Q. How can Christians claim that the Bible contains absolute truth? Isn’t that a little arrogant?
A. A merchant was visiting on a former cannibal island. One day while strolling in the peaceful surroundings he noticed a native reading a Bible. “In my country this book was considered outdated long ago,” he commented. The native answered, “Sir, if the Bible was outdated around here, you would have been eaten long ago.” This is the power of absolute truth.
Yet the trend today is to believe that there is no absolute truth, rather, many truths—a belief system known as “pluralism.” We frequently hear, “what is truth for you, is not neccesarily truth for me.” But let’s consider this for a moment. If there are no absolutes, that means there is no point of reference. And if there is no point of reference, how do I know that my truth is not error? The next step in this reasoning is that there is no error—everything is true! How absurd!
The problem with the belief that there are no absolutes is that the belief itself is contradictory. To prove it, you have to believe that there are absolutely no absolutes! Actually, it is more reasonable to say that all religions are wrong than to say that all of them are right. It is either right or wrong. There is no middle way. Without absolute truth we have chaos.
The Bible claims to contain absolute truth. How can we test its claims?
First, it is internally consistent. This in itself is proof of its claim. Although written by a number of authors, in different time periods, with different backgrounds, different occupations, and in different places, it still has the same message: salvation through Christ, which leads to harmony between heaven and fallen humanity. The God of the Old Testament is the same with the God of the New Testament. He is the One who inspired different writers to record different experiences and yet still give the same message. “For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6).
Second, the prophecies of the Bible have been fulfilled through history, with 100% accuracy. Modern psychics will not claim this success rate.
Third, Jesus said: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:34-35). The Bible has withstood the test of time. Despite the persecution in the Dark Ages, despite the barriers that certain systems and regimes have held against the Bible, the Word of God is still in our homes.
And finally, there is something about the Bible that nobody can doubt: it contains transforming power. Paul describes its life-changing power this way: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The Bible is an ancient book, but yet so current. It contains the same power today as it did in past ages. And millions of Christians will testify that they would give up everything rather than go back to a life without the God of the Bible. Just ask the former cannibal.