The Bible As Truth

The Wisdom of God is Not Relative


We live in a society that believes that absolute truth does not exist. Truth is considered to be relative, and each person is encouraged to come to their own conclusions and hold a version of truth that is true for them.  

What should be our perspective when it comes to the Bible?  


These ideas are not new.  We can see from the first letter to the Corinthians that different groups of people wanted their own version of truth.  The Jews required a sign and the Greeks sought after wisdom (1 Cor 1:22).  Each group wanted something slightly different to the other, and yet what both groups needed was the same, that is God’s salvation provided in His Son:

unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God

1 Corinthians 1:24

This section of the letter to the Corinthians shows the conflict that exists between mankind’s wisdom and God’s wisdom; the chasm that lies between man’s words and God’s words.  

And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4, 5

It is clear therefore that the wisdom of God is the power of God, which is the word of God.  This is what God offers to every generation.  It does not change.  It is not relative. It is not affected by our background, our culture, or the age in which we live. Had the “princes of the world” – the Jew and Gentile rulers of Christ’s day – known the wisdom of God, then they would not have crucified the Lord of glory!  (1 Cor 2:8).

When we read these words, we are reading the Word of God. This is not Paul’s opinion on the matter.  He was not an excellent orator.  We are not seeing the benefit of his vast education being poured out on paper, nor are we getting a glimpse into the inner workings of his legal mind. The apostle Paul declared the testimony of God, “not with excellency of speech or of wisdom” (1 Cor 2:1) but “in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling” (1 Cor 2:3)

The apostle Paul was clear about the source of the words of his preaching:

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1 Corinthians 2:12-13

Remember, Paul wrote his letters “according to the wisdom given unto him” ( 2 Pet 3:15) by God (1 Cor 12:8).

We learn from this that the Gospel message of salvation in Christ is the power and wisdom of God.  This is the eternal truth that spans generations, cultures, and backgrounds.  It is not relative.  It does not adapt to fit the society in which we live.  Instead, we have the choice of whether or not to believe it and to adapt our lives accordingly.  God’s truth does not change, but we must.

The Bible is the Word of God


The Bible claims to be the word of God and therefore the only source of Truth.  

Sometimes people say that because the Bible was written a long time ago, in ancient languages and to ancient peoples, it was therefore not written to us or for us.

How do we know that we can have confidence in the Bible, and that its message is still relevant for us?


We need to remind ourselves of three of the Bible’s claims about itself:

1. The Bible is of God

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Tim 3:16, 17

All “scripture” (that which is scribed or written down) is inspired (God breathed).  We can think of the different writers of scripture over time as being scribes who God selected to write down His word.

2. God’s word is truth and it is without error

There is a helpful sequence of three short passages in the gospel through John which helps to explain what we mean by this:

In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.

John 1:1

Here, the word of God is equated with God.  The Bible is an expression of God Himself.

Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;  Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

John 10:34-36

Although the broader context of this verse is significant in terms of how to interpret scripture, it does not change the clarity of the Lord Jesus’ statement: “the scripture cannot be broken”.

Jesus says to God in prayer “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

John 17:17

Jesus testified to the truth of God’s word.  Despite what others might claim, words do convey truth!  Elsewhere, Jesus states plainly that the words that he spoke and the gospel that he preached were not his own words but God’s (John 8:26, 14:10).

These themes of God’s word and truth are consistent with Old Testament scriptures such as Psalm 119:160:

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Psalm 119:160

“Truth” cannot be ambiguous.  God’s truth is not relative.  Put simply, God’s truth does not change because God does not change.  

3. God’s word is timeless

The Bible is clear that it was written for all ages of mankind, so it is equally relevant for every generation that lives.  The only question is whether we will choose to read it and take its claim of Truth seriously.  

God has not left His word to chance.   

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”

Psalm 12:6-7

Although it was written a long time ago and in ancient languages, it has survived against all the odds – but that is no accident.  God has preserved His word on record, but for whose benefit? 

The believers in Rome were told that “whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Romans 15:4

If those things, written long before the ecclesia in Rome existed, were of benefit to them as well as the original audience, it stands to reason that God’s words will be of equal benefit to us too.  In fact, the idea that the word of God was primarily written for the people who first heard it is categorically denied by the next passage:

Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:  searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”

1 Peter 1:10-12

God did choose His prophets to speak His word and He chose them to write it down for Him, but it was not all for their benefit; furthermore, the prophets did not even always fully understand what God had caused them to speak and write.

From these three claims that the Bible makes about itself, we conclude that the Bible truly is the word of God.  It uniquely is true, and it alone is powerful for every generation.  The word of God abides forever.

Disagreement with the Bible


What are we to do when the writings of mankind disagree with what the Bible says?


