In our culture today, there’s been an attack on the authority of God’s word. Popular culture today pokes fun at faith and the Bible. Often, the Bible is often thought of as being outdated, disproven by science, or just not relevant to our lives anymore.
So that leads to the question, is it reasonable to believe the Bible? Is the Bible outdated? Are the principles in it not applicable to our modern world today? Does it not apply to our lives today?
Here are a few things to think about when answering questions like these which will bring you some insight and help you be able to stand firm in the authority of God’s Word.
True Knowledge Comes From God Alone
Without God in our lives, we can’t know right from wrong. If we don’t have God, then we don’t have any standard for moral absolutes. God determines truth, and without God’s word used as the standard to measure truth, then the popular opinion is all that’s left. Then it’s just a matter of what people think is right. If popular opinion decides it’s right in society to kill, then killing is ruled to be ok. Without the truth found in God’s Word, we can’t have a standard to judge or our actions by.
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. – Proverbs 9:10 (NLT)
Knowledge comes from God. God alone should be where we start when learning or knowing things. Without God, our world doesn’t make sense. However, when we realize God’s amazing creative power at work in the universe around us, the world suddenly has meaning and purpose.
For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. – Proverbs 2:6 (NLT)
Facing life without the Bible, and without God makes life meaningless and empty. If God doesn’t exist and the Bible isn’t real, life doesn’t really have a purpose. If we’re just here for 80-120 years and then die, where’s the purpose in that? Without God, and without the wisdom God brings, life is empty.
With God, we have a purpose. We have meaning. Life is not empty and shallow, but we recognize that we have a purpose and destiny to fulfill. In God, we realize that our lives matter and that we were created on purpose and for a purpose. We begin to fully understand that as we gain wisdom and knowledge from God and from the Bible.
So the Bible is relevant to our lives today because the Bible explains the hope we have in Jesus. Without the truths set out in the Bible, we wouldn’t have hope in Christ.
Some Will Still Choose Not to Believe
I used to believe that if I could find some concrete evidence for God’s existence, that it would lead people to believe. However, some people choose not to believe God even after they’ve seen miracles. Even when presented with sound reasoning as to why the Bible is true and trustworthy, they still won’t believe.
For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, – Romans 1:18 (HSCB)
Some people, even when presented with lots of evidence, miracles, and your testimony will still choose to not believe. Don’t be discouraged, however. Keep standing up for what is right. Keep sharing your faith boldly and know that God’s word produces powerful results.
Facing Life, School, and Critics without the Bible Leaves you Unarmed.
The Bible is a weapon. Yet they’ve taken it out of our public schools. As a Christian, that leaves you without your biggest weapon. God’s word is powerful. It can speak to people’s hearts like no other book can.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. – Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
Even your best-stated argument is just your opinion. However, when you include the Bible and share God’s word with someone, you’re sharing the truth. And that truth is powerful. The Holy Spirit goes to work on the hearts of those you share God’s word with. Even if they don’t become Christians right away, God’s word is a powerful weapon.
So don’t believe the lie that you need to be neutral and leave the Bible out of the defense of your faith. No. The Bible is the best weapon you have. The truth of God’s word teamed with the Holy Spirit will work on the hearts of those you share with. You might not fully convince them the Bible is true, but the seeds of the word of God planted in their hearts are not wasted and will accomplish something (Isaiah 55:11).
It is reasonable to believe the Bible?
Yes, it is. The Bible makes sense of our world. The Bible tells us that it is the beginning of knowledge. If you try to understand the world without God, you will always come up short. It is in knowing God that we develop true wisdom and knowledge. So when you’re at school and you’re studying science, math, music and any other subject, you can know that you’re able to learn and reason because of the God of the Bible. He put that into you. And if you keep God and the Bible central in your life, you’ll come up with some awesome knowledge and results.
Don’t be ashamed of the Bible or the truths contained in it. They are relevant to our culture, even if they aren’t popular. Don’t go back on what you believe. Instead, stay firm in your faith and know that if you stay true to God’s word, you’ll experience some awesome things in life!