As human beings, we go through life with a desire – a yearning even – for something tangible, something solid upon which to anchor our positions, and worldviews are born from this search…
In fact, the quest for tangibility fueled the Enlightenment of centuries past, whereby many endeavored to cast superstition out of the way in order to perfect our understanding of reality. That quest ultimately led whole populations to repudiate the Biblical truths they had – for generations – embraced. It continues even now. Our modern world, more so than any other period, has conditioned many of us to such an extent that the old mantra of “seeing is believing” has become a condition of acceptance.
In spite of the voices that decry faith and do their best to dismantle our Scriptures, modern research and personal revelation can in fact vindicate huge swaths of the Biblical account, so much so that the entire Holy Book, to eyes unburdened with bias and contempt, becomes undeniably transcendental. Thus, in spite of this, in spite of our ability to rationally and objectively demonstrate the veracity of the Bible, a critical question remains: Should we prove that most holy of books?
The point I want to have you consider is this: if the Bible can be resolutely demonstrated and our beliefs firmly justified in the light of not only what we have seen and felt but also what has been made clear through science and history, what then is left of faith? Is our faith not critical to our walk with God? Does knowing the evidence of our Lord and Creator diminish one’s faith or could it instead bolster it?
Another consideration comes from the acknowledgement that confirmation of various Biblical accounts will invariably insite division amongst sects of believers, erupting ideological rifts as interpretations fall under scrutiny, or otherwise new interpretations threaten to unhinge longstanding expectations.
How, for instance, do relations between Biblical fundamentalists and more liberal believers change when each claims possession of evidence that supports their interpretation of Genesis and beyond? Further, for non-believers, how does this internal dispute do anything but strengthen their fiery doubt. Is it worth it? Is proving – from a technical perspective – the Bible worth the conflict that it will foster?
For my part, I will tell you this much: the fact that our faith has a demonstrably solid foundation that is tangible and utterly justifiable in the light of history and technological insight is a fact that cannot be ignored, nor should be abandoned. The truth remains the truth regardless of whatever feelings may be incited, in spite of whatever pet interpretations may be bruised or buried.
Despite whatever internal battles are stoked, no matter the appearance to outsiders, there is an undeniable viability to the pursuit of truth, further the resolute demonstration of it. God, as the sole author of this reality, would not have left a breadcrumb trail of evidence for His existence and intervention had He not intended someone to follow it! Of this I am convinced! Even so, there is the pitfall hidden amidst this most honest of endeavors: seekers of the truth must beware of preaching more about the integrity of the Biblical account than the Creator and Author of it!
You see, in my own case, were it not for God using the evidence of the Biblical account to open my eyes, I wonder where I would be now. If not for the reality of the Bible being demonstrated to me, I’d have likely never known that which is abundantly more convincing to the soul: my personal experience with faith and my walk with Christ. Whatever I have learned of the tangible aspects of the faith – be they scientific, statistical, historical, and beyond – all utterly fail when compared to the faith born in me through my personal relationship with my Savior. That truth is as far exceeding in brightness when held against my objective studies of reality as is a waning flashlight against a thousand young suns.
Can the Bible be proven. I absolutely believe so. Should it be? That is a matter you must decide for yourself. As for me, in light of where I have been and where I yet hope to go, I am pushing on so that others may also come to know the truth and appreciate it, even if it means they must first anchor it to objective evidence. Every journey begins with a single step, and mine began in Genesis…
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