Without A Belief In The Bible’s Inspiration…
- Why would I read, meditate upon, or study it daily (or at all) to guide my life?
- What will be the paradigm for directing and shaping my life?
- From where will I draw my understanding of Who Jesus is, what He did, and how I must relate to Him?
- How do I form my understanding of where I came from, why I am here, or where I am going?
- Why would I trust or follow what it says to do in even a single case, circumstance, or verse?
- What logical, ultimate constraint do I have from any behavior or act I desire to do, no matter how aberrant or outlandish society finds it?
- How do we evaluate the content of any word, attitude, or action for rightness or wrongness?
- On what basis would I accept absolutes, which I must (even if I absolutely deny the existence of absolute truth)?
- Who or what will be my standard of authority?
One of the most famous movie scenes of all time depicts Dr. Richard Kimble, played by Harrison Ford, desperately running, orange prison jump suit, shackles, and all, as a derailed train caroms out of control, rapidly gaining on him, and threatening his life. The videography is spectacular, cutting quite an imposing figure. A multi-ton mass of metal off the rail and out of control promises nothing but damage and destruction. As long as the train is on the track, its weight and speed do not pose a threat. If it is not, the prospects are frightening.
The premise that the Bible is the Word of God from the mind of God through men provides an answer to all the above, weighty questions. If one refuses to accept the Bible is what it claims to be (1 Cor. 2:11-12; Gal. 1:6-9; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Jude 3; etc.), then of necessity he or she must choose an alternate guide for life. It is fair to evaluate that alternative with equal criticism and scrutiny. Wisdom would seem to suggest choosing what best explains the whole picture–our complex design, moral compass, appreciation for beauty, universe’s order, and more. What we are talking about are the very biggest issues of life! They deserve our deepest thought and wisest choice.