Articles by Stan Dean

Do You Believe The Bible?

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You might have heard the following story, but please allow me to tell it one more time. Once there was a man (who was educated above his intelligence) giving a lecture about the Bible. He had little respect for much of its content, especially anything to do with miracles. In his speech he especially belittled the story of Jonah and the whale. He presented a lot of “proof” as to how it would have been impossible for a man to be swallowed whole by a whale- - let alone survive for three days.

In the audience there was a little old lady who had endured this man’s tirade against the Bible. When he finished and opened the floor to questions, she was the first one to raise her hand. She began, “Mister, I have listened carefully to your comments dismissing the miracles of the Bible as a hoax and I want you to know I couldn’t disagree with you more!” “Oh” replied the instructor, “then maybe you would like to take the podium and explain scientifically the Jonah and the whale story,” he said in a condescending voice.

“I’m sure I could not do that to your satisfaction,” she answered. “All I know is that the Bible says the ‘Lord prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah’ and I reckon I will have to ask Jonah the rest when I get to heaven.” To that the lecturer asked with a smirk, “And what if Jonah is not in heaven?” Not rattled in the least, the little lady confidently countered, “Then, I reckon sir, you will have to ask him!”

What an answer! Here was someone who had the confidence in the Bible to know if the Bible said it- - it was true- - regardless of whether she could explain the details of it or not. Isn’t that true with a lot of Bible teachings? For example, I believe fully that God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1-2). Of course, I was not there! And I could not even begin to explain how He made something out of nothing! Yet, I believe it to be true because I believe the Bible to be God’s revelation to us (II Timothy 3:16-17).

Finally, consider the apostle Thomas who would not accept the resurrection of Jesus until he could see Jesus with his own eyes which he was given the opportunity to do. Thomas then declared: “My Lord and my God!” Jesus went on to say, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:27-29). We who believe the Bible to be true are still among the “blessed”!

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