Of course God’s Word is to be “a lamp to our feet and a light to our path” (Psalm:119:105). But what does that mean from a practical standpoint? After all, we live in a world that has advanced technologically far beyond the relatively simple society of the psalmists and apostles. The Bible isn’t a medical manual, nor is it a handbook for making out an income tax return. How can it be a practical guide for us today? In studying the Bible, we must remember:
1. The Bible doesn’t claim to cover any subject, but whatever it says about any subject is without error, because the entire Bible is inspired of God and therefore infallible. In those areas that are not the primary focus of the Bible, we may look outside its pages for counsel, but nothing should be accepted that is not in agreement with what the Bible says related to that subject or which violates general principles in God’s Word.
2. When it comes to our relationship with God through Christ, what the Christian life consists of, how that life is to be lived, and the power for doing so, the Bible claims to offer the only and complete truth.
We must look to no other source for what God declares that He alone can supply. Whatever claims to supplement that of which God says He has given us all can only be a counterfeit, no matter how closely it seems to be in agreement with God’s truth.
Dave Hunt, Beyond Seduction: A Biblical Return to Christianity, Harvest House Publisher 1987, pp. 125-26