Why I believe the Bible is true
It’s not a salvation issue – or is it
Struggling with particular areas of theology does not keep people from being saved. We need only believe that we’re sinners and God came as Jesus to reconcile us to him, then continue to live out this reconciliation. But the rejection of God due to misunderstanding is still the loss of this salvation. This was the case for Charles Darwin who grew up in a Christian world as the son of a pastor. His musings with long ages and philosophical extrapolation of observations caused him to reject God as a callous deity who called millions of years of death and suffering “very good.” He concluded that such a God is evil, who would create humanity via different species of pitiful sub-human Africans and Jews.
The full name of Darwin’s book says it all: “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”
Evolutionism undermines the integrity of the Bible as well as humanity. If you can’t trust the Bible’s history, you can’t trust its future. The gospels commit much energy linking Jesus’ actions to fulfilling various prophecies. Likewise, we should recognize the dozens of prophecies being fulfilled with the rebirth of Israel and take warning that our faith is not shattered by what occurs next, but rather to allow God to say, “I told you so”.
I see too many whose faith has been destroyed, particularly having studied at theological seminaries. They have been taught that because the Bible has been proven wrong by science and history, they should understand its history merely as moral allegory. But then if they’re allegory, then surely Jesus’ virgin birth and resurrection are also. Such arguments date back to at least the Saducees of Jesus’ time. I expect similar was taught a few hundred years after Noah’s flood at Babel and even around the time of Enoch. Wasn’t it the serpent in Eden who first asked, “did God really say…?”
We must put aside unproven science and restore the historicity and integrity of the Bible as the foundation of our faith and understanding of the world.