There seems to be a lot of people questioning the validity of Scripture lately and lots of talk about whether or not we can even take the Bible literally. Most recently, Dove-award winning and Grammy-award nominated Michael Gungor shocked the Christian world by sharing similar out-of-the-box theological views, including casting doubt over the Biblical accounts of Adam & Eve, and The Flood. The bandwagon-belief of late is to accept the life of Christ without necessarily believing all of the Bible. This is dangerous ground to tread upon because it can lead to the slippery slope of seizing a “different gospel” (Galatians 1:6-10). This is “Cafeteria Christianity” where we pick and choose what we want to believe (from Scripture) and discard what we don’t want. To be a Christian is to follow Christ and embrace what He taught.
10 Reasons Why You Can’t Take Jesus Literally If You Don’t Take The Bible Literally
1. Jesus is the Living Word. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God. Verse 14 says, “And the Word became flesh (Jesus) and dwelt among us.” The Bible is a person. That person is Jesus.
2. All Scripture is inspired by God. (2 Timothy 3:16)
3. To question the account of Noah is to question Christ. Jesus said, “Just as it was in the days of Noah so will it be when the Son of Man (Jesus) returns.” (Matthew 24:37, Luke 17:26)
4. The Law matters. Jesus said He came to fulfill the Law of Moses, not do away with it. (Matthew 5:17)
5. Jesus is compared to the first man, Adam, and Scripture even confirms that Christ is the last-Adam. (1 Corinthians 15:45)
6. Jesus quotes and refers to the Old Testament several times, including God’s purpose for marriage. (Mark 10:6-9)
7. The Old Testament points to Jesus, period.
8. Numerous prophecies (going as far back as Genesis) in the Old Testament were fulfilled in the New Testament through the birth, life, and resurrection of Christ.
9. God cannot lie. If all of the Bible is not true, then God is a liar, which means Jesus is a liar and cannot be trusted. (Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 6:18)
10. God makes it clear that we cannot add or take away from the Bible. (Revelation 22:18-19)
I’m all for human reasoning and logic, but the reality is the Bible is packed with stories that are not logical. Jesus is Truth and Truth trumps logic. This is where faith comes in. After all, our entire relationship with God is based on faith.
The Bible is not rocket science, people. It says what it says and means what it says. We either believe it or we don’t. We either believe all of it or none of it.
I take the Bible literally because I believe Jesus.