It is not hard for me to believe the Bible. After all it claims to be God’s word. Either it is or it isn’t. I believe it is. If you haven’t investigated for yourself, you’re making a foolish mistake.
By investigating for yourself, I do not mean that you collect other men’s opinions about it or you believe that whatever religious organization you belong to has the right idea about the Bible.
Investigating for yourself means you have personally read the Bible, seeking honest answers, and asking God to show you the truth.
You owe it to yourself and to your children because, if it is true, your soul and the souls of your children are at stake. “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but lose his own soul?”
A well known preacher, years ago, put it this way; “If you’re a gambling man, you would figure that there is a fifty per cent chance that I’m wrong about believing the Scripture. If you choose not to believe and you’re wrong, you lose your soul, for eternity. If I choose to believe and I’m wrong, I lose nothing. I’ve lived a good life with few regrets.” Who do the odds favor in this situation? Are you willing to gamble with your soul?
The stakes are high; eternal life or eternal death. The apostle Paul said, “To be absent from the body (for the believer), is to be present with the Lord.” Eternal life starts when one trusts Jesus Christ and His merit alone as one’s only hope of salvation. Eternal death is referred to in Scripture as eternal damnation or everlasting punishment.
Something that is eternal does not start and stop, it never ends. If one leaves this life without security in Christ alone, there is no hope according to the Scriptures.
Do you really believe this? Have you warned anyone? Have you warned your family, your friends, your neighbors, the people you rub shoulders with every day? Do you live in such a way, that your life gives credibility to the message? When a person truly believes something, it will show up in his or her life.
In Luke chapter 16 there is an account that Christ gave about the rich man and Lazarus. Just before He gave this account, Christ addressed the Pharisees as follows: “For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
In accord with their keeping up of appearances, the Pharisees most likely regarded the rich man as blessed of God. The plight of Lazarus as the down and out beggar surely disgusted them. He was a sinner and God was his judge.
The rich man fared well, dressed well and ate well. Lazarus laid at his gate desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, it says, the dogs came and licked his sores.
Lazarus died and went to heaven (Abraham’s bosom) while the rich man also died and was buried. “And being in torments in Hades (hell), he lifted up his eyes……..then he cried and said…..send Lazarus that he may dip his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.”
Abraham replied; “…..between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.”
The rich man then asked Abraham to send Lazarus to his father’s house, because he has five brothers; “…that he, Lazarus, may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.”
Abraham replied; “they have Moses and the prophets (Scripture); let them hear them.”
The rich man countered; ”…but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.”
To which Abraham gave this final answer; “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets (Scripture), neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.”
So what are you waiting for; a sign, some miracle, a voice from heaven?………..Why not just read the Bible?
“For the word of God is quick (living), and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12