At the LBGTQ+ interfaith panel discussion this last Wednesday, one of the panel members stated that what was written 2,000 years ago may not apply today and may have been incorrectly written down.
I guess no one let Paul know before he wrote 2 Timothy. Apparently, Peter didn’t get the memo either before writing 2 Peter, where he says that Paul’s letters are scripture. Since nothing in Paul’s letters are in conflict with other Scripture, if there are any transcription errors, they must be minor and inconsequential.
If all Scripture is inspired by God and if Paul’s letters are Scripture, I’d have to say that they apply today, since numerous verses in the Bible claim that God is unchangeable.
The Dead Sea Scrolls predate Paul and have no significant differences with the Old Testament we use today, except for the omission of the Book of Esther. This would indicate that the Old Testament is reliable. Even if you believe it only applies to ancient Israel, it still reveals the nature of God, things that please Him and things He hates.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
2 Peter 3:15-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.