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The foundation of a Christian’s faith in God is the Bible. It is a book with two distinct dimensions:
1) The natural, visible history that is supported by archaeological discoveries.
The invisible and spiritual part. It is the intangible, non physical and non material interaction of God as Spirit, with men during the history in the Bible. Paul explains it in 1 Corinthians 2:9-15: Scripture was inspired by the Holy Spirit and He accompanies it. No person without the Spirit can understand the Bible, because the Holy Spirit reveals the invisible God who is an integral part of the narrative, prophecies, songs and others. Atheists, skeptics and evolutionists prove this fact: when they criticize the Bible, the Spirit-filled person immediately detects that they do not understand it at all. (‘The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned’ - 1 Corinthians 2:14).
The Bible is the only book in existence in the history of mankind that clearly explains these two dimensions. Since it is a message from an invisible, omniscient God, it reveals facts that were not recorded in history. The Holy Spirit revealed the creation, Adam and Eve, the devil, the flood, and the future destruction of the heavens and the earth as well as the new heaven and earth, to the writers of the Bible books.
The book of James teaches us that some one who doubts that God will give him wisdom and understanding when he asks for it, is tossed about like a wave of the sea. Such a person must not think that he will receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6). With this principle in mind, we can see the devil’s excellent strategy to try to get Christians to doubt their foundation: the Bible. And what better method than to use theologians and teachers inside the church to do this work? Christians can identify false attackers outside the church who work to dismantle faith in the Word. The real enemy is people inside the church. We do make a tragic mistake if we think that all theologians are alike. They are not. Some have the Spirit and others do not. It is not a new phenomenon. Jeremiah (circa 600 BC) made it clear: false prophets were already lying then, because they did not know God. He reported what God said about them: ‘But which of them have stood in the council of the Lord to see or to hear His word?’ Since they did not, they tell lies to the people. ‘They ... lead My people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them’ (Jeremiah 23:18, 32). In New Testament times, the Holy Spirit warned us about false teachers and shepherds through Jesus (John 8:44), Paul (Galatians 1:7; 2 Timothy 4:3,4), Peter (2 Peter 2), John (1 John 2:26) and Jude (Jude 3-4).
The strange fact is that these these people will maintain that the Bible was written by men only. The distinction should be made very clear: the inspiration and the words are from God, and through the Holy Spirit they were conveyed to the chosen men who wrote them down (for example: ‘You [God] spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David.... [Acts 4:25]). If the Bible is only a human book, we can discard it. There is no reason at all to believe any temporary, limited human being’s interpretation of creation, salvation, or the coming destruction and the renewal of the heavens and the earth. People can only understand the physical, so if they write about invisible angels, the Holy Spirit, and the future home of righteousness, it is either by the Spirit, or it is fiction. A book written only by humans would never have survived the persecutions that the Bible suffered through the ages. There were many attempts to destroy it.
A group of 12 people took the message of the resurrected Jesus to the world, and today we witness the church everywhere. If a human book could accomplish that, without the use of force or laws, we should have had many other books like it.
The work of liberal theologians (those without the Spirit) can be recognized immediately: they question the Bible, instead of explaining how miraculous it is. They have produced hundreds of volumes discussing unimportant subjects like: who wrote which book; when was it written; why it was not written by a specific writer; how were parts added or changed later; and many other ‘intelligent’ reasonings. Their work can be discarded since we know that the Holy Spirit inspired the Scriptures (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16). What we do need is the help of godly theologians who teach us the message of the Bible, its unity, and how the different books illuminate certain aspects of God’s message. These theologians are recognized immediately. They love Jesus and teach that the Bible is reliable.
Do not try to stand with one foot on the work of the liberal theologians and the other foot on the truth and infallibility of the Bible inspired by the Holy Spirit. Do not be tossed around like a wave of the sea by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful schemes. Cling to the infallible Word.
Why is there such a campaign of hatred against the Bible? The person behind this is the devil, who hates God and has, in principle been sentenced to hell (‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels’ - Matthew 25:41). Comparing heaven and hell, one can understand that the devil (as a once high ranking angel in God’s kingdom) doesn’t want any person, made of dust, to have the glorious privilege of being with God eternally in bliss and peace. Therefore he will work hard to make people doubt the reliability of the Bible.