It is idolatry to make the Bible the foundation of your faith. That’s what one Christian leader said in recent history. It’s also a trend in popular apologetics. Is this a good way to talk about the Christian faith?
very semester I kick off my theology class with a series of talks about the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. I try to impress upon my students that proper theology begins with God’s revelation of himself and not with our experiences or even with philosophical arguments for God. Theology must begin with the Bible.
Why do you believe the Bible? There’s no other book you are trusting for your life, your ultimate salvation, wisdom for the small decisions you make every day, as well as, the really big decisions that set the trajectory and scope of your life. It’s a question you should consider. There are a lot of reasons I believe the Bible. Here are five.
They’re called Journibles. They are a great way to study the Bible by making your own copy of God’s Word, meticulously pouring over each word in the printed Bible as you write them out by hand. It’s also a great illustration of what inspiration is and what it is not.
It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me,” Mark Twain once quipped, “it is the parts that I do understand.
” That’s a valid point. Often we can worry more about confusing passages than we do about obeying passages that are easy to understand. But what do you do when the Bible doesn’t seem to address your situation?
The Greek poet Homer was thought to be blind. He lived about seven or eight hundred years before Jesus. His writings the Iliad and the Odyssey have more ancient copies than any other piece of literature from the distant past. Except, that is, for the Bible. But no one is praying to Homer or basing their lives on the Odyssey.
Do you really think you are more clever than the Apostle Paul? More in step with God’s ways than John? More discerning than Moses?
We don’t need the Bible to know that God exists. That’s what Paul explains in the first chapter of Romans. God has made the world in such a way that we can perceive his eternal power and divine nature.
Have you ever just hit a brick wall in trying to understand something in the Bible? Me too. Here’s some things to do when you get stuck.