Truth matters. When I make a promise and keep it, I gain a reputation as a truth teller. When I say I will tell the truth in court and then lie, I can go to jail.
Almost always, we really want to know the truth, although some may not want us to know it. The woman with cancer wants her doctor to tell the truth to her, not just to her husband. Mom wants to know the truth about how Junior is doing in school, hence the basic skill tests. I want the truth about the weather, as near as possible to discern it. Don’t tell me it’s going to sunshine if it’s going to rain, even if I was hoping for sunshine—you will mess me up! Tell me the truth!
Or I won’t believe you next time.
That’s what it is about: believability. We want to know whom we can trust. If I don’t have cancer, I want a truth-telling lab report. If my child is excelling in math, I want an unbiased teacher marking his grade card. If it’s going to be sunny for my parade, I want truth in weather.
If there is a way to get some lasting peace, really, I need to know.
I need to know as much as possible about it.
If the Bible is truth, I need to know as much as possible about it. After all, it claims to reflect the character of Jesus, right? If Jesus was a liar, or some kind of lunatic, I need to know because He made some HUGE claims.
Okay, here goes.
The Bible claims to be perfect. “And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.” (Psalm 12:6) “The Law of the Lord is perfect” (Psalm 19:7) “Every word of God is flawless” (Proverbs 30:5)
These claims of perfection are absolute statements: absolutely flawless, purified, or perfect. It does not say “mostly perfect” or “nearly perfect.” The Bible argues for complete perfection, no room inside the Bible for partial accuracy theories.
The Bible stands or falls as a whole. If your favorite newspaper were routinely discovered to contain errors or lies, you would quickly discredit it. You would not put up with a statement such as, “A few errors appear on page three,” or, “All errors will be corrected the following week.” No, for a paper to be reliable in ANY of its parts, it must be factual in ALL of its parts.
Likewise, if the Bible is inaccurate when it speaks of geology, why should we trust it when it speaks of theology?
If the Bible is wrong about separation from God, then who’s to say it is right about salvation—or about anything?
If the Bible cannot get the details right about creation, then maybe the details about salvation are not trustworthy, either.
If the story of Jonah is a myth, then perhaps so are the stories about Jesus.
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