“The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. ” (Matthew 19:3–9, KJV)
As Jesus responded to the question of the Pharisees we note that He referred them to the Scriptures. Over and over again we find Jesus turning the people back to the Scriptures to get the answers to their questions. Here he asks, “Have you not read..?” Jesus then quoted to them the instance in which God gave Adam his wife and explained to them that, since the two were joined together by God, they should not be divided.
Jesus viewed the Scriptures as the authority for doctrine and morality.
Jesus also viewed the Scriptures as the inspired Word of God. Note how Jesus used Genesis 2:24-25. He takes the words penned by Moses and says, “He which made them at the beginning..said…” In other words, Jesus was stating that while Moses wrote it, God had spoken it. Jesus viewed the Scriptures as the inspired Word of God.
Jesus also viewed the Scriptures as the inerrant Word of God. He did not seek to correct the creation account of Genesis chapters one and two. He did not even add any words of qualification as though He had reservations about the cosmology of the creation account. Jesus simply accepted and asserted that the Genesis creation account was correct!
Someone may reply saying, “Yes, but people in Jesus day, and Jesus Himself, didn’t have the scientific knowledge that we have today! There was no way for them to understand that the earth could not have come into being in six literal, twenty-four hour days.” To the one who replies in such a fashion I must ask this question: Do you truly think that the eternal Son of God was that ignorant? Do you think that Jesus was fallible in His reasoning? If so, you need to reevaluate your understanding of Jesus.
Another may reply, “Well, Jesus knew better, but was simply speaking in an accommodating manner.” To which I can only sigh and remind said person that if Jesus did so, He was being deceitful- and that is sinful. If that is how you view Jesus, I must ask you why you even have any respect for Him or the Bible. Such a view should certainly be repented of.
Finally, Jesus believed that the Scriptures were verbally inspired. He applied the Scriptures with the understanding that the very words were given by God. While the Pharisees stated the Moses “commanded” them to give a writing of divorcement, Jesus replied that Moses “suffered”, or allowed, them to do so. In other words, there is a difference between “command” and “suffer”. The word “suffer” (allow) was the word given in Deuteronomy chapter twenty-four. Jesus took the fact that the word “suffer” was used and explained that something that is allowed is not necessarily commanded. There is a difference. He could only have done so if the very words of Scripture were given by inspiration.
How do you view the Scriptures?
Too often we find people today who have accepted much of the old German higher critical scholarship. I have no problem stating that I am a Fundamentalist. I have no problem accepting the Scriptures and holding to a high view of the Scriptures.
Should there arise a conflict between science and the Scriptures, I shall accept the fact that
- my interpretation of the Scripture is incorrect
- science in incorrect
I see no alternative. When we bring the Scriptures into question and doubt their veracity we question the very character and veracity of the sinless Son of God Who preached and taught the Scriptures as being authoritative, verbally inspired, and inerrant.
That is absolutely unacceptable.