Simply put the problem: we all deal with regarding the bible is we just don’t know it well enough to speak to it’s truth. That means we’ve just not read it enough to be able to do defend those who doubt. Sometimes it’s easy to doubt the bible is true. We all deal with doubt when we don’t believe there is enough evidence.
Friends, The Bible is true.
Last week we asked the question “Is God real?” and we landed on the answer “yes God is real!” If God is real then we believe something enlightens us to Him and that something is Holy Scriptures. They are inspired by God. God desires to communicate with the world the hope and salvation he has offered through Jesus Christ, and does so in the Holy Scriptures. God was directly involved in revealing himself through written words, by influencing the scriptural authors.
Thought the scriptures may have been penned by human beings the influence was purely divine. (2 Peter 1:20-21). There are many times in the scriptures where God told people to write down a specific message and in doing so these scriptures became God breathed meaning he in his transcendence inspired the authors of the text (2 Tim. 3:16).
Now there are those who question whether or not the Bible is truthful in its claims. Yet, the scriptures undergo constant scrutiny and to date no biblical teaching has ever been found with fault. The scriptures are true and allow believers to know God in truth.
As I answer the question “Is the Bible real?” my hope is to help you see a few things regarding the bible to help you understand how logical, rational and secure it is. See with me in Matthew chapter five…
Matthew 5:17-20 (NIV)
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Verse 18 teaches us the importance of the scriptures. That each word will last forever and that is important because what we learn throughout history and the study of God’s word is that…
The Bible: Is consistent. (Mt. 5:17-20)
The message of the bible is consistent throughout the whole text. From the beginning of the first book, which is Genesis to the last book which is Revelation, all 66 books of the bible are consistent in their message. Our God is a loving God who created humanity and despite our sin He loved us enough to give us a way to be in a loving relationship with Him, or reconcile us to Him. Jesus is that way.
This message is consistent even though:
It was written:
By 40 different authors who were inspired by God.
In three major languages being, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
Over the course of 1500 years.
It has been translated into currently636 languages.
There are more than 3,200 verses with fulfilled prophecies.
When something is so consistent over time it carves deep grooves in history and should settle in our mind that it is stable and trustworthy. Meaning it is worthy of us depending on it as our truth. The Bible says it this way in Psalm 19:7…
Psalm 19:7-9 (NIV)
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
This passage highlights the teaching of God to His people. This is a call to those who believe in God to recognize that His Word, that is His teachings have integrity, they are reliable, upright, clean pure and this next point which is…
The Bible: Is trustworthy. (Ps. 19:7-9)
The word “Canon” means “measuring stick”. That is important because here are OCC we believe cannon of scripture (or the measurement of truth that makes up bible integrity) to be a God inspired set of books that make up the Bible.
Thirty nine Old Testament books
Twenty seven New Testament books, making up sixty six books in all.
Some books did not get in the canon.
The Apocryphal books are an example of literature that was not included.
Therefore we can rest assured knowing God has been at work rightly preserving his relevant message to us.
At the Orchard we believe in the full inerrancy of the bible in it’s original manuscripts. That means we believe there is no fault in the original writing in the Word of God. Through the years copyist who translated the bible have had slight errors with regard to punctuation but minimally in translation. This allows for the Bible to be regarded as truthful in its teachings, and accounts for the different observation techniques between biblical authors and the authors of today.
Put your trust in God and in the scriptures He has given us. The bible says it this way in 2 Tim. 3:16-17…
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The Challenge for you and me is this: If the Bible is true, trust it and let it guide you. ( 2 Tim. 3:16-17)
When you begin your relationship with God, your typical instinctual desires are to know him more, and obey his commands. The scriptures are the words of God. Now, God may not spell out everything he desires each individual to take part in, but …. he clearly communicates what he wishes we should not do.
If someone chooses to disobey the words of scripture, they disobey God. God himself influenced the biblical authors to write down what he wished to communicate to his people (Jer. 1:9). It is important for us to apply the scriptural truths as we become aware of them.