Thursday, August 14, 2014

Can I Trust the Bible? by Martin Wiles

Series: Hey God…I Have a Question

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 wasn’t. I couldn’t trust the book; it needed updating. Things had changed. 

Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about this transpiring with God’s 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 Bible’s validity—or at least portions of it. It’s 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 it’s trustworthy in matters of faith only—not in science and history. Others hold to its complete reliability. 

I can trust the Bible because it’s inspired by God. Inspiration is his supernatural influence on the writers so that what they produced was exactly what he wanted written. God’s commands are recorded therein. Frequent stories illustrate the principles he expects me to live by. As I meditate on God’s Word, his Spirit convicts my spirit and shows me where I’m missing his mark. Not only does it show me what’s wrong but it also points me in the right direction so I can repair what’s broken. 

The Bible has survived numerous attempts to destroy it. While written by many authors, the scarlet theme of redemption is woven throughout. It’s impact on people’s lives—and their willingness to suffer and even die for the God it proposes, is evidence of its reliability. Trust God’s 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. 

Martin N Michelle
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1 comment:


    Are there translations of the Bible that are not trustworthy? I know of one or two translations out of sixty-plus English translations that are not trustworthy. Many take the position that the King James Bible is the only dependable translation of God's word.


    THE LIVING BIBLE-Paraphrased (TLB)

    John 3:16 For God so loved world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.(KJV)

    John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (TLB-P)

    John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, the He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (NASB)

    You will notice in the KJV and the TLB-P use lower case when translating, he and him. The NASB uses He and Him when talking about God and Jesus. Should God and Jesus be capitalized? Of course. Does that mean that the KJV and TLB-P are not trustworthy translations? NO IT DOES NOT. All three translations say the same thing.

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

    Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit. (TLB-P)

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NASB)

    Notice all three translation say that in order to have your sins forgiven you must repent and be baptized. Some deny that repentance and baptism are essential for sins to be forgiven. MEN DENY THIS, NOT BECAUSE OF INACCURATE TRANSLATIONS. THEY SIMPLY CHOSE NOT TO BELIEVE IT.

    Men are not going to be lost because of faulty translations. Men are lost because they refuse to believe in the translations they trust.

    99% of all translation are trustworthy. My translation, of choice, is the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE. You can get to heaven by reading the KJV, TLB-P, the NIV and many other translations.