“James, all this talk of the Bible is all very sweet but doesn’t everybody know that it is just a fairy story for grownups? It is nothing more than a ragtag of myth mixed with manmade ideas with a generous helping of superstition for good measure!”
I respond by saying that it is worthwhile to note that while such ideas have been thrown around for over 2000 years, it is still to be proven that the Bible is incorrect in any statement that it has ever made. Let that sink in. But who knows…maybe you will be the first one to finally find one error…but don’t hold your breath!
The world of the Bible is no different than today; same people- same questions- same doubts. This explains why the Apostle Peter penned the following words-
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. (2 Peter 1.16-18)
Just like today there were a bunch of people running around mocking Christians for buying into the “Jesus fable”. To this Peter responds with a turbo charged missile; two very powerful pieces of evidence that show the truthfulness of Christianity.
We will look at the second next week but the first is this; eye witness testimony. Christianity is not based on the senile ravings of great aunty Annie, who might have heard something from her great grandfather who thought he heard a rumor about something that could have happened in Bongo bongo land a million years ago! Peter is making it very clear that he was there, he saw Jesus for himself. He witnessed his powerful miracles. And he was not alone. In the first century there were many people who could stand up and proclaim-
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
It is worth remembering that it was many of these same Christians who were willing to die for their faith rather than deny it. It has been rightly said ‘myths don’t make martyrs’! How thankful we should be for the Apostles who witnessed the risen Christ’s power and passed their message on to us, all to the end that our “joy may be full” through having “fellowship with the Father and the Son” as they are revealed in the Bible.