Three reasons to believe in the Bible

Posted: August 27, 2015 in Ma-Papel (Paperworks), Theology
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Grateful for the privilege of serving in my alma mater, PCGS. (Photo by: El Cid Sayson)

Ever heard someone say “I love you” but still flirt around others? Ever received promises then only to find out that the person who promised you something didn’t really mean what they said?

Not that thought provoking. We know a lot of stories of heartbreaks and pain. Yet, we are just like that with God.

We claim to be Christians but we don’t really mean what we say. We promise God everything but give Him nothing.

To walk in God’s truth means TO DO what He says.

What is God’s truth? Why do we believe God?

Let me point out that God’s truth is the word of God.

We believe because…

#1 God’s word is authoritative.

The Old Testament is Scriptures. We read the words “Thus says the Lord” (Ex. 4:22; Josh 24:2; 1 Sam. 10:18). That was to obeyed without challenge or question. Hence, as we read through the Old Testament, we see God as He relates to His people. Jesus also quotes the Old Testament. The Apostle Paul would also use the Old Testament. This means that we can trust the Old Testament is indeed part of Scriptures.

New Testament is Scriptures. Peter refers to Paul’s writing as part of Scriptures (see 2 Peter 3:16). The church fathers (disciples of the disciples), would quote from the New Testament and call them Scriptures.

Therefore, it is indeed correct when Paul says “All Scriptures is inspired by God” (2 Timothy 3:16).

#2 God’s word is Clear. (Clarity of Scriptures)

As Grant Edwards pointed out in the book, Discipling another to love Jesus, the authors agree. 40 authors, 66 books over a span of 1,600 years agree on God’s plan of redemption and points to Jesus. There are over 300 prophecies of the coming of Christ and that is indeed something that we should think about.

Usually, we don’t understand Scripture because we a) Don’t read; b) hardened hearts; c) we needed to wait for further events and understanding. when we don’t understand God’s words, the problem is not really with Scriptures, the problem lies with us.

#3 God’s word is Sufficient.

The Bible contains ALL that is necessary for us. The Bible is written in such a way that all things necessary to become a Christian, live as a Christian, grow as a Christian are clear. When we don’t find specific answers to specific questions, we are not free to add to the commands (Rev. 22:18). We do not have the right to add/subtract anything in God’s word (Galatians 1:8).

The words of God in Scriptures is more than simply true, they are truth itself (John 17:17).

Hence, we believe. But we don’t just believe. We act on God’s word (James 1:22).

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Comments
  1. Steven Hoyt says:

    karen armstrong has a brilliant book, “the bible: a biography” as well as hastings rashdall’s “ideas of atonement in christian theology”.

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