If we are to believe what the Bible says, then we must also humbly accept the Bible’s perspective about itself.  

The Bible claims to be the word of God and is therefore the only source of Truth.

There are no other books that are its equal.  There is no other field of study, nor a single academic paper on any subject, that is as accurate or as truthful as the Bible, simply because the Bible alone is the work of God, and all other writings are human in origin.

Where the writings of man agree with what the Bible says, then they have spoken the Truth.

Where there is disagreement or conflict with the word of God, then those human writings have either misunderstood the Truth, or they are not speaking the Truth. So for example, it should not concern us unduly if there is no archeological evidence of Israel in Egypt. The archaeologists may be looking in the wrong place, or their timelines may be wrong.  

Conflict is especially prominent in the study of origins. As believers, we can sometimes question ourselves when we are presented with mountains of evidence that appear to contradict what the Bible says.  

The Genesis record is one example of this kind of conflict:

  • Some claim that the human race not descended from a literal Adam and Eve
  • Others point out that humans can’t have lived as long as the Bible says they did before the flood
  • Others offer reasons why there can never have been a worldwide flood

There are two possible solutions to such conflict:

  1. We reinterpret our understanding what the Bible says so that we can accept the scientific evidence that has been put before us.  This will include us changing what the Bible says.
  2. Or we shift our perspective and choose to disregard the work of human writers, and instead accept what the Bible says, because it alone is the source of Truth (as it claims to be).  

If we search the scriptures, we will find the Genesis record endorsed time and again by the word of God (see Appendix)

  • 76 quotations in the New Testament from the first 11 chapters of Genesis
  • 42 quotations in the New Testament from the first 3 chapters of Genesis
  • 10 NT passages which endorse the whole of the creation record
  • 17 NT passages which teach the creation of the first man Adam and the first woman Eve
  • 6 NT passages which confirm the Genesis Flood record

It is clear from the scriptures that because Jesus and the apostles believed the Genesis record, then so must we.


