I was recently asked this question by a friend who had been misinformed, being mislead to believe that what the authors originally wrote has since been somehow lost in transmission over the centuries. I reassured him that Continue reading “The Textual Reliability of the Bible”
“There were ten men in the Bible days
They had been sick so very long.
Then one day Jesus passed their way
And when He spoke, their disease was healed that day.
But they all went on their merry, merry way
Only one returned and said,
“I’ve got something, something I just want to say […] Thank you, Lord for all you’ve done for me.”
“How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.
“Lord, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish. Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” (Hab 1:2-4, 12-13; NIV)
“Do you believe?” I recently asked a room of seven Christians. Without clarification or qualification, as may be expected among a group of Christians, my question was responded to in the affirmative: “Yes, I believe.” At least that was the response shared by all in the room with but one exception when a particularly discerning individual replied, “Believe in what?” Continue reading “When We Say We Believe”