Liar, Lunatic, or Lord? 3 minutes 15 seconds, C.S. Lewis
It is the ultimate question: “Is the Bible true?”
Why is this the ultimate question?
The Bible contains a number of exclusive claims. The God of the Bible is tremendously specific. He poses exclusive questions. Our answers determine our eternal destination.
The Bible, Scripture, The Word, reserves exclusive claim to Truth, not just a few truths, the Truth itself. There is the claim the One True God wrote the Bible through men inspired by the Holy Spirit. Scripture says of itself it is “God-breathed” and cannot be broken.
The Bible offers the first comprehensive explanation of the origins of life, the nature of love, and description of the hydrologic cycle. In Scripture you find it reported the earth is round, long before science posted that conclusion. Centuries before the beginning of modern medicine, Scripture proclaimed, “the life is in the blood,” and, remarkably, “before you were conceived in your mother’s womb, I knew you.” Scripture describes the unseen world, which led scientists to first consider the unseen universe, leading to the discoveries of atoms, molecules, and the components of the living cell.
Scripture also contains hundreds of prophecies, more than 300 centering on Christ alone. Most have come true to the letter.* The remaining prophecies describe future events. The Bible claims exclusive right to describe the future, and claims to present the one true God. The statistical probability these prophecies came true by sheer happenstance serves to verify the veracity of Scripture, as do innumerable archaelogical discoveries, and the authentication of ancient documents.
And, the Bible is unique in other ways. It contains 66 separate books written by 44 authors during the course of about 1,500 years. Miraculously, it all hangs together as if one editor was ultimately in charge. Some of the books are detailed histories, others are poetry, others are songs, some are books of wisdom and teachings on practical living, one celebrates love and eroticism in marriage, many others tell of the life and ministry of Christ, and the last book, Revelation, is a fabulous account of future events filled with imagery and symbolism, incomparable in its depth and breadth and dramatic description of the end of time and the final judgment of all humankind, and the Devil.
Ultimately, the Bible presents one theme: the God of Love, animated by the Son incarnate, made known to man by the Holy Spirit, has triumphed over Evil.
Note: the Bible is also the all time best seller.
And finally, the voice of God speaks to you through the Bible, it speaks to you as an individual, telling you that you alone are responsible, you alone will stand before God on Judgment Day, and only you can decide if Christ Jesus is indeed God in the flesh, the only one who can deliver you from sin, and usher you into heaven, by his righteousness alone. The Word claims exclusivity in describing the nature of man, the nature of evil, the holiness of God, the problem of the Fall, and the nature of sin, the wages thereof being the death sentence, and pardon coming only from faith in the Son, accepting his substitutionary death on the Cross.
And so, these are the reasons this is the ultimate question: is the Bible true?
Your eternal destination depends upon your answer. And the measure of joy you experience on earth hangs in the balance as well.
The challenge: read and study and find out for yourself if this Bible really is or is not the Truth. Ask yourself: why did Jesus willingly die on the Cross, and why did he have to die there, in that way? Ask yourself why he says: “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6
Precious interview with Corrie ten Boom Prayer, forgiving enemies, a prophecy of suffering, evil days
Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer 1982 Infanticide, abortion, euthanasia, permissive society, pornography—the change from a Christian worldview, to a humanistic one…but…the final reality is an infinite, personal, Creator God.
C.S. Lewis: from theism to Christianity Why this scholar came to believe.
New International Version or New King James Version of The Bible (a study Bible is most useful)
The Message, a paraphrase by Dr. Eugene Peterson
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis (from atheism to faith)
A Shattered Visage, by Ravi Zacharias
The God Who is There, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
The Knowledge of the Holy, by A.W. Tozer