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 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!