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Can I Trust the Bible?

One of my favorite scenes from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is near the end where Aslan returns to Cair Paravel and begins to bring to life those creatures whom the White Witch had turned to stone.  He does it in a most interesting way, by breathing onto them.  What the author is doing is borrowing from the Bible where God’s breath brings life.

I used to live in Baltimore, MD near the top research hospital in the world, Johns Hopkins.  Occasionally you’d get a report from someone as to the latest development in medical technology.  Before I left I can remember talking to a researcher who was telling me about microscopic robots they were developing that could be injected into a patient to help make repairs to the body.  It truly is remarkable how advanced the medical field is today, and yet there’s one thing that they cannot achieve, and that is bringing someone back from the dead.  Sure, you can take those paddles and shock someone’s heart back into beating, but that’s merely maintaining life when it actually does work.  I’m talking about creating life.  It cannot be done through medical technology.  There is no Frankensteinesque technology that can create life in dead creatures.

Going back to Scripture we read that, “the LORD God formed the man of the dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature (Genesis 2:7).”  God creates life by breathing life into his greatest creation.  This is the only way that previously dead objects can be brought to life, is if God breathes life into them.  In Ezekiel 37, God brings the prophet Ezekiel into a valley of dead, dry bones and God asks him, “Can these dry bones live again?”.  The answer is telling.  God commands Ezekiel to preach to these bones and, “Behold, I (God) will cause breath to enter you and you shall live.  And I will lay sinews upon you and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you and you shall life, and you shall know that I am the LORD.”  It’s God’s breath, and only his breath, that gives life.

When we come to the New Testament we see in 2 Timothy 3:16 that, “all Scripture is God breathed”.  God’s Word, the Bible, therefore is a living word.  It’s alive, in that it gives life to dead and broken human beings like you and me.  So, the Bible is true because God breathes life into it and therefore is true because God says it is true.  If you search it’s pages, you’ll find that it bears the marks of life.  So, what are they?

1. The Bible teaches us about Jesus. The four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) teach us about Jesus life, death, and resurrection.  They record for us Jesus teaching about life and about how to have greater life.  You can find this nowhere else.

2. Jesus teaches us about the Bible. On the road to Emmaus in Luke 24, Jesus sits his disciples down, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all Scriptures the things concerning himself.”  Jesus is the central character in Scripture.  It’s all about him.  This has always been God’s plan; that we would have Jesus and in him have eternal life.  It only comes from Jesus.

3. Scripture grates on us. Whenever my child gets a cut I always run to the medicine cabinet and get that big plastic bottle of rubbing alcohol.  They usually cry and plead with me not to put it on their cut because they know how much it burns.  But this is the way that you stave off infection and therefore preserve life.  In similar fashion, the Scriptures serve as a similar burning preservative of spiritual life.  There are parts of the Bible that we’re not all that comfortable with, and there are those passages that we flat out don’t like because of what they tell us about ourselves.  I think that it’s these sorts of passages that actually prove the reliability of the Scriptures.  Have you ever had a friend who was always affirming of everything you did, good or bad?  They’re not a friend at all if they’re affirming things that are bad or harmful to you.  Some kick against the reliability of Scripture because of what all the things they don’t want to hear, but, these are probably the things that we need to hear…the things that sting.

 

The Bible is true because God says it is true, and we can trust it because of that.  It is he that gives it life and so we trust it because of that too.  But more than all of that, it tells us about who Jesus is, and once we start to grasp that then we can begin a relationship with him, and as our trust in him grows so does our trust in God’s word, the Bible.