It is a well known fact that a person who knows his product, can ‘sell’ it. For example, an unsuccessful locks salesman once had to clean a shipment of locks that were flooded with seawater. When he finished, he went out and sold them all in one morning. Why? He throughly understood the mechanism and realised what excellent locks they were.
The same applies if you want to ‘sell’ faith in God and the Bible. Jesus told the disciples a parable about a rich man and a beggar.1 When the rich man died and landed in hell, he was very worried about his brothers (his attitude is quite commendable, because most of us have unbelieving ‘brothers’ in our families, among our friends, or at work). So he asked if someone could go from the dead to testify about eternal life.
Abraham answered that it would have no effect on his brothers. If Scripture (the Old Testament in that time) doesn’t convince them, nothing else will, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ 2
Why does Scripture have the power to convince people that God exists and there is life after death? It is the most important God inspired document in existence. David wrote, ‘…For you [God] have exalted above all things your name and your word.’ 3 We can paraphrase it as follows, ‘Above everything else, I [God] value my integrity. So you can believe Me [have faith in God’s Word].’
The question is, will we be able to ‘sell’ faith in the Bible, if ‘Christians’ don’t believe their own book? What if the ‘sellers’ of the Gospel actually believe the following?
- The 5 books of Moses (the Pentateuch) were not written by him, but was a later ‘product.’
- Creation in six days is not true, because the big bang began it all.
- Adam and Eve were not the first humans, because some ape-like creature evolved into humans.
- Evolution, not instantaneous creation, was the way God created (meaning by evolution the molecules to man idea, not change over time).
- The flood was not universal, but only a local flood. God promised that the earth would never be destroyed by such a flood again, yet we have had countless local floods since then.
If you don’t believe in your product, it is difficult to be a successful salesman. I myself was Mr Doubt-man (not Mrs Doubt-fire). For me, Scripture made no sense at all. However, the day came that I asked the Holy Spirit to settle the issue once for all: is Scripture the supernatural word of God, yes or no? After much Holy Spirit led studies I have come to one conclusion: Scripture is true, no matter what lies are peddled about it. We as God’s representatives on earth ought to have confidence in powerful His Word.
- Luke 16:19-31
- Luke 16:31
- Psalm 138:2b
- Jeremiah 23:22a