Not Just A Matter of Opinion

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

A favorite feature of one small town newspaper in Huntington, Pennsylvania is “Opinion Line.” Each week anonymous remarks are left on The Daily News answering machine and then printed in Saturday’s paper. Although the majority of the entries are negative in nature, many local residents say they can’t live without Opinion Line. They believe it is an effective way to keep abreast of what is going on in the community and a means of voicing complaints or concerns without naming names. Recently, however, a growing number of residents have become upset over reading comments that were written about them.

In a day when everyone believes they have a right to say whatever they want, without any consequences, it is important to distinguish between opinion and fact. Opinions, although stated strongly, may turn out to be completely false. A fact or truth, on the other hand, is absolutely reliable and credible. We can put our confidence in it. As Christians, it is important to remind ourselves, and others, that the Bible is not a collection of opinions but the very words of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16, the apostle Paul encouraged Timothy to stand firm in the faith, and not be swayed by the opinions of others, by asserting that “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, correcting, and training in righteousness.” The phrase “God breathed” indicates that the Bible is of divine authorship and was written down by men as they were directed by God. Therefore, it is completely true and accurate — right down to its smallest detail and prophecy. A person’s opinion about the Bible does not alter the nature of the inerrant and infallible Word of God.

So, when you read your Bible this week, remember that what you hold in your hands is a personal letter from God. It is filled with wisdom and truth, not the opinions of those who wish to remain anonymous.