We live in a day and age when many of the things we believe in are being assaulted and put to the test. You need only turn on a television and watch a situation comedy, open a newspaper or, talk to a neighbor or friend to find this out. When a son or daughter goes off to college, you know their faith will be tested by some of their professors, fellow students and friends.
These assaults on basic or fundamental Christian beliefs are not something new. They have gone on since the beginning of time. Adam and Eve had their beliefs challenged by the devil in the Garden of Eden. The children of Israel could not resist the lure and temptation of the immoral and idolatrous nations that surrounded them.
While attacks on Christian beliefs are not new, they seem to bolder than they were a generation ago. When I was growing up, the Bible was still held in high regard. It was considered to be God's Word, true and trustworthy. People may have disagreed on how to interpret it but they agreed that the words in the Bible were given to us by God.
As I look back, the first real assault on the Bible grew out of the theory of evolution. This theory of Darwin came into direct conflict with the Biblical teaching of creation. As the theory of evolution came into wider acceptance, trust in the Bible began to wain.
Some said that the Bible was only accurate in matters of salvation and not in such areas as science or history. Others have tried to harmonize the theories of science with the teachings of Scripture by redefining the word “day” from 24 hours to eons.
Some believe that the creation account is merely a fictitious or symbolic account of what really took place. If that's true, God is not being honest with us. One would also have to disregard the many passages that are tied to creation. For example, how are we to understand these words from Exodus 20:11, "For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day....?" This section, taken from the giving of the commandments, is certainly not to be taken symbolically or figuratively. On the basis of this action the Lord established the Sabbath Day. (with emphasis on the word – day.)
Efforts are made today to find natural explanations for the miracles of the Bible such as the Flood, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the feeding of the 5,000. There are even "Christians" who question the resurrection of Christ, the existence of the devil, heaven and hell.
Things have changed a lot over the years. Some changes are good. The loss of respect for the Bible as God's trustworthy Word, is not. What a comfort it is to know the TRUTH! - to know what is right and wrong; what pleases God and what does not. It fills me with awe and wonder when I think of how the almighty Lord made the universe. The same is true when I think of the miracles he has performed. How amazed I am when I think of God's love shown to me at the cross! How excited I am as I await the sure and certain resurrection of the dead and eternal life! Don't let anyone take these precious truths away from you. His Word is truth. (Jn 17:17)