Our daughter’s pet hamster died today. She’s an adult, a school teacher, and it was expected. But it caused me to reflect on the brevity of life and why Mary and I write.
It is possible to know things. This might sound silly, but movies such as the Matrix are confusing more and more people. They want to know if there is a reality. Yes, reality exists and we are responsible to explain reality to people.
Since reality exists, there are standards for evaluating what is and what is not true. Mary and I have written chapters on this. When you study history, then you must recognize that the Bible is authentic, that is, it was written by the people who claimed to write each book or each part of a book, such as the Psalms, when and where they claimed to write it. If you deny the authenticity of the Bible, then you cannot understand anything of history. There are thousands of documents supporting the dating of the Bible compared to very few documents supporting any other event in history.
Here is a link to a chart which shows how unreliable other historical documents are compared to the Bible. http://carm.org/can-we-trust-new-testament-historical-document
Despite the fact that many Roman emperors burned every copy of any Christian writing they could find and executed anyone who possessed a copy of any New Testament document, there are thousands of manuscripts for the New Testament.
Here is a link to several dozen videos on the reliability of the Bible. http://www.josh.org/video-2/is-the-bible-reliable/
Here is a book on the evidences for the reliability of the Bible: The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict. http://www.amazon.com/Evidence-Demands-Questions-Challenging-Christians/dp/0785243631
Here is a link to several dozen articles on the historical accuracy of the Bible. http://www.icr.org/biblical-record/
This is not an exhaustive list of evidence. It does not even include the Dead Sea Scrolls. But it is enough evidence to convince any unbiased reader that the Bible is authentic. That is, the Bible was written by the people who claimed to write each book or each part of a book, such as the Psalms, when and where they claimed to write it. After accepting the accuracy of the Bible, we must then examine it’s content.
The Bible puts great responsibility on grandparents. A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. Proverbs 13:22 This is more than a simple will for the proper disposal of property after we go to be with the LORD. We are the elders. We are to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which the Lord has spoken to them through Moses. Leviticus 10:11
We are not Jewish, so our children are not the sons of Israel, but the principle is the same. Gather the people before me so they may hear my words, learn to revere me the whole time that they live in the land, and teach them to their children. Deuteronomy 4:10 NASB
You are to love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. “Let these words that I’m commanding you today be always on your heart. Teach them repeatedly to your children. Talk about them while sitting in your house or walking on the road, and as you lie down or get up. Tie them as reminders on your forearm, bind them on your forehead, and write them on the door frames of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9 ISV
Satan is not powerful enough to completely deceive everyone all the time. So each generation has one main area of attack. Our generation in western culture has seen the infiltration of secularism, or Secular Humanism, with the major tenants of evolution and a belief in deep time. Laws are passed to both indoctrinate and promulgate this belief system.
Jesus said, “had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” John 5:46,47
Abraham said to the rich man in hades If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Luke 16:31
Sometimes we enjoy writing. Sometime it is a struggle and a chore. But our responsibility and goal is, as the apostle Paul said,
I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some of them. I do all this for the sake of the gospel in order to have a share in its blessings. You know that in a race all the runners run but only one wins the prize, don’t you? You must run in such a way that you may be victorious. Everyone who enters an athletic contest practices self-control in everything. They do it to win a wreath that withers away, but we run to win a prize that never fades. That is the way I run, with a clear goal in mind. That is the way I fight, not like someone shadow boxing. No, I keep on disciplining my body, making it serve me so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:22-27 ISV
Photo of HQ the hamster by Victoria Findley