According to the Pew Research Center, Christians make up the majority of U.S. adults—71%—yet only 35% of Americans actually say they read the Bible weekly. Pew surveys found that 63% of evangelical Protestants and 61% of members of historically Black Protestant churches said they read the Bible weekly. But is the Bible reliable? Anyone who believes God can do anything knows He can guide error-prone humans to produce writings that accurately say what He wants people to know. The question is not can God do this but did He do this in the document we call the Bible. Scripture itself claims that He did. One place is 2nd Timothy Chapter 3. There the Apostle Paul writes, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” Since the Bible itself makes the claim that the Scriptures are God-breathed and therefore accurate, we should not only treat them as sacred, we should regard them as our guide through life. We should study them, trust them, and obey them.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More