We do not strive for perfection, for that is impossible this side of heaven. But we do strive for progress.
There is old hymn called "Standing on the Promises." But it's hard to stand on promises that you don't know exist. We must focus on Christ, and set His Word as our foundation. Only then can we endure the storms that are most certainly on their way.
History can help us see the Bible as not just words on a page, but as evidence of real events and people that have walked the earth. The words of the Bible testify to their experiences and how the Gospel was real to them and shows that the Gospel has been true and stood the test of time in a tangible and real way.