Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Believing the Word

Why should anyone believe the Word—in the sense either of the Bible or of Jesus Christ himself? How can Christians, in a world of competing religions, convince unbelievers that Christ is the one true way to the Father? How can we prove to doubters that the Word of God is true, dependable, and worth staking life and eternity on?

We can’t. No matter how well we present the evidence for the Word’s truth, it’s not our evidence or persuasion that changes hearts. So what does? How does anyone ever come to saving faith?

Only one way: through the Word itself. When Christians proclaim the Good News, the transforming power of the Word goes forth into the world. The Word is its own evidence and proof. Opening ourselves to that Word allows faith to be born and grow in our hearts. “Belief comes from hearing, and hearing from the Word of Christ”—but only if we have ears to hear. And how do we have ears? That’s tomorrow’s dose.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

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