Thank you for answering my question about God. I have more questions so I hope your head is not getting tired of thinking. Every Sunday at big church you read the Bible. Sometimes when my family is done eating dinner we read the Bible. But I’ve been wondering today: why do we trust the Bible? 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?
Please answer ASAP,
This is one of my favorite questions to answer – and no, my head is not tired yet, ha!
First of all, the Bible claims to be God’s Word. Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is inspired by God.” We read in Psalm 119:89 that the Word of God “is settled in heaven” and it will go one “forever,” and this Word is the Bible, as Hebrews 4:12 also says, “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 first thing we need to know is that the Bible claims to be God’s Word. If you think about it, that means there are only two possibilities. Either the Bible is lying to you, or the Bible is telling the truth. Either the Bible is evil and trying to trick you, or the Bible is good and really is God’s Word. So… is it true? Is the Bible really God’s Word? The answer is yes – let me explain.
Secondly, 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. However, as you read the Bible, you will realize that it has no 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. More importantly, we know only God could have created the Bible because of the glory that shines from the pages. I don’t mean that light shines like a light bulb from the Bible. I mean that there is a secret, invisible glory that shines into your heart 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.” So, just to be clear, my second point is this: 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!” You can’t see through any of the windows, so 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 answer you – and when he talks, you recognize his voice as your Dad’s. You know it’s him, because no one else has the voice your Dad has. So you open the door and there he is – your Dad! You were right!
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. In the Bible we read the one of a kind voice of God, just like you might hear the one of a kind voice of your Dad on the other side of the door. It can only be God on the other side of the Bible – it can only be God Who wrote the Bible.
Thirdly, 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?” So I answer, “We trust the Bible because the Bible is God’s Word. God never lies and is never wrong, so the Bible never lies and is never wrong. So, we can always trust the Bible.”
I hope this answered your question, Smarty-pants. Write back soon with more questions.