It is important not only on a personal level but also on a corporate level. I am a teacher, and I have influence over students in what I say. I want to continue to grow in my knowledge of the Bible in order to grow closer to God and responsibly influence my students.
It is important to know the veracity of the books of the New Testament. We can then be assured that the truth, wisdom and teaching recorded in the New Testament is as accurate as possible to what was originally written. Understanding the time period, the political and social structure of the societies and the geographic settings help us understand these were real people, living out these events in real time and the context and mind frame which they were receiving these words.
Although we are told that the “just shall live by faith”, it is important to know that we don’t have a “blind faith” as we can prove the authenticity of the writings of the New Testament as being true and correct because of the large amount of copies in existence. These copies come from a variety of sources and areas in the various regions of the Mediterranean area and are mostly similar with minimal seeming discrepancies. The reliability of the New Testament is better preserved than some of the other writings from the same era.
Though a bit deep, it is important to have accurate verification in order to interpret scripture as it was intended when written. Knowing that each person receives from the Holy Spirit the same in most cases, and differently in some, the organization and inclusion of books must also meet that criteria. Books such as the gospel of Thomas, a gnostic gospel written centuries after the original writings cannot be taken into consideration due to its lack of authenticity and emphasis on a side set of religious beliefs versus those who lived with Jesus, experienced Him, and were called by Him or to Him for Apostolic purposes.
There was a lot of information in this lesson that I did not grasp. However, minimally I can be certain that great, great care has been given to preserving the truth of scripture. This is very important to me because in this same lesson my eyes were opened to how many possible errors could have happened. With so many people translating the original into different languages with different cultures that unless there was great integrity involved many changes could have happened, and even some intentional in the wrong hands. I can see why people question the validity of the Bible since there are even variances between the Catholic Bible and the Protestant Bible.