Foundational Principle #4

The Text Is Never Wrong

The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever – Psalm 119:160 NKJV

 You don’t need to ask too many people and you will soon find the following idea. Many folks indicate they appreciate the Bible as a whole, but don’t think consider all of the Scriptures relevant or even true. They may point to the opening account of creation, describing it as a myth.  They will claim recent scientific discoveries disprove events as described within Scripture. Yet at the same time, still show a magnanimous respect for parts of the Bible, including many of the words of Jesus, and claim those are really the most important verses. Those other stories – especially those stories of the Old Testament – just aren’t vital to being a Christian.

But is this a correct premise? Has modern science disproved the Scriptures? The answer to both questions is an emphatic “No!” There are numerous books, articles, blogs and television programs which address these questions. It is not my intent to respond to those arguments as there are plenty of well-qualified apologetic teachers who can address those issues. My point is one’s mental commitment to the Scriptures.

From this verse in Psalm 119, the Bible makes a claim for its truth. When the psalmist says “The entirety of Your word is truth,” the claim is being made the whole Bible is valid. One section of Scripture is not more inspired, truthful or reliable than another.

If you enter into Bible study with the same commitment as the psalmist, then your foundation is built. You can read a text of Scripture and know for certain — this is truth. Just because it isn’t printed in red ink doesn’t make it less inspired, truthful, or reliable. There are plenty of verses in the Bible you may .find difficult or unclear. You might even say incomprehensible, but all your objections are putting your intellect above the Word. The Bible is still true even if you don’t understand it.

I have developed an interest in mechanical things and particular automotive repair. I perform most vehicle maintenance on our cars. But there are some things I just don’t understand how they work. An automatic transmission is one of those things. The transmission of our cars might be one of the most complex things we own.  Few people completely understand its functions. But the lack of understanding doesn’t keep us from using them. We trust them to work – we don’t know how they work – but we expect our car to move forward when we move the shift lever into “D.”  As the vehicle gains speed, we rarely notice as it shifts gears by itself.

Trust God’s Word. Even if you don’t understand it, even if it makes little sense to you, even if it seems archaic, trust it. Don’t ignore the Old Testament prophets or the Book of Revelation. Go into your personal time of Bible study with the attitude, “The text is never wrong.” God wants us to know His Word and over time, with this foundation of commitment, you will begin to understand His Word.

It may take a long time as there are passages I still wrestle through, but that’s ok! Go into the task knowing the text is never wrong just as the psalmist claims, “The entirety of Your word is truth.”

Blessings my friend!

-jm

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About The Short Bald Guy

Most of my adult life, I've been in Christian media with 2 years on a church staff and 9 months driving a semi-truck. I don't claim to have any unique wisdom, but I do have a great love for studying the Bible and sharing things God is teaching me from His Word.
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