There was a time in my life, shortly after my auto accident miracle and conversion that I relate in my Personal Testimony, when I asked myself what is my ultimate unwavering unquestionable standard of truth.
At the time my life turned toward God and away from the things of the world, and I felt a need to identify my own personal standard of truth so I could make the decisions necessary to move forward in my life. The biggest sticky point for me was what church or religion was I going to trust to guide into my new life.
There was no doubt that God had directed the miracle I experienced that day and my eyes were suddenly fixed on Him for direction in my future. I felt a need to decide if I was going to look to the religion of my childhood — Roman Catholicism — or another denomination or doctrine or means of guidance going forward into my future.
It was during these days post conversion that I knew the only standard of truth I could identify and rely on is the Bible. The Bible became my standard of truth above my religious childhood experience because the Roman Catholic church claims authority over the Bible and I realized I was at odds with that belief.
Those days and that decision was over 40-years ago and still the Bible is the only standard of truth for my life. So here I wish to share some things about this that I hope will encourage you to adopt the Bible as the only standard of truth for your life, too.
I’ll begin by sharing the argument I first had to struggle with regarding choosing the Bible over the Catholic church as the standard of truth. While Catholicism claims the authority over Bible interpretation for our surety and safety in defining truth, the Bible promises that the Holy Spirit “will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).
I probably need to add that the guiding work of the Holy Spirit in interpreting Scripture is not a free-for-all because we compare the Bible with the Bible for its own interpretations. We trust in the Spirit of God as we are “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and as we’re “comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Corinthians 2:13) all while “precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isaiah 28:9-10).
It has been said that there are more than 3000 verses in the Bible that declare itself inspired or the standard of truth for mankind. 2 Peter 1:21 states that God’s Word did not come “by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
The Bible is made up of 66 books written by 44 different authors over a 1500 year period of time. The commonality is the Holy Spirit’s leading and protection because throughout history men have tried to abolish the Bible. Today, we have the advantage of having evidence of God’s hand in its existence by its fulfilled prophecies, archaeology discoveries, cohesive unity, and accurate revelations.
Despite man’s attempt to halt its publishing, its own testimony continues to be proven. In Matthew 24:35 the Lord said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Psalm 12:6-7 states, “The words of the Lord are pure words…shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Psalm 119:160 states,“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
Holding to the Bible as your standard of truth means you don’t need to follow every wave of religious thought or spiritual search for value or meaning in life. Having a biblical faith is a daily walk with the Creator God, not a wondering with mankind’s escape from hopelessness.
Romans 15:4 tells us that the Bible was “written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” When we believe and uphold the Bible we become “wise unto salvation through faith” (2 Timothy 3:15) and in them we “eternal life: and they are they which testify of” Jesus as the Savior (John 5:29).
So, what’s your standard of truth? What do you recognize as your ultimate unwavering unquestionable standard of truth in our sin fallen world?
For me, the Bible is the standard of truth that defines and directs my life and behavior. I hold whole heartily to John 17:17 which states “thy word is truth” and John 8:32 which states “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”