Now, during this research I come across people who are just seeking to prove that the Bible is not the Word of God. I came across one such person this morning and I ended up writing back to him. After I finished I thought I would share it with you all.
So, the rest of this blog entry today is from what I posted on another person’s blog. After you read it, please remember to pray for the man I was responding to. He is lost.
One of the many great things about the Bible is that the truths told within it are not sugar-coated. If someone was wicked, the Bible declares it to be so whether they were raised by someone who truly worshiped God or not. Concerning what the author of this article supposed when he said that apologists today just claimed that “things were different then,” I make this reply: God is the same in that His character never changes. The fact that God is the same God as He was when He killed the sons of Judah simply tells us that in His righteousness, He considered it the right thing to do regarding His own plan.
No, God does not reach down and stop wickedness at every turn but I do believe there are times He does when it is part of bringing about His own righteous plan. As Creator of all He has that right.
We will never understand everything about the Bible while we are in human form and if we could, we would be able to completely know the mind of God. However, knowing completely the mind of God would mean that we were able to contain within our own minds, what He contains within His. That is simply not possible.
But if the Bible were written in such a way that shielded things because they appeared unseemly, I would be suspect of its truthfulness. However, it is the very “lay-it-on-the-line” truthfulness so often picked at by people who willingly choose to deny God, that helps prove it was not written by men who wanted to scare people or convince people God was holy.
Rather, the Word of God needs to be explored and treasured for the vast, deep intelligence God has allowed us to plummet into as we seek to know Him. Can I understand the whole Word of God? If my mind could contain it all, I would not think it was from Him. But the simplicity of coming to know Him and His salvation despite our own limitations whether we are wealthy, extremely intelligent, slower-minded, healthy or weak, is made plain for all to see. Oh, and it is this too that speaks of the magnificence of God!