What if it isn’t true?


Todays blog is going to be a little difficult to write.

But thats ok, I am going to write it anyway.

My son is being taught creation blogthe world’s view of creation in school, which is creating some confusion in his mind.

The public school system is successfully planting the seeds of doubt in his mind.

Which is why today, I want to discuss the topic of…

IS THE BIBLE TRUE?

                                                                                                                                                   

Before I do I want to explain 3 words.

Truth:

 is reality…what really is.

 

Subjectivism:

  is where truth and reality are determined by the subject or person.

 

Relativism: 

is the theory that there is no objective standard by which truth may be determined.  There is no absolute truth.

 

 

As Bible believers we believe in absolute truth which means we stand opposed to relativism and subjectivism.

Truth is not relative to time, location, and people groups.

Truth is not subject to people’s opinions or culture.

 

God’s Word defines truth.

 

Whew –

that was a lot of words that we don’t deal with on a daily basis but here’s the point!

 

A world of relativism is a world of contradictions.

If I say the coffee pot is empty and you say the coffee pot is full and we are both right…then our world makes no sense.  This is impossible.

If a Christian says “there is a God” and an atheist says “there is no God” we cannot both be right. It is impossible.

those who reject the Bible

But is the Bible absolute truth?

I mean if we aren’t sure –we will never speak up right?

And when we do speak up – should it be via a twitter war or a facebook debate, or should it be privately amongst our children and in Bible study groups, or should it be from blogger to blogger – one on one?

I can’t answer the questions of when to speak up – you will have to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading but I can answer the how.

It MUST be done in love.

How can you know if you are doing it from a heart of love?

First, ask yourself –do I love this person that I am talking to?

If you really don’t care for this person, then most likely –the truth you are about to share is going to come off in a tone that makes your truth impossible to accept.

We will be like clanging gongs and cymbals as I Corinthians 13 says.

If we can’t speak in love, we are outside the will of God —do not speak at all.

 

If your confidence in the authority of the Bible is not strong – it will be scary to speak up.

So let me give you some facts to build your faith upon from Josh McDowell’s book Evidence Demands a Verdict.

The Bible is unique!

It was written over a 1500 year span by more than 40 authors from every walk of life – kings, fishermen, poets, and scholars.

It was written in different places such as the wilderness, prison, and palaces.

It was written in times of war & in times of peace, in times of despair & times of joy.

It was penned on 3 continents -Asia, Africa, & Europe and written in 3 languages –  Hebrew, Aramaic, & Greek.

The Bible contains hundreds of controversial topics…WITH an amazing degree of harmony.

Boom!

Find me 5 random men from your local town who could do this with harmony!

 It can not be done – this is what makes God’s word – God’s!

2 Timothy 3:16 says: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”

The Bible contains over 300 prophetic references to the coming Messiah that were perfectly fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

Here’s just a few…
Born Of a Virgin – foretold in Isaiah 7:14 / fulfilled in Luke 1:26-35
Seed of Abraham – foretold in Genesis 22:18 / fulfilled in Matthew 1:1
Tribe of Judah – foretold in Genesis 49:10 / fulfilled in Luke 3:23,33
Born in Bethlehem – foretold in Micah 5:2 / fulfilled in Matthew 2:1
Shall be called Immanuel – foretold in Isaiah 7:14 / fulfilled in Matthew 1:23
Ministry of miracles – foretold in Isaiah 35:5,6 / fulfilled in Matthew 9:35
He was to enter Jerusalem on a Donkey – foretold in Zechariah 9:9 / fulfilled in Luke 19:35-37
Silent before His accusers – foretold in Isaiah 53:7 / fulfilled in Matthew 27:12
Wounded and Bruised – foretold in Isaiah 53:5 / fulfilled in Matthew 27:26
Hands and feet pierced – foretold in Zechariah 12:10 / fulfilled in Luke 23:33

Do you see why we have no reason to give way to fear and ride the fence?

So in answer to my son’s confusion, to his question to me, “What if it isn’t true?

