Tim Challies writes on the importance of words and the necessity of correct translation to preserve confidence in the Bible. I agree with him.
I'll never forget teaching one Sunday and having a discussion with one of the class members on the meaning of the passage. Someone in the class said "that's just words", as if, somehow, the words were not important. If the words are the words of God, what could be more important?
It makes me think God is singing the old Bee Gees song: It's only words, but words are all I have, to take your heart away. He left us words to testify about himself. We should heed them.