His Holy Word

I was doing my homework for my Christian Scriptures class and I started to think about the Bible (surprising right?). As a Christian the Bible tells me about life, eternity, God, and things of that sort. I’ve never really understood how people who don’t read a text of some sorta can say they know anything about God. It seems to me that if you don’t have a source for what you believe then it’s most likely based on your own assumptions or imagination. We don’t get to make up our own story about God based on what we like best, that’s arrogance at it’s finest. The physical world can only teach us vague characteristics about God. Galaxies are huge, God must be huge. DNA is really complex, God must be really smart. The Universe is old, God must be old. Humans naturally feel apart from God, there must be a relationship issue between us and God. We can’t learn specifics about God’s personality without Him tellings us. There are a number of different texts that claim to reveal the specifics about God. The Quran, the Bible, The Dhammapada, The Book of Mormon, The Tao Te Ching, and I’m sure some others I don’t know. I’ve read parts of some of these, but I’m not really fluent in any of them except the Bible. From the parts I have read I think I can accurately say that the different books can not all be true. They may all be wrong, but from what I understand they all say significantly different things about who God is so they can’t all be true. I think that if none of these books are true, then God doesn’t matter. If He hasn’t reveled himself to us then He either hates us in which case we shouldn’t bother trying to praise Him, or He doesn’t care either way in which case we shouldn’t try to praise Him. People who can’t ground their belief in God in any form of authority outside themselves and say that they just try to be good people, make me curious. How can we determine what God thinks is good if He hasn’t specifically told us? You would be back to making assumptions about God based on your own imagination or limited life experience. Without scripture, being a good person doesn’t matter a great deal because you wouldn’t be able to define what God’s moral stand is without scripture. I hope I have made a case that belief in “god” without some form of text is foolish and arrogant. There are still multiple texts that dispute each other and that claim to have the truth about God. They can’t all be right, their claims about God are too different. So what now? Dig. Grab a metaphorical shovel and start digging. Compare what is said in each text to what can be know about God from nature. Compare what is said to what history says. Compare what is said to what logical reasoning shows you. Compare what is said to what you feel God whispering to you. From my understanding there is only one book (66 books) that claims to be the authoritative word of God and withstands the challenges of reality. I believe that is the Bible. Here is the link to a blog by someone else that talks about the reliability of the bible a little bit more in depth ( http://blog.truthdialogue.com/2010/04/reliability-of-scripture-and-its.html ). To sum up the whole thing he basically says “I don’t believe that God would allow his Holy Word to be messed up by human beings. In the end, that’s what it’s all about.”