There is much to say for the integrity held in the scriptures. We appeal to the scriptures’ authority in all matters, and for many, this proves a difficult task. It is also something difficult for people to accept. People argue against utilizing the Bible as an authority, “because it was written by men.” This much is true, but though a man’s hand wrote the words, it is God’s Words via His guidance that they were not only written, but translated and assembled, distributed and made abundant for all to read for themselves.
When we appeal to the authority of scripture, it is important to note that we must appeal to the Word of God Ultimately. When we begin Bible study, do we not pray? We pray for the Holy Spirit to provide us with discernment, to see God’s Word in the writing, to hear what God is trying to tell us through the author’s hands. So when we appeal to the Bible for making decisions, we are actually appealing to the Holy Spirit to show us God’s Words within whichever translation we find.
Now when it comes to translations, it is always important to realize what I’ve just stated in the previous paragraph. Though wording may not be exact, it is the idea or concept that is being transmitted through the ancient texts that is of concern. Reading one translation and one translation alone is never recommended (except by the King James Version only types). There is a clear message being conveyed that has remained constant across at least 6 millennia that is being conveyed in those words. Discerning what is being passed on requires guidance and clarity that only comes from a careful study of the author’s words, his context, and the literary devices he is utilizing to convey the deeper, underlying truths contained in the narrative being introduced to us.
It takes a significant leap of “blind faith” (an oxymoron but a phrase that the corrupted use often) to accept the assumption of the Bible being false. Its just another argument from a lack of evidence and when they argue against an appeal to authority, its important to note that they are appealing to nothing for their argument against the Bible’s truths.