2 Timothy 3:16: “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.”
I thought I would start with this passage, since the basis of Scripture as truth is pretty much foundational to everything else. It is important to establish that first, before looking at anything else, because if Scripture is just the writings of men, then there is no reason to trust it if it doesn’t seem to make sense.
But this passage from Timothy shows clearly that Scripture is given by God for our edification. The “inspiration of God” is literally “God-breathed” which reflects the spirit and power of God working through these words to bring us truth. From Scripture we can then learn everything else we need to know about God and his plan for mankind. It may not be obvious all at once, but the more we study, the more we learn and the more we are able to learn.
More can be said about studying Scripture, of course, but here I just want to emphasize the point that it should be the source and highest authority for truth for God’s people because it was essentially written by God (and who knows more about creation than God does?). Regardless of which prophet or apostle wrote which parts, there are over five hundred verses that literally say, “God said…” There are over a thousand more that use other titles or phrases to refer to God saying something. And there are countless verses that are indicated in one way or another as God’s words without having it explicitly stated.
If you consider yourself one of God’s children, why not find out what he has to say?