Proverbs 30: The Bible Rocks
It is interesting how it seems like the Bible always had the tradition of preservation. The accuracy with which the scribes were able to copy the Bible was remarkable. They obviously held the Bible in very high regard and did not want to corrupt the message whatsoever.
We generally talk about this in AD-times. We generally have these discussions in apologetics to defend the reliability of the gospel and the historicity of the person of Jesus Christ. These types of discussions help establish the fact that we can trust what the Bible says as an accurate historical document at the very least.
However, I came into Proverbs 30 today, and I came across a very similar sentiment.
Pro 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Pro 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Even at this point in history, there was the understanding that it was important to make sure that the word of God remained pure and unspoiled by humans. It is interesting to see the logical proof that can come out these two verses.
- The word of God is pure.
- The words out of humans might not be pure.
- We want the Bible to be pure (implied).
- Therefore humans should not add to the word of God.
I know that I added an implied premise in there, but I think you can certainly get that from the tone of the passage.
Even this early in history, there was this idea that the word of God was something different than the word of humans. Even if humans have ideas that they think might be good to add to the Bible, notice the counsel here. What if you added something to the Bible that was wrong? Humans apparently are not always right. That would entirely ruin the purity of the document if we start adding what we want to add to it.
I think the practical application for us is that we need to not add things to our personal interpretation of the Bible. Very few of us are going to be copying Bibles by hand, but when we read the Bible, we want to be very careful that we don’t bring outside baggage into the text.
For example, let’s say that I think it is really important for there not to be any rock music in church. I don’t believe that at all, but for the sake of argument, I know there are people that hold that position. That is obviously a stylistic preference on my part. I simply don’t prefer that type of music, and I don’t think that it helps the atmosphere that we ought to have in church.
I should not elevate that to the level of a Biblical doctrine though. Why? It is not in the Bible. I can certainly cherry pick verses out of context to try to defend my position, but that’s the kind of thing we’re talking about trying to avoid here.
The Bible is the most important book in the world. As a result, we need to respect it for what it is and not add in things that we really want to be there based on our personal preferences. There was obviously a purpose behind it, and that purpose was not to have us jump in the middle and mess with it.