1Mark 13:19Gen.1v1-31urtTen passages which endorse the whole of the creation record in Genesis 1.The creation which God createdJesus endorses Gen.1 – creation of the world.
2Rom.1:19–20Gen.1v1-31The invisible things of him from the creation of the world…the things which are madeThe world (kosmos) created by God
3Eph.3:9Gen.1v1-31Which from the beginning of the world (aion) …God created all things…All things created by God
4Col.1v16Gen.1v1-31For by him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth…All things created by God
5Acts 4v24Gen.1v1-31Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:All things created by God
6Acts 14:15Gen.1v1-31The living God which made heaven and earth and the sea, and all things that are therinPaul confirms the creation record of Genesis 1 – “all things”.
7Acts 17:24Gen.1v1-31God that made the world and all things thereinPaul confirms the creation record of Genesis 1 – “all things”.
8Rev.14v7Gen.1v1-31Worship him that made heaven and earth and the sea & the fountains of watersThe gospel of the millennial age which will be preached to all nations begins with creation.
9Heb.11:3Gen.1v1-31Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.All which can be seen was made in accordance with God’s word.
10Rev.10:6Gen.1v1-31Him that liveth for ever and ever who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein.An angel swore that God created the heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them
112 Cor.4:6Gen.1v31st ProphecyGod who commanded the light to shine out of darkness
121 Cor.15v38Gen.1v11-12Individual creationTo every seed his own bodyEach plant species created unique
13Mt.19:4Gen.1v2717 passages teaching the creation of the first man Adam & the first woman Eve “in the beginning”.He which made them at the beginning made them male and female.Jesus quotes & endorses Gen.1v1/27
14Mk.10:6Gen.1v27But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.Jesus quotes & endorses Gen.1v1/27
151 Cor.11:7Gen.1v27Man is the image of and glory of God.Endorses man made in the image of God
16Col.1v15Gen.1v27Who is the image of the invisible God
17Jas.3v9Gen.1v27Made after the similitude of GodMan in the image of God
18Mk.12:17Gen.1v28And to God the things which are God’s.Man in the image of God
19Mt.22:21Gen.1v28And unto God the things which are God’s.Man in the image of God
20Lk.20:25Gen.1v28And unto God the things which be God’s.Man in the image of God
211 Tim.4:3–5Gen.1v31For every creature of God is good.Endorsing the goodness of all things created.
221 Tim.2:13–14Gen.2v7/22For Adam was first formed, then Eve.Adam, Eve
231 Cor.15:45Gen.2v7The first man Adam was made a living soulEndorses Adam as the first manAdam
241 Cor.15:47Gen.2v7The first man is of the earth.
25Rev.2v7Gen.2v9The tree of life…in the midst of the paradise of God
261 Cor.11:9Gen.2v18/22The woman [created] for the man.
271 Cor.11:8Gen.2v22The woman is of the man
28Mt.19:5Gen.2v24And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh.Jesus quotes Gen.2v24
29Mk.10:7-8Gen.2v24For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh.Jesus quotes Gen.2v24
301 Cor.6:16Gen.2v24For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
31Eph.5:31Gen.2v24For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife; and they two shall be one flesh.
32Heb.4:4Gen.2v2And God did rest the seventh day from all his worksThe work of the 6 days Creation was a finished work
33Mt.10v16Gen.3v17 endorsements of the details of Genesis 3Wise as serpentsEndorses the wisdom of the serpent
342 Cor.11:3Gen.3v1The serpent…his subtiltyEndorses the wisdom of the serpentSerpent
35Col.2v21Gen.3v3Touch not taste notEve’s response to the serpent
362 Cor.11:3Gen.3v13The serpent beguiled EveConfirms the Genesis accountEve
37Col.2v4Gen.3v13Lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
381 Tim.2:14Gen.3v13The woman, being deceived.Confirms the Genesis account
39Rom.5:12–21Gen.3v17-19Death came upon all men because of Adam’s sinConfirms the origin of deathAdam
401 Cor.15:21–22Gen.3v17-19For since by man came death…for as in Adam all die…Confirms the origin of deathAdam
41Rev.22v1-3Gen.2 / 3River, tree of life, the curse
42Rev.22v14Gen.2 / 3Access to the tree of life
43Jude 11Gen.47 passages confirming the Genesis account of Cain & Abel.The way of CainThe way of CainCain
44Mt.23:35Gen.4v4The blood of righteous AbelJesus confirms the existence of Abel & accounts him righteous.Abel
45Heb.11v4Gen.4v4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than CainThe apostle confirms that Abel offered more than Cain.Abel, Cain
461 Jn.3:11–12Gen.4v8Not as Cain who…slew his brotherCain killed (Gr butchered) AbelCain
47Lk.11:51Gen.4v8From the blood of AbelAbel the first slain prophetAbel
48Heb.12:24Gen.4v8The blood of AbelEndorsement of the murder of AbelAbel
49Lk.3v38Gen.4v25Seth the son of AdamAdam, Seth
50Mt.1v1Gen.5v1The book of the generations ofAdam
51Acts 17:26Gen.5 & 10And hath made of one blood all nations of menAll nations descended from one man & made by God.
52Lk.3v38Gen.5v6Enos the son of SethJesus is a descendent of AdamSeth, Enos
53Jude 14Gen.5v18fEnoch the seventh from AdamEnoch the seventh from AdamEnoch, Adam
54Heb.11:5Gen.5v24And was not found, because God had translated himTranslation of EnochEnoch
55Lk.3v37Gen.5v9Cainan the son of EnosCainan, Enos
56Lk.3v37Gen.5v12Mahaleel the son of CainanMahaleel, Cainan
