When two people disagree over a Bible fact there can only be three possibilities.
Option A: “I am right and you are wrong.”
Option B: “I am wrong and you are right.”
Option C: We are both wrong.
Two people cannot disagree over a fact and both be right. Who was the first President of the United States? If we disagree on this point, someone (or both) is wrong. If I say Thomas Jefferson and you say George Washington, then we disagree. What can we do?
A lot of people would get angry and use our disagreement as an excuse to bicker about disagreeing. This is the way most people today handle disagreements, and if you don’t think so you haven’t watched 24-Hour News lately.
Getting angry about a disagreement doesn’t solve anything. It doesn’t encourage further study. It doesn’t reflect a mind that wants to know Truth. It doesn’t reflect a heart that wants to have unity. It’s the attitude of the Devil, not the Christian.
What we ought to do is go to the source of the fact. It doesn’t matter how vehemently I may wish to be right that Jefferson was the first President, the fact of history says it was George Washington. It doesn’t matter how much I may hate being wrong, the fact is…if I answered Thomas Jefferson then I was wrong.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
The Bible is not a book of opinions. It wasn’t written to divide but to unite. It’s a book of facts, history, prophesy and promises. Yes it contains great poetry, wisdom, and practical application, but it’s still a book of laws and expectations given from God to man. It is provided to us by God, not to confuse us or divide us, but to help us, to unite us, and to guide us from this life to the next.
We may disagree with each other, but the Bible would have us all agree with it!