I say, ” What if it is?

What if the story of creation inThe Book Genesis is true?”

Is it necessary for us to know EVERYTHING about who and what God is before we can accept the bible as being true?

In the book of Judges there is a phrase used over and over…and over.  It says: “In those days, everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” 

This is the world we live in – a world of no absolutes — a world where right and wrong is defined by feelings… and truth has been twisted to suit our own opinions.

We must not let this seep into our hearts, or the hearts of our children.

We MUST be bold and courageous and stand for truth!  

2 Timothy 1:7,8: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.  Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God” 

 

What is the most difficult part for you when defending truth?

Is it feeling unequipped and unsure of what scripture says?

Is it being called names like judgmental and intolerant?

Is it fear of losing a friendship?

Or is it a fear of confrontation?

I make this list straight from my heart – these are MY fears too. You are not alone.

 

I pray that by writing this post, I will open up a discussion on how to deal with issues that arise when our children are taught things in school that contradicts the teachings at home.

Please comment below and let me know how you have handled this issue in your family. I appreciate your feedback.

 

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9 thoughts on “What if it isn’t true?

  1. OK, Melanie… you’ve opened quite a can of worms! This is a subject I’ve debated, both personally and with many others, since kindergarten. While I could go on for pages, I’ll keep my response relatively brief.

    1. The most important part of the Genesis Creation story is in the 1st five words: “In the beginning God created…” That is absolutely fundament to or Christian belief of a Creator God. We find that the Holy Trinity is intimately tied to Creation “ex nihilo” (from nothing.) Compared to this, the how and when are much less important. We (humans) are simply not bright enough to understand the minds and methods of God

    2. The theologian John Wesley presented a rational method (the Wesleyan Quadrilateral) for assessing truth. The elements are Scripture, Tradition, Experience and Reason. I will be writing about Wesley’s work soon.

    The literal interpretation of the Biblical account of 7 24-hour days of Creation is fairly new, The ancient people (Hebrews/Israelites/Jews) believed this to be a analogy. Whether we accept this or not, reason and experience (science) leave no question in my mind that the universe (very simply controlled by the laws of nature) was designed. The designer (and Creator) was God (the Holy Trinity).

    God created the “laws of nature” via His spoken word. Therefore, they are “God’s Word” as much are the recorded words of the Holy Bible. “Science” therefore is the “discovery of God’s Word.”

    Your blog is well reasoned and thoughtful. This is one very tough subject. I wish you the very best in the raising of your son.

    Shalom, Art
    Alive in The Word

    1. Thank you so much for this comment. I knew this was a can of worms, but had to write it anyway because I needed input. I aprreciate the wisdom that you have shared and will continue to study and learn about this subject so that I can share my wisdom with my children.
      Keep us in your prayers…
      God bless.

      1. Well, it seems these kinda worms are in my diet more regularly than bread! You’ve seen that in many of the things I’ve recently republished.

        I admire you for studying this particular issue for the benefit of your kids. There is so much pressure to “remove God” from our marvelous universe. As I look at things I can’t conceive of this universe, with all of its order and intricacies, existing without a Creator… God.

        Beginning in Genesis 1 and repeated dozens of time throughout the Bible God states that this was the work of the Trinity. John 1:1-6 states this most clearly. The Godhead works in perfect harmony.

        I will soon republish my most controversial blog on ChristianBlessings: “Is Creation God’s Great Hoax.” I think you will find it to be quite thought provoking.

        Thank you for your support of my ramblings.

        Shalom, Art

      2. “worms” are a more regular part of my diet than bead! As you can tell from my writings, I don’t back away from things because they are controversial.

        I admire you for taking on this subject in a studied manner. There is so much pressure, especially on our kids, to remove God from Creation and the universe. Personally I can’t see how, with its perfection and complexity, it could exist without a Creator (God).

        I will soon be republishing my most controversial blog on ChristianBlessings: “Is Creation God’s Great Hoax?” I think you will find it to be thought provoking.

        Thank you for your support of my rambling.

        Shalom, Art

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