Trust does not come easy for humans. We’ve all been disappointed, misused or stabbed in the back by someone we trusted. And so we became cynical and watchful. Now there is nothing wrong with not trusting people. As a matter of fact, you will be disappointed or disillusioned if you do so with all people in all situations. “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD” (Jer 17:5). We are not to trust people especially when it comes to things that we should trust God with.
However it is difficult to trust God because we cannot see Him. And we tend to believe or trust what we can perceive with our eyes. This is why faith is so much different than believing. Faith is knowing even when there is no evidence or even contrary evidence to what we believe. I’ve never seen Jesus yet I know deep in my spirit that He exists and that He loves me. That is faith. To trust that what God has revealed to be true in His Word even when everybody else says it is just a book.
Now, although we often hold onto the saying “seeing is believing”, there are nevertheless many things we believe that we have not seen. For example, we believe the earth is round. But have you seen it for yourself that the earth is indeed round as all the text books say? No, you believe that someone has observed it and that he gave an accurate account.
It is with this simple logic that I believe the Bible. The eleven apostles as well as Paul, Luke and James have given us an account of the person called Jesus. They have witnessed Jesus on this earth and they wrote down what they saw or heard. They even died for what they believed! You see dear reader, if Peter lied about half the things that he wrote in the Bible, he would not die for it. The moment they started threatening him he would recant. But he didn’t. Not one of them denied Jesus, except Judas who loved money more than God. He committed suicide because he knew he messed up.
Peter was crucified upside down. James who wrote the book bearing his name was thrown off the pinnacle of the temple but he did not die so they beat him to death with a fuller’s club. John the beloved was thrown in a vat of boiling oil but when it did him no harm they imprisoned him on the isle of Patmos. There he received and wrote the book of Revelation. He also wrote 1, 2 and 3 John as well as the Gospel according to John. He is the only one who died of old age. Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross in Greece. After being whipped by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with whipcords to prolong his suffering. He continued to preach for two days to his captors until he expired. Matthew was killed by sword in Ethiopia. Thomas was stabbed by a spear in India. Paul was imprisoned and then he was tortured and beheaded in Rome. He wrote a lot of our New Testament while being in prison.
It is then common sense to believe their testimony and their writings. And that is the Bible we have today. You can trust it – just like the apostles did.
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