And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus‘ sake. For God, who said, „Light shall shine out of darkness,“ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Cor 4:3–6)
The long-awaited debate between Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham and atheist “science guy” Bill Nye finally took place yesterday evening, 4 February, 2014. Listening to the exchange, I could not help but think of the Scripture verses quoted above. Indeed, we may spend a proverbial billions of years arguing with an atheist evolutionist, but only God can renew his mind and save his soul. In the end, it is extremely unlikely that anyone who began viewing the debate on one side emerged at the end of it even vaguely questioning his own position. It is unfortunate, but ultimately it simply seemed not to be an overly persuasive 150 minutes for either side.
As the conversation grew predictably ineffective, a few other verses came to mind, such as 2 Timothy 2:23 and Titus 3:9. At some point, one must wonder if it is profitable to argue with the one who sees the cross of Christ and the truth of God as foolishness (1 Cor 1:18).
The most overwhelming reality that became evident throughout the discussion was the importance and necessity for the Christian to not only know what he believes, but why he believes it. With that, then, a recent sermon preached by Pastor Don Green of Truth Community Church entitled, “Why Do We Believe the Bible?” seems most fitting. (Watch or download the sermon HERE!)
The Bible is the inerrant, absolute Word of God. Unbelief in this truth is a great sin against the holy God of the universe. This is precisely why most evidential arguments that attempt to prove His Word lack authority and prove to be ineffective. Ultimately, then, why do we as Christians believe the Bible? Two words: Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the supreme and final authority.
You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. (John 13:13)
Jesus said to him, „I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.“ (John 14:6)
Jesus Christ is the living Word (John 1:1), and the Word is truth (John 17:17). Further, He is the Creator of the world:
All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (John 1:3)
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. (Col 1:16)
Christ alone stands in this position of unparalleled authority (Eph 1:18–23).
If we seek to validate the Old Testament, then, we need only look to Jesus, who Himself affirmed its authenticity and historicity in such passages as Matthew 12:40 and Matthew 24:37–39. We even see Christ affirm the creation account in Matthew 19:4.
Further, Christ commissioned the New Testament. He pre-authenticated it and prepared the world for its composition. In John 14:26 and 15:26–27, He promised His disciples that the Holy Spirit would be sent to illuminate all that He had taught them. Christ promised that the Spirit would provide supernatural revelation and empowerment, which of course is how the inspired writings of the New Testament came to be.
I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. (John 16:12–15)
This same Holy Spirit guides the believer today as he reads and studies God’s Word.
What, then, is the bottom line, especially as regards last evening’s debate? If Jesus Christ is the final judge of truth, then a man cannot comprehend that truth apart from the illuminating work of God and the Holy Spirit. One need only return to the verses shared at the opening of this post (2 Cor 4:3–6) to realize this. Indeed, does not John 6:44 say that no man can come to Christ unless the Father draws him? Thus, no man can come to understand and treasure the greatness of the truths of the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, without God allowing and causing such saving knowledge to occur. In engaging the unbeliever, Christians must learn to confidently stand upon Scripture. It is the Word that silences the lying mouth of the enemy, and we ought never to shy away from wielding this sharp and piercing sword (Eph 6:17).
In his rejection and assault of the Scriptures, Bill Nye gave evidence that he hates the King, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that his soul is lost in darkness. He hates the Light, yet without the Light he can never escape the darkness that engulfs him. If any conclusion emerged from this debate, then, it is this: Christians must be relentless and unwavering in their resolve to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, shining the light of truth into a dark and dying world.
Re-posted from: Do not be surprised„)