Many believe that the world has no complete truth, that all truth is mixed with lies. And that is actually mostly true when speaking of things of this world. But not if you believe in the biblical God whom is the embodiment of absolute truth. If God is absolute truth, so would every word He speaks, or inspired us to write. The bible says several times that it's words come from God Himself, and not from men. If that is true, we would be unable to call even one word of scripture false. You would have to believe the entire book is completely 100% perfect and true. Otherwise, if we decide certain verses are true, and others not, what person ultimately gets to determine what parts we can trust? You? The Pope? Our government? The Watchtower of the Jehovah's Witnesses?
The scriptures claim that every word written is “inspired” by God through man’s pen. A bold claim within it's own pages, no doubt. But, we are given the free will to chose either to believe what is says or to shrug these claims away.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
- 2 Timothy 3:16 KJV
"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him."
- Proverbs 30:5 KJV
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
- 2 Peter 1:21 KJV
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
- Matthew 5:18 KJV
Not to overstate it, but again, if you believe any particular section of the Word of God, then it proves the entirety of it must be taken as infallible and inerrant. There would be zero allowance to pick and choose what parts of scripture you like, or dislike, to take seriously. If we do not trust every word, jot, and tittle, we are actually proclaiming God to be an inconsistent liar; even if we are not meaning to or realizing we are doing so. Not to mention, Christianity itself would become a house of cards. How could you trust your faith in Jesus Christ, which allows you to be forgiven of all your sin? What if parts of the gospel were deemed to be false? You would have to question if Christ even died on the cross at all. Christians rely on the validity of scripture to teach them how to have a meaningful relationship with God, and how to obtain salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
There are many Christians that cling intensely to a few particular passages of scripture, but tend to question, or even ignore, other passages as if they don't pertain to them. Is this because they have determined they can identify better with some passages, while figuring others are not as important for them? Or perhaps people feel as though certain passages have little effect on their relationship with God? I have heard it said, "Well, the bible was written thousands of years ago and doesn't really pertain to things of this modern world." What happens when we think this way? For one thing, we definitely are not enjoying the fullness of God’s love that His complete Word reveals to us, even when it's contents makes us uncomfortable or leaves us in personal disagreement. God's ferocious love for us is evident for those who care to look deeper than the surface. I might spank my kid for putting something in an electrical outlet, but my reasoning would be out of love for my child, not to become disagreeable to him.
One day, we will all face the great throne of God to make an account of our life on Earth. With that in mind, I would like to share a thought that will help the reader grasp, how I understand from scripture, what will happen in that day. Here on earth, when you go to court being charged with a crime, the law that was broken has to be perfectly spelled out in detail so there can be an honest and fair judgement. (I realize there are corrupt court systems and such, but that is for a different topic. Let’s just say for the sake of this argument there is no corruption in our courts) When the lawyers make their case against you, they have to use the written laws and define them word for word to the judge in order to find fault in you. There have been some cases where the law is not very clear and guilty people have been set free. But when talking about God, He is a perfect and just God. His law must then be incapable of any inconsistencies or loopholes, otherwise He would be incapable of proclaiming perfect justice. Therefor, God has a perfect and flawless law to judge you by, and when He passes your judgment you will agree with Him that it is a perfect judgement; even if it’s not the judgement you particularly like.
What do you think this perfect law is? Scripture. In our bibles, we read that God gave this 10 top laws to Moses on Mt. Sinai called "the ten commandments". Jesus Christ also taught of laws in His ministry recorded in the gospels; two laws that summed them all up. Love God and others.
"Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
- Matthew 22:36-40 KJV
If scripture records God's law, then it MUST be absolutely perfect for us to be judged perfectly by every word written in it. Additionally, why would God preserve His word "forever" if it was only meant for the time it was written?
"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
- Psalm 12:6-7 KJV
There can be no perfect justice without perfectly spelled out laws. If scripture contains the law written for us by God, then in turn it would have to also be perfect. If there is even one hole in it, then God's judgement is not perfect, and neither is He.
Now don't get confused, I speak of God's "law", but those who accept Christ by faith are not judged by the law. Only those who decide to reject Christ and attempt to measure up to God's perfect law will be judged by the law. But in Romans chapter 1 we read no one can ever measure up to God's standards. It's also said that we can NOT be saved by works we accomplish, and that the law ONLY exists to show us we are doomed sinners. For those of you who think you are going to Heaven because you are a "good person", you may want to search scripture, because no such thing is stated. In fact, it's quite the opposite. If salvation were based on our own efforts, instead of Christ's already finished work on the cross, NO ONE would reach Heaven.
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
- Romans 3:20 KJV
If there were no rules or laws in life, nothing would be deemed good or bad; because you would have no reference to distinguish from. God's law provides a reference, but only to reveal to us how damned we really are apart from Jesus Christ; THIS is the purpose of the law. There is no expectation for us to get God's law perfect, because no one can. And if we could, there would have been no reason for Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us. However, Christians try to keep God's commandments as best they can. But understand that it's more a change of HEART than of actions. When you accept Jesus Christ into your life, and the truth of His word, it will change your heart. Actions usually change after your heart has changed, but that does not mean Christians do not struggle with sin like everyone else. The difference is Christians continually bring their failures to the foot of the cross to be forgiven. We are saved by "faith" and not by "works". But only if you believe every word of scripture is true...
Written by: Joshua Berry