Last weekend I was away at the UCCF biblical evangelism conference. It was great for many reasons, not least the teaching sessions on the Bible.
I feel that this is one of the most neglected and under fire aspects of Christianity today. Is the Bible really trustworthy? Can we be sure the 66 books in it are from God? Are any of them from God? Even if they were, surely the original content has been corrupted? Should we take it literally? How far are they God’s words?
So many great questions. The weekend encouraged me that we shouldn’t sweep them under the carpet, we can tackle them, no, we must tackle them – we can and must be confident that the Bible is God’s word!
If we’re not confident of this we have many problems…
- salvation is less sure
- is God really like he is portrayed in the Bible?
- commands lose their power – “did God really say…?”
- we cannot cling to promises tightly
- things hoped for are less certain
- faith is dimmed
- we can pick and choose what we want from its pages
- we cannot assert truth claims with confidence
In short, the Christian life becomes a lot harder and the joy of knowing God is sapped. But it’s not only possible to doubt the scriptures are true, we do! Even us reformed christians who hold adamantly to the Bible as truth. Why don’t we treasure it? Why don’t we believe? Why don’t we act on it? Why don’t we assert truth with confidence? Why don’t we reject Satan’s lies about God and what He has said? Of course we do, but we can do so more!
Let’s grapple with God’s word. Let’s wrestle with it. What an effect it would have if we really had confidence in the Bible as God’s word!
‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ 2 Timothy 3v16-17
* title inspired by not just a chalmers