57Lk.3v37Gen.5v15Jared the son of MahaleelJared, Mahaleel
58Lk.3v37Gen.5v18Enoch the son of JaredEnoch, Jared
59Lk.3v37Gen.5v21Methuselah the son of EnochMethuselah, Enoch
60Lk.3v37-36Gen.5v25Lamech the son of MethuselahLamech, Methuselah
61Lk.3v36Gen.5v28-29Noah the son of LamechNoah, Lamech
62Lk.3v36Gen.5v32Shem the son of NoahShem, Noah
63Heb.11:7Gen.66 passages confirming the Genesis Flood recordNoah…prepared an arkNoah building the arkNoah
64Mt.24:38Gen.7v7The day that Noe entered into the arkJesus confirms the existence of Noah & the fact of the ark.Noah
65Lk.17:26–27Gen.6-7The days of NoahNoah
661 Pet.2v5Gen.6-7God saved Noah…bringing in a flood
671 Pet.3:20Gen.7Eight souls were saved by waterConfirms the detail in Genesis that 8 were saved in the ark
682 Pet.3:5–6Gen.1 & 7Earth formed out of and destroyed by water
69Rev.18v5Gen.11v4Reached unto heaven
70Lk.3v36Gen.11v11Arphaxad the son of ShemArphaxad, Shem
71Lk.3v35Gen.11v14Eber the son of SalahEber, Salah
72Lk.3v35Gen.11v17Peleg the son of EberPeleg, Eber
73Lk.3v35Gen.11v18Reu the son of PelegReu, Peleg
74Lk.3v35Gen.11v20Serug the son of ReuSerug, Reu
75Lk.3v34Gen.11v22Nahor the son of SerugNahor, Serug
76Lk.3v34Gen.11v24Terah the son of NahorTerah, Nahor
77Lk.3v34Gen.11v26Abraham the son of TerahAbraham, Terah
78Acts 7v3Gen.12v1Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred…the land that I shall shew thee.
79Gal.3:8Gen.12v3In thee shall all nations be blessedPaul quotes Gen.12 as a written Scripture existing in the time of Abram.Abram
80Gal.3:16Gen 12v7 13v15 22v17-18 24v7Thy seedPaul refers to the “seed” references in Genesis.
81Heb.5:1–10Gen.14v18-20Order of MelchizedekPriesthood of MelchizedekMelchizedek
82Heb.6:20–7:17Gen.14v18-20Order of MelchizedekPriesthood of MelchizedekMelchizedek
83Rom.4v3Gen.15v6It was counted to him for righteousnessAbraham
84Rom.4v22Gen.15v6It was imputed to him for righteousnessAbraham
85Gal.3:6Gen.15v6It was accounted to him for righteousnessAbraham
86Jas.2v23Gen.15v6It was imputed unto him for righteousnessAbraham
87Rom.4v17Gen.17v5I have made thee a father of many nations.Abraham
881 Pet.3:6Gen.18v12My lord being old alsoEndorsement of Sarah’s attitude to AbrahamSarah
89Gal.4:22–31Gen.16-21Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, IsaacAbraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, Isaac
90Jn.7:22Gen.17Circumcision…is…of the fathersCircumcision came from the patriarchs
91Phil.3v5Gen.17v12Circumcision on the 8th day.
92Mt.10v15Gen.19Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.People of Sodom & Gomorrah will be judged
93Mt.11:23–24Gen.19Sodom X2Jesus endorses Gen.19 – destruction of Sodom.
94Mk.6v11Gen.19Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
95Lk.17:28–29Gen.19But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstonefrom heaven and destroyed them all.Jesus confirms the fiery destruction of SodomLot
96Lk.17:32Gen.19v26Remember Lot’s wifeJesus confirms the warning of Lot’s wife.Lot’s wife
97Lk.10:12Gen.19SodomMore tolerable for Sodom in the judgment
982 Pet.2:6–8Gen.19Sodom and Gomorrah punished and Lot savedSodom and Gomorrah punished and Lot saved
99Jude 7Gen.19Sodom and Gomorrah…fireSodom & Gomorrah destroyed by fire
101Mt.1v2Gen.21v2Abraham begat IsaacAbraham, Isaac
102Lk.3v34Gen.21v2Isaac the son of AbrahamIsaac, Abraham
103Gal.4v30Gen.21v10Cast out this bondwoman and her sonHagar, Ishmael
104Heb.11:17–22Gen.22Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac and the seedEndorsement of Abraham’s sacrifice of IsaacAbraham, Isaac
105Jas.2:21–23Gen.22Abraham’s sacrifice of IsaacEndorsement of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac + Q of Gen.15v6Abraham, Isaac
106Heb.6:14Gen.22v17Blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.Endorses God’s blessing of Abraham
107Acts 7:2–14Gen.12-50History of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and JosephAbraham, Isaac, Jacob & Joseph
108Lk.1v73Gen.22v16God’s oath to Abraham
109Mt.1v2Gen.25v26Isaac begat JacobIsaac & Jacob
110Lk.3v34Gen.25v26Jacob the son of IsaacJacob, Isaac
111Heb.12:16Gen.25v33Who for one morsel of meat sold his birthrightEndorsement of the character of EsauEsau
112Heb.12:16–17Gen.27v34–38When he would have inherited the blessing he was rejected.Esau
113Jn.1:51Gen.28The angels of God ascending and desending.Jesus alludes to Jacob’s vision
114Mt.1v2Gen.29-30Jacob begat Judas and his brethrenJacob, Judah & his brothers
115Lk.3v33-34Gen.29v35Judah the son of JacobJudah, Jacob
116Acts 7v8Gen.29-30And Jacob begat the twelve partriarchsJacob’s 12 sons
117Lk.1v35Gen.30v23Elisabeth quotes the words of Rachel.
118Acts 7v9Gen.37v26-28And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt.History of JosephJoseph
119Mt.1v3Gen.38v27-30Judas begat Pharez & Zarah of TamarPharez, Zarah, Tamar
120Lk.3v33Gen.38v27-30Pharez the son of JudahPharez, Judah
121Acts 7v10Gen.41v41Pharaoh king of Egypt…made him governor over Egypt.
122Acts 7v11Gen.41v54Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan
123Acts 7v12Gen.42v1-2But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.
124Acts 7v13Gen.45v3And at the second time Joseph was made known unto his brethren.
125Acts 7v13Gen.47v1-10And Joseph’s kindred was made known unto Pharaoh
126Rev.5:5Gen.49v9Lion of JudahJudah
127Rev.7v14Gen.49v11And have washed their robes…in blood
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