When we come to Bible interpretation we see where the world view we bring to the Bible reading affects everything we read. Do we trust the Lord to protect His Word and give us His Truth or do we look for the things that we think are contradictions? This is dependent on our world view and our view of God Himself.
Do you believe that God created the world and everything in it or do you believe the latest scientific “findings”?
Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. ESV
Do you trust God to preserve His Word as He says He will? Or do you believe man has totally corrupted God’s Word and there is no way to know what God has really said?
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;
8 they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. ESV
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. ESV
Psalms 117:2 For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! ESV
Psalms 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. ESV
Do you not know that the Lord is in control of everything, nothing happens that He does not allow? Do you think that the Lord has so little control over His Word that He has let man totally corrupt His Word?
Hebrews 2:6 Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. ESV
1 Peter 1:24-25
24… “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. ESV
Does God not direct every step of man? Or do you think a simple man can thwart God’s purposes?
Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. ESV
You see what I mean about a man’s world view affecting his every thought about Scripture. Who is in control? God or man?
Al Mohler wrote about a discussion on the validity of the Bible in his post Fighting Words about the Bible? .
…Where we have difficulty understanding how one gospel relates to another we face a basic question — one tied to the presuppositions we bring to our reading of the Bible. We will see the problem as lying either in our inability to understand the Bible or in the Bible’s inability to offer a consistent and consistently truthful message….
So examine your presuppositions and see if you trust your own wisdom more than God’s. There is nothing wrong with admitting that you do not understand everything in the Scriptures. No man knows all there is to know about the Bible. But that does not make a flaw in the Scriptures. The flaw is always man’s because we are depraved and evil in our hearts. (see Genesis 6:5) Nor does any man understand every possible concept in the Bible. Even the angels don’t know all there is to know, they desire to look into the gospel and salvation of man.
1 Peter 1:12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. ESV
Why do so many people argue that the Bible is corrupted by man? What purpose does it serve to argue about verses and imply that Scripture contradicts Scripture and that we can’t possibly know what the Lord said?
If you cannot trust God’s Word then your belief in Christ is flawed at best. When you start ruling out God’s Word as unbelievable there is no stopping. Then you soon get to the position that God didn’t create the earth in six days. That marriage does not have to be between a man and a woman. That women are allowed to be preachers. The list can go on…. Once you step on the slippery slope of you choosing what is true and what isn’t, you’ve created your own religion. Instead of following God’s Word you are following your own words.
Often when someone starts throwing out comments like:
You can’t trust the Bible….
The Bible is full of contradictions….
We don’t have all the books of the Bible….
You will find they have been reading many of the books that have been written lately to disprove or at least question the Bible. Books such as The DaVinci Code and the writings of The Jesus Seminarhave both encouraged the belief that we have a flawed Bible that cannot be trusted. If anyone starts up with “Well, the Council of Nicea did …” when arguing that Bible is flawed, you can probably count on them having gotten their information from one of these false teachings that are written to contradict the Bible.
Fighting Words about the Bible? by Al Mohler
… The agenda of the biblical revisionists is clear. If the Bible is a collection of merely human documents that are internally contradictory, indicating an underlying diversity of conflicting interpretations of Christ and the Gospel, we are left with no authority for knowing what Christianity is. Accordingly, we can now make it in our own image. …