I’m taking a day off from Romans since this thought came across my head. Lately wherever and whoever I talk to, there is distrust and skepticism over previous institutions that previous generations trusted. That be the news media, the government, scientists that have government backing, political patties and history books. Let’s talk about it just a little.
This year has been interesting to say the least. This year can probably be summarized not by coronavirus, or riots or persecution, but rather by a phrase. That phrase is “who do you trust?” This singular phrase has determined each and every action and response that we have taken this year.
Whenever presented with an event, we usually reacted with a knee jerk reaction determined by the source that we trust. That could be whatever media that we decide to influence us. We then immediately attack another source that contradicts us as ‘fake news’( liberal and conservatives).
Though you can probably tell where I land politically from my previous posts, I am going to bring something that is not fake news, that’s something you can truly trust. That my friend is the Word of God.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17Hcsb Bible
For some reason we allow social media and our friends to determine how we act without ever actually examining against the word of God. This would be ok if this was just any other persons opinions on life, but it’s not. The Bible has more evidence for its accuracy than any other document in ancient history.
You can read the Dead Sea scrolls and find out that the same message that they were reading is the same message that we are reading today. There are more accurate documents that have been found of the Bible than any other ancient text. The Bible has been proven time and again by historians and archeologists as well.
The difference between the media that we allow to control our lives today is constantly changing. Just look at your media from 10 years ago and compare it to today. Sometimes they will contradict themselves completely. The reason being is that they are influenced by culture and not staying true to what is right.
One of the biggest reasons to believe the Bible, other than the mountains of evidence, is it’s honestly when portraying the main characters in the story that eventually leads to Jesus Christ and afterwards. In the line that leads up the birth of Jesus, we have a murderer and adulterer in David, a prostitute in rahab, a foreigner in ruth, and a polygamist in Solomon. That is just a few of his lineage that comes off the top of my mind.
Also we see that the first witnesses to Jesus rising from the grave were women. Then after Jesus is arrested, we see the leader of the disciples (Peter) deny ever knowing him three times. We also see a murderer become a follower in Paul.
Now you may be asking, ‘ why would that be more evidence for the Bible?’ Well let’s try and think ‘if I’m going to start a religion, what would be something I should do in order to bring credibility to my writings?’ Well the first thing you are not going to do is make the main characters in your religion look bad. You are definitely not going to make them murderers. You would make them seem the best they can be and beyond reproach. You are definitely not going to make them look like some of the worst people of society you can think of.
A second thing you are not going to do is say that women were the ones who are giving the first evidence of the central figure in your new religion. Now hold up, don’t come at me with pitchforks yet. We have to understand why I say that in light of the culture and time of which the Bible was written. When it was written, you have to remember that women were second class citizens and required more than one woman’s testimony to equal a mans. So why wouldn’t someone who is creating a new religion choose a more reputable source by which is the first witness of Jesus’ resurrection?
The reason is because the Bible is being true to how events unfolded. Not sugar coating or twisting or cutting out pieces that don’t go along perfectly with the religion’s agenda, unlike any media you use today in order to form your opinion on the world.
The Bible calls us out on our sin and exposes it. The Bible doesn’t care where you are from in the world, it will convict you with the Holy Spirit. God wants us to use the Bible to interpret the culture around us, not interpret the Bible through our culture. The Bible has been true for thousands of years and will continue to be true until the end of time.
So I ask you today, who do you trust? Do you trust your government completely that has connections to murder and pedophiles, or the word of God that exposes those wrongs? Do you trust your political party that only shows you one side of an issue, or do you trust the Bible that gives the whole picture? Do you trust get rich quick schemes to influence how you live your life or the Bible that gives timeless principles for how to live a Godly life?