“Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89).
When I was attending university, I was headed to class on the subway. I was reading my mini New Testament. A stranger walked over and asked what I was doing. He started to criticize me in front of everyone else (quite loudly, I might add) asserting that the Bible couldn’t be trusted. He actually laughed at me.
I was about 20 years old. I wish I had some great comeback. But I didn’t. To be honest, I was shocked by the whole experience and wasn’t sure what to say.
I hope none of you have that same experience. But if someone does happen to strike up a conversation with you—hopefully in a much nicer tone!—what would you say? Do you have the confidence you’d like to have?
I want to encourage you to get confident. Not only will this help yourself, but friends or family members who may have sincere questions and would really benefit from some answers.
There are a variety of resources available. I’ve also spent some time putting together a podcast on the subject (which includes a text version with references). You can link to it below. I address questions about whether the Gospels accurately preserve what Jesus said and did, and whether or not they’ve been distorted over time.
Amy Orr-Ewing asks: “Is the Bible mere fantasy, or is it fantastically true?”* I’ve come to believe with both my heart and mind that it is fantastically true. And life is eternally different as a result.
The rising battle against your faith isn’t going away. It’s getting louder and stronger.
So get confident.
—New Podcast. “Can we really trust that Jesus said and did all that, or have the Gospels been distorted?” You can click here to listen (or read), or tune in to ‘The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan’ wherever you enjoy podcasts—Spotify, Apple, Google, Stitcher or TuneIn.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.