I have been asked many times WHY I believe in God and the Bible.
I didn’t believe in God for the first 22 years of my life, but I have known loved and served the living Creator God, my loving heavenly Father, through the Lord Jesus Christ, for the last 52 years. In that time He has been my Companion, Counsellor and Guide; my Strength and Enabler; my Challenger and Encourager; my Teacher and Friend – my Everything.
WHY DO I BELIEVE IN GOD?
Well, why do I believe in my husband to whom I have been happily married for 50 years? Because I have 50 years of EXPERIENCING His presence, his love and provision for me and our family. My GOD is JUST AS REAL to me as is my husband, my sons, or any living person. I EXPERIENCE the REALITY of God in my life.
WHY DO I BELIEVE THE BIBLE?
For much the same reason – the REALITY of the EXPERIENCE of its TRUTHS in practical ways in my life. I know that won’t satisfy the sceptics, so here are a few other reasons.
The Bible records many hundreds of prophecies concerning Jesus Christ and many other people, kings, nations, towns, events, buildings. EVERY prophecy, although written many hundreds of years BEFORE the event, came true in EVERY tiny detail. I repeat: EVERY prophecy, in EVERY detail. Only the living GOD could give men the prophecies to speak and record years before the events.
Many events recorded in the Bible have been disputed and ridiculed by men over the centuries. A great number of these have been proven to be correct when archaeologists unearthed remains EXACTLY as recorded in the Bible. There are hundreds of such occurrences but I’ll mention ONE of them.
HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL, recorded in the Bible about 700BC was doubted and ridiculed until 1838 when it was uncovered. In 1880 an inscription was found in the tunnel, describing its building just as recorded in the Bible centuries earlier.
Today, tourists walk through that tunnel.
The Bible is not a book of science, but where it touches on scientific things, it is accurate. Once again we find that things only recently discovered by scientists were recorded hundreds of years earlier in the Bible. These include facts about thunder, lightning, stars, the wind, the tides, ocean currents, snow, fingerprints, blood, animals, birds – and the list goes on.
To an honest person these things are proof, but to one who does not WANT to believe, NOTHING will satisfy.