Discussions have ensued throughout the course of history discussing whether or not the bible is truly the Word of God. Historians have examined it, archeologists have tested it, scholars have debated it and evangelists have proclaimed it. Dictators have tried to extinguish it, Racists have tried to circumvent it, naysayers have attempted to belittle it, and yet it remains the most widely accepted best seller in the history of mankind. The first question I would be tempted to ask is this: why does the bible undergo such incredible scrutiny? Why is it examined so thoroughly? Why do some work so diligently to extinguish its presence from humanity?
There are two obvious reason for the last few questions I’ve raised. I believe the greatest reason God’s Word receives such incredible scrutiny is because it contains the very words we’ve been called to live by. One might reason: If I dismiss the truth it contains, I’ll not be held accountable for it, and hence, God cannot condemn me to hell because of my ignorance concerning its truth. Such a feeble argument cannot excuse behavior to ignore infallible truth! Acts 17:30 reminds us that at one time God winked at such ignorance, but now commands all men everywhere to repent of such foolishness.
A second reason why the bible receives such incredible scrutiny is because Satan is still very much alive. His greatest quest is to destroy as many souls as he can. Read the 12th chapter of Revelation. He’s been jaded. He’s angry because he lost the war of supremacy to Christ Jesus. As powerful as he is, he will never be as powerful as our God. How can you be sure the bible is God’s Word? You can be sure by living as if your life depends on it, because it does.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.