Many people today don’t know Christ. But in general there is very limited understanding of God and the spiritual forces of this world. One of the popular mindsets is that science is the leading explanations. But then miracles happen everywhere, and frequently, that science can’t explain. And when science can’t explain, it is discounted as coincidence. But when we discount the Bible we are actually discounting the very information that will help explain everything from what we know in the flesh to everything that is beyond this life.
What’s more is that science has not proven the Bible to be false. In fact the reverse is true. The more we learn, the more science is validating the facts in the Bible.
The problem is that many in our society today refuse to even consider that information. That is just being closed-minded, and ignoring the facts. That would be like having key information in a court case being thrown out and not being heard. In the same way, why would we want to exclude information that is relevant to the “Case for Christ”?
I had someone the other day tell me that they were not a believer, and I couldn’t help but ask why they don’t believe. The explanation presented was something along the lines of that science proves the Bible to be just stories and folklore. We were not in a situation where we would have much time to talk, and wouldn’t have much time to really dig into their perspective and debate the details. Knowing that path would be unfruitful, I just replied, “that is an interesting perspective, and that I remember being there at one point in my life.”
And I genuinely could connect with this person who was very analytical by nature. I remember being in college and going through this myself at one point in my life. So I just told him my story, and being exactly where he was, and then hearing about the book “The Case for Christ”. I explained that in this book they put this whole Jesus theory through a trial, and how the verdict was in favor of Jesus. So of course this started my journey in validating the truth.
Now it wasn’t like I was starting from scratch on this journey. During my youth we attended church regularly, went to confirmation classes, sang in the church choir, etc. That was really all I ever knew and was taught. But then came college studies and World Religion classes and an environment where it seemed that the majority of the people were arguing against the Bible.
This fundamentally challenged me and caused me to want to validate what I always believed to be true. But I realized that I did not have a good enough understanding of the Bible to argue the case. And on the contrary, no one could convince me that the Bible wasn’t true. So what is a person to do at this juncture?
“…The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” – 2 Chronicles 15:2
What I realized is that I needed to study the Word of God more to validate for myself whether it was fact or folklore. How could I have a strong opinion either way without having all the facts? I was getting plenty of facts from one side of the equation, from those who were science-minded, but I had not adequately studied the Bible. Though I grew up in church, I hadn’t read the Bible yet from cover to cover, nor had I ever studied it diligently just like I would any other book in school. Seemed quite silly for me to make judgement on the Bible before even reading it. Genius, right?
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So my journey began and I finally ended up reading the Bible cover to cover, with the help of a professor of the Bible who was a local pastor that I knew. I was able to get questions answered. I treated it like a college course. I finally gave it a fair and diligent vetting as an adult. And Jesus revealed himself to me.
I know that I gave a long story here about my journey to the cross. But I share because I think it is important to acknowledge that people today are overwhelmed by information that contradicts the Word of God, as well as non-believers who passionately argue against it. The Bible is being attacked. I think it is important for everyone to resolve in their own mind what is true and what is not.
And in doing so, I would suggest that everyone get the facts, utilizing the help of a professor of Christianity, to give it a fair shot. Would you study advanced physics without the help of a professor or advanced course? Of course not! We need to treat the study of the Word of God in the same way.
I believe that if anyone deeply seeks truth, they will find God. My life validates that for me. Everyone I know who actively sought truth through by studying the Bible has come to know truth. And the Word of God supports this to be true. Anyone who seeks truth will find it.
But it all starts with being open to even entertaining the truth, and giving the Bible a fair shot just like you would any other topic. And if we study the Bible with the guidance of a Christian professor (pastor), I guarantee you that God will reveal himself to you. Truth will be revealed. And the light will shine through this present darkness.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your Word today. Help us to be diligent in seeking you, and surrounding ourselves with fellow believers who can guide and encourage us. Open the minds of those who fight against you, and help us to be a positive message that brings others to know you, to want to seek you. Thank you for another day upon this earth. Thank you for our very life and breath. Help us walk through today in your love and peace. Fill us with your Holy Spirit now, for your honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 1 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 15,16; Colossians 1
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
- “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12
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