Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Is the Bible True?

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Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.
Psalm 119:18 (NLT)

Is the Bible true?

At some point you’ve probably asked “Was Jonah really swallowed and spit out by a fish? Did Lot’s wife literally become a pillar of salt?”

I don’t know. No one really knows. I’ve read possible explanations, but looking for facts misses the point.

The Bible’s factual accuracy doesn’t impact the Truth it tells. (tweet this)

When you read hard-to-believe stories don’t quibble over facts. Step back and ask what message the writer is sharing. What does the story reveal about God’s character – who He is and what He cares about?

Both stories mentioned involve disobedience. Jonah refused to deliver God’s merciful message to his feared and hated arch enemies (comparable to modern day Isis). Jonah didn’t want God to spare them. Among the many truths in this story is that God’s love isn’t limited to the people we choose and that He will persist until we heed His voice.

As for Lot’s wife, God said “Leave Sodom and never look back.” In other words, cut all ties to that depraved lifestyle and be saved. But her heart was still connected to that world and she died as God had warned. Again, among the many messages we learn that God means what He says and that He wants our whole heart.

Throughout Scripture, God reveals Himself to us and communicates lessons we need to hear. But the bigger story is of God’s love and desire for personal relationship.

The Bible holds wonderful truths for living a fulfilling life in His presence now and for eternity. (tweet this)

Are you asking “Is the Bible true?” or “What is God telling me?”

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