Followers of Jesus base their faith in God on the evidence of Scripture. Skeptics and atheists use the Bible to convince themselves and others that God is a myth. The apostle Peter has an insightful remark, ‘Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.’ 1 The emphasis is on wholesome (logical) thinking:
# The attacks on the Bible prove its value.
The attacks on the Bible are very interesting. Nobody attacks a dead duck. The ruler of this world hates God.2 He influences people to do the same. He knows that God and Scripture is true, and he does his best to try to change that. If God was not real, the devil wouldn’t waste his time influencing people to attack God and evangelise for hell.
# The Bible is a timeless book.
It is miraculous that an ancient book (around for almost 2,000 years) never faded from sight. Today it is as relevant as a thousand years ago. We see how people like Richard Dawkins and the many unbelievers use Bible information as their basis for rejecting God.
# The Bible is a historical document.
How do we know that historical data is true?
- For example, did Napoleon Bonaparte really live long ago? Many historical documents report the wars he fought, the countries he conquered and the changes he instituted. The countries he fought against, like England and Russia are not mere figments of the imagination. They are real.
- Similarly the Bible is a historical document that testifies to an invisible omnipotent Creator God. The history of the Romans, the Greeks, the Assyrians are well attested to. Israel where most of the events of the Bible took place, is real.
# The theme of the Bible is universal
God reveals His plan for man in the Bible. The devil tries his best to keep people from discovering that glorious hope.
The attacks against God, based on an old historical document (the Bible), prove that God is real, very real. It should be an encouragement to believers that this fight against God is so fierce in our times. We have reason to trust Scripture, and to glorify our Lord Jesus.
- 2 Peter 3:1
- 1 John 5:19