Persons attacking and casting doubt on the Bible is nothing new, but these used to come more from secularists. There are a number of so-called ministers, however, rising up to bring doubt and confusion concerning the Scriptures, questioning their reliability, denying their authority, and writing about “lost books” of the Bible.
“Did God actually say …?”
“You will not surely die … you will be like God….”
Do these sound familiar? These words used to cast doubt on God’s words come from the serpent in Genesis 3:1, 4-5. The same kinds of words coming out of the mouths or onto the pages of men and women masquerading as persons of God. Paul warns us, “No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:14-15).
So, can we trust the Scriptures? Let me ask a couple of questions: Did God create the heavens and the earth? Did Jesus die, then rise from the dead three days later? If God can create from the sheer power of mere command, and if He can overcome even death itself, does it not stand to reason that He can preserve His Word?
The four Gospels are our primary sources for learning about Jesus. We find throughout that Jesus has complete trust in the reliability of the Old Testament (and the O.T. is quoted and referred to many times in the N.T.). But what about the New Testament? Jesus says to His disciples in John 15 that the Holy Spirit would come, and that they will testify about Jesus (see vs. 26-27). The disciples testified of Him through speaking and the writing of the New Testament.
But what about the alleged “lost books”? Jesus says, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13a). The Holy Spirit would fill His people and guide them into truth. The canonization of the Scriptures was a process, and one not done haphazardly. The Holy Spirit bore witness to the truth in the lives of Christians in the churches. The supposed “lost books” were not lost, but were not found to be the words of God.
Paul writes, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).
Peter writes, “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21).
The Holy Spirit somehow spoke through His prophets and apostles, and guided them in their recording of His words. The Holy Spirit guided His people in recognizing His Words. And the Holy Spirit faithfully preserved His Word for future generations.
Beloved, let not the doubts of others make shipwreck of your faith. If God can create the universe by the power of a mere command, then He can most certainly preserve His truth for His people.