Subject: Focus On Faith
The Most Crucial "What If"
Haven’t we all questioned ourselves with “What Ifs”?
Well there is one “What If” that is critically fundamental in every
human’s life, and that is “What if the Bible is true”? Regrettably
millions of people don’t’ even want to entertain that thought! After
all, if the Bible is true, one has to face unpleasant and frightening
realities about themselves and eternity. Realities such as there is a
living God; we are all sinners in need of Jesus Christ; and Hell is
real! Therefore, our eternal destination – Heaven or Hell – depends on
how we answer this “What If”!
Nevertheless, there are those who will adamantly state that
the Bible isn’t remotely reliable or true. Others allow self-serving logic to
sway them into believing that much of the Bible is stale, not pertinent for
today. Many pick and choose from the Bible that which seems applicable to their
life styles while totally dismissing anything that may prick their conscience as
to what’s right and what’s wrong. Then there are those who believe the Bible is
nothing more than farcical fantasies!
So, IS the Bible 100 percent true? Absolutely! The Bible
says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."
Unfortunately for those who refuse to accept the Scriptures’ divine
inspiration, quoting Bible verses to prove its integrity is nothing more than
useless circular reasoning. But there are many wonderful and unshakable ‘outside
the Bible’ proofs. If a person would only rid oneself of religious pseudo babble
uttered by a world that follows Satan not God, would set aside preconceived
ideas and religious traditions, shove ego away and be honest with oneself, these
many proofs will undeniably authenticate the Scriptures!
Archaeological finds, for example, have and will continue to
verify the truth of the Bible. Outstanding Jewish archeologist, Dr. Nelson
Glueck, stated, “It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery
has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological finds have
been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical
statements in the Bible.” Two of thousands of evidentiary examples is the Tel
Dan (David) Stela (inscribed stone), the 9th century BC inscription that
furnished the first historical evidence of King David outside the Bible. Then
there is a limestone block discovered in 1961, with the name Pontius Pilate
inscribed – the man who ordered Jesus’ death - revealing Pilate was at the same
place and time as the Bible’s information about Jesus’ crucifixion! (Matthew 27)
Archaeologists continue to dig-up evidence supporting the flawlessness of the
Next is science. The Bible details the creation of the
universe and all that’s in it, but man discounts it. So scientists continue to
search for scientific ‘truths’. But proven is that many ‘new’ scientific
discoveries were written in the Bible thousands of years before modern man
discovered them! Examples are cycle of air current (Ecclesiastes 1:6); the earth
is round (Isaiah 40:22), air has weight (Job 28:25), and every star is different
(I Cor. 15:41)! Numerous scientific facts could be cited!
What about Bible prophecies? How could mere men have
fabricated prophecies that at the time of their penning were impossible for any
human to grasp, let alone write? (II Peter 1:21) Yet many biblical prophecies
have already been accurately fulfilled with others currently underway, with more
to come! Through many past fulfilled prophecies, history itself corroborates the
Bible! Additionally, textual uniformity of the Bible, especially since it was
written over a period of 2,000 years by 40 different writers, further verifies
the truthfulness of the Bible.
Every word written within the Bible is accurate! Please,
prove it to yourself by delving into scientific facts, researching the Biblical
prophecies, and studying other ‘outside the Bible’ verifications! Don’t be
afraid of the truth for the truth can’t hurt, but the rejection of it can and
will go far beyond!
So…What if the Bible IS true? For those who are born-again
believers, having placed our faith in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, we
rejoice in the Lord, knowing confidently that the Bible tells us one day we will
look upon the face of our precious Savior and walk streets of gold throughout
But for those who continue to disregard God’s Word, they have
NO hope because the Cross has been side-stepped, God’s love has been ignored,
His warnings go unheeded, and His call has been rejected! Every denier will come
face-to-face with the Lord (Acts 17:30-31), and be cast into the fiery torments
of Hell - and ultimately the Lake of Fire - where the darkness is never pierced,
the suffering never ceases, the fire is never quenched, the tormented cries are
never silenced and God and His mercy are forever gone! (Note: Read some of
Jesus’ words about Hell in Mark 9:43-48/Matthew 10:28; 25:41,46/Luke 12:5).
Allow absolutely no one – preacher, priest, parent, or pal -
to create a questioning ‘what if’ mentality that casts shadows of doubt over the
realness of God’s Word! Think for yourself, and don’t be afraid of discovering
God’s life offering, comfort giving, peace providing words of eternal life. Your
eternity depends on it!