I know, some people dismiss the idea of eternity, and say that when you’re dead, you’re done. And if you’re like me, somewhere along the journey, you’ve probably struggled with the truth about God’s existence too. Perhaps you’ve also battled the BIG ‘what if’ question. You know the one… “What if I believe the Bible and it’s not really true?”
Recently, I heard that age-old question being discussed. When I first started on my journey with God, that question used to throw me for a loop. I didn’t know how to answer it. It made me so uneasy. Was I making a mistake to trust what I had been taught about God and the Bible?
It was the seventies, and I heard other college students rattle off philosophies about Black pride and how Jesus was the ‘white man’s God.’ Other ‘intriguing’ view points were floating around. True love, I heard, didn’t need old-fashioned ideas like marriage and a license. They said that as long as two people loved each other, that’s all that mattered. I was told that God was whatever you believed Him to be and there were many ways to get to Him. I heard that once I died, I could come back and do everything over again until I got it right. But then, some also said that there was nothing after you died, so you’d better live it up while you had the chance. I heard that heaven was a state of mind, and hell was here on earth. ‘Heard some of that too, did you?
Thinking back, it’s unbelievable how college campuses, barber shops, beauty salons, television shows, lunch with well-meaning friends, etc. can be breeding grounds for a mixture of truth and doubt; arrogance and soul searching; knowledge and ignorance. It was quite confusing for me. Which ideas of the day were true? Which should I base my life on?
That was quite a long time ago. I’ve seen hot pants come and go…. several times. We’ve had the mini-skirt, the maxi-skirt, and everything in-between. Mohawks have had a revival again, and the battle of old school versus new school is still going strong. I’ve seen my children mature into young adults, my daughter marry, and have had the pleasure of holding conversations with my grandson. And yet the question is still floating around out there, “What if I believe the Bible and it’s not really true?”
This time, when my son told me that he heard the question being discussed on a recent radio show, I had an interesting reaction. I didn’t become anxious at all. An assurance seemed to rise up from way down inside me and I smiled.
I’ll tell you why tomorrow.
Question – How do you feel when people ask if you believe that the Word of God is true?
Here are scriptures about today’s post.
Proverbs 30:4-6 5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
Isaiah 50:10-11 10 Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD
and rely on their God.
Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”