In this commercial, the characters exchange the following dialogue:
Man: “Where’d you hear that?”
Woman: “The internet. You know, they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true.”
Man: “Where’d you hear that?”
Woman: “The internet.”
When she makes the claim that everything you read on the internet is true, she supports her claim by citing the very thing she brought up- the internet. Because I’m constantly the devil’s advocate to my own thoughts, I used this line of thinking from the commercial and applied it to something else: The Bible.
Imagine the following hypothetical conversation between an Atheist and a Christian:
Atheist: “How do you know that God exists?”
Christian: “The Bible. You know, they couldn’t put anything in the Bible that isn’t true.”
Atheist: “Where’d you read that?”
Christian: “The Bible.”
Do you see the issue with this dialogue? Christians rely on the notion that the Bible professes truth; some rely on this notion completely on faith, some refer to passages from the Bible such as 2 Peter 1:20-21, “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
We all have our reasons for believing (or not believing) in God. We all have our reasons for believing (or not believing) in the validity and/or authority of Scripture. Some believe in God because of what they’ve read in the Bible, some have never picked up a Bible in their life and still believe in God anyways.
Let me ask you a question: Do you believe that Antarctica exists? I’m guessing you’ve never been there. You’ve seen pictures on the TV and internet, but have you actually ever been there and seen it yourself? So why do you truly believe such a place exists?
Until you’ve actually been to Antarctica, you are relying solely on faith that such a place exists. You can hear first-hand accounts, read about it, look at pictures of it. But until you’ve actually been there, you can only rely on faith that such a place exists.
Until this moment, did the thought cross your mind that you could be dead in ten seconds? Why not? Because we live by faith. We assume we’re not going to die ten seconds from now. We have faith. Sometimes that faith isn’t even a continuous choice, it’s just a natural occurrence.
You can read the Bible cover to cover and still not believe in God because you don’t believe one book is proof of anything. You can read that verse I listed earlier and refuse to believe in the validity of the Bible because it is the Bible itself that claims that the Bible is spoken from God through the Holy Spirit. You’ve never seen God, you’ve never been to Heaven. Are you really going to trust in such things just because the Bible tells you so?
You’ve never seen Antarctica first-hand. Do you believe it’s there? Do you believe that the pictures you see of it on TV are a real place and that they didn’t just take a picture of someone’s snowy backyard?
How do you know you’re not going to die in ten seconds?
In the end, it all comes down to faith. We must acknowledge that we will never truly understand the infiniteness of our God with our human, finite minds. If we have faith, we can try to draw closer to God by learning more about him and understanding the ways in which he calls us to live our lives. We can do that by, among other things, reading the Bible.
It’s not an easy thing to do, having faith in what cannot be fully understood or proven during our time on Earth. But if this whole God thing ends up being legit, then we are in for one hell of a reward in the end. (Pun intended)
“Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord.”