Can the Bible be trusted as a reliable source of wisdom for today’s modern world?
Society and culture are vastly different from the way they were when the Bible was written.
People from biblical times could not have imagined the world we live in, with all our modern conveniences and technology—no more than we can imagine with any accuracy what life on this planet will resemble 1000 or 2000 years from now.
The question is a valid one because the whole Christian faith hinges on an accurate rendering of the Bible and a solid belief in this accuracy. If we don’t have the Bible to rely on, then we really don’t know what truth is.
We have to be able to answer the question to our satisfaction so we can continue to lean on the Bible as our anchor and truth.
The problem is, if we start to question any part of the Bible as far as its accuracy and truth, then we have to call into question the entire Bible.
Simply put, either the Bible is true or it isn’t. It can’t be partially true; we can’t accept sections of the Bible as fact and conclude that other parts of it are false.
Some people will probably say that I’m over simplifying a very complex question. I disagree, however.
On the contrary, I believe that God intentionally makes some aspects of His kingdom very simple.
After all, we’re told in the Bible that we must have the faith of a child if we expect to make sense of it all. Jesus says in Matthew 18:3 (CSB),
Unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
To me, this means that we simply must believe.
Believe what God tells us. Believe that He created us in His image. Believe that Jesus is His Son and that He was crucified for our sins.
No, none of this makes any logical sense. After all, if God created us, who created God?
At some point, however, we have to stop with the questions and simply rest in faith. God is God and we aren’t.
He gave us the Scriptures to guide us through life, which as we know can be treacherous. The Bible is meant to give us hope, strength, and wisdom.
If we can’t trust the Bible in its entirety, we can’t trust God in His entirety, because the Bible is
breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
I chose the English Standard Version for this verse because it renders God’s role in the formation of the scriptures as “breathed,” rather than merely “inspired,” which other versions use.
The Bible comes literally from the mouth of God and was given to us to help us become the strong, solid Christ-followers He wants us to be.
We can’t pick and choose what we believe is true in God’s word. Either it’s all true, or it’s all a fallacy.
I side with the former conclusion, which means I believe that the Bible is as valid today as it was 2000 years ago.
We can still turn to it to find wisdom and truth, just as our ancestors have for generations. Unlike fashion, the Bible never goes out of style.
What about you? Do you believe the Bible is still valid?