Most; no-all of what I believe in my Christian life is in the Bible. I cannot come to the terms of valuing the thoughts and opinions of present day pastors and theologians over that of the authors and writers of the Word that I base my theology and beliefs off of. The term used here is Sola Scriptora, which in Latin means “Scripture alone.” Sola Scriptora is the thought that scripture alone has authority for the faith and practice of the Christian. Charles Swindoll has a beautiful quote pertaining to scripture in his book, Church Awakening: “Our world is not only ignorant of the basic facts of the Bible, most now are skeptical, convinced there is no such thing as an absolute truth. The deception is so subtle we can be led to believe that what is wrong is right, and what is bad is, in fact, good…When the Bible loses its central place in the church’s worship-even if good things replace it-the fallout is biblical ignorance.” Of all the things that can go wrong with the church today, it can’t begin with proclaimed believers having an ignorance to the Holy Scriptures. Hopefully I’m not sounding like a hypocrite-there is a LOT of the Bible I have no idea about. But the point is, we have to make a concerted effort each day to open up the Word and hear what the Lord has to say.
I can’t think of a better way to open up talking about the importance of scripture in a blog than by quoting a scripture. Paul says this to Timothy in his second letter to him: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God has inspired these scriptures. An argument I’ve heard of this is that since the Bible is comprised of the writings of men, mere mortals, doesn’t that mean they could have messed up a time or two and written something that’s false? In my humble opinion, no. I can’t come to terms that God’s own book, having been around for thousands of years, contains anything without God’s prior knowledge to it. All throughout, you will see the phrases, “And the word of the Lord says”, “The Lord said unto him”, “God spoke to him,” etc. It’s God’s word, and not ours. My New Testament professor last year noted this in class: “The Bible, when correctly interpreted in its culture and the means of communication had developed at the time it was written, and in view of the purposes for which it was given, is fully truthful in all that it affirms.” This view is absolute inerrancy-that the Bible is totally without any error in theology, science, history, grammar, syntax, math, among such other things. The Word of God is real.
God, after the death of Moses, says this to Joshua, Moses’ assistant, concerning what the Lord had revealed to Moses. Joshua 1:8-“This Book of Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” God hasn’t simply called us to hold a Bible in our hands once a week in a building with a steeple on top. I don’t think he’s given it to us to exclusively keep to ourselves. The Bible is the most printed and most read piece of writing in all of history. God has given us these scriptures for a reason. The similarity I notice in the two aforementioned scriptures is that we are instructed to do what they say, so we might be equipped to go out and live in a sinful world and be bold with what we believe. The Bible is absolutely key in knowing how to take the battle to the world, how to put on Christ, and how we are to conduct ourselves as Christians.
I’ve started a One Year Bible plan, chronologically (by time) going through the Old Testament onto the New. Each day, I read a different piece of scripture. It’s so refreshing. No matter what I read, I almost always seem to get something out of it-and that’s saying a lot, being in the middle of an extensive amount of law and boring commands. “Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart…” (Psalm 119:10-11). The Bible instructs us to hide these words in our heart, so we might be able to use them practically in our everyday lives. A thoroughly equipped man/woman of God knows what has been revealed through the Word.
The Lord hasn’t given us a complete piece of writing for us to take lightly. This book is the foundation by which we base our beliefs off of. We do not worship the book itself; we take pleasure in reading what is in the book so our eyes might be opened to Jesus Christ and his righteousness.