Friday September 25
If Christ is not raised, then, indeed, vain also is our preaching, and vain also your faith. 1 Corinthians 15:14 JND
I will declare unto thee that which is set down in the scripture of truth. Daniel 10:21 JND
The Bible Is True
Too long we have tolerated a pseudo-gospel of sentimental squish rather than historical reality. We have allowed Christian conversion to be caricatured as a blind leap of faith. We have stood idly by while both friend and foe have said some ridiculous things like, “The Bible is filled with noble religious thoughts and ideas, but is historically and scientifically unreliable”; or “It doesn’t really matter if God actually exists in heaven or just in our minds as long as we get comfort from the idea of God”; or “It isn’t important if Jesus Christ really rose bodily from the grave. It’s only important that we follow His teachings and example.”
Nonsense! If Christianity is not grounded in space-time history, it is a horrible farce and a cruel hoax. If the Bible falls apart under historical and scientific investigation, its moral and ethical teachings become meaningless and inconsequential. If there be no God who is both infinite and knowable, then Karl Marx is right: Religion is only an opiate of the people, whose superstitions must be abandoned. If Jesus Christ is not the Truth, then He is not true at all. Indeed, if Christ be not risen, our faith is vain; we are of all men most miserable. Let us eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die. Life is an absurdity.
But, praise God, Christ has risen. With the apostle Paul we can triumphantly exclaim, “I know whom I have believed!” With Peter we can affirm that we have a more sure word of prophecy. And with John we can know Him who is from the beginning, and thereby know that we have eternal life. This is true Christianity.
Grant W. Steidl