“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 3:16-17)
Can one really trust the Bible? This could be a skeptic’s question, but it can also be a question from a faithful believer. After all, trusting the Bible is at the heart of our Christian faith. The Bible claims to speak for God. “This is what the Lord says” resounds throughout its pages. All scripture is “God-breathed,” Paul tells us. Jesus Himself said, “not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of the pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”
The Bible has been preserved and protected for more than 3,000 years. Its 66 books, written by more than 40 authors, over a space of 1500 years, in 3 ancient languages is better preserved, more thoroughly studied, and greatly loved than any other book in history. Even today it is the most popular book in publication. Faithful believers have passed on the Bible to subsequent generations with love, skill, care, and respect. Over and over again, the Bible’s words have proven to be accurate in their recounting of historical details and events.
Yes, the Bible has it critics, but those criticisms have been overturned time after time by literary, cultural and archeological research. Scholars and scientists have made scores of discoveries that authenticate the Bible’s reliability.
Another reason I trust the Bible is because it has made a difference in my life and the lives of people I know. The Bible guides my thinking and has changed my life. And, I have seen it change the lives of others. It brings healing, restoration and rescue, today, just as it has for thousands of years. I hope you can say with me, “The Bible has changed my life!”
Question: What truth from the Bible do you need to apply to your life?
Challenge: Make it a daily habit to be in God's Word.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me build my life on the strong foundation of Your Word.
Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks