11 Reasons to Trust the Bible

Following the Error-Free Guidance of Scripture

By Charles F. Stanley
  • June 14, 2021

What we believe about the Bible is absolutely crucial. Whether we’ve never read it or read it every day, each of us must make up our own mind regarding this amazing book. Some people think that since it was written by many different, imperfect men, it must, therefore, contain errors. Others believe it’s outdated and irrelevant because it was written so long ago. However, many Christians are convinced that the Bible is God’s Word that He has protected from error throughout the ages.

The Bible exists to reveal the one true God, explain salvation, teach us to live a godly life, and equip us to serve the Lord. It has great power to change our lives when we trust that it is the absolute Word of God. There are many reasons we can put our faith in what Scripture has to say to us. Consider these 11 truths about God’s Word:

  1. It’s timeless. The truths of God are never outdated and are applicable to every generation.

  2. It’s infallible. Because the Lord inspired the authors, the Bible is without error. However, because people don’t like the conviction God’s Word brings, many throughout history have not believed its truth.

  3. The Word is the revelation of the one true God. In this book, the Lord has revealed who He is and has provided answers and help for all our problems.

  4. The Bible exposes man’s sinful, hopeless condition. God’s Word tells us that we have all sinned, and “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). Furthermore, someday “each one of us will give an account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12).

  5. Scripture is a trustworthy guide for daily life. It contains the answers to every problem, situation, or concern we experience. However, to benefit from God’s guidance, we must be faithful to read His Word each day.

  6. It shows us the consequences of sin. From the very beginning, the Lord warned Adam and Eve of the consequences of disobedience. He always tells us the truth, even when it’s painful, and today He still provides warnings for us if we will listen and heed them.

  7. God’s Word reveals His unconditional love for us. His love isn’t based on anything we do or don’t do. Just as parents love their children regardless of their behavior, so the Lord continually loves His children.

  8. The Bible explains how we can be saved from our sins. God summed up His message of salvation in one verse: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

  9. The Word declares who Jesus is and why He came. He is the Son of God who came to earth for the purpose of dying on a cross to pay mankind’s sin debt in full so that those who believe in Him may be forgiven.

  10. The Scriptures explain why Jesus was born of a virgin. Without the virgin birth, Jesus would have been a normal, sinful man and could not have paid for our sins and become our Savior. Jesus had to be pure and sinless, and the virgin birth was the only way to accomplish this. Because He was God in human flesh, He alone was qualified to die in our place.

  11. God’s Word explains how Jesus died on a cross. All the Old Testament animal sacrifices symbolized the supreme sacrifice of the Son of God who laid down His life on the cross to pay the ultimate penalty for our sins.

When we’re thoroughly convinced that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, it has the power to transform our lives. So make it a priority to study it, trust it, and take to heart its message of God’s love and guidance. He will not lead you wrong.

This article was originally published on June 3, 2016, and is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message “Your Convictions About the Bible” which airs this weekend on TV.

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23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

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