As a Christian living in a religiously diverse society with all rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, it is critical to learn the Word of God for yourself. There will be attacks on your faith from all sides in an effort to cause you to doubt—to doubt God, the Word, your Christian walk, and faith itself.
If you don’t know the Word for yourself, you’ll easily fall for whatever others tell you about the Bible and Christianity. Moreover, unbelievers will try to feed all kinds of foolishness (yes, I said FOOLISHNESS!)
Lie #1 – The Bible isn’t real. It’s a bunch of compiled folk tales.
Lie #2 – The Bible is flawed. There are many mistakes or contradictions in the Bible.
Lie #3 – The Bible is a made up story by King James.
Lie #4 – The Bible was conjured up by the white man to justify slavery. (Lord, help these crazy people…Big SIGH)
This list is not by any means exhaustive. Just a few examples. You’ve probably heard several. Bottom line, don’t just accept anything that people tell you. Seek out the truth for yourself. Don’t even believe me. Read the Word for yourself!
When debating with unbelievers, I’ve always wondered why it’s so difficult for them to just understand. No matter how I try to clearly explain a particular passage of scripture or explain different aspects of the Christian faith. They just couldn’t get it.
Then, I realized that the unsaved will not be able to fully understand the Bible, they can only attempt to understand it logically and within the flesh, but there are many mysteries in the Bible that require the Holy Spirit to fully decipher the meaning. You must be strong in the spirit to understand the Word and pray for revelation and proper application. I remember that for many years I struggled with understanding the Bible.
Although I was raised in the church, I just couldn’t understand certain concepts and so, I gave up and thought it was stupid. Hey…I’m being real here! It wasn’t until I really surrendered my life to Jesus and was re-filled with and re-energized in the Holy Spirit that I began to seriously read the word and understand the various concepts. Even though I had the Holy Spirit before, I still didn’t have much understanding because I wasn’t reading the Word enough. I would just open the Bible on Sundays.
People, people, PEOPLE…Sundays are NOT enough!! Your spirit (Holy Spirit) needs to be spiritually fed through the Word or it will starve. And you can’t learn or understand anything while you’re starving. Just remember going to school when you were younger. You couldn’t even pay full attention in class if you didn’t have breakfast or at least a snack in the morning. How can you really learn without proper nutrition? So, I say start feeding your spirit consistently by reading at least three to four chapters every day. Read book by book starting from the New Testament. Then, tackle the Old Testament. Don’t worry about specific study techniques or anything, just read. You’ll catch on. Eventually, reading the Word will become pleasurable and you’ll be able to easily learn. You’ll also capture the personality of Jesus and what he stood for. Jesus wasn’t a punk! He solidly stood on what he believed when debating with the Jewish scribes. We must follow his example.
Jesus stated in Luke 8:10 (AMP) that he spoke in parables because the unsaved wouldn’t be able to understand.
“And He said, “To you [who have been chosen] it has been granted to know and recognize the [a]mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that though seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.”
Even Apostle Paul explained in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (AMP) that when people are unsaved they have a “veil” over their eyes, which inhibits their proper understanding of the Word. They will not understand nor accept the Word until they receive the Holy Spirit, which will allow them to understand in the spiritual.
3 “But even if our gospel is [in some sense] hidden [behind a veil], it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing;
4 among them the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving to prevent them from seeing the illuminating light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
As a result, the unsaved will say all kinds of awful things about your God and your faith because they simply don’t understand. They try to rely on research or history, but there are elements and truths that God will never allow man to uncover. It’s up to God to reveal truths and seasons. Certain things we wouldn’t be able to entirely understand anyway. Instead, we must trust that the Bible is the true, inerrant Word of the living God. Our belief is based upon faith.
So, when unbelievers or just anybody want to come to you with craziness and talking about how the Bible is wrong, try to explain to the Word to them. Of course, defend the Faith and our Christian lifestyle. However, if they still don’t want to accept it, give them the hand and kick the dust off your feet. You don’t have time for that! Well, I know I don’t have time. They’ve already made their decision. So, why argue? Plant the seed of the Word in their hearts. If they reject it, keep it moving, honey!
Study the Bible for yourself to strengthen yourself from the wiles of enemy. Put on the whole armor of God, which includes the Word of God! (Ephesians 6:10-18) Bible study tools and techniques can be used such as:
- Halley’s Handbook
- Bible Dictionary
- Index Cards
I’ll explain in more detail about each tool and technique in another post. All are very useful for learning the Bible. I’ve recently discovered the verse-mapping technique and I absolutely love it. It’s such a fun and creative way to study and memorize scripture.
What do you do when people come and try to convince you that the Bible is flawed or fake?