Most of us probably remember a time that someone sang the song to us: “Jesus loves me this I know, For the Bible tells me so”. (You probably sang it to yourself in your mind while you read that!)
Do you believe that Jesus loves you just because the Bible says so?
For almost 300 years after Jesus was crucified and rose again, there was no Bible as we know today. In the beginning, a small group of ragtag believers knew that Jesus loved them.
“If the Bible is the foundation of our faith; [then] as the Bible goes, so goes our faith.”Andy StanleyChristianity experienced the greatest growth and turned the Roman Empire upside down, not because of a book but because of an event. Everything centered on Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
If you have left, or are considering leaving, the church or Christianity behind because you can’t prove, understand or believe something in the Bible, you may be doing so unnecessarily. The foundation of our faith is Jesus, not the Bible. The center of the debate for faith is who Jesus is, not that every part of the Bible is provable or that you believe every part of the bible (Hebrews 11:1).
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
I believe the Bible is true, inerrant, and inspired by God, but “belief in the Bible” is not a requirement to believe in Jesus’s life death and resurrection. Belief in Jesus comes first, before any in-depth understanding of the Old or New Testament. If the foundation of our faith is the Bible versus Jesus, then as the Bible goes so goes our faith. Faith then becomes a “house of cards” as some teachers, professors, and other faith challengers start to discredit or try and create doubt in parts of the Bible that have little or nothing to do with what Jesus Christ did on the cross.
Yes, Jesus loves you this you know, but it’s way more than just the Bible told you so. Jesus showed you so by his willingness to go to the cross.Bill Borland
The foundation of our faith is Jesus. It’s a belief that a man walked this earth 2,000 years ago, and claimed to be the son of God, and bore out that claim by his life, death, resurrection. He solved our two biggest issues in life: sin and death.
Yes, Jesus loves you this you know, but it’s way more than just the Bible told you so. Jesus showed you so by his willingness to go to the cross. And his disciples and many followers kept telling others what they saw, and many died a martyr’s death doing so.
I believe the Bible is an amazing, God inspired, inerrant book. It’s a living word where God can speak to us. We should read it, study it, and use it to get to know Jesus, to grow personally, serve others and better understand our heavenly father and His desires for our life. It’s truly life changing but only when you keep Jesus and what he did as the foundation of our faith.
September 25, 2017
New Community is a North Point Strategic Partner. Contents of this blog are partly based on the North Point message series “Who Needs God,” used by permission.