If you’ve hung with me at all, or visited Lord of Glory, I hope you realized this: I love the Bible, and we’re a church that loves to teach the Bible. We believe the Bible to be inspired (it comes from God) and inerrant (it has no errors). And it oozes practical wisdom. What’s taught within it has stood the test of time, it will help you navigate through life, and has power within it to change us.
Yet you’ve probably noticed something else- we live in a culture that is increasingly skeptical of absolute truth claims. How can anyone dare to say that something is true? How can truth fully be known?
With this in mind, our recent Explore God question- Is the Bible Reliable– was totally on point. How do we as Christians who love the Bible speak of the Bible to an increasingly skeptical culture? How do we handle friends and loved ones with questions about the reliability of the Bible? Bottom line- if the Bible is truly foundational to who we are and what we believe, does someone need to fully accept the Bible as true before they take steps of faith?
Here’s the short answer that likely requires a great deal more unpacking than a quick email devotion- no.
We are Christians, not Biblicists. Our faith is ultimately in who Jesus is and what He has done in the cross and empty tomb. Think about- there were Christians for generations before the New Testament ever came to be. We love the Bible because it is true and tells of Jesus, but Jesus is ultimately our foundation and center.
So when we encounter questions about the Bible, hear them out. When appropriate, point out all the evidence that supports historical reliability of the Bible (there is tons). But ultimately, let’s point people to Jesus, and encourage them to meet Him as “the author and finisher of their faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
For more on this, you can hear last week’s message here.
Peace to you,Pastor Brian