<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=838528320191540&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

Latest Broadcast

Beloved Unbeliever - Part 2

Guest: Jo Berry

Recent Broadcasts


March 08, 2019

4 Reasons it is Critical to Believe the Bible is God's Word

This post is for Christians. Skeptics are certainly welcome to read it, and let me know what they think, but I am not aiming to write a defense for why the Bible is inspired. If you are curious as to why I believe the Bible is reliable and authoritative, check out the updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict.

Here, I am simply encouraging Christians to reflect on how they
view the Bible. And I can think of at least four reasons it's critical to believe it is God's Word.

God vs. Moses

First, there is a significant difference between saying "Moses says" or "Peter says" and "God says." It is true that Moses and Peter are both mouthpieces for God. In a sense, whatever Moses and Peter say
in Scripture is divinely inspired (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

But let's remember that their authority is derived from God. They do not have authority merely as human beings, but as human beings who speak for God—prophets. 

Personally, I would be far less inclined to follow the dictates of Scripture if I thought they were merely the products of human reflection or imagination.

Understanding Difficult Passages

Second, believing the Bible is God's Word motivates me to understand difficult passages. If I thought the Bible was simply man-made, I would be quick to write off difficult teachings as antiquated and immoral. 

But because I believe the Bible is inspired, I assume there are good reasons for its teachings. And so I probe deeper for an answer.

Do I always find an answer? No. The Bible is a big book written a long time ago in a very different language and culture. Sometimes we don't have enough information to come to a reasonable conclusion.

But many (if not
most) times we do. For instance, Deuteronomy 21:18-21 seems to teach that parents should stone to death rebellious kids who don't respond to discipline. How is this possibly just? 

Jewish commentator Dennis Prager explains that this law
"was one of the great moral leaps forward in the history of mankind. In this law, the Torah brilliantly preserved parental authority while permanently depriving parents of the right to kill their children, a commonplace in the ancient world and even today (for example, 'honor killings in the Muslim world). The law permits only a duly established court ('the elders')—not parents—to take the life of their child. And we have no record of any court in Jewish history ever executing a 'wayward' son." [1]

Much more obviously could be said, but this is a step in the right direction, and it only came from probing more deeply into the why behind God's command.

Living Scripture

Third, it is important to believe the Bible is God's Word because that's what motivates us to read it, study it, discuss it, and pass it on to our kids (Deuteronomy 6:4-7).

And fourth, those who believe the Bible is inspired will be willing to suffer for its teachings. It's no surprise that biblical teachings increasingly run against the values of our secular world—especially on moral and sexual issues. Those who believe the Bible comes from God will be much more likely to follow its teachings, even if that comes at a personal cost, as it did for the apostles (e.g., Acts 5:29).

The McDowells with Dr. Dobson

Dr. Dobson with broadcast guests, Josh and Sean McDowell

Dr. James Dobson interviews Josh and Sean McDowell on the daily broadcast.

On Day 1 of the two-part broadcast, Dr. Dobson addresses the importance of imparting Biblical wisdom to our kids with popular authors and Christian apologists Josh and Sean McDowell. Josh also opens up about his horrific childhood, which warped his worldview for many years.

Listen to Day 1

Then on Day 2, the McDowells identify with Dr. Dobson the key principles every parent should know and pass on to their children.

Listen to Day 2

Learn More about the Guest

Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, the National Spokesman for Summit Ministries, a best-selling author, popular speaker, and part-time high school teacher. Follow him on Twitter:
@sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Related Articles

  See More Articles

December 17, 2018

The Struggle to Understand God's Providence, Part 1

Perhaps you are among those who have struggled to comprehend a particular heartache and ...

March 20, 2018

Trusting One Another Begins with God

Of course, even in the best of marriages, it is possible for husbands and wives to err ...

March 09, 2018

God Makes Sense Even When He Doesn't Make Sense, Part 1

I have been thinking for many years about those occasions when God doesn't make sense. I ...