Greetings to all;
Any successful ongoing study of God, or the discipline of Theology, should begin with a foundation, much like a contractor looking to build a house. The foundation must be strong enough to bear the weight of what is to be built upon it.
The Bible is the Word of God. Literally, it is God talking to all of us directly. It is the foundation of truth upon which the Christian faith rests. There is no more important or profound work of literature ever penned. In the Holy Scriptures, the Lord God tells us who He is, who we are, how the world was formed, where we came from, and for what purpose we were created. It tells us that God is holy, He is just, and God is love.
We were created by Him and for Him. Our relationship with the Lord was broken by sin, and it is a universal disease. No one is immune: "for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. Jesus came to heal that broken relationship between God an man and to give us eternal life.
The Bible tells us about this in detail as well as so much more. The problem is one of belief. Most of the world does not believe the Bible. There are true Christians, and these would be willing to die for their faith, as their Master did. Others, who only talk the talk, may go to a church; they may do some good deeds; they may even be very moral and have good values.
However, if they were pressed or challenged, because their faith isn't real, they may just fold like a deck of cards.
Many today make no bones about denying Scripture for a huge variety of reasons. One reason, a big one, is that they don't want to take responsibility for personal sin. It's uncomfortable, uncool. I just don't want to deal with this right now, or that wrongdoing is ancient history, etc.
Then there are those who scoff at the Bible, who hate it, hate Christians, hate Jesus, hate God. They are willing to kill to protect their belief system, which holds no place for their Creator.
I don't know if you fit into one of those categories, but it all really boils down to this: either we believe God or we don't. Ultimately, there are no fence sitters, no pacifists saying, "I'll sit this one out."
The good news is that God loves us all; the very sobering news is that we have a choice, and we cannot get out of making it. 1 John 5:12 puts it as simply and profoundly as possible: "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life."
The reason I've said all of this is to show why I want to spend several upcoming posts to illustrate why we can without question trust the Holy Scriptures. They are from God to us, and they are as relevant today as when they were first penned. Not believing the Bible is reliable holds many people back from investigating the Scriptures to see what God has to say to them. Tune in to future posts and give me the opportunity to show just how much we can trust what this wonderful book says. Prepare for the ride of your life as we discover the truth and dependability of God's word.
If you are a Christian, and this is old news to you, come along anyways. We'll learn more about the Lord together. Until the next post, God bless you...Mike. Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.