Last week Stephen Colbert hosted author Bart Ehrman on his show, featuring his latest book Jesus Interrupted. I watched this show with my hubby because it's one of his favorites, yet we ended up in a debate regarding the validity of the Bible.
Let me say first that this author who's described as "one of the world's leading authorities on the Bible" by PRNewswire was actually an Evangelical Christian as a teen. He now professes to be agnostic. I will also say watching this man, who supposedly "dispelled the notion held by
millions of Americans that the Bible is an infallible document," voice his opinions about the Bible as if they were fact rankled me greatly. But, we are all entitled to our opinion. (If interested in watching this clip, click here. Then click on the third picture under "All New Video")
My purpose in this post is not to trash Professor Ehrman (nor his book—I haven't personally read it), but instead to talk about how we uphold our trust and beliefs in a God we can't prove exists (not by worldly standards at least) to our unbelieving loved ones. This is a very tricky area. And if you're married to a guy (or gal) like mine, who's extremely intelligent (near genius) and very scientifically minded, you probably feel like you lose most of the battles. I know I do.
However, I do believe we have a way to at least arm ourselves, and that's to know the Bible. To spend time not only reading it but studying it as well. As believers, we can know and understand how the Bible can be accurate and living because we experience God. To someone who doesn't have a relationship with Christ, this sounds weak and contrived.
After watching this show, I found myself "debating" with my husband about the accuracy of the Bible, and how other religions believe their religious books are just as accurate. So what's the difference? They're all valid then according the one following that religion? (A summary of his position.) One thought I did have later is that Christianity seems to be the only faith that gives hope not based upon our own saving efforts but the true transforming and saving power of God. In other words, we don't have to earn our eternity.
I did my best to point out differences, but I will say I truly dislike this kind of dialogue, because I know nothing I can say will make a difference. Yet I still had to defend the Word I love so much and the God who wrote it. Because therein lies the truth, that as believers we have full confidence and belief in the Bible as God's Word, and full trust that He would not allow men (or women) to change or diminish its meaning. But again, this means nothing to an unbeliever.
However, I did find my constant reading and pursuit of God's Word, participation in Bible studies, and a general curiosity to understand more of the culture and customs present in the rich stories of the Bible helped me to some extent. To talk with a man as intelligent as my husband, I have to speak intelligently.
So, my question to you is, how do you "defend" your faith, the Bible, and your beliefs? What are you fighting for?
Praying and believing,