What We Believe About The Bible

W. Terry Varner
March 29, 2015

We are told that we are living in a post-Christian culture; that is, the Christian faith is in decline, especially in regard to being the oasis of faith and influence in our culture. If we live in a post-Christian culture, then we also live in a post-Bible culture.

Something Is Wrong. The Bible continues to be the best selling book year-in and year-out. Yet, few people read it and fewer still give it any serious study and relevance. This creates a famine 0f Bible knowledge among mankind. Has God’s word come true again? In the Old Testament times it was said to Israel, “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord” (Amos 8:11).

In our society there is a sad and widespread opinion that the sixty-six books composing the Bible are little more than an ancient, antiquated, and irrelevant testimony to religious beliefs and practices of people from a by-gone era. The people in past eras supposedly were not as literate as the 21st century people. They were superstitious and believers of ancient myths, legends, and fables that we may safely ignore. Christopher Hitchens, a militant atheist writes: “The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by creeds, uncultured human mammals” (God Is Not Great 102). Hitchens and other militant atheists argue that the Bible may be disregarded and repudiated because people are more enlightened than ever before. Those who reason this way forget that the Scriptures will judge all, the atheists included, at the judgment (John 12:48).

Authority of the Bible. The Bible exists for many reasons; however, a major role of the Bible is to guide man out of sin into Christ so that he may live life pleasing to God and goes to heaven (cf. 2 Tim. 3:14-17). The Bible gives us informationally all things essential for man to glorify God. The Bible serves as the sole authority for spiritual matters, religious doctrine, and Christian living. While many will disagree, all men are obligated to believe and practice what the Bible teaches. In that the Bible reveals the standard by which God judges men (cf. John 12:48), it will remain to the end of the world or the second coming of Jesus (cf. Matt. 5:17; 24:35; Rev. 20:12).

The Bible Is Inspired. The reason the Bible is authoritative is that the Bible is divinely inspired. While inspired of God means “breathed out” by God, the clear implication is the ultimate source of the Bible is God. The Bible is not merely a human book even though God used humans to write His word. The Bible is authoritative because its source is God. The Bible is God speaking. When God used men to make known His revelation, the men wrote by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). The Bible is verbally inspired; that is, the very words are inspired. The Bible is plenary inspired; that is, all of the Bible is inspired. The entire Bible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is the breathed out word of God.

The Bible Is Inerrant. If the Bible is verbally and plenary inspired, then the implication is that the Bible is inerrant, absolutely truthful, and trustworthy. In that God can do all things, we would expect any written word from God would be an inerrant revelation and we would expect divine revelation to be inerrant in all matters—history, science, morals, salvation, etc. “Your law is truth” (Ps. 119:142). “We know that His testimony is true” (John 21:24). “Let God be true but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4).

The Bible is strongly challenged by modern men who reject it. The Christian is to defend it.