Protestant theology has a Latin phrase “sola scriptura” as one of its fundamental pillars of baseline theology which stands for scripture alone. In fact, this phrase is part of the reason that the reformers and like-minded men wanted to translate the bible from Latin, which was the language of the church, to the language of the people. You see if everything that can be known of God was given to us by God in the shape of this book, the Bible, then no one can truly know what they should about God unless they can read his word.
Unfortunately, in modern times, we are tempted to doubt the Bible as we are told by people who hate God that His word is no good. Christian, if you doubt that the bible is what history has said it is then let us work through this crucial doctrine and get ourselves trusting the Bible.
The first question we are going to ask is what is the importance of believing that the Bible is inerrant and infallible? Now the scale of saved an unsaved I would not say that this is a salvation issue, but it is important. I reason it like this: if the Bible has errors then 1. Where is it wrong? 2. How do I know what is right? 3. Why would I put my life in the hands of anything that is untrustworthy?
- Where is it wrong?
This is generally the first question because it is the easiest question to answer. Not only that but generally the things that are put into question are the things that to us sound out of left field. It is easy to say that a man being swallowed by a fish sounds outrageous but the question is not how believable it is but is it true?
Jesus himself refers to that story by saying that “just as Jonah was in the belly of a fish for three days so will the son of man be in the belly of the earth.”(Matt. 12:40) Jesus here is referring to an actual story that actually happened. If Jesus himself was wrong about it then we can’t trust the claims that Christ himself made. I know it sounds foolish to make that jump but it is very important to point that out. Jesus also gives credence to creation and the flood as well as other parts.
- How do I know what is right?
The next logical question is that of if there are parts of the Bible that are wrong how then do we know what is correct? Some try to get around the question by saying that the bible, because it is a spiritual book, is correct only in things that are spiritual. Unfortunately, if it wasn’t for parts of the bible trying to be clear that certain events happened at certain times where certain people are in charge, so that we the reader knows what happened and when it happened. We can place not only in the chronological order of the events but to place where in the entire scheme of history it was. All the spiritual truth is backed up by the historical truth. What Jesus did for us spiritually only matters because he did it historically which only matters because earlier in time it was prophesied to happen in a time in history. If Jesus did not physically and historically rise from the dead then all the spiritual things mean nothing, which is the argument in 1 Corinthians 15.
- Why would I put my life into the trust of something that is unreliable?
The last question we ask is why the Bible? If we cannot trust things in it then is not as strong as it says it is. The writer of Hebrews calls the word of God sharper than any two-edged sword. The psalmist calls the word of God perfect. The apostle Paul calls it profitable “that a man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” If the bible is incomplete, then we as Christians have no hope of being ready for every good work. Jesus himself that he was the vine and we the branches and without him we cannot do anything. Jesus wants us to trust in him and if he has not given us a reliable sword in which to fight then we are going into battle which we not only can’t but will not win. Jesus has overcome the world and gained victory securing for us the means by which we can be victorious. Not only that but if the bible was not reliable then Jesus is a liar when he says the heaven and earth will pass away before one little bit of the word will pass away.
In conclusion, we can trust that the bible does not have errors because it is God breathed and God cannot make mistakes so His word is also sure to not have them as well. Believe in God and believe in Christ and believe The Word.
For God’s Glory,