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Discovery Magazine 3/1/2002


God's Word is Inspired

by  Rhonda Thompson

Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Many people think that the Bible is just a good book with good teachings written by good men. They think that it is not any more special or important than any other book that has been written by men. But men change their minds, and men make mistakes. So, if the Bible is “just another good book,” there would be many man-made mistakes throughout its pages. If it is just another good book, we shouldn’t be expected to follow its teachings about right and wrong because they would just be manmade ideas. If the Bible is just another good book, then it is no more valuable than a book of fairy tales, an encyclopedia, or a history book. If any part of the Bible is not true, then none of it can be trusted.

People have attacked the truthfulness and accuracy of the Bible for centuries. The apostle Paul wrote two letters to his friend Timothy, a young preacher in the city of Ephesus. In his second letter, Paul warned Timothy to be careful about men who would teach things about God’s Word that were not right. He told Timothy that he must handle “accurately the word of truth” (2:15), and teach “the truth” to correct those who misused it (2:25). [Jesus Himself identified “the truth” as God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures (John 17:17).]

Paul went on to tell Timothy that all Scripture is “inspired of God” (3:16-17). “Inspired” means that God guided men to write down exactly what He wanted us to know—without any mistakes. Sometimes these men wrote accounts of things they had seen for themselves; sometimes they wrote about things they could not have known if God Himself had not revealed it to them. Everything they wrote was God’s Word, making the Bible worth more than any other book that has ever been, or ever will be, written.



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