Q. Is salvation dependent on believing that the Bible is completely true? For example, is it important that I believe that Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale and spit back out? Or that Moses actually parted the Red Sea?
A. The only thing required for salvation is to believe that when Jesus died on the cross, He was dying for your sins so you could be forgiven and live forever with Him (John 3:16, John 6:28-29).
But the Bible is God’s Word, given to us so we can learn about Him and what He’s done for us, and it’s chock full of things that are provably true. If we reject some of His word, aren’t we saying that we don’t think He’s always truthful with us?
And if we don’t believe everything He says is true, how can we believe we’re really saved? After all, we only have His word for it. You wouldn’t automatically believe anyone else who you suspected of being untruthful with you in the past.
So it seems to me that if we’re going to trust Him when He says we have eternal life, we should be willing to trust Him for everything else He said, too.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).