Millions of people wake up every morning with questions about the purpose for their life. Some of these people are swallowed up in depression while others bask in their selfishness. Some people just go about their day in a “just another day” same routine, kinda way. Maybe some of us believe in God but we don’t really take the bible seriously. Why? Because the idea that the Lord inspired humans to write his word is a tough concept for us to handle? Or maybe our reason for not believing in the Bible has to do with other religions also having what they call “true scriptures.” All arguments make sense in many realms. What makes our bible the truth and other scriptures false?
I’m not a bible know it all, but I am going to do my best to show why the bible is the true word of God. What we are gonna do is go through a reality check. You may be thinking “seriously, a reality check?” but what better way to see the truth than to stare reality in the face? Lets see what kinda thoughts this provokes. I’m just going to try to help you see this God for who He is and not who we have made him out to be.
What better way than to start with the first chapter and verse in the bible?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
The bible says that God simply was there in the beginning. He never ceased to exist. He created the earth and everything in it. By reading this it challenges us to see God for who he really is. All powerful, super natural, and held down by nothing. He does what he wants.
Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. Psalm 115:3-
Some of us may read that and think to ourselves “God sounds like a jerk who flaunts his authority over mankind.” But let me show you that our God isn’t that kinda God.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:14
The reality of God’s word challenges us by throwing unclothed truth into our face.
According to Hebrews 4:14, we are going to be exposed as we continue to read.
Proverbs 2 says.
1My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,
3and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
6For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7He holds victory in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
12Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13who leave the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
14who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
16It will save you also from the adulteress,
from the wayward wife with her seductive words,
17who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God.a
18For her house leads down to death
and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
19None who go to her return
or attain the paths of life.
20Thus you will walk in the ways of good men
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21For the upright will live in the land,
and the blameless will remain in it;
22but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the unfaithful will be torn from it.
This says that “wisdom and understanding are from God.”
And that he is the one who “gives wisdom and understanding.”
We can also clearly see that the advice given here is beautiful. It’s right at you in the face. The bible says that even the faith we can have is given to us by God.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8.
So many people like to stand there and accuse God of being fake or unjust, while they walk around with hard, prideful hearts.
The book of Proverbs says that wisdom shouts in the streets.
20Wisdom calls aloud in the street,
she raises her voice in the public squares;
21at the head of the noisy streetsc she cries out,
in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
22“How long will you simple onesd love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23If you had responded to my rebuke,
I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.
24But since you rejected me when I called
and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25since you ignored all my advice
and would not accept my rebuke. Psalm 1:20-25.
We break into our rage against God without even thinking that maybe this God isn’t against us, but rather for us. We forget about the God who is Great In Mercy.
We look at it as if we are in the ring against him. But what is really going on is he is staring us in the face and telling us to get out of the ring and to stop fighting because he has already won the fight. People who can’t see the truth of the scriptures are in the ring punching themselves in the jaw. They are bleeding from the face while they scream at the god of their imagination. They doubt and falsely accuse the god of their assumptions. We don’t even have common sense without him because reality abides in common truths.
The idea of believing in a god, but not the God of the bible is a complete waste of time. In fact, Paul said this.
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. -1 Cor. 15:13-19.
So even if we gain all of this understanding of God being there in the beginning(as the scriptures say) And don’t reject the calling for wisdom (as the scriptures tell us not to reject it) and we even understand that faith itself is a gift (as the scriptures say) we must put our vision on Jesus and the work he did for us on the cross. If Jesus didn’t die, we are still in our sins. If we are still in our sins, there is no hope for us. Why? Jesus paid a price we could not pay. How does this reality show itself in our lives? The bible is full of raw, straight up truth.
If there was a true God, wouldn’t David pray the way that he does in the psalms?
Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?” Psalms 42:3.
If there was a true God, wouldn’t he tell us not to lean on our own understanding? Due to the capacity of our knowledge compared to his infinite wisdom?
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5.
If there was a true God, wouldn’t some scientists (even with the advancements of technology) still not be able to grasp his perfection in creation?
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension. Psalm 147:5.
If there was a true God, wouldn’t a man who truly wanted repentance humbly beat his chest before God? Seeing his shortcomings and being genuine about his issues?
But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ Luke 18:13.
If there was a true God, wouldn’t he make us aware of false teaching about him?
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 1 Timothy 4:1
If there was a true God, wouldn’t he continually come as us from an eternal perspective?
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8.
And in all of this you may be saying “Ben, a ton of other scriptures in other books that claim to be the word of god focus on these ideas.”
Here is what I’d say to you. Did men respond to those scriptures in such a real way as they do in our bible? Do they call on their God who is rich in mercy to forgive them? Do they respond in worship like David?
Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:2
Do they live their life as if this God simply flaunts his authority over us? Do they look at leadership in the completely out of this world way that Jesus did?
(42) Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.
(43) Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
(44) and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.
(45) For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45
Sure, it’s evident that grown men will hijack an airplane to do the will of the god that he believes in, but what did the word of the true God already address? He already warned us in His word that we must steer clear of any doctrine that preaches another message than the biblical one. Why? Because we’ll end up in a ditch, lacking common sense and understanding. We’ll lay there screaming and shouting our misunderstandings and doubts while he simply calls us to come humbly before him and trust in him. The true God is a faithful God. His will is going to be done. Maybe it’s time to stop throwing rocks at the windshield and get into the passenger seat and talk to him. Get to know him. Grow closer to him. Be transformed by him. Find purpose in Him. And pray that he is our guidance for all of the days of our lives on earth and that we could truly enjoy his presence forever in the place that he has prepared for those who know him. Perhaps his attributes are out of this world, yet that didn’t keep him from revealing himself to the world through his word and the never-ending flow of reality.