Ask yourself why you believe the things you believe, especially things about God and faith.  Is it because of the culture you live in, the way you were raised, or your likes/dislikes?  Is it because you’re following the beliefs of someone influential in your life?  Is it simply because of a movie you’ve seen or a magazine article you’ve read?  Or is it because you really took the time to research things and think them through?  Seldom is the answer the latter.

Now ask yourself, have you ever picked up the Bible and read it, and if you have, how much of it have you read?  In the words of two authors, “Most people’s knowledge of the Bible is derived almost completely from second-, third- and fourth-hand sources…  It is a rare person who has personally examined the text.”1

The apostle Paul, writing to the church at Corinth two thousand years ago said, “Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but [when Christ returns] we will see everything with perfect clarity.  All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely.”2  Experience has shown me that this is true.  We can’t know everything in this life, and God doesn’t want us to know everything.  He wants us to look at the evidence we have and draw the most logical conclusion.  If that conclusion points to him, we then need to take a leap of faith and see what it means to follow him.

In the preceding pages, I believe we demonstrated that the Bible is unlike any book known to man.  While we haven’t absolutely proven anything, we’ve seen lots of evidence that points to its credibility, which sensibly should lead us to trust it.

“For the word of God is full of living power.”3  Why don’t you pick up the Bible and tap into that power?

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  1. Ken Boa & Larry Moody, I’m Glad You Asked.  Colorado Springs, Co.: Victor Books/SP Publications, Inc., 1994, page 89-90.
  2. 1 Corinthians 13:12 – New Living Translation.
  3. Hebrews 4:12 – New Living Translation.