Every Sunday in big church you read the Bible. My family reads the Bible together after dinner. But I wonder: why do we read the Bible more than other books? Grandma says I should trust the Bible because it’s the right thing to do – but how do I know it is the right thing to do? Why do we trust the Bible?
This is one of my favorite questions to answer. Thanks for asking!
The Bible claims to be God’s Word. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God.” Psalm 119:89 says that the Word of God “is settled in heaven” and that it will go on “forever.” Hebrews 4:12 is also a helpful verse: “The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword… able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The Bible claims to be God’s Word. This is what the Bible claims, and we know that it is true! The Bible really is God’s Word! We know the Bible is God’s Word because only God could create it.
The Bible was written over thousands of years, by lots of people who didn’t know each other, in many different languages and places. You would think that somewhere, sometime, someone would make a mistake. But as you read the Bible, you will not find any mistakes! Everything the Bible says is true. If the Bible were only written by people, then there would be mistakes – but there are no mistakes, so God must have done it. Only God could create something so perfect.
Also, only God could create something so glorious. There is a secret, invisible glory that shines into your spirit when you read the Bible. The more and more you read the Bible, the more and more you come to love God and His church. This is a miracle that we can’t explain without saying, “God must have created this book.” Only God could have created the Bible, so we know the Bible must be God’s Word.
Think about it like this. Let’s say you are home alone and someone knocks on the front door. You walk up to the door and ask, “Who is it?” The person on the other side of the door says, “I am your Dad, let me inside!” How do you know if this person is really your Dad? Well, to know if this person is your Dad or not, you need to find out if he does things only your Dad can do. Does his voice sound like your Dad’s? Can he answer a question only your Dad would know the answer to? Is he doing anything your Dad woudn’t do? Let’s say you ask him an important question, and he answers you correctly – and when he talks, you recognize his voice. You know it’s him!
The same thing happens when we read the Bible. We don’t see God, but we read His Word. The Bible stands-out from all other books in the world, because in it we learn things only God could tell us, and we see glorious things only God could show us.
Now if the Bible is God’s Word, then it must be true and reliable. If something is reliable, then you can count on it. Whenever the Bible says something, we can trust what it says, because we know it is God’s Word. And this is the answer to your question. You asked me, “Why do we trust the Bible?” My answer is: “We trust the Bible because the Bible is God’s Word.”
I hope this answered your question, Smarty-pants. Write back soon with more questions.