Mark 12:24, “And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?”
2 Peter 3:16, “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction”
The apostle Peter believed that Scriptures play a vital role in the life of a believer in Christ (1 Peter 1:22–2:3; 2:8; 3:1; 2 Peter 1:3-4, 12-21; 2:21; 3:1-7, 14-18). And he does not cease in challenging us to turn our attention to the Scriptures. Even while Peter points us to the Word, he warns that some will seek to turn us from the truths of the Scriptures by perverting the teaching of Scripture. He does not look for false prophets to arise, apparently because prophets are no longer necessary. After all, God has spoken fully and finally in Christ (Hebrews 1:1-3; 2:1-4). However, he does warn his readers and us that false teachers will arise who do not approach God’s Word with honest motives and respect for its authority. They may not claim to reveal new truth from God on the level of Scripture, but they will seek to distort the Scriptures, twisting them to teach something vastly different from the intended meaning of the Bible. By way of illustration the story has been told about an art enthusiast who had displayed on the walls of his office a collection of etchings, including one of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Each morning he noticed it was crooked, so he straightened it. Finally one evening he asked the cleaning woman if she was responsible for moving the picture each night. “Why, yes,” she said, “I have to hang it crooked to make the tower straight!” My brethren, in a similar way, many individuals have the habit of twisting the Scriptures to make their imperfect lives look better or to justify their own opinions and actions. Thus, unless we review the Bible prayerfully and humbly, we may get a wrong message and be drawn away from our steadfastness in Jesus Christ. God gave us His precious Word as a light to guide our steps. If we obey it each day, we will find it to be an unfailing source of strength and truth. Distorting the meaning of the Word of God to fit our preconceived ideas is a dangerous practice and a terrible sin. So, let’s be careful how we read and interpret the Bible.
Sometime ago I came across a poem that someone had written that talks about the problem of using a spell-checking program on a personal computer. The first stanza of the poem says:
I have a spelling checker
I disk covered four my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot see.
The words are spelled correctly, but they aren’t the right words to convey the message of the writer. Its proof positive that if you’re looking to the wrong source for correctness, then you aren’t right. Furthermore, it’s like that with matters of God’s Word. It’s possible to trust the wrong source of information about spiritual things. For instance, there are people who teach that salvation depends on keeping rituals, performing good works, joining a church, or being baptized. However, they are dead wrong. So where can we go for the truth? We need a perfect, fool-proof source. That source my friend is the Bible. God’s precious and Eternal Word says that salvation is by grace through faith. “It is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). There are so many sources of information today and it’s easy to pick the wrong one. So be sure you carefully check out what you hear and read about God and eternal life. The Bible is the only source of what is true and right.
The Bible is a gift from God,
A lamp of truth and light;
It searches heart and soul and mind,
And tells us what is right – Bosch
We must align ourselves with the Bible, never the Bible with ourselves.