Posted by Pastor Jim Fikkert

Q.2 // What authority from God directs us how to glorify and enjoy him?

A // The only authority for glorifying and enjoying Him is the Bible, which is the Word of God and is made up of the Old and New Testaments.

Deut. 4:2, Ps. 19:7–11, Isa. 8:20, John 15:11, John 20:30–31, Acts 17:11, 2 Tim. 3:15–17.

Matt. 19:4–5, Lk. 24:27, 44, 1 Cor. 2:13, 1 Cor. 14:37, 2 Pet. 1:20–21, 2 Pet. 3:2, 15–16.

We live in an age of skeptics; this is both good and bad. It means that people are going to question ‘truth’ that is delivered to them. This is good when it is false truth, but bad when it is absolute truth. The key is finding what is real and using this as the foundation to build your view of the world.

How can we really know what is true? If we are the final authority for truth than we never can. We will float from one truth to another based on our limited scope of reality. The basis for our truth must come from outside of ourselves. For Christians, the starting point for truth is the Bible, God’s revelation of Himself to us.

Can we really trust an ancient text that is full of incomplete truth? The fact that it is ancient and yet still applicable today should cause you to wonder: how does something maintain its relevance through time and cultures? It can only do this if it is the living, breathing, Word of God. When it comes to the contradictions and missing information (the often quoted ‘not enough evidence’ from Bertrand Russell), it may be that the limitations are with us, not with the text. Before you come to your conclusions on a book that millions have given their life for, millions more have sworn allegiance to, and that has stood up to challenge for a few thousand years, you may want to read it again…just to be sure.