Bible begin with Satan casting doubt on God’s Words, “Did God really say…?” All of this begs the question of why it should be trusted as a foundational guide for anyone’s life. Why should I trust it?!