The aim of this is quite simply to try and work on the gap that can come between our reality and our faith.
The tide gradually turns against faith in the bible, as people come to trust more and more in the results produced by science. There is also a wave of critical scholarship, outspoken atheism and adoption of liberal values across the whole of society. Many feel that this leaves less and less reason to esteem a biblical world view, ideas, laws and history, as they come to accept other arguments. Such arguments can also affect someone who has faith in the bible.
For anyone who doesn’t believe in the bible, God or anything supernatural at all – I do appreciate that someone reading this may not have a lot of time for bible quotes, as this is often associated with “bible thumping”, yet the bible must be able to speak for itself when responding to criticisms. I hope you will consider how the bible seems to line up with what we see in the real world, in both profound and subtle ways.
It might interest you to know that Jesus told his followers the decline of faith would happen in
Luke 18:8 – “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
but he also commented in John 20:29 – “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
This indicates to the reader that a supernatural display of power is not always going to be forthcoming, so if we want to believe in him without something so tangible, we will need to look for it.
It just so happens that we live in the time, when technology allows almost anyone, rich or poor to learn about almost anything, anywhere. These tools happen to parallel an increasing rate of progress is practically all fields of science, technology, archeology and scholarship. In many ways we are a privileged generation. It’s possible that this was alluded to in Daniel 12:4 – “But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
The sharp edge of this, is that there are many lifetimes of information to wade through and not a lot of time to do it in, not made any easier by so much misinformation.
Please even just for a short while, suspend disbelief and consider if the items presented support the bibles claims.
- be Concise, Comprehensive and Condensed – as far as possible
- Remain open to accommodating changes where prudent
- Include internal and allow external debate/comments
- Consider fundamental key questions and objections
- Focus on specific bible prophecies
- Exhibit the bibles unique features
- Take in Extra-biblical considerations – mythology, traditions, history, world conditions
- Show how the bible points to Jesus and why