A man was bitten by a snake. Before it slithered off he got a good look at. His friend listens to the description of the snake, thinks for a moment and says, “I know that type of snake. It is not venomous. You’re fine. Let’s go fishing!” The snake bitten man questions, “How do you know that?” The friend replies, “I read it on the internet.” “What credentials did the person have that you read? Are they an authority on venomous snakes?” inquired the bitten man. “I don’t know” says the friend, “but it was a hunting buddy of mine.” Do you think the snake bitten man decided to trust his friend and just go fishing? I doubt he did. Neither would you in the same situation. But yet so many people today make statements about what God says is right and what God says is wrong without any authority to back up their statement.
How can a person speak authoritatively about what God says is right and wrong? How can we have a correct knowledge about God? How can we understand our world from His perspective? Simply put, God must reveal himself to us. And He has revealed Himself through the incarnation of Jesus Christ and through His inspired scriptures.
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Hebrews 1:1–3a)
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2Tim. 3:16–17)
The scriptures are the authority on God, morality, the meaning of life, and our understanding of the world. We only speak rightly about God when what we say agrees with what the scriptures teach.
So when someone makes a statement about what God says is right or what God says is wrong, consider whether their statement is supported by the authority of God’s word found in the Bible.
God revealed Himself to us through the Bible. Our understanding of God must be based on the authority of His word.
Don’t believe anything someone says about God or what is right or wrong without making sure it is supported by the scriptures.
David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church of Palmhurst, TX. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat. You can follow him on Twitter @rdharriswv