What you need to do in order to understand the Bible is to understand that you CAN understand the Bible. That’s not an attempt to be cute, but it is a statement of fact. We’ve all heard that believing in the Bible is an “act of faith”. That depends on your definition of an “act of faith”. If your definition of an “act of faith” is to simply believe what you have been told by someone else at some point in your life, and that they are speaking the truth because they have had all these years of training and studying the Bible, you may have been misled.
Your believing the Bible should not rest on what someone else tells you it says. It should rest solely on factual evidence. Not on, “Well that’s just what I believe”, “That’s what I’ve been told it says”, or “That’s what my Professors said that it meant”. Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Did he just use the term factual evidence”? Yes, I did. Your eyes are just fine and I’m not crazy. (Well, let’s just go with your eyes are just fine. Whether I’m crazy or not depends on who you ask. If you ask me, I’ll tell you, “Of course I’m not crazy”. Which is the same thing all crazy people say when you ask them that question.)
And by factual evidence we mean, independent proof from an independent source as to the truthfulness of the Bible. Allow us to share some FACTS that the Bible stated long before they were proven by scientific discovery (Again, there’s nothing wrong with your eyes, we did use the term “scientific discovery”).
1. In Luke 17:34-36 Jesus is speaking in regards to His return. In v.34 He says this, “I tell you, IN THAT NIGHT there will be two in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left.” v.35 “Two will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left.” v.36 “Two will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.” v.37 “Two will be piloting a plane: one will be taken and the other left, and the plane will crash into the ground.” (No, verse 37 doesn’t really say that. We just wanted to throw in something that all you “Left Behind” fans would enjoy. LOL)
Now, Jesus was speaking to people that the norm was working when it is day and sleeping when it is night. So when He said “in that night” He was talking about a particular time period. In other words, at night when it’s dark. Then He went on to say, in v.35-36 that two would be grinding together and two will be working out in the field. They didn’t work out in the field back then at night. Why, you may ask, is that? Because electric lights had not yet been invented. So apparently Jesus KNEW that when it’s night on one part of planet earth, it’s daylight on the other. Where did He, the Living Word, get that knowledge? We’re talking 2,000 years ago. As far as the intellectuals were concerned, at that time, they didn’t even know the earth was round, much less that there are two continents on the other side of the planet. But Jesus knew because He spent so much time in prayer or in conversations with the Father.
2. In Matthew 24:21 Jesus said, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved;…” What Jesus is saying here is basically this, there will come a point in human history when mankind would have the ability to wipe out ALL of mankind. Again, we are talking about 2,000 years ago. The most advanced weapon of that time period was a catapult. You know one of those things that throws objects. Some of which are on fire (see Lord of the Rings-Return of the King. We just threw that in there for all you middle-earth fans). How in the world could anybody, anywhere possibly conceive of a time period that weapons could be so devastating that it could wipe out all mankind? But Jesus knew because He spent so much time in prayer and conversations with the Father.
3. Differences between heavenly bodies – 1 Corinthians 15:41 says, “There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; FOR ONE STAR DIFFERS FROM ANOTHER STAR IN GLORY.”
The word “glory” here refers to the substance of the various objects in space. These words were written 2,000 years ago. A very long time before humans discovered the difference between planets and stars, and even the stars themselves. How did the writer of 1 Corinthians 15 know all this? Because he spent so much time in prayer and conversations with the Father.
4. Everything that we can see with our physical eyes is made of things that we can’t see with our physical eyes. Hebrews 11:3b says, “…so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” In other words, there are things that are so small that we can’t see them without the aid of a modern microscope. These “things” are called molecules, which in turn are made up of atoms, which are made up of sub-atomic particles. Again, the only intelligent being that could have possibly known this was God, who had it written down 2,000 years ago. The person who wrote it down knew because he spent so much time in prayer and conversations with the Father.
The four examples we just gave are a small representation of the truth that is in the word of God.
Did you happen to notice that how much prayer or spending time alone with God was mentioned? And by “prayer” we’re not talking about one person does all the talking and when they get done talking they never wait around for God to speak to them. Why is that? Somewhere along the way we’ve picked up this idea that God won’t speak to us because we don’t have enough “theological training”. And that’s really odd because throughout the Old and the New Testaments people had conversations with God. Conversation meaning an exchange of ideas back and forth. As a matter of record the one group of people most likely to “misunderstand God” were the ones with the “theological training”. Another interesting observation is this, the main opposition to whatever God is doing always starts with the religious bunch. And then the political bunch gets involved in it.
What does that mean? That means that everyone who stands behind a PODIUM, gets in front of a CAMERA, or who is putting something on the INTERNET, may not be telling you the truth. Unfortunately, they don’t want to convince you that the Bible is true. What they really want is to convince you that THEY ARE RIGHT. They want you to rely upon their perspective of what the Bible really says. After all, they have all this knowledge, experience, education, and various media outlets. So they must be right. Right? Because that’s what their PRIDE craves more than even food. Don’t ever allow anyone to mislead you, PRIDE is the ocean from which ALL evil is fed by.
Now there are many people who say that the Bible was written by humans. Well, since we are created in the image and likeness of God, of course He would use humans. I mean who else would He use — Penguins? Can they even grasp a pencil with their flippers? Can they even pick up a pencil with their flippers? I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust birds that can swim better than I can. No offence to the dudes of Madagascar.
The bottom line is this, you are an intelligent creation. God is an intelligent creator. There is a way for an intelligent creator to make His will known to his intelligent creation. He has given us written instructions so that we can know His will. The only thing that is required of us is to be able to read. AND IF YOU CAN READ, YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE.
All of us have had experiences that seemingly proved the Bible isn’t true. My fingers would be worn done to the first joint writing about all the times we have experienced this. How about you? WHAT EXPERIENCES HAVE COME UP IN YOUR LIFE THAT MADE YOU THINK THE BIBLE ISN’T TRUE? Please do not allow feelings of guilt to stop you from sharing your experiences. All of us have at one point or another had doubts. As a matter of fact, there are some days we almost feel like calling them “doubtday” instead of Monday or Tuesday, etc. You’re not alone. So we plead with you to share your experiences in order to help others through their “doubtdays”. After all, we are a family and we need to help and encourage one another. That’s what families do, right?
AGAIN, WHAT EXPERIENCES HAVE COME UP IN YOUR LIFE THAT MADE YOU THINK THE BIBLE ISN’T TRUE? Comments can be left without giving an email address or name. It will appear anonymous. We understand why you would want to be anonymous. If you would like to send an email, use the contact form.
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