What does the Bible have to say about its own preservation? Does God value His word enough to preserve it?
Proverbs 30:5 (King James Bible)
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
How important is it that we know what we are worshipping? If we promote another gospel than the one Christ gave us then we are accursed. As the below passage illustrates, if we give our heart to a teaching or writing that is not of God, our souls are ensared and we need deliverance:
And none considereth in his heart,
neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say,
I have burned part of it in the fire;
yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof;
I have roasted flesh, and eaten it:
and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination?
shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
20 He feedeth on ashes:
a deceived heart hath turned him aside,
that he cannot deliver his soul,
nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?
2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
A Bible which was delivered to us inspired, and then was allowed to leaven with the accumulated errors of thousands of years, would hardly point to an all-powerful, all-wise Creator. It would be difficult to entrust our salvation in Jesus Christ to the very same God who could not keep His word. In fact, if God’s word has not been perfectly preserved as He has told us, how can we be certain about the security of our salvation? Thankfully, we don’t need to concern ourselves with such things, because just as God promised us that no one could “pluck” His believers out of His hand, He promised that He would keep His words pure forever.
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Your friend in Christ,