Saturday, January 17, 2009

Biblical Truth

A young man stated the Bible is not real. It was written by men, who make errors he said. It was selected by fallible men in councils, not by God. He doesn't believe in a 'real' Adam and Eve -- they are metaphors, as was the Flood, Moses, etc.

And that young man says he's a Christian. I do not understand how he could be, if he doesn't believe the Bible is the inspired word of God.

Yes, there are things in the Bible I would rather not face/discuss/understand. But they are there by God's design, not mine. I will NOT be a Thomas Jefferson and pull the portions of the Bible I like and reject the portions that do not fit my world.

Search for Bible verses holding the words: scripture fulfilled. One of my favorites is James 2:23 "And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God."

A really great one is John 19:28 "After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst."

I pray that this young man might come to thirst for the truth. The Bible is the inspired word of God. For a Christian not to accept that also negates the understanding of how scriptures were fulfilled from Christ's birth through His triumphant return. The scriptures speak to us across the entire span of God's plan for mankind.

This young man is nineteen and in college. Often young people feel a sense of freedom in college that they have not had before. They are often told by their professors -- authority figures -- to question beliefs in order to firm them. Why wipe the slate clean? Would it be of value to cease to walk just so one could learn all over again? Would it be of value to cease to read simply to learn anew?

Of course not! How silly, you say. I agree -- and that holds true for religious beliefs. Sure, they are the ones our parents shared, just as is our native tongue, ability to walk and ability to read. Don't toss them out just because an authority figure says we are adult enough to do so. Study them, discuss them, learn more about them.

Question beliefs. Be as the Bereans: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11)

Receive information, search the scriptures, do not clear them from the mind.

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