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The Truth of God

by Mark Ottaway on April 25, 2013

One of the greatest attacks today both inside and outside the church is the truthfulness of Scripture. There has been an increasing question placed upon its inerrancy. “The inerrancy of Scripture means that scripture in its original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact” (Grudem, Systematic Theology 90). This ties in with our AGC doctrinal statement regarding the inspiration and authority of Scripture which says, “We believe the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, as originally given by God are divinely inspired, without error, entirely trustworthy, and constitute the only supreme authority in all matters of faith, teaching and behaviour.” (AGC, Articles of Faith and Doctrine 1) In a world today that leans heavily on relativism, the doctrine of the inerrancy of Scripture is becoming more and more questioned.
If those who would reject Christianity would desire to downplay its truth, why not attack the very words of the Bible? Many today would choose to say that the Word of God is “reliable,” meaning that contained within the pages of the Bible is truth. This may sound quite convincing, but this is loaded with falsehood. Any devaluing of the Scriptures, even to a small degree, soon places man as the authority and not the Word of God. Many today speak of the “story of Jesus,” as the cornerstone of truth; and therefore the books written by Paul, Luke, John, Peter, and the other New Testament writers are a cultural response to Christ’s life. They would insinuate that the “story of Jesus” may conflict with something that Paul said today; therefore we need to rethink Christ’s life and reapply it today. This of course is a great rejection of the truth given both by Christ as well as all the writers of Scripture!
The words of Scripture are absolute truth; in whatever area they speak on, whether it is faith, practice, history, geography, science, and on and on. “Inerrancy is a crucial issue, for if the Bible is not completely without error then it must have at least one error in it” (Ryrie, Basic Theology 88). When God reveals to us that “in six days the LORD made the heavens and earth, the sea, and all that is in them” (Exodus 20:11a ESV), we must conclude that one, God is communicating the truth to us; two, God is lying to us; or three, God is really trying to fool us!
I recently heard a theologian who was giving reasons for why the Word of God is inerrant. He said that among many reasons was that “his Mama told him it was true!” This simplistic statement needs to come from the very heart of our homes to our children; that the Bible is truth, and therefore it can be trusted in all matters.
This certainly is not a new issue, as Paul commended the church in Thessalonica saying, “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers” (1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV). Apart from the words of men, the Word of God is living, active, quick and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). Paul spoke similar words to the Galatians, saying that the gospel was not according to man, but according to Christ (Galatians 1:11-12).

“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
2 Peter 1:19-21 (ESV)

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