There are many who do not believe the Bible so they refuse to accept its preservation by God and rather denigrate it espousing that what we have today is only man’s best efforts to restore some lost originals that cannot be seen nor be compared with. Many have differing opinions on copyist mistakes and corruptions. This, of course, would invalidate any surety of any part of the Bible.
The Bible swirls in controversy but how complicated is all the hubbub. There are only three attitudes we can have toward its pages: love, hate, or indifference. It is either God’s word, its not, or we do not care.
Revelation 3:15-16 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
The worst we can do is be indifferent to the Bible, love it or hate it, but do not ignore it. God demands we pick a side. The wait and see what happens approach is loathsome to God.
Matthew 27:49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
God preserved his word, or we do not have his word: love it, hate it, the question is no more complicated than that. All the controversy and contention has never had anything to do with whether the Bible is God’s word. It has always been about us, will we believe God, will we not believe him, or will we wait and see?
To understand the Scriptures it is required to believe them.
God has determined that divine things should enter through the heart into the mind, and not through the mind into the heart. In divine things, therefore, it is necessary to love them in order to know them.
Blaise Pascal 1623-1662 French Mathematician, Physicist
Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
“Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” How much glory and honor is God placing upon his word by putting it above his name?
Deuteronomy 28:58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;
Psalms 111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
Psalms 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Psalms 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
Jeremiah 31:35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
It is sure, many more verses extolling God’s name could be listed. It is glorious and fearful, his name alone is excellent and reverend. Yet, God has magnified his word above his name.
It must now be asked, if God’s name is glorious, to be praised and reverenced, what is our attitude suppose to be toward his word which he puts above his name? And how can we believe that he would leave it in the hands of men to preserve?
The Bible, the most published, sold, given away, personally owned, outlawed, read, neglected, loved, hated, praised, despised, book ever to have existed. Esteemed as the very words of God, renounced as merely the work of men, cherished as truth, scorned as fable, it promises peace beyond understanding but with trials and tribulation to all who trust in and live its precepts. It warns of false prophets, false apostles, false teachers, of Satan and his ministers appearing as an angel of light and ministers of righteousness, all deceiving and misleading on what the Bible says and means. It’s quite a book. If it is what it says it is, all the contradictions and confusion over and about it are to be expected.