People inspire others to do great acts. John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country” encouraged many to join the Peace Corps. People were motivated to serve the poor because of Mother Teresa’s example. The greatest story of inspiring others to action, though, was God inspiring the writing of the Bible. How could over 40 authors of different backgrounds and occupations over a period of 1,500 years write the 66 books comprising the Bible had it not been for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?
The Truth about the Truth
Roller coasters are exciting, with twists, turns, ups and downs. But at the end of the ride, it feels good to stand on solid ground. There we regain our balance and recover from the rush. We live in a world that often makes a roller coaster seem tame. Things change quickly. We get tossed around, looking for direction and trying to figure out what’s right and wrong. There’s no shortage of information. There does seem to be a shortage of truth. That’s what makes the Bible unique. It is true–a consistent, enduring truth–solid ground on which we stand.
Alive and Active
The dictionary defines the word endure as to suffer patiently or remain in existence. When looking at the endurance of the Bible, both dictionary definitions are applicable. There exists a long history of attempting to keep the Bible out of the hands of the common man. The Catholic Church from the 13th-19th century made proclamations and passed laws to forbid the translation of the Bible for local populations. In the face of attempts by governments, churches or leaders to keep the Bible silenced, the breath of God still exists. God has been diligent in making his story available to each of us.