Can I Trust The Bible? (Y1.T1.D3)
Updated: Feb 28
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Our first post, “What’s a Good Place to Start Reading the Bible?” presented the benefits of knowing God’s laws and statutes—but knowing and trusting are two different things.
A colleague at work once told me she didn’t trust the Bible because it had been translated too often. She compared modern Scripture to the childhood game of telephone where one person whispers a phrase into the ear of another as it moves from person to person; “Pass me the crackers” becomes “Pasture-free laughter.”
If this is how Bible translation happened, I wouldn’t believe it either. But that’s not how it works.
Modern translations have access to the latest archeological findings, as identified in this NBC news article. Current English versions provide modern definitions to words whose meanings have changed since King James spoke in "Thou, Thee, and Thine." Thanks to the internet, I don’t have to be fluent in ancient Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic to research word origins and language context.
My coworker then presented her second concern. “Even if the words haven’t been altered, I’m too skeptical to trust the men who wrote it. People can be shady.”
“I agree,” I said. “You should question the intent of human opinion, including mine. All the more reason to read the Bible for yourself.”
She nodded and shrugged at the same time, ending the conversation. And I get it. There are so many misconceptions about what the Bible is and isn’t. A lot of them come from people who use small segments of it to judge others when that isn’t its intent.
For me, what makes the Bible reliable is the author Himself. Second Timothy 3:16 reminds us that “Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness.” I understand that reproof and correction may sound like permission to judge others, but it’s intended to provide self-reflection, not outward condemnation.
For me, uncomfortable sections of Scripture only enhance the Bible’s validity.
A trustworthy person and loving friend will not only whisper things we want to hear but will tell us what we need to know. The real question is not “Can I trust the Bible?” but “Can I trust the author of the Bible?”
Our loving Father wants to communicate life-changing words of encouragement, as well as opportunities for personal growth.
Do You Think You Can Trust Him?
16 Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, 17 that each person who belongs to God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16–17)
33 Teach me, Yahweh, the way of your statutes.
I will keep them to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law.
Yes, I will obey it with my whole heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in them.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes,
not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things.
Revive me in your ways.
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
that you may be feared.
39 Take away my disgrace that I dread,
for your ordinances are good.
40 Behold, I long for your precepts!
Revive me in your righteousness.
41 Let your loving kindness also come to me, Yahweh,
your salvation, according to your word.
42 So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
for I trust in your word.
43 Don’t snatch the word of truth out of my mouth,
for I put my hope in your ordinances.
44 So I will obey your law continually,
forever and ever.
45 I will walk in liberty,
for I have sought your precepts.
46 I will also speak of your statutes before kings,
and will not be disappointed.
47 I will delight myself in your commandments,
because I love them.
48 I reach out my hands for your commandments, which I love.
I will meditate on your statutes.
49 Remember your word to your servant,
because you gave me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
for your word has revived me.
51 The arrogant mock me excessively,
but I don’t swerve from your law.
52 I remember your ordinances of old, Yahweh,
and have comforted myself.
53 Indignation has taken hold on me,
because of the wicked who forsake your law.
54 Your statutes have been my songs
in the house where I live.
55 I have remembered your name, Yahweh, in the night,
and I obey your law.
56 This is my way,
that I keep your precepts.
57 Yahweh is my portion.
I promised to obey your words.
58 I sought your favor with my whole heart.
Be merciful to me according to your word.
59 I considered my ways,
and turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hurry, and not delay,
to obey your commandments.
61 The ropes of the wicked bind me,
but I won’t forget your law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you,
because of your righteous ordinances.
63 I am a friend of all those who fear you,
of those who observe your precepts.
64 The earth is full of your loving kindness, Yahweh.
Teach me your statutes.
65 You have treated your servant well,
according to your word, Yahweh.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
for I believe in your commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted, I went astray;
but now I observe your word.
68 You are good, and do good.
Teach me your statutes.
69 The proud have smeared a lie upon me.
With my whole heart, I will keep your precepts.
70 Their heart is as callous as the fat,
but I delight in your law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
that I may learn your statutes.
72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. (Psalm 119:33–72)
I’m glad you're not a game player. Thank you so much for providing me with instructions to equip me for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17). Please, provide clarity on how the verses I read speak directly to me. Give me ears to hear at a heart level that I might live (Isaiah 55:3). Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I put my hope in your words (Psalm 119:43). Help me trust the Bible and you more than I already do.
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