The Bible–Its Trustworthiness
Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man that he should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” We all no doubt have suffered the great disappointment of unfulfilled promises. Someone promised us something, but for whatever reason they did not follow through on their word. As we have considered the importance of the Bible’s inspiration, preservation, and authority, we still need to consider the Bible’s trustworthiness. We cannot independently verify God’s accounts of the existence of Heaven, Hell or other like things recorded for us in the Bible nevertheless we know that they are true because of faith. However, there are a multitude of events that God foretold would occur that are now a part of recorded human history. In fact one reason why God foretold the unfolding of certain events was to attest to the veracity and, thereby, the trustworthiness of His Word. Isaiah 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.”
In the Book of Daniel penned during the time of the Babylonian Empire, God foretold the coming successors of world powers including the Medes and Persians, Greece (including events pertaining to the life of Alexander the Great) and Rome. For some so-called Bible “scholars” the accuracy of these prophecies point to its being written after rather than before the events. They do not seem to want to accept the Scripture’s accurate foretelling. Perhaps this is due more to their not wanting to accept the Bible’s foretelling of yet future events like the Great Tribulation, Anti-christ, and Armageddon than with events of the past. (It may be like the evolutionist’s belief in Uniformitarianism being more of a grasp for a hope in the earth’s continuing future than an honest appraisal of earth’s past.)
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation 5 For this they are willingly ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old. . . 6 Whereby the world that was, being overflowed with water perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. . . 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promises, as some men count slackness, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:3-7, 9.
Titus 1:2, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie promised before the world began.” God has, is, and will keep everything that He has promised despite the modern “scholars” criticism to the contrary. Have you found that steadfast, unshakeable hope that resting in the sure promises of God as found in the Scriptures can bring to your life?
“These were more noble. . . in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether these things were so.” Acts 17: 11