How Can God Expect You To Believe In A Book That Is 2,000 Years old?

           One of the most common arguments against fundamentalist Christianity today is the claim that people are not obligated to believe in the miracles and message of the Bible, because they happened so long ago.  If God really wanted to prove His presence, people say, He would give us another revelation every few hundred years or so, in order to remove all the doubts.  The fact that He hasn’t supposedly proves that the original revelation was the invention of men.

            The simple fact of the matter, however, is that even if there was a new revelation that concurred with the Bible, it still would not convince most of the skeptics. The reason why most people do not believe in the truth of the Bible is because they don’t want to. We all claim, of course, to be logical creatures who make up our minds based on pure reason, but this is rarely, if ever the case.  We usually make up our minds based on emotions or desire, and then use reason to convince ourselves that we are right. If people were to examine the universe based on pure reason, they would see, from the second law of thermodynamics alone, that the universe was created by God.  If they were to read the Bible with pure logic, they would see that the incredible unity of the 40 authors writing over 1500 years of time points clearly to the fact that it was inspired directly by God.

            However, people do not primarily become Christians because of the physical, archeological, and textual evidence, even though there is a lot of that. If this were the case all the “intelligent” intellectuals would be saved, and all of the “dumber” people would be condemned to hell. People become convicted of the truth not from just the evidence, but more importantly, from the power of the message itself.  The message of Christianity fulfills and inherent need in mankind that is met by no other religion or philosophy on the Earth. The Bible says about itself that “the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of the soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

            The power of the gospel is partly due to the fact that it is both honest about the horrible nature of life on Earth, while at the same time allowing a way to escape it. It is honest about the fact that we are all sinners and deserve to go to hell. However, since we were all born sinners as the result of someone else’s choice (Adam’s), God has decided that it is just to provide a way out for everyone who wants it, through the voluntary sacrifice of His holy Son.  Wickedness must and will be punished, but there is hope for the most horrible of sinners if they are willing to repent.

            The reason why most people reject true Christianity, is because life-saving faith requires us to submit to God’s control. This means we have to admit that we are horribly wicked and cannot save ourselves.  This is difficult for people who see themselves as smarter or more generous than others.  How can I go to hell? They say, “when I have given so much money to charity.” But the money they have given to charity does them no good because it does not represent true repentance from their sins.  Instead, it represents an extremely arrogant attempt to buy God off.  Sometimes, through our good deeds, we are spitting in God’s face, telling Him that we don’t need the extremely generous gift He gave us. God finds this offensive, to say the least. His Son sacrificed Himself completely for us, and we are unwilling to even admit that His sacrifice was necessary!

            The reason why God still expects us to believe in the Bible after 2,000 years, is because the message it contains is so relevant and so powerful, that we should be able to recognize that there is no substitute for it. Of course we can hide behind any excuse we want, but God can see into our hearts, and He knows the real reason behind our rejection, even if we are unwilling to admit it to ourselves.  God is not going to accept these excuses. There is no substitute for repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

(John 20:29) “Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed.”

Luke 16:31) “But he said to him, ‘if they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”


9 Responses to “How Can God Expect You To Believe In A Book That Is 2,000 Years old?”

  1. 1 Dan July 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    ” The reason why God still expects us to believe in the Bible after 2,000 years, is because the message it contains is so relevant and so powerful, that we should be able to recognize that there is no substitute for it.”

    The existence of billions of people on earth that live just fine with one substitute or another proves this to be blatantly incorrect.

  2. 2 9/11 epic poet July 24, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Welcome back. I disagree with your assertion that “billions of people on earth… live just fine with one substitute or another.”

    No human beings are “living just fine.” We’re killing, cheating on, and slandering each other daily. We are all sinners and need a saviour. We need a real saviour with the authority to forgive sins. No substitute will do.

    • 3 Dan July 25, 2010 at 5:40 am

      In that sense, you’re right, the existence of crime is a sign that not all is perfect. Does Christianity make people commit less crime though? It doesn’t seem so: disproportionately fewer atheists commit crimes in the US than Christians, and a brief look at the crime statistics of the nations of the world indicate that secularism and overall godlessness reduce crime (not the opposite).

      Also, I have to remind you that the problem of evil disproves the Christian God as commonly portrayed:

      • 4 9/11 epic poet July 25, 2010 at 8:02 pm

        Alright. So we’re agreed that not all is perfect.

        As far as your claim that atheists are more moral than Christians, I would respond that that depends. There are a lot of different cultures and denominations in this world who call themselves Christians. Some very wicked people in the past have called themselves Christians, and I do not expect this to change. People with ill-motives are naturally going to try to infiltrate Christianity and so that they gain power over people who believe in the Bible. The forces of evil are always going to try to hamper the truth the best that they can, and in some cases they will achieve a certain degree of success.

        So then… How could a good God allow them to get away with it? Is He impotent? No, He’s not. But neither is He someone who wants His followers to be robots. He has allowed, for the time being, that human beings can make choices. Some of our choices will be the wrong ones, and He will allow the world to experience the consequences of these choices so that we will learn. But ultimately God has to punish evil in order to prove His omnipotence. As an evangelical Christian, I believe that this is still future.

    • 5 Dan July 25, 2010 at 5:40 am

      Sorry, I tried displaying this image just now:

  3. 8 Call Me Carol July 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I was going to use the same quote Dan did to thank you for your post! It is amazing to me that I can continue to read the Bible after so many years and it is still fresh and relevant to me in new ways each time. Thanks for sharing the Truth!

  4. 9 9/11 epic poet July 30, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    That’s funny! Thanks for visiting.


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