I am not a person who likes to accept things just because everyone else does it, or because some people tell me it is the best thing to do. I suppose I am stubborn like that. I like to learn and check things out for myself before I really take them on board.
There is little doubt in my mind that my mother has suffered many a headache over my stubbornness. She has often told me I am just like the son in the parable that says “I will not!” but then thinks about it and decides to go anyway (cf. Matthew 21:29).
Yeah, I suppose I can be a little resistant. I have to think about things. I want to be convinced of the right course of action.
But what is right? How can “truth,” “right,” and “best” be relative things? I cannot accept the fact that they are—so as a consequence I am an avid truth-seeker.
I want to be sure about the best foods to nourish my body.
I want to be sure about the best way to live my life.
So of course, I want to be sure that this Christianity thing I read about in the Bible is for real.
Because really, why would I want to give my life over to something that was not real?
So I turned to see what archaeology, science and history to verify the facts. While I was still developing my faith in the fact that God’s word is truth—I thought such things to be the key reasons to believe in the Bible. I thought that if everyone could just know about these evidences, then everyone would have to become a Christian.
I soon came to realize however, that these evidences were not enough for even me.
You see, as valuable as apologetic materials are, I know that personally I watched and read a tonne of apologetic material in the past but it still was not enough to make me truly make Christianity my own. Sure, it was very useful in helping me be able to stand without doubt in the face of question and see that the Bible was worth paying attention to, but—truthfully—it still did not get me turning many of its pages on my own.
Oh, I would defend the accuracy of the Bible, listen to the preacher on Sundays and do what I was told—but despite how precious I told other people the Bible was, I did not treat it like a treasure. I rarely opened it. I would go and seek other resources that told me what the Bible said (or at least, what they thought it said) before I would pick up the Bible.
Unfortunately I think we can tend to focus too much on all the science, archaeology, history and debates; and not enough on how the Bible is literally the most comprehensive, in-depth book of indisputable wisdom on the planet.
Don’t get me wrong. I know that learning about the Bible’s accuracy from external evidence is useful—and often necessary—to establishing faith, but I firmly believe that problems arise if we become content with simply looking at evidence and debating.
Putting it simply, who wants to live a failing life in a pointless pursuit, even if it is archaeologically accurate? How does archaeology help me to see a loving and caring God really gave us a book that I should follow?
It was not until recently it dawned on me that there was much greater evidence to discover. I came to realize that the number one reason to believe that the Bible is from God is that it works.
It just works. Every piece of advice, every suggestion, every commandment.
As much as I love to learn, I want to be assured that what I am learning is actually beneficial to my life. For me, no matter how much the archaeologists dig up, or how much scientists discover—if I picked up the Bible, applied it to my life and found it did not work, I could not believe that a loving God wrote it for me.
One has to admit that upon picking up any book written by man, there are going to be at least some flaws and imperfections in their reasoning. You are never going to be able to pick up any singular “how-to” or “self-help” book and have every piece of advice work for you. Not even the smartest person is that smart. Besides, even if it did work for you, it is not going to work for everyone in every culture. Even if its advice did work for every culture, would it be relevant to everyone in 100 years’ time? Even if it could help everyone in every time—could it completely change every aspect of their lives?
The amazing thing I have found about the Bible is that every piece of advice I have applied to my life—whether intentionally or unintentionally—has made my life better.
I also know that wherever I have seen others applying its advice, no matter where I am in the world, there has been success. Wherever I have seen others neglecting its advice, I see family breakdown, moral decay, and unhappiness.
Everything good and perfect in my life is a product of God’s infinite foreknowledge and wisdom guiding my life. The teachings of the Bible are God’s way of giving me the best life possible. They are a manifestation of God’s grace, teaching me how to live and avoid pain and troubles:
“ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13).
No other book can achieve these things.
No man could have inspired such a book.
Uncover God’s truths and discover for yourself the evidence of a more abundant life in every way.
So much better than archaeology.
“I [Jesus] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 KJV).
“Because by his power he has given us everything necessary for life and righteousness, through the knowledge of him who has been our guide by his glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3 BBE).
“I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it” (1 Peter 5:12 ESV).
Do you love to learn and test things out? Do you find some area of your life lacking? What can you lose by testing out the Bible to see if it really is what it says it is? If you don’t know where to start—contact me! I love to talk about this, and we are all in the business of making our lives better together.
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