In today’s world, it is easy to get caught up in arguments from an entirely logical perspective and abandon looking at things from the perspective of faith. Whenever I talk to people, they ask me all kinds of questions about my faith and want answers that can be explained logically, in a way that people without faith can understand.
One good example of this is the question, “How can we trust that the Bible is divinely inspired and, if it is, how do you know that it was preserved perfectly all this time?”
The answer should be as simple as the Bible says; It is the Word of God, and throughout the Bible God promises that He will preserve His word forever.
The Bible can defend itself; people have been trying for centuries to debunk it and have failed miserably. Unfortunately that is not the answer most Christians give. Instead, many of us go on a long argument about the historical evidence and all the many manuscripts we have and put our faith in that instead of just trusting the word of God. We do this because that is what all the wise Theologians do, and we don’t want to seem like fools just blindly believing. As long as Theologians are doing it, it must be absolutely correct! They would never stray from biblical truth, right?
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
The reality is that wise men are still just men and are just as liable to mess up as anyone else is. Just look at Solomon and how he was led astray! We elevate people with titles and just take their word for things without ever questioning them, without ever questioning what God thinks of their wisdom. We should not forget that in the time of Christ it was not the common people that did not believe in him, it was the Pharisees, the people that should have known everything there is to know about the Scriptures and should have known they were looking at the Son of Man. They didn’t though, they were the ones that eventually executed him because they absolutely refused to believe, despite the signs and miracles that he did or how many times he put them in their place when they tried to outsmart him. They were proud. It is a foolish thing indeed to try and outsmart God himself, it isn’t even possible, and yet, when we talk to each other and nonbelievers we don’t rely on God’s wisdom, we rely on the wisdom of men. I have heard plenty of people at first attempt to rely on just God, but they cave quickly or they are just putting on an act to seem more pious. Unfortunately the latter is far more common.
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