On Wednesday mornings I meet with a friend of mine for breakfast and Bible Study. He is a newer believer in Jesus and it has been awesome to see him grow in his faith. As Christians we do not see the Bible as just a good book but as the Word of God and as the standard and truth we should live by. This is quite opposite to the prevailing view of “What’s true for you may not be true for me.” That many people say they live by.
I think when pushed many people only believe in “relative ethics” as long as they are not affect personally or the line of their own personal sense of justice is not crossed. For instance, many people would say that it’s ok for a person to steal if they are hungry but would not be pleased if they were the one who was stolen from.
We all understand the need for standards. We expect that when we buy a home it was built up to code and when we purchase a car the wheels will not fly off on the highway. Standards are all around us, we stop on a red and go on a green because we know if not there will be chaos. Yet, when it comes to ethics we would like things to be “relative”.
For me I endeavour to live my life by the truth of God’s Word and here are four reasons why I have put my trust (Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.) in the Bible.
1) The Bible Claims To Be True
- “The Word of the Lord is right and true” (Psalm 33:4 NIV);
- “Every word of God is flawless” (Proverbs 30:5 NIV);
- “No prophecy ever originated from humans. Instead, it was given by the Holy Spirit as humans spoke under God’s direction” (2 Peter 1:21 GW).
Ok, but doesn’t every holy book claim to be true? Do you have anything else for me to consider? Well, actually I do.
This is Nobel Prize Winner Sir William Ramsey, he set did not believe the Bible was the inspired Word of God and he set out to prove his point. He set out for Asia Minor to disprove the Book of Acts written by Luke. After much digging and investigation here was his conclusion. “Luke’s history is unsurpassed in respect to its trustworthiness” He wrote a book called “St. Paul the Traveler and Roman Citizen” For more on the Bible and archaeology read here.
3) Biblical Prophecy
Now let me begin by saying the if you Google Bible Prophecy you will find every wacko on earth!!! However, there are many Old Testament prophecies that have been fulfilled that give credence to faith in the Biblical Text:
- Micah 5:2 – Predicts Jesus being born in Bethlehem Fulfilled in Luke 9:4-5,7
- Malachi 3:1- Predicts John the Baptist Fulfilled in Luke 7:24,27
- Zechariah 11:12-13 – Predicts 30 pieces of silver Fulfilled in Matthew 27:3-10
For more on Bible prophecy being fulfilled read more here.
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I celebrated our 22nd Wedding Anniversary and I almost blew the whole thing. I found out that the hotel I booked was not really as wonderful and nice as they presented themselves to be. The site www.oyster.com has dedicated itself to visiting hotels to examine if what they say in their advertising is actually true.
One thing that you will find about Scripture is that there is not covering up a story or editing out the uncomfortable parts the books is raw but that makes it real.
- Abraham deceived about Sarah being his sister
- Miriam and Aaron criticized their brother Moses
- David had an affair with Bathsheba
- Peter bailed on Jesus in His time of need
The book shows real people with real problems dealing with a real God.
If you are interested in exploring the Bible for yourself here is a link that will give you a variety of reading plans such as 30 Days With Jesus and a 30 Bible Overview read more
Related Post: Here is a post from Justin Taylor dealing with the Bible, myths and seeming contradictions read more