This is the question that I’ve been asking myself over the past few weeks. I grew up in church, I serve in a church, I went & earned two degrees in religious studies…but am I convinced that the Bible is true?
I think my immediate response is yes. I do believe the Bible is true. I know the correct words to use to explain this answer…inerrant, infallible, sufficient…but am I really convinced of this?
I need God’s grace to actually move towards embracing the Bible as true & trustworthy, worth laying my life & reputation on its words & meaning. The default of the human heart is not to see God’s words like this. Genesis 3 shows us that sin enters into the world because God’s words were disregarded. The serpent makes the claim that God’s words aren’t true in verse 4 when it is said, “You will not surely die…” And these words were acted upon. Rather than trusting in God’s words, we see a rebellion take place. And this is where we all begin…in rebellion against God & His words. That’s why grace is needed.
So how does God’s grace engineer a deep belief in the truth of the Bible? Is it through some mystical experience? Is it through a ceremonious process? What does it?
I’m sure there are many elements that God can & does use to move His people towards a greater love & belief in His words…but the most common way is through spiritual discipline.
-If I want to see God at work in my life so that I’m all the more convinced of the truth of the Bible…then I need to be consistently reading the Bible.
Get a plan. Get a friend who wants to read with you. Meet once a week to talk about that week’s readings with that friend.
-If I want to see God at work in my life so that I’m all the more convinced of the truth of the Bible…then I need to be memorizing the Bible.
Why does this matter? Because what fills your mind finds a way of shaping you. So fill your mind with God’s words. Start with some basic gospel passages…here a link that has some great verses to put in your mind.
-If I want to see God at work in my life so that I’m all the more convinced of the truth of the Bible…then I need to be talking about the Bible.
This should be done with both Christians & non-Christians. When you talk with others about what you’ve read & considered…several things happen. They hear about the Bible. You get to explain what you’ve been learning, which is a great way to see how much you understand. They get to ask questions. You get to see if you have thought through that question. If you have, then great…answer them! If you haven’t, then great…go think about it, talk with others about it & set up a time to get back with them on their question.
Hopefully this helps & encourages you. We need God’s grace to engineer in us a love & delight in God’s words…so let’s get to it using God’s means, consistent spiritual discipline.