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Reading the Bible 1

Monday –      The Bible

Tuesday –     Hymn: Your Sovereign Word (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – What Is the Bible?

Thursday –    Practical Tips for Reading the Bible

Friday –          Welcome the Silence
Hymn: Father, Speak Your Word Again (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Is the Bible Accurate?
Hymn: The Word of God (recording) (printed)

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Is the Bible Accurate?

Looking back over my life, I’ve found the Bible satisfying intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. It has brought me comfort, direction, inspiration, correction, and daily strength. It has brought wisdom to my ignorance and perspective to my narrowness. I’ve tried it and found it accurate to the last detail.

Looking back over history, people of a variety of cultures, personalities, and life situations have tried the Bible just as I have. They, too, have found it reliable, accurate, and satisfying. Many have died for it.

Looking back over that same history, human knowledge in any age has proven to be substantially inaccurate and woefully inadequate. It’s been shot through with ignorance, arrogance, and stubborn blindness. It’s been seriously distorted by self-interest and by the passing winds and fads of the times.

We have every reason to believe that our knowledge and our basic assumptions will prove no better than in the past.

Is the Bible accurate? It’s stood the test of time. It’s stood the test of life.

Is the Bible outdated? It certainly doesn’t keep in step with whatever ideas are currently popular. That’s how it avoids becoming dated.

For example, the Bible speaks with a degree of authority that isn’t considered intellectually respectable today. Many believe that there is no absolute truth, especially morally. Everything is relative. The Bible flatly states otherwise.

But don’t take my word for what it says. Read it for yourself. You’ll find it an incredible, intriguing book. It’s full of stories, history, poetry, laws, prophecies, letters, and very practical advice.

It’s an honest book – probably the most honest you’ll ever read. Even its greatest heroes are shown with all their warts unretouched. There they are in all their humanity. The Bible shows life as it really is . . . but also as it can be.

You’ve heard about it. You’ve heard people praise it, mock it, fight over it, and try to reason around it.

Read it for yourself.

Time and change sweep away almost everything – social movements, political parties, fashions, lifestyles, even scientific beliefs. Yet as each generation has discarded what seems outmoded and has clung to what seems valuable, the Bible has endured, for thousands of years.

Find out why generation after generation, culture after culture, person after person of every age, personality, education level, and political preference have called it THE WORD OF GOD. 

Listen and sing:
Hymn: The Word of God
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Can We Reasonably Trust the Bible?

Can we trust everything the Bible says?
Does it contain any errors?
Can a book that is so thoroughly human in its origins reasonably claim to be completely and timelessly accurate?
We claim that it is inspired by God, but does that make it any more accurate than all the other writings that God has, in some sense, inspired?

Without pretending to give complete answers to these questions, let me share these thoughts.

First, I find it meaningful to look to Jesus Christ. John 1 refers to Him as the Word – that is, the Word of God. He also was fully human in every way, yet fully divine. His thoughts, His words, and His life were uniquely, beautifully, flawlessly true.

If we affirm that the Bible is the Word of God, we find confidence that it also can be uniquely, beautifully, flawlessly true. Just as He was one perfect, human-but-divine life among many righteous-but-flawed lives, so we can reasonably believe that the Bible is one perfectly inspired, human-but-divine book among many inspired-but-flawed books.

The perfection of the Bible is thus driven by the same energy that drove the life of Christ: God’s loving desire to be fully known by His people.

We also must take seriously what the Bible says repeatedly about itself, or at least portions of itself:

  • Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15, NASB). 
  • All Scripture is inspired [margin: God-breathed] (2 Timothy 3:16, NASB).
  • The law of the Lord is perfect…sure…right…pure…clean…true (Psalm 19:7-9, NASB).
  • The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times (Psalm 12:6, NASB).

I trust the Bible because:

  • Both history and experience have proven it to be completely reliable.
  • Its perfect truthfulness is in keeping with the perfect truthfulness of the life of Christ.
  • Both the written Word of God and the living Word of God flow from the God of perfect wisdom, power, and love who longs to be fully known and understood by His people.

I trust the written record God has given us because I trust Him.