Recently I received a video clip in my mobile device announcing the archeological finding of the “remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern city of Ras Gharib.” This kind of news sounds great for Christians as it proves that the biblical event of Exodus is true all along! However I want to sound out a warning. Don’t just believe everything you see and read in the Internet nowadays. If you search the Internet you will also find other websites that called the above ‘discovery’ a hoax. In this age of information overload, what should be our approach regarding the many ‘so called’ scientific discoveries that inundate our computer websites and mobile devices?
We should develop a Berean mindset that “searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11). In other words, don’t just swallow ‘hook-line-and-sinker’ all the information you receive! Think critically and put them to the test by the Word of God! Paul exhorts Timothy to stand by what he learned so that he could stand against the tide of apostasy (2Tim. 3:1-9, 13). He gives three reasons why the Scripture is our only safeguard against apostasy as well as our success in Christian living and service in the last days.
1. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God”, speaks of its divine origin. It is no ordinary word for it is “God-breathed”. Hence it is both powerful and authoritative for us. Thus when we study and read God’s word, we come in contact with the life-giving and authoritative presence of God. We must come with a readiness to obey His word.
2. “and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” – speaks of its benefits. God’s word is beneficial for teaching, convicting, correcting and training in godly conduct. The first two are useful for our public ministry. The last two for our personal life. God’s word will benefit us so that we are consistent both in public and in the home.
3. “That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” - speaks of its purpose. It is to make us fully competent for every good work. The word ‘furnished’ has to do with ‘a machine sold in good condition … capable of performing the service expected of it’ (Rogers, “The Key to the Greek NT,” 506). If we follow Paul’s lead, we will hold faithfully to God’s word in a world where we shine as lights for Christ.
Rev. Mark Tay