If we hold the Scriptures with insecurity regarding their trustworthiness, we should expect utter ruin.
I once feared that if I was to examine the history of how the Bible was originally written and then transmitted up to the modern day that I would find an answer that would be unpalatable. That it would be a series of myths and made up stories throughout history that we have built our dependence upon.
What if I found out that there were errors or even outright lies and exagerations in the Scriptures?
I can tell you that it was an area of study that I avoided in my personal life for a long time because of this fear. I knew that if I found the Scriptures to be unreliable that I would rightly have to leave them behind and with them the God of which they speak.
Time passed, and I hoped that my nagging concern would pass with it, but it never did. After I witnessed too many of my friends folding on this issue thus releasing whatever minimal grasp they had on the Gospel, and I knew I could resist it no longer.
If the Scriptures are not everything they claim to be then they must be left behind.
I'll never forget beginning my study into this. Fearful I wouldn't find enough information to come to a full conclusion, and terrified I might find proof of the Scriptures fallibility. I made up my mind that whatever the evidence pointed to was what I would hold to, regardless of relationships, traditions, or outside pressures. And what I found was beyond anything I had ever imagined.
I found that God had inspired and preserved His Word in a proveable, demonstrable, and reliable way.
In coming installments, I will briefly share my conclusions.
If you would prefer to listen to a more comprehensive three part presentation I gave on this topic in 2012, you can download each by clicking on the following links:
Part 1: "OT and the Canon"
Part 2: "The Text and the Church"
Part 3: "Transmission and Translation"