There is a challenge with books though. They are written by men and women who make errors. For example, while I was in seminary there were two well-known Christian authors who were on either side of an issue. They were essentially writing books in response to each other’s positions. I took an inter-session class with professors from systematic theology and Bible in which we examined each of the author’s arguments as well as checking the sources they quoted. We also looked at the Biblical basis of each of their positions. We found that both authors misquoted their sources to support their argument.
I am preparing for an eight week class on a controversial topic. I have a position for which I am trying to find opposing Biblical arguments. I recently acquired a book that I thought would serve that purpose. However, as I read through the first chapter that laid the foundation for the argument of the book, I found that the author misrepresented the historical facts surrounding the issue. So he either did not carefully research his understanding of the facts or either purposefully misrepresented them. I choose to believe the first.
Jeremiah 8:8 speaks to this at some level. In the case of Jeremiah’s context, deception was intentional. I am sure that not all errors in books today are intentional. Some are in a hurry to publish and in that rush do not spend adequate time proof reading their work. There are typos in my book and workbook.
There are false teachings published. There are false teachers who sell books. A lot of books. 2 Peter 2:1 promises this. Printing is not equal to truth. As with hearing a message, we are to emulate the Berean Christians, Acts 17:11. We are to check what an author says against the Word of God.
Not to do so leaves us open to accepting something that is written very well but is nevertheless false.