Why Do You Believe The Bible?
And how much of it do you actually believe?
That it is the living Word of God manifest? Inerrant?
Or is it just some old story? That has some good ideas on how to live, but isn't all relevant to the world so much these days? Because even among believers these days, for as much as they actually live out what It says, this is where we are with it these days.
I want professed believers. Because I don’t think that in today’s Christian society there are nearly as many followers of Christ as there are people paying lip service that is worthless in the Kingdom. You’ll notice that I switched from believers to followers of Christ? This was intentional, as it must all be, because we know from scripture that even the enemy is a believer. He knows, he believes. He doesn’t do. But, we’ll get to that.
What do you tell people when they ask you this? Why do you believe the Bible? How much actual foundation lies in the answer? What about your walk with Jesus tells the story that brings others looking? I’ll tell you my answer later in the piece. I can’t claim it as mine, I stole it from Vodie Baucham because it’s amazing and correct. Because brothers, sisters, and dear children in the faith or in life, we need, not only need, but are commanded to, give answer in this manner. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us (all followers) like this: “…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
What you believe, why you believe it, and to be able to communicate that effectively. This is a big deal. In the first place, it’s your foundation. If it’s uninformed, unsure, compromised, or just generally polluted, what is holding it up when the storms come? And they come. But furthermore, this lifeline that you’re charged with extending to the walking dead among us needs to be as effective as possible to reach the ears meant to hear. Especially the ones who think they’re already alive in Christ.
Their teachers will have much to answer for on that day. So much faith these days is built on sand. And worse, thin air. When I’m more offended by the fact that you confronted my sin than I am that my sin offended God, there is something fundamentally wrong with my understanding. Of love, of life, of how things actually work, and most importantly, I have no clue as to the character of God. These days my faith is based on my experience. How it makes me feel. What I “know” on the inside. So much so that I don’t gauge the rightness and wrongness of things based on the facts, but rather, on how they make me feel.
J: Man, that was awesome!
G: Did you catch that it was also heretical?
J: You’re so judgmental.
Catch the drift? And whose master plan do you suppose this is all feeding into anyway? As Christ followers we’re not supposed to be judgmental, we’re supposed to be loving. My Jesus has a lamb on His shoulders. And hair just like a shampoo model.
Does any of this seem familiar? More importantly, does any of it sound right? Ok, so, why do you believe and what?
I believe because it’s a reliable historical document written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They report supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies. And, they claim their writings are Divine rather than human in origin.
It is completely falsifiable and wasn't. It has revealed truths centuries before they occurred and others centuries before we, in our infinite intellect, have only just found.
A worldview based solely on the Bible's teaching today, while seen as ignorant and uneducated, antiquated, stands unchallenged, substantially on every level, by today's so called science. While their fairy tales ignore inconvenient facts and are based on assumptions that someone dreamed up as an explanation. Literally. And theories that leak like a sieve when you try and actually implement them.
It works like this. We all have beliefs and preferences in place that we've accumulated over the course of our lives. These beliefs, of necessity, are chains that lock us into particular ideas and out of everything else that may be happening. The lies of the enemy are so firmly entrenched in our reality that we have no idea just how far from God we have fallen in this world today. Words like sacred, holy, they have no real meaning to us. Lit. Woke. This is what we have.
We have been taught many things that are outright lies and half truths. Stay tuned right here for my ongoing quest for absolute Biblical truth and no other.
I'll tell you things that will shake your foundations. And, if they can shake, they need to. So you know where your roots truly are and should be. Love Family.