Why is the Bible True and other Scriptures False?

dgshaw's picture

This has been a question that has plagued me for a long time, especially given my extensive study of other scriptures in addition to our own and my thorough study of historical/critical reflection on the Bible.

It seems to me either:

A. we must ACCEPT the premise "our scripture is true, theirs are not" on FAITH alone
B. we must DEMONSTRATE the premise "our scripture is true, theirs are not" RATIONALLY.

I would relish hearing a sound and sane discussion on this issue.

Thank you.

In Christ


saintcharlie's picture


It really comes to down to how one views scripture. Is all scripture valid? Is the Bible inerrant? How is one to interpret the Bible? Should it be viewed as unchanging, or within the cultural setting from which it was written.

Charles Finney believed that Biblical "Language is to be so interpreted, if it can be, as not to conflict with sound philosophy, matters of fact, the nature of things, or immutable justice". But this is no help (except to Finney). Whose "sound philosophy"? What exactly is "the nature of things"? All of this is subjective.

2 Peter 3:15b-16
"...our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction".

This scripture implies a few things. First, that Paul wrote in wisdom. He wrote with the wisdom given to him through the Holy Spirit's inspiration. He wrote with purpose, with a clear meaning in mind. Some of what he wrote was hard to understand. It does not say that it was unclear, only that it was hard to understand.

There were untaught people who lacked the wisdom or knowledge necessary to properly interpret what Paul wrote. These people distorted the proper meaning of the scripture. The implication is that these were lost outside the "Church" and were thus untaught or unfamiliar with proper orthodox theology because it mentions that they do this also to "the rest of the scriptures, to their own destruction." If they are doing this to their own destruction they are not saved and cannot be a part of the true "Church". Likewise, there are unstable people that are doing this perhaps with evil intentions, deliberately twisting the scriptures to their own ends.

Either way, the misinterpretation of scripture led them to their own destruction. Pretty strong consequences. Whether from ignorance OR wickedness the end result was the same.

We can also notice that by including "the rest of the scriptures" the writer makes a point that changing the interpretation of one verse can force a reinterpretation of many other verses. This is why ALL scripture has to be viewed as a whole. If we simply "cherry pick" verses from the Bible we can quickly end up in serious trouble.

Some people say "You can't put God in a box". While I can certainly see SOME truth in this statement, this is usually followed by someone distorting what is commonly understood to be orthodox doctrine. There was a framework of teaching from which interpretation was to come from or Peter would not have written that these were "untaught".

As I see it, that is the heart of the matter.
2 Cor 4:3-4
"3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

Pray for wisdom. Pray for understanding. Pray that this gospel not be veiled to you. Seek and you shall find, but seek humbly, with a mind open to the Spirit that is able to lead you into all knowledge