Many claims over the years have been made that the Bible isn’t really the Word of God. They say it has errors and contraindicates itself or is out-of-date and irrelevant. It is written by man, so it has no authority over our lives. These views are the results of the decline of Christianity in America. Causing many Americans to be biblically illiterate. There is a growing population of Americans who –identify as “none” when asked about their religious affiliation. James White’s book called, The Rise of the Nones explains the decline of Christianity in America, especially in the millennial generation. According to MinistryWatch, Anne Stych, in her article Percentage of U. S. Population That Identifies as Christian Continues to Drop, “self-identifying Christians make up 63% of the adult population, a number that was 12 points higher (75%) in 2011.” America is no longer a biblically literate nation like it was in the 1950s and ’60s. So don’t believe those who disregard the Bible as outdated and an unsound document written by human effort. They have not studied the Bible – don’t take their word for it. Despite all this, it still remains the number one bestseller of all time, and it still is the most influential book throughout history. Isaiah had it right when he said, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God endures forever.” (Isa. 40:8).
I won’t argue that the Bible isn’t complex and difficult to understand in parts. It is multifaceted, including several different types of literature: history, law, poetry, prophecy, wisdom, gospels and Acts, letters, and Apocalyptic. There are ways you can know for yourself that the Bible is trustworthy. Dig in and experience it for yourself. Study to see if it lines up with what you have been told. Don’t just believe what some blogger wrote about discrediting the Bible. Read it for yourself. After all, it’s your salvation on the line; why would you take someone else’s word for it. Read it and see if the power and authority of God’s voice don’t speak to you.
Pray before you read and ask God to help you trust Him and understand what you are reading. Ask Him to reveal to you His more profound truth even though His Word seems opposed to today’s culture. God makes a lot of promises to us in His Word. One of them is that those who seek Him will find Him if they seek Him with all of their heart.
Beloved, trust me, if you really study the Bible and seek God with your whole heart, you will not be disappointed.