“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (I Thessalonians 5: 21). Wh ich book, religious or secular – other than the Bible, exhorts its reader to beware of blindly accepting or rejecting what is written there? Can it be that God wants you to be absolutely sure of what you believe and why ?
Several years ago, I read that when German Chancellor Bismarck asked one of his Generals why he believed in the Bible, that General simply answered, “Sir, the Jew”. Because the provider of that anecdote gave no citations whatever, it is not possible to know the truthfulness of that quote. Nevertheless, whether or not that conversation happened as described, any serious student of the Bible can recognize the plausibility of such an answer. No group of people other than the Jews has been (without their choice) so purposefully scattered throughout the world, yet have remained spiritually intact, and are even now returning to their original God-given homeland – all according to Bible prophecy.
But wait! We must consider whether or not the family stories of both the Jew and the Arab are also arguments themselves in support of belief in the Bible (that is, in addition to countless archeological finds and fulfilled prophecies that uphold the Bible’s historicity). To put it briefly, even a casual observer (unless they choose to ignore current events) must recognize that there definitely is an ongoing “family feud” between the Arab and the Jew. In this year’s March/April issue of The Good News Magazine, Darris McNeely presents the case of “The Middle East’s Family Feud” in which he states, “The present religious and political turmoil in the Middle East is at its heart a family feud between Abraham’s descendants. It’s a dispute prophesied to erupt into a larger conflict much sooner than we might think”. Stay tuned!
Additionally, we regularly witness that “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.” But, today especially, this can only happen when we deliberately blind ourselves (the foolishness) to the preponderance of evidence emerging from current scientific discoveries. Rest assured that these facts confirm our One True God’s involvement in our existence. Jim Jacob, Esq, presents some of these evidences in his book, A Lawyer’s Case for God. “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, … so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1: 20).
Therefore, you are the judge and jury about the question of belief in God. Please don’t fool yourself!