Victory Vitamin Blog – 2 Timothy 3:16

“All Scripture is God-breathed.”

-2 Timothy 3:16

One objection often leveled against Christianity is that our faith is anchored to a faulty document.  For centuries people have pointed out the contradictions in the Bible.  If there are contradictions in the Bible then it can’t be the holy, inerrant Word of God that we claim it to be.  It’s easy to make accusations, but to prove them requires effort and evidence.  Many people don’t back up their claims with proof.  To do so would require research.  3 initial questions can reconcile most of what are actually “apparent” contradictions in the Bible.  Are the verses that apparently contradict each other describing the SAME THING at the SAME TIME in the SAME SENSE?  One example is in Genesis when it tells us that God looked at everything He had made and it was very good.  5 chapters later it says that the earth was corrupt in God’s sight.  A contradiction?  Nope.  The earth was not “very good” and “corrupt” at the same time.  It was “very good” before Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord and “corrupt” after that sin destroyed God’s once “very good” creation.  This is an obvious example and there are many other more challenging apparent contradictions in the Bible but they can be reconciled with some study and effort.  If you can find it, I recommend W. Arndt’s book “Does the Bible Contradict Itself? Copyright 1955, Concordia Publishing House.  Our hope is anchored in God’s inerrant Word.  Don’t let lazy critics shake your faith.  Jesus died to pay for your sins.  Jesus rose from the dead so you would live forever.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 10:13-14

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Romans 10:13–14 NIV

Our current sermon series is titled “8 Objections to Christianity and How to Respond”.  This weeks objection: “What about those who never hear about Jesus?”  The apostle Paul deals with this question in the verse above.  Some have used this verse to argue that those who haven’t heard get a free pass, but Paul seems to be arguing instead for the critical importance of making sure all people DO hear about their Savior, Jesus.  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  It would sit better with me to believe that those who are ignorant of the gospel will be pardoned, but if that’s true wouldn’t we be better off keeping our faith to ourselves?  If they get a free pass why would we want to mess with it by telling them about Jesus?  Then they might reject Him and be damned for sure.  But that approach doesn’t line up with Christ’s command to, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19 NIV).  It’s not an easy question, but rather than go with our gut, we have to go with God’s Word.  The Bible makes it clear that God loves all people (John 3:16) and wants all people to be saved.  (1 Timothy 2:4)  We also know that our task it to spread the Good News about Jesus to everyone, (Matthew 28:19) because Jesus is the way to the Father.  (John 14:6)  And last, but not least we know that God will do what is right.  “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4 NIV).  My response to this objection is that God makes it clear that my job is to share Jesus and His love with others because Jesus is the way to the Father, and God will always do what is right.