Sep 27, 2015 |Credo

Why I Trust The Bible

09.27.15 | Credo

Why I Trust The Bible

Noel Heikkinen

Pastor Noel Heikkinen teaches on why the Bible is a credible source of history and authority and ultimately, God’s Word.

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This is the Bible.

We believe the Bible is inspired by God, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. It is composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament, and was written without error in the original manuscripts. It is the highest authority over all other forms of revelation. 

– Riverview Church, Statement of Faith on the Bible

The writers of the Bible were looking to help document history, help the local church, and guide peoples lives.

“For them Christianity was not in the first place a knowledge to be acquired, but the principle of a new obedience to God.” 

– Louis Berkhof

For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:18)

as [Paul] does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. (2 Peter 3:16)

Again it is not tedious to speak of the [books] of the New Testament. These are the four Gospels, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Afterwards, the Acts of the Apostles and Epistles…of James, one; of Peter, two; of John, three; after these, one of Jude. In addition there are fourteen Epistles of Paul, written in this order. The first, to the Romans; then two to the Corinthians; after these, to the Galatians; next, to the Ephesians; then to the Philippians; then to the Colossians; after these, two to the Thessalonians, and that to the Hebrews; and again, two to Timothy; one to Titus; and lastly, that to Philemon. And besides, the Revelation of John. 

– Athanasius

As we get to know the Bible better, we get to know Jesus better.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1–5)

thus making void of the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do. (Mark 7:13)

But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29)

Getting answers from the Bible takes patience and discernment.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)

The Bible changes the way we think when we are able to put ourselves under it, not over it.