I’m A Bible Believer
I remember one day in college speaking with a few of my Christian friends about the Bible. One of my female friends stated that she believed in the Bible but disagreed with the sexism within it. She began to explain how Christianity is sexist and women are not valued. My response… “WHAT BIBLE ARE YOU READING!? This is not true. It doesn’t even reflect God’s character.” Your response might have been the same as mine or you might have agreed with my friend. Having a wife in ministry helps me not be naïve to this common belief of the Bible. Yes, the Bible is full of men, but we cannot deny the many great women within it.
“Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time.”
Wow, look at this Old Testament passage! Deborah was a prophetess - God’s spokesman to Israel, a judge over Israel, and she was married! How does this work for those who believe that God doesn’t give women positions of authority over men? How can you validate women not having certain positions in church when so many women were prophets, disciples of Jesus, apostles, and church leaders.
Listen, I am not naïve to the fact that there are things in the Bible that make you stop and scratch your head. But when dealing with theological debates we need to ask ourselves, “are we dealing with contradictions of truth” or “contrary views of a truth”. A contradictory statement is one that says two things that cannot both be true.” when a contrary statement is when “two things are exactly opposite or entirely different. If something is contrary to something else, it is opposed to or against it.” [vocabulary.com] In my opinion, our theological debates over scripture center more on contrary statements and our doctrinal views on contradictory statements. But this is just my opinion. Regardless of the statement, when truth is revealed it must remain consistent with God’s character and will. The “Bible’s view of women” vs. “God’s view of women” is an excellent example. My study of scripture reveals that women are valued and are called to ministry just like men. Any view that puts limitations on what God can do in and through women goes against his character and will.
Addressing opposing biblical views is just one of the reasons why some believers have difficulty believing the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. The word inerrant means “incapable of being wrong”. WOW! Is the Bible incapable of being wrong? Some argue that the Bible cannot be without error because it was inspired by God through the writings of holy men, prophets and apostles. Others argue that the Bible is capable of error because it was written by men. Regardless of their inspiration, mankind is prone to error. But doesn’t this deny who we say God is? So let me briefly explain why I believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God…without this becoming a seminary lesson.
God is all Powerful
If I believe in an all-powerful, all knowing, all seeing God who declares that he was the beginning and the end, then I must believe He would not allow human error to distort his character and will for mankind. The Bible not only chronicles the journey of a nation but it reveals the character of God and His plan and will for our lives. In addition, if I believe in God I must believe in the enemy that threatens our very being - Satan! Are you telling me that an all powerful God would leave his people confused and defenseless against this enemy? ABSOLUTELY NOT! We either believe in God’s power or not! Yes, I know what you are saying, “Our actions can make us live outside the will of God.” Even more reason to believe that He is a God who will and has established his Word (His character, plan, and will) throughout the ages. What do we know? We know that God leads us by his Word. His Word is truth. His Word created the heavens and the earth.
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
Jesus Is God’s Word
We also know that Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-18). This is why Jesus never contradicted the Old Testament. Jesus could not contradict the law of Moses because it was still God’s Word to His people. Jesus did not say that the law of Moses was false, wrong, or untrue. For example, Jesus argued that adultery goes beyond the physical act. He explained in Matthew 5:27-28 that looking at someone with lustful desires is committing adultery in your heart. Jesus was the fulfillment (the achievement of something desired, promised, or predicted) of what the law of Moses was trying to teach - He was the very embodiment of the Law. Scripture also lets us know that Jesus kept the law, remained sinless under the law, and he taught the law. Also, keep in mind that the apostles and the New Testament leaders taught the law. When they spoke of Scripture they were talking about the law of Moses through the eyes of Jesus Christ.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth
If you believe in God who inspired men to write the Scriptures, Jesus who is the Word that the Scriptures spoke about, then you must believe in the Spirit of God. God wants us to know His truth and it is the job of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. The Holy Spirit will never lead you into truth that contradicts or is contrary to God and Jesus (The Word).
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13
Sorry, I just believe the Bible to be true. Remember that our response should never be, “Wow, the Bible is not true” but “Wow, I need to gain a deeper understanding because I know the Bible is true.” I take this approach because I believe that God wanted His character, plan, and will to be known to mankind throughout generations. The challenge is to have full trust in God's character and plan for our life. Let nothing separate you from the truth that God is good, his love for you is endless, and his plan for you is good.