Charles Stanley - Your Convictions About The Bible
Of all the books ever written, there is only one that is utterly infallible, timeless, and completely trustworthy—the Bible. But is it merely a collection of ancient men’s words or is it the revelation of the living God? Your answer to that question is of the utmost importance. What you believe about the Bible matters!
What we believe about the Bible is absolutely crucial. Whether we’ve never read it or read it every day, each of us must make up our own mind regarding this amazing book. Some people think that it was written by many different, imperfect men and must, therefore, contain errors. Others believe it’s outdated and irrelevant for today because it was written so long ago. However, many Christians are convinced that the Bible is God’s Word, which He has protected from error throughout the ages.
When we are fully assured that the Lord has given us a book without errors, we have a strong conviction that guides our lives. A conviction is something we are so thoroughly convinced is true that we’ll take a stand for it regardless of the consequences; but a preference is a belief that could change under certain conditions. When we begin to understand the truth of God’s Word, we’ll develop an awesome respect for the Scriptures (Isa. 66:2). As we examine our lives, we must determine whether we live by convictions or preferences.
We can trust that the Bible is the absolute Word of God.
The Word is the revelation of the one true God.
Scripture is a trustworthy guide for daily life.
It shows us the consequences of sin.
The Bible explains how we can be saved from our sins.
The Word declares who Jesus is and why He came.
The Scriptures explain why Jesus was born of a virgin.
God’s Word explains how Jesus died on a cross.
The Bible describes Jesus’ resurrection.
Scripture tells us how to handle temptation.
The Word identifies the person of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible teaches us how to face trials and difficulties.
Scripture is a fountain of encouragement.
It explains what happens at death.
God’s Word assures us of Christ’s return and our future reward.
The Bible also warns us of coming judgment.
Scripture reveals future events.
The Bible is the indestructible Word of the living God.