Recently, I’ve seen attacks against the inerrancy of Scripture, the truthfulness of Scripture and its reliability. These are subtlely different issues between themselves. I’ve not seen the Bible “proven” wrong. Sure there are attempts to show that it is inaccurate, or it’s chronology is off, or something else people will point to as gross error, only to realize it is a matter of understanding history. I have seen people take and run with one of these supposed errors and use it as their reason for not believing the whole thing. It’s frustrating that they give up so easily. It’s like their threshold of error is so low they intentionally don’t want to believe. Serious inquiry? Forget it! I heard that King so and so didn’t really rule for five years but four. Therefore I won’t believe any of the Bible. Really?
I have seen that people who study and believe the Bible live much more peaceful lives than those who don’t. That’s an argument from pragmatism, but it is a good one. The Bible is a far more useful and accurate history of the ancient world than we give it credit. It is more reliable historically than most of the ancient historians we are aware of. If only for that, we can trust the Bible.
But more than that, the Bible speaks of a God that no man would invent, let alone 40 men over 1500 years, most of whom did not know one another. Yet they God they speak of is consistently transcendent. He is consistently above and beyond our imagination. He is never depicted as just “the old man in the sky” but glorious, wonderful, and too holy for mortal eyes. Anyone who took the Bible seriously would know this.
I know know this is little heavy for a Thursday, but like I said, I’ve been seeing this lately and wanted to address it. God bless you all!