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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Knowing God's Truth through God's Word

In summary of 2 Timothy 3:16 it says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”

Bottom line:
Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,

What this means to me:
The Bible was God inspired, and useful for teaching me the truth, showing me my faults.  It corrects me when I wrong and shows me what to do. When I first considered whether I should make Christ the Lord and leader of my life I wondered how I could know that the Bible was true.  I have found that External evidence proves the Bible is reliable. There are 5,366 copies of the Bible dating from the time it was written to just 70 years afterwards. That dispels the urban legend that the Bible was changed as it passed through generations and languages. The External evidence also includes many archeological discoveries. Historians used to say that Solomon couldn't have had the horses the Bible says he had but then thousands of horse stables were found in an archeological dig. There's also the internal evidence of the Bible itself. In a court of law, a prosecutor with one or two eyewitness accounts has a good chance of making his case. The Bible is filled with eyewitness accounts. Moses was there when the Red Sea split; Joshua was there to watch Jericho fall; the disciples saw the resurrected Jesus. The internal evidence also includes the fact that the Bible tells one story with consistency though it was written over 1,500 years on three different continents by 40 different authors from every walk of life. No human being could account for that. It's an amazing example of God's abilities.  In summary, I have a book that is trustworthy and shows me the right way to do things.  It is truly the owners manual for life.  I would be wise to follow and adopt what it says.  My life may not be free of problems, but I will be able to cope with it and live a much better life and make a difference in the lives of others.