Can I Trust The Bible? (Part 1)
We know so much about God because of what He has told us about Himself in His Word. The Bible is the Revelation of God. We know He is Eternal because of what the Bible teaches us about Him. We know that He is All-Powerful because of what the Bible teaches us about Him. We know He is All-Knowing, Everywhere-Present, and Unchanging because of what the Bible teaches us about Him. We know that God is Loving, Good, Kind, Patient, Holy, Just, Righteous, Compassionate, and Forgiving because of what the Bible teaches us about Him. We know that God Loves us so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for our sins by dying on the Cross. We know that God raised Jesus from death and promises us life after death and a home in Heaven with Him forever.
The Bible is a Treasure to Christians. We love it, believe it, and need it. We read it, memorize it, study it, and teach it to others. So why, if we know and believe these things about the Bible, do most people in the world not believe that the Bible is God’s Revelation? Why do many say they can’t trust the Bible? Why do they say it’s filled with mistakes? Why do they say the Bible is no different than any other book written by religious people about their religion? Why is the Bible so maligned and despised around the world? Why do governments spend so much time and effort to destroy copies of the Bible and those who believe it? Lots of questions, so let’s look for answers.
First, a little background about the Bible. It was written by more than 40 people over a period of about 1,500 years. Those people were from every walk of life, including kings, fishermen, poets, philosophers, and scholars. They lived and wrote on three different continents (Africa, Asia, and Europe). They wrote in three distinct languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek). They wrote about every imaginable area of life, including many controversial subjects. Their writing styles included historical, legal, allegorical, poetry, personal correspondence, parables, prophetic, apocalyptic, and biographical. They wrote about their failures as well as their successes. Some wrote from inside the walls of palaces; others from inside the walls of prisons. And the most amazing fact is that all of these people agree with each other! It’s almost as if one Author was behind the physical writing of 40+ authors (the Holy Spirit!). There is no other compilation of writings on earth that compare with the Bible.
I’ve decided to do something a little different in this series of studies. I’m going to coordinate the Faith and Self Defense Blog with the GraceLife Blog for the next several studies. This Faith and Self Defense Blog will look at what the Bible is and why we should believe it. The GraceLife Blog will look at how we should use the Bible in our personal lives and in service to God and others. In light of the current attacks on Christianity and the Bible in the United States and around the world, I cannot think of a more important use of my time and energy. I pray you will find the studies hopeful and helpful. If you would like add your own thoughts to these studies, please leave appropriate comments. If you have questions, please share those as well.
The goal of this special study series is simply to help in rebuilding the confidence Christians should have in the Bible, the desire they should have in knowing it intimately, and the work of sharing its Truths to the world.
In Christ’s Love and Grace,
Building Confidence Through Evidence
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