Is this book really true? Many critics today claim that the Bible cannot be true as written, or that it just carries ideas that Jesus taught, not his real words.

The Old Testament is doubted for one major reason–it contains miracles. Some say that you cannot go against the laws of physics. Isn’t it ironic that the latest winner of the Nobel Prize has proven that we can do just that? If we can begin to conquer the laws of physics, why could not the God that created them do the same? Why couldn’t the earth slow during a battle if the creator of the world chose? Also, if you believe that a man crucified DEAD walked out of his tomb (and if my reader is a Christian, you do believe that) why is it hard to believe that God did strange and wonderful things in the Old Testament times as well?

As far as the question of whether we can believe all that is said about Jesus, I cite two passages. The first is from John as he concluded his account of Jesus’ life:

“This is the disciple [John identifies himself] who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.  Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”

The second is from Peter, who was at Jesus’ transfiguration with John when He spoke to two long-“dead” leaders of God’s people:

“We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty [when the Father confirmed His Son]. We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.”

Why does the world not question the words or veracity of other ancient books? Because only the Bible threatens our own godhood by proclaiming that there is one greater than we; that we are sinners who cannot save ourselves–who will not evolve into gods; that we need a Savior if we are to continue into an afterlife of joy and peace. These concepts fly in the face of our sinfulness and egos. We want to be our own gods, but the Bible keeps getting in the way, telling us that there is a Ruler of this universe and of our lives. A Ruler who battles evil in us and for us; who fights an unseen battle against evil that will culminate with the return of His Son, who died so that we might live eternally.

sue wilson

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