One of the largest problems skeptics have with Christianity is the claim that the Bible is the only and final authority of our faith in and our obedience to God. While other religions claim authoritative written works and the secular world preaches that we make our own authority, the Bible states that God’s word is completely sufficient for all things. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 reads, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Inherent in this passage is the fact that since God is sovereign and that all scripture is from him through the Holy Spirit, we can rest assured that his word has final authority in our lives. There is no authority, opinion, or tradition from man that can oppose, transform or weaken the sufficiency of God’s word.
But the teachings and traditions of man, especially in religious circles, has succeeded in convincing some that God’s word is, in some cases, fallible. Man, in our infinite wisdom, has devised ways of changing God’s word to meet our own personal needs or the current cultural trends. And sadly, much of that has happened in the church. Denominationalism has skewed the Bible until it’s almost unrecognizable. In the process, many so-called Christians have been fooled into a false faith that doesn’t require obedience. Their response is to simply claim that God is a God of love and will accept all lifestyles regardless if they are lived in accordance with his word (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
As a Christian and writer of this blog, I have a great responsibility to preach the word correctly, according to the purpose and interpretation of God (2 Timothy 4:2). There’s no room for Joe’s opinion or Joe’s excuses as to why one verse is more important than another. All of God’s word is important and it is the final authority for our lives. That should be a comforting thought.