Christian churches believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired word of God. If you go to a church, but you have doubts whether the Bible is really true or not, you might be hesitant to express those doubts. After all, church is like any other group, you feel a need to fit in and so you might not want to ‘stir up any trouble’ by asking hard questions.
The problem with this is, that if you have nagging doubts whether the Bible is true or not, it would naturally follow that you would have a hard time accepting what the Bible teaches. After all, if the Bible is not true, you don’t have to follow all those rules, like the Ten Commandments, right?
I used to think that I should not question the Bible, until I read Acts 17:11.
“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true”. They didn’t just blindly accept what the apostle Paul was saying, they studied the scriptures (in their time, the Old Testament) to see if it was true.
I think many people have questions about the truth of the Bible, especially in a culture that believes that the Bible is full of myths and legends. If you have those kinds of doubts, your faith can only grow so much. But I’ve found that if you have questions, and are able to find answers to those questions, your faith can grow bigger. I’ve also found that many of the questions I had, were answered by just reading the Bible.
If the Bible really is the inspired word of God, it should be able to stand up to any scrutiny or doubt. Of course, not every question can be answered, because the Bible does not tell every detail about everything. But if you have questions about the truth of the Bible, try to read, study and seek out other resources like Bible commentaries and radio programs, and ask questions to pastors and fellow Christians.
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Comments on: "Is it Wrong to Question the Bible?" (1)
Kenny, that’s a great verse from Acts that you cited. I hope that writing the posts benefits you as much or more than the people who read them.