Let that sink in… seriously. I feel like most of my life I’ve been taught that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible word of God and is meant to be followed, not questioned. Here’s the problem… the early church didn’t have the Bible for the first 400 years and they thrived. They weren’t weak in their faith or their evangelism. In fact, they were great at it. They had something better than a collection of 66 books by a variety of authors writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They had faith in a resurrected Jesus! That’s it. They actually believed that thousands of years of prophecy were fulfilled in one man who spent 33 years on earth, 3 years in ministry, and 3 days in the grave. They were convinced that he literally died and literally came back to life conquering death forever. I’m not saying you and I don’t believe that but I am saying that a resurrected Jesus is a much more solid foundation for our faith than the Bible being inarguable. I could write for days on this but I’d just suggest that you check out Andy Stanley’s book Irrestible because he’s done a lot more leg work than I have on the topic.
One last thing I do want to say on the topic is this: This is vital NOW more than ever. We live in a world where you no longer have to read the Bible to know what else the Bible says. You don’t even have to own a bible. You can just google “contradictions in the Bible” and you’re immediately introduced to reasons not to believe what it says. I’m not saying they’re right. I’m not saying I don’t believe the Bible is true. I’m saying that the reason the Bible matters and the reason its worth reading is because a man came to earth, predicted his death and resurrection, and then pulled it off and He said its worth knowing. He said that He didn’t come to get rid of the law and prophets. He came to fulfill it. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, our faith is useless and so is our book that we read from. If that makes you mad, read 1 Corinthians 15 and take up your frustrations with Paul.
- Ryan Blaylock