Truth starts with God and His Word…
God’s word alone is a Lamp unto my feet (Ps 119:105)
“Keep one thing forever in view—the truth; and if you do this, though it may seem to lead you away from the opinion of men, it will assuredly conduct you to the throne of God.”
— Horace Mann
In Psalm 119, after seeking his direction in life from God’s Word, the psalmist declares that God’s Word is a lamp to his feet, giving light for his path in life.
And having seen the divinely illumined Way, he has taken an oath to follow God’s righteous laws.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
14-17 But don’t let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother’s milk!
There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way.
Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
When Paul speaks of all Scripture, he is definitely referring to the complete OT, but also to those portions of the NT that were then in existence.
In 1 Timothy 5:18, he quotes the Gospel of Luke (10:7) as Scripture.
And Peter speaks of Paul’s Epistles as Scriptures (2 Pet. 3:16).
Today we are justified in applying the verse to the entire Bible.
This is one of the most important verses in the Bible on the subject of inspiration.
It teaches that the Scriptures are God-breathed.
In a miraculous way, He communicated His word to men and led them to write it down for permanent preservation.
What they wrote was the very word of God, inspired and infallible.
While it is true that the individual literary style of the writer was not destroyed, it is also true that the very words he used were words given to him by the Holy Spirit.
Thus we read in 1 Corinthians 2:13: “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
If this verse says anything at all, it says that the inspired writers used WORDS which the Holy Spirit taught.
This is what is meant by verbal inspiration. The writers of the Bible did not give their own private interpretation of things, but wrote the message which was given to them by God.
“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 Pet. 1:20, 21).
It is false to say that God simply gave the thoughts to the individual writers and allowed them to express these thoughts in their own words.
The truth insisted on in the Scriptures is that the very words originally given by God to men were God-breathed.
Because the Bible is the word of God, it is profitable.
Every portion of it is profitable. Although man might wonder about some of the genealogies or obscure passages, yet the Spirit-taught mind will realize that there is spiritual nourishment in every word that has proceeded from the mouth of God.
The Bible is profitable for doctrine, or teaching.
It sets forth the mind of God with regard to such themes as the Trinity, angels, man, sin, salvation, sanctification, the church, and future events.
Again, it is profitable for reproof.
As we read the Bible, it speaks to us pointedly concerning those things in our lives which are displeasing to God.
Also, it is profitable for refuting error and for answering the tempter.
Again, the word is profitable for correction.
It not only points out what is wrong but sets forth the way in which it can be made right.
For instance, the Scriptures not only say, “Let him who stole steal no longer,” but add, “Rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give to him who has need.”
The first part of the verse might be considered as reproof, whereas the second part is correction.
Finally, the Bible is profitable for instruction in righteousness.
The grace of God teaches us to live godly lives, but the word of God traces out in detail the things which go to make up a godly life.
In the following interview, Jordan Peterson leaves Joe Rogan SPEECHLESS on this very subject, regarding the Bible’s immense importance in the formation of our history and culture.
In this interview with Joe Rogan, recorded back in January of 2018, Jordan Peterson related his newfound understanding of the relationship of the Bible to truth.
He had just gone through the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC and that event seemed to coincide with this new revelation for Peterson.
“I just figured this out this week.” He told Rogan.
To sum up Peterson’s explanation, he was stating that our culture is coming apart because any culture is based on a set of common beliefs and the ability to communicate those beliefs.
Culture needs a framework or a structure.
Even our ability to communicate is based upon the use of words and word meaning is determined by usage.
However, the authoritative usage of words is most greatly influenced by fundamental works of literature in the culture.
The examples for the fundamental writers that formed the words, language, and therefore the structure of our culture would be Shakespeare, Dante, and Milton.
Underlying all of those is the Holy Bible.
The role of the Bible, according to Peterson, in forming our common truth is absolute and inarguable.
Jordan Peterson goes on to say in the interview that,
“It’s not that the Bible is true. It’s that the Bible is the prerequisite for the manifestation of truth, which makes it far more true than just ‘true.’
It’s a whole different kind of truth, and that’s not just literally the case – in fact – it can’t be otherwise.
This is the only way to solve the problem of perception.”
He goes on to say,
“What you have in the figure of Christ is a real person who actually lived, more of a myth, and in some sense Christ is the union of those two things, the problem is, I probably believe that, but I’m amazed at my own belief and don’t understand it.”
What Peterson is saying here is the same thing that Christian apologists have been saying for nearly 2000 years, with Jesus being the only figure standing on the stage of history, who for those who have read and have studied the Bible, is the central figure and focus of every chapter and verse.
Peterson is basically saying the same thing that another former atheist turned Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis, said in 1944.
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
The message of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is an instruction manual for life, and in its pages God has given mankind a road map, showing the way for God’s lost children to have their sins forgiven and be reconciled back into God’s family.
This is much too important a message to have left to the whims of man’s fickle and changeable imagination.
Jesus made it very clear that there is only one way to gain reconciliation with God, and that is through the propitious work and shed blood of Christ on Calvary’s Cross.
In John 14:6,
Jesus said to him, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through Me.“
We find in the Bible that TRUTH is manifested, not in various philosophies of man, but in the person of Jesus Christ, who in the Bible is called the “Living Word of God.”
The Bible teaches that absolute truth is established by an omnipotent God. Right and wrong are clearly defined. And the same moral standards apply to everyone.
Since God is sovereign, all earthly authorities submit to Him.
This creates order and stability for a civilized society.
A level playing field of acceptable behavior for all. No one can arbitrarily make up their own rules. Take their ball and go home.
Rewrite the script according to their story.
It is God alone, the Creator and Author of all life, who is the perfect Judge; and He alone establishes the rules of fairness and has the final say.
Without a transcending authority, things get complicated.
How do we even define truth?
Because as imperfect, finite beings, it is impossible to get outside ourselves, and to understand a reality beyond our subjective experience, or create an objective definition of truth. Much less devise consistent, universal rules.
Biblical Truth Provides A Common Reference Point
Since Biblical truth is absolute, it is unchangeable and forms a common reference point for social behavior.
We can accept it or reject it. But rejection brings consequences.
For example, I can reject the law of gravity. Refuse to believe it. Then step off the roof of a 10-story building in defiance to the rule. And suffer the consequence.
Biblical truth provides a solid foundation on which to build a safe society.
We live by shared rules and a common understanding of what is fair.
What is right. What is acceptable. And this fosters trust.
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