Many people have asked if questioning the Bible is wrong. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the Man of God, offers advice on anything with regards to Christianity, faith, prayer and belief. Every day he tackles a new question from a member of the Christ Embassy church. You can watch these Q & A sessions here, for daily updates on interesting topics, ensuring you are living your best life with the Word of God.
God welcomes honest and sincere questions from His children, but not standing in judgment over His Word or challenging its authority or relevance to the world today. We can trust God’s word and still ask questions about it. The Bible gives examples of believers who asked God questions because they ultimately wanted to honor and please Him, but they were unsure over how their circumstances could work out. These believers needed to hear a word from God as “No Word from God will ever fail.” (Luke 1:37)
As Christians read the Bible, something in scripture may seem confusing, unlikely, or even contradictory. The healthy approach to questioning the Bible in these cases is to first remember God’s Word is infallible (2 Peter 1:21). All that it says regarding matters of faith and Christian practice is true, faithful, and useful. In Isaiah 55:8-9, God reveals Himself to us in the Bible, but we may not be able to completely comprehend all He is or all He does. His thoughts and ways are far beyond us.
When believers wrestle with questions, God may show the answer in His Word as it is studied in context. There is nothing wrong with pursuing and persevering in a search for answers though deeper Bible study. But sometimes Christians need to be willing to say, “I still don’t understand, Lord; but you are God and I am not. I am going to trust you to do right.” By faith, we can say, “Every word of God proves true” (Proverbs 30:5). We are encouraged to question as long as the tone of healthy questioning comes from a heart that loves God and His Word, and not from unhealthy questioning from a heart that refuses to respect the Bible.
How Do I believe that God is Real?
Today’s question comes from Ketonguno from India, who poses a question that is commonly asked: ‘I have been hearing that God is real but I’m finding it very hard to believe. I just don’t know what to believe and how to believe. I have been reading the bible but I don’t understand what I’m reading. Also, I have been praying, but I don’t know to whom I am speaking. What do I do?’
Pastor Chris answers him with wisdom and insight, demonstrating that knowledge of the Word is essential to winning souls.
“The Word of God is the wisdom of God. It makes no difference how educated you are, how many books you’ve read, or what you think you know in life, or about life; if you don’t have the Word in you, you can’t function in the wisdom of God.”
“Even in preaching and ministering salvation to others, you must understand that the Gospel that we’ve been given and charged to take to the nations of the world, is a Gospel that can’t be humanly explained and accepted. Consequently, we need the Holy Spirit to minister through us, and to help bring the understanding of the message to those to whom we minister.”
Pastor Chris goes on to say that “another beautiful thing is that every human being has the capacity to believe in an unseen God; everyone! It is natural to human beings to believe with their hearts. Believing is a choice and that’s why we talk about Jesus because he was more than a religious leader.”
“So, if you believe and accept that Jesus Christ is the son of God, you would have eternal life, the life that he gives. You can receive that into your heart and then all of your sins that you’ve committed would be purged out of your heart. The nature of sin would be gone, because that’s the reason he came to die for us, to wash our sins away and settle that with God Almighty so we could have eternal life. So, this is very important for you. It’s a simple information but very powerful.”
This was the theme of the daily devotional in Rhapsody of Realities yesterday. https://www.pastorchrisliveusa.org/daily-devotion-in-the-age-of-social-media-i-was-once-a-sinner-but-now-im-saved/