We often watch the TV show ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’. If you can answer the right answer to enough questions you might win a million dollars but it is a great show not because of the money it promises but there are a whole range questions that all have only one correct answer. The researchers for the show must do their job well because they often ask questions that many will not only know the answer to, they will have been there when the event took place or they could check the truthfulness of their answers with little effort.
Which got me thinking, a common excuse for people not reading the Bible is that they reckon it is not accurate. But the vast majority of the New Testament was written by 70 A.D., just 37-40 years after the events of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. And there are no serious documents from that time that call into question the ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
How foolish it would be to fail to investigate the claims of history’s most influential man because some modern ‘scholars’ (often who are not experts in the field) and some fictional authors (who run against the findings of the vast majority or historians) claim that the New Testament is not credible.
A much wiser path is the one chosen by countless men and women, boys and girls from every culture in every age to accept the New Testament as the work of credible men. Once accepted it can then be road tested in our experience.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good” is the timeless invitation of the living God whose book, the Bible, has been described as God’s love letter to mankind.
Those who would poison our minds against the proven truth found in God’s Word simply confirm how unloving and thoughtless we can be toward others.
A humble reading of the New Testament has revolutionised the life of millions and the culture of many nations. When a person gives themselves to this investigation they will find that the objective historical testimony of those original authors finds subjective agreement. An agreement that brings both an assurance to comfort and a transformation that brings meaning and purpose.