Ever asked for instructions and received conflicting directions?
“How do I get blood stains out of carpet?”
- Use baking soda.
- Use ammonia.
- Use shaving cream.
- You might want to stop the bleeding before you worry about the carpet.
The rules of grammar are different based on what school you go to. English majors are passionate about whether the Oxford comma is correct or not. In all depends on whether you’ve been instructed in AP style, Chicago, or MLA. (And for those who care, that last sentence included an Oxford comma, which every law-abiding patriot who believes in truth, justice, and the American way knows is correct. Hey, I just used another Oxford comma!)
For a humorous look at the battle over grammar, read this from The Onion.
And then there are doctors. We’re talking science and medicine, right? But doctors don’t always agree on the best course of action. I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic since college, and over the years different doctors have advised me in different ways to stay on top of this chronic disease. I’m tempted to go to the source many people trust for medical advice: the Internet.
When it comes to advice or instruction, I just want three things:
- It’s consistent.
- It’s true.
- It works.
The Bible meets that criteria.
- It’s consistent because God is consistent. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8).
- It’s true because it comes from the One who is Truth (John 14:6). God cannot lie (Heb. 6:18).
- It works because God is the author. God’s Word “will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isa. 55:11).
The Bible won’t tell me how to get blood stains out of carpet, but it will tell me how to keep from sin, live in purity and righteousness, and live forever. In other words, the Bible fully instructs me in the things I really need to know.
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word” (Ps. 119:9).