I knew of someone who struggled with believing in the bible because it didn’t match his own set of beliefs that he’d formed through his time living life. He’d formed his own code of what is right and wrong. Some of what he said seemed to agree with the principles of the bible and others did not. Even though he claimed to be a believer, it seemed as though he just agreed with whatever portions of the bible matched his personal code and disregarded the rest. As bad as this type of thinking could be for his own spiritual growth, think about what it would do if he tried to teach it to others. It would be nothing more than godless chatter. Second Timothy chapter 2, verses 16 through 18 says:
"Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some."
It is dangerous to choose to believe only what we want to agree with when it comes to our devotion to the bible. The entire bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit, so if we dismiss what we don’t want to agree with, or even worse – teach others to believe our own version of what we think the bible should be, we are wandering away from the truth and destroying the faith of some. So I encourage you, just as Timothy does, to avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
Timothy warns us to avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. The type of chatter that he is referring to is when we choose our own so called “wisdom” over biblical truth. When we begin to think that we know better than God, and we substitute what he deems as holy and right for what we consider holy and right, we are deceiving ourselves and worse – we deceive others if they choose to listen to us. So please, take the bible as total and pure truth. It is the Holy Scriptures inspired by the Holy Spirit. Even the cover of my copy says “Holy Bible” as to make sure I’m never confused.