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Can I Trust the Bible?
I was teaching at a small private school with a very limited budget in Low country South Carolina. Many of our books often arrived from schools that had funds for updated curriculum. This scenario made teaching history challenging. While most events in history are set in stone, some of the facts I was teaching students had changed. Most notably, the breakup of the former Soviet Union. According to their books, the Empire was still in intact when in reality it wasnít. I couldnít trust the book; it needed updating. Things had changed.
Thankfully, I donít have to worry about this transpiring with Godís Word. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. (II Timothy 3:16 NLT)
Some doubt the Bibleís validityóor at least portions of it. Itís ancient, it was written by many different authors, the miracle stories seem too good to be true, and there was a great deal of discussion over which books to include in the Old and New Testament canon. Some believe itís trustworthy in matters of faith onlyónot in science and history. Others hold to its complete reliability.
I can trust the Bible because itís inspired by God. Inspiration is his supernatural influence on the writers so that what they produced was exactly what he wanted written. Godís commands are recorded therein. Frequent stories illustrate the principles he expects me to live by. As I meditate on Godís Word, his Spirit convicts my spirit and shows me where Iím missing his mark. Not only does it show me whatís wrong but it also points me in the right direction so I can repair whatís broken.
The Bible has survived numerous attempts to destroy it. While written by many authors, the scarlet theme of redemption is woven throughout. Itís impact on peopleís livesóand their willingness to suffer and even die for the God it proposes, is evidence of its reliability. Trust Godís Word. More importantly, trust the One it points to.
Prayer: Eternal God, build our faith in Your Word so we will build our lives on its solid foundation.
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