Today is the first installment of my Moments of Truth segment. I truly hope this is going to become a regular feature on my blog, and I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I do.
I’ve been wrestling with this first post all week long, writing and re-writing; trying to wrap my brain around the topic, and doing my best to figure out how to post without sounding legalistic, biased, or rambling. I know I could have chosen one of a dozen different topics to start with – perhaps something a bit easier to explain, however, if I’m going to be using the Bible as my base of information, I’ve got to explain why I believe it is the only accurate source of information, right? So here goes….
Misconception: “The Bible can’t possibly be the inerrant, inspired words of God.”
The Bible was written over a period of about 2,000 years by several different authors, many of which lived at different times in history and in different regions of the Middle East. Yet, the message in all 66 books is the same – it all points toward Jesus and his plan of salvation. This is not a coincidence, and the message hasn’t changed.
Scripture is broken down into three main parts – God written commands and promises, Holy Spirit inspired prophecies, and Christ’s confirmation.
The Old Testament is a mixture of historical events, which have been proven time and time again through archeology; God’s promises and commands to the people of Israel (found in Genesis thru Job), such as the writing of the Ten Commandments in Exodus, and the deliverance of the Israelites into the promised land. And Holy Spirit inspired prophecies about the Messiah (found in the books of Psalm thru Malachi), which Christians know as Jesus.
The New Testament is primarily about Christ’s confirmation of the Old Testament prophecies and God’s written commands. The recorded life of Jesus (found in Matthew thru John) accurately fulfills over 85% of the prophecies that were written about him in the Old Testament, which is a mathematical impossibility considering these prophecies were written hundreds of years before Jesus was ever born. His plan of salvation is perfect in every sense of the word, and not accomplishable through human hands. The remaining books of the New Testament explain in detail Jesus’ plan of salvation and what we do after we’ve accepted it (found in Acts thru Jude). The New Testament ends with the book of Revelation, which is another Holy Spirit inspired book of prophecy and will be fulfilled at Jesus’ second coming.
Unfortunately, skeptics will be skeptics and continue to discount the validity, accuracy, and inspiration of the Bible. Most are unwilling to read through it for themselves, and seem to rely on the Discovery channel for their facts. Ultimately, accepting the inerrant nature of the Bible comes through faith – faith in the plan and faith in the Man.
“And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life [eternal life] and in the holy city [Heaven] that are described in this book.” Revelation 22:18-19
Remember, truth is truth, whether you believe it or not, whether you like it or not, and whether you choose to obey it or not.