Summary: How would the outlook for the world be changed if the Bible was a lie and could not be trusted for the truth?
What If The Bible Is A Lie
We are in our series, “What If?” How many of you have played the game What If I won a million dollars? That’s one game I can never get my wife to play with me. She will always say, “come back and talk to me after you have the money.”
But what if the Bible is a lie. For some people that would be a great disappointment and lead almost to despair. Are you saying that all the suffering I have gone through is meaningless, and there isn’t a God working in my life for good? “Are you saying that God doesn’t love me and I am still lost in my sins?”
But for others to have the Bible be a lie would be a sigh of relief. “Wow, I can do what I want and get away with it. There are no more rules for me to have to follow. I don’t have to worry about hell or reaping what I sow. I don’t have to give tithes or offerings or to love my enemies. Which of the two camps are you more likely to fall in. A lot of people want a lot of the bible to be true, but not all of it.
Every now and then, you will run up against a person who comes up with what they think is an educated opinion about the Bible. They will say something like, ‘how do you know the Bible wasn’t written by a person who made it all up just to keep people in oppression or under control?
That’s actually easy to disprove. The person would have had to have been a couple thousand of years old to have done it, How many 2,000 year old people have you heard about. The oldest person in the Bible itself to have lived was Methuselah, and he was only 969 years old when he died.
The author of the Bible would have lived on three different continents, been able to speak Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew, and have had the ability to accurately predict world history events before they actually happened.
They would have also had to of been able to plant archeological evidence of cities, places, and things listed in the Bible, so that we could find them with archaeological digs today. I don’t think anybody would have gone through that much trouble just to write a book full of lies.
We can prove that the Bible is a historical document, and how it came to be written. We cannot prove that it is true in all that it says unless we take a step of faith. But that is true about all belief including science itself. Science is based on their being a certain kind of order and predictability in the universe. For instance science says water will boil at 212 degrees unless you change the pressure pressure or put something in it.
The bible never takes a stand against science. That’s something people use to try and discredit religious belief. Science can neither prove nor disprove the truth of Scriptures. You will find scientist on all sides in debates regarding the bible.
Today I want you to take on the role of being a scientist as we look at the topic, “What If The Bible Is A Lie.” In our Scripture reading we read the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 1 and the end of the Bible in Revelations 22. But what if they both were a lie?
If Genesis chapter 1 was wrong and Revelations 22 was wrong, what would we be left with? Would this world be a better place? Would you be a happier and more loving person? Would humanity finally be able to get along with each other in a place where righteousness and justice prevails.
Let’s look at the opening statement, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Well, we see the heavens and we see the earth, so as scientist we are not going to debate their existence. The lie has to be 1)that there was a beginning, 2)that there was a God, and 3) that God was the Creator.
Now as a scientist, we know there has to be fixed point somewhere or we have nothing to base our laws on. What if the further back we go, the laws of physics change, because it was a different kind of universe. Can we prove there was nothing before the beginning?
Can we prove there was something at the beginning? If something was there, can we prove what it was? Can we tell where it came from? Do we know how much of it was there? As scientist, we can’t actually prove these statements, we can only make assumptions from what we have. So we have to begin with some faith steps that our assumptions are correct.