Vol. 8, No. 6
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Since we were small children we have sung the famous song, "Jesus Loves Me." I wish that many more would listen to the simple words, "because the Bible tells me so." Many have wasted tremendous time and energy trying to explain, or more appropriately explain away portions of Scripture. Recently someone put out a naturalistic explanation of how Jesus walked on water. It, of course, is designed to deny the miraculous. Even in the church we can be influenced by this ailment. A professor I had in college had a commentary on the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy). When he talked about Lot's wife he said, (This is, to the best of my memory, what he said. I do remember because I had never actually heard "conflagration" used in a sentence before.) "As she hesitated Lot's wife was overwhelmed by great salt deposits in the area that were stirred up by the great conflagration that occurred." Excuse me! Lot's wife became a pillar of salt. How do I know, "the Bible tells me so." Why should we try to explain away the acts of God as if we are ashamed of them, or ashamed to admit them? Jesus walked on water, period, no natural explanations needed; Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt by the power of God, the great conflagration not withstanding; Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of a fish that God prepared--we don't need any more explanation; Jesus died and was raised from the dead by the power of God and ascended into heaven, changed in the twinkling of an eye, just as we will be (1 Corinthians 15:51-53), though it be denied by many; and so with all the records of Scripture; they are true because the Bible tells me so!
Five loaves and two fishes fed thousands, with baskets of fragments left over. Jesus said, "Lazarus come forth" after he had been dead four days, and he did. (Brother Marshall Keeble, the old time Gospel preacher, said, "He had to call him by name, if he hadn't everybody in the graves would have come forth." How I wish we could find that simple powerful faith in all the pulpit's of today, not just in a few.) Jesus healed the sick with just the sound of his voice, or with his touch, or with his spittle. He withstood the agony of the Garden, the beatings and humiliation of the so-called trials, and the horrifying pain and despair of the cross, forsaken by all as even his Father turned his back. And he did it for me! I know these things happened. I know they are true. There is no reason or room for the slightest wavering because the Bible told me so!
Let us go to the Bible. Let us listen to what it says. Let us learn to "handle it aright" (2 Timothy 2:15 ASV). Like that master swordsman (Hebrews 4:12), let us wield it powerfully, effectively and with certainty. It is the Word of life. It is the guide map. It will lead us to heaven if we follow it. I know, because the Bible told me so!