Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Many have felt its cutting power. For some, it cuts deep. Others choose to be offended and rebel against the stark truth presented unto them. God’s Word, the Holy Bible, is like no other.
Its promises are true. It is historically accurate. Medically and scientifically, it is the source of man’s knowledge. It explains Creation from the One who authored it. Throughout the centuries, man has tried and failed to disprove it, debunk it, and even discredit its Author.
From the beginning of time to now, it has been the most read Book of all-time. Many who have sought to disprove it found it altogether true and became a born again Christian. Men like Josh McDowell and Lee Strobel have sought to scientifically research the Bible’s claims and disprove them.
What they found instead was convicting evidence to the contrary.
When presented with the gospel, using Bible verses throughout has felt its cutting power in their soul’s depths.
God tells us that His Word is ‘quick’ or alive. Even the very words contained within prove true.
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
For the plethora of voices for and against, one might remain a skeptic.
Someone might say it is hard to reconcile the Old Testament’s violence and judgment to the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of the New.
Foundational truth is that the Bible, God’s Word, is a spiritual Book. One must be spiritual to understand and comprehend it. If one is seeking truth – not their version of the truth – they WILL find it.
Deuteronomy 4:29 “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
If these statements are not factual, then the One who spoke them is a liar. If we meet the criteria – seeking with our whole heart – God says we will find Him.
Seeking Him with my whole heart means I come with no preconceived notions of what I might find. My heart and mind are open to accepting even that which I may have previously embraced as true to now be false – if God says it is so.
He challenges us to put Him to the test.
1 John 4:1-3 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
If we find good in this world, we must accept that there is a presence of evil as well.
Satan, the sworn enemy of God, seeks to discredit, distract, divide, and ultimately destroy mankind. Why? We are made in the likeness and image of God. We have been given free will to choose.
Lucifer decided when pride entered his heart and sought to be not just like God, but be worshipped as God.
If we are open to hearing the truth, it will make sense that the enemy of God would do everything in his power to maim, hurt, and ultimately destroy that which God holds dear?
Satan began in the garden of Eden when he posed the question to Eve:
Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
Unless we know the truth, doubts will always be present. But, even when doubts arise, we must look to our standard. What is it that you have chosen to check the truth? Is it a philosophical belief, religious doctrine, or is it solely based on God’s Word?
What and who you choose to trust is up to you. If you have read this far, I want to thank you for allowing me to present a case for my God and His Word. If you remain skeptical, I challenge you to find out for yourself.
If you are a seeker of truth, you will find it.
One cannot look at the stars at night, the wonder of nature, or the human body’s detailed physiology and not think there is Being more powerful than a man that created all this.
Foundational beliefs as what standard we trust as our basis for life and faith can bring peace to a heart and calm to a troubled soul. It is my prayer you have found the God of the Bible to be all He says He is and more!