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 looked for your sunglasses only to discover you’re still wearing them? Sometimes what you’re after is right under your nose, or in the case of your glasses, right above it. We can be experts at missing the obvious.
It was the kick off night for Gay Pride Week at the University of Louisville. I was preaching in the middle of campus at a building called the Red Barn. I didn’t know it was Gay Pride Week until I walked onto campus to help set up for the service. This was the night I was starting a sermon series through Romans beginning with the first chapter.
Few things more powerfully affirm that we live in a messed up world than the headlines. Evil never misses the evening news. It’s always featured in one way or another.
This is the least compelling argument for a skeptic to consider and perhaps the most compelling reality for a believer. The Spirit of God affirms the Bible’s truthfulness. When you open its pages it has a way of convincing you.
The Bible is true! Why do you believe that? Because the Bible tells me so!
Why doesn’t God just talk to me? Have you asked that before? Why should it require hundreds of years, a bunch of dead old guys from who knows where, and something called a “manuscript tradition,” for you to hear from God?
The above graphic is a simple sketch based on something I regularly draw on the board in my theology classes. I teach Theology One at Cedarville University, which is one of the five classes that make up the Bible minor that all students are required to take. I cover the doctrinal areas of Scripture (God’s Word), God, and Creation (God’s World).