Is The Bible True?
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:20-21 (NKJV)
Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: 'Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.'
Jeremiah 30:2 (NKJV)
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 (NKJV)
Former President Carter, a lifelong Christian and a scientist, published a book called 'NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter.' I was curious. I discovered an interview online by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, senior religion editor of The Huffington Post.
Here are two quotes from the interview:
'God inspired the Bible but didn't write every word in the Bible' (President Jimmy Carter).
'The basic principles of the Bible are taught by God, but written down by human beings deprived of modern day knowledge. So there is some fallibility in the writings of the Bible' (President Jimmy Carter).
I disagree. I believe the Word of God is infallible. I believe the Bible is timeless, purposeful, and relevant, both individually and collectively.
I believe the Lord God Almighty can control who writes in His Book--what is said and what is published. I believe the Bible in its entirety. Every scripture. Every Word. Every lesson. To believe otherwise is dangerous.
I don't understand every Word--nor do I believe we can this side of Heaven. God says, 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts' (Isaiah 55:9).
Here's another thing: If we understood everything as well as God, wouldn't that make us equal to God? And wasn't the desire to be equal to God Satan's downfall?
Plus, if we understood everything, we wouldn't need faith.
But God does give us revelation: 'That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give to you the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Him' (Ephesians 1:17). I believe personal revelations of God's Word come to us on a need to know basis: little by little, glory by glory.
The Holy Spirit is our Teacher. God's Book is our never-fail Guide.
In conclusion: Shall we pick and choose Scripture? Shall each man decide which Scripture he believes? To me, that spells confusion. And our 'God is not the author of confusion but of peace' (1 Corinthians 14:33).
Therefore, I respectfully but firmly disagree with President Carter. I respectfully and firmly agree with God, Who says He wrote It. I also agree with the human authors of the Bible who say the same thing.
'If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved' (William Shakespeare, 'Sonnet 116'). The Bible is true--through and through.
P.S. I didn't read President Carter's book. But for dozens of scriptural references and comprehensive teaching on the authors and infallibility of the Bible, check out this link: http://www.gospelway.com/bible/bible_inspiration.php.