Someone has written a poem that talks about the problem of using a spell-checking program on a computer. The first stanza says:
I have a spelling checker
I disk covered four my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot see.
The words are spelled correctly, but they aren’t the right words to convey the message of the writer. It’s proof positive that if you’re looking to the wrong source for correctness, then you aren’t right.
It’s like that with matters of faith. It is possible to trust the wrong source of information about spiritual things. For instance, there are people who teach that salvation depends on keeping rituals, performing good works, joining a church, or being baptized. But they are wrong. So where can we go for the truth? We need a perfect, fool-proof source. That source is the Bible. God’s Word says that salvation is by grace through faith. “It is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).
There are so many sources of information today, it’s easy to pick the wrong one. Be sure you carefully check out what you hear and read about God and eternal life. The Bible is the only source of what is true and right.
The Bible is a gift from God,
A lamp of truth and light;
It searches heart and soul and mind,
And tells us what is right. —Bosch
Like a compass, the Bible always points you in the right direction.