The Bible our guide
Why do we need aguide?
Every time you buy a new piece of electronic equipment, you will find an instruction manual in the box. This manual is there for you to understand exactly how to operate the equipment. If you don’t have the manual (or if you’re like me and you don’t use the manual because you think you know everything there is to know about electronic equipment) you will have to figure it out for yourself and this will probably mean pressing all the buttons to try and see what they do, until you inadvertently press a button you shouldn’t have. Come on be honest; this has happened to you at least once in your life, right? You can avoid this however by just reading the manual.
For an even better example about why we need guides; imagine you have to go and do business somewhere or visit someone at a place where you have never been before. How do you get there? Well, you might buy a map or you may ask someone who has been there before and can give you directions, but you must have a guide.
So, as we travel through life, we need a guide. We need to know what our purpose in life is; where we are going and how to get there! When we consider the wonders of the world around us, and the marvelous way in which our bodies are made, we feel sure that a great Creator must have been at work. But how can we know more about Him, and find out what He wants us to do?
The answer, of course, is in the Bible. God, the great maker of all things, has given us the guide-book that we need!
Now in the beginning when you first start reading the Bible you will find that the Bible makes great claims. It speaks with authority, claiming to be the Word of God. Many times the prophets of the Old Testament begin their message with the words, “Thus saith the Lord”. The apostle Paul tells us that, “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (II Tim 3:16). If these claims were not true and the Bible was not the Word of God, we could put it on a shelf and forget it. However beautiful it’s teachings, they would have no claim upon us. But since the Bible is true, we dare not ignore it and we should read it; study it, and think about it day by day. (Jos 1:8)
How do we know that the Bible is true?
What reasons are there for believing the Bible to be true? Well there so are many reasons that I cannot give them all here, but I will mention a few of them.
In the first place, we have the Lord Jesus Christ’s word for it. In His days, only the Old Testament had been written and Jesus believed every word of it. Whenever he was challenged over anything He had said or done, He would support His words and deeds by referring to the Old Testament. When the Sadducees came to Him, arguing that there was no such thing as resurrection from the dead, He said to them, “You are mistaken because you don't know the Scriptures or God's power.” (Matt 22:29)
Then He went on to prove to them, from the Old Testament that the hope of resurrection from the dead was part of the revelation of God. Jesus also speaks of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; of David and Solomon, and of many other people about whom we read in the Old Testament.
Then there is the fact that no one has ever proved the Bible false. Many enemies of the Bible, including some very clever men, have tried to do so, but they have all failed! Also there is the wonderful fulfillment of the prophecies. The Bible speaks, from time to time, of events that are to come to pass hundreds of years later. In Matthew chapter 2, for example, we read that the wise men came to Herod to ask, “Where is He that is born King of the Jews?” Now Herod asked his chief priests this question, and they at once replied, “In Bethlehem of Judea”. How did they know? Because hundreds of years before, it had been prophesied in one of the books of the Old Testament (Micah 5:2).
These are just a few reasons why the Bible is true, but the best way to find more proof is to read the Bible for yourself. You will gradually come to see how each part fits in with the others, like the pieces of a jig-saw puzzle. The more you read the more the Bible will come alive for you, and you will come to see what a perfect picture it makes when complete, showing us the whole purpose of God.
In closing I just wanted to tell you the story of a pastor who went to the prison in his hometown and delivered Bible’s to all the inmates. A month later he went there again to see how it was going and was devastated to find out that every inmate had torn out all the pages of the Bible to make themselves cigarettes with. Not to be discouraged, the pastor bought new Bible’s and went back to the prison. This time around he spoke to all the inmates and asked them to at least just read the page before they were going to tear it out and smoke it. A month later the pastor again went back to see how it was going, only to find that not all the pages were torn out of the Bible’s as before. Overjoyed about this, he went to the warden to ask what happened. The warden answered, “Well pastor, they did exactly what you told them to do and read each page before they tore it out. They finished smoking Matthew, Marcus and Lucas but when they got to John, John SMOKED them!” Be Blessed!!!!!