There's No Room For Doubt About God's Word

By Mike Thompson | Truth or Consequences - The News Herald, Published: October 9, 2009 

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16

The Bible is a book unlike any other book. It is "God-breathed" — all of it. The Bible does not allow us to pick and choose what we like or don't like within its pages. It is "living and active."

The Bible is able to impart life to needy souls. Apart from the Scripture, we would have no hope of eternal salvation. We would have no hope of knowing God.

Throughout history, Satan has made it his ambition to cast doubt upon the Word of God. Beginning in the Garden, he inspired doubt when he questioned Eve, "Did God really say?" Satan knew that if he could get her to question the validity of what God had spoken, he could sway her to his own ends. He continues that tactic even into the present.

Many people find it hard to believe the truthfulness of the Bible. Some deny its truthfulness altogether, accusing the Bible of being full of irreconcilable errors. Others don't want to reject the Bible completely, but find certain parts difficult to swallow and begin to reinterpret the clear meaning of Scripture.

Here are just a few of the "bones" in the Bible that some people find unreasonable.

- God could not have created the world in six days, so Genesis 1 must be taken in some other way than a simple, straightforward and literal account of creation.

- Women are just as capable of leading as men and therefore the Bible cannot be right when it speaks of male headship.

- Homosexuality is a result of genetic make-up, so the Bible is wrong when it condemns homosexuality as sin.

- All religions are helpful to lead a person to Heaven, so the Bible is wrong when it teaches that faith in Jesus Christ alone is the only means of salvation.

The above list could go on and on. The basic issue is this: If enough doubt can be raised in your mind as to the trustworthiness and clarity of Scripture, you will no longer see your absolute need to submit to its rule over your life. Rather, you will be encouraged to only follow those portions of Scripture that are reasonable to you. Knowingly or unknowingly, we will begin to contort passages so that they defend our beliefs and lifestyles.

However, if Scripture cannot be trusted in the specifics, then we are left wandering in the dark. There is nothing else that can correct us and rebuke us and show us the path of righteousness. We are left without any standard at all.

It may seem innocent to question whether a man named Jonah actually spent three days and nights in the belly of a large fish. It may seem reasonable to reinterpret this as some form of allegory. But the problem with doing this is that Jesus himself affirms that a man named Jonah actually did spend time in the belly of a fish! There is no indication in Jesus' words that he thought Jonah was made up to make a point. Jesus states in Matthew 12 that his own time in the grave would parallel Jonah's time in the fish. You cannot cast doubt on the historicity of Jonah without jeopardizing the historicity of the death and resurrection of Christ!

A church rises or falls in proportion to its submission to the authoritative Scriptures. If those Scriptures are full of errors or must be reinterpreted because we have moved beyond certain "out-dated" ideas, then the church has no basis from which to derive its existence. The Christian church exists because of the Word.

Salvation comes to men through the Spirit's working through the Word. It grieves me greatly to witness so many denominations and churches treating the Scriptures as if they were merely human documents. They are sowing the seeds of their own destruction.

Mike Thompson is the senior pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church and can be reached with questions or comments at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it