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Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy - Can we know the Bible came from God?
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Larry Sheehy

    One of the most important things we can think about concerning God is this: Can we know the Bible is the word of God? Some — many? — might ask, “Why is this so important? Can’t we just accept by faith that the Bible is from God?” While we do accept it “by faith,” that faith must be based on evidence, or it isn’t really faith; it is nothing more than opinion. That’s the view on which atheists and agnostics insist, adding that one opinion is as good as another, so we can’t really have any real confidence in the Bible as God’s word.
    Let me suggest that this is a big deal because without confidence in the Bible, we have no answer to life’s basic questions: Where did we come from? Where are we going? These are questions that everyone needs to consider, and the Bible is the source for the information that answers them.
    The question assumes that we believe, in some sense, that God exists. Because this is true, the place given to the Bible as God’s word and will is one central point of our relationship with God.
    In an article titled “The Authority of the Bible,” Christian writer Kenneth Kantzer, commenting on those who have lost confidence in religion, said, “Anyone who has lost his faith in the authority of the Bible must inevitably ask, What is truth? What shall I believe? How can I know whether this doctrine or the opposite doctrine is true? A deep pall of skepticism hangs threateningly over the heads of all who do not possess the authority of divine revelation.” 
    Even Christians sometimes seem to have reservations about the authority or reliability of the Bible as God’s word, turning instead to skepticism in a desperate dependency on secular thinking for guidance. I say it is a desperate dependency because it seems so many are afraid they won’t be accepted by the elite intellectuals of society, they are willing to agree to almost any idea, no matter how unreasonable it may be.
    In the next column or two of “Thinking of God,” I’d like to try to encourage a greater, and perhaps renewed, confidence in the Bible as the inspired word of God. In writing to his child in the faith, Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote to remind him of the importance of scripture to the young preacher, and to every Christian. You probably know his comment well: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
    As I’ve already suggested, it’s impossible to overemphasize the importance of the question of the source of the Bible and its trustworthiness. I hope you’ll consider the things said and study them further on your own. If you have any questions, I hope you’ll feel free to contact me.

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