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To modern man, the Bible is on trial, and he judges
whether or not it is true. If he finds it to his
liking he might believe it, at least the parts that
make sense to him. That is man-centered faith, which
is not faith at all.
This is how many Christians witness: they talk
about what Christ has done in their lives, they cite
"evidences" from archeology, science, history, etc.
They try to talk people into the kingdom. Often that
produces man-centered faith and phony "conversions."
The Lord says in Heb. 11:1 that that faith
comes before evidence. In fact, Heb. 11:1 says that
faith IS the evidence ‚Äď all the evidence you need.
How can that be? This is backward to the way modern
Western minds think. We are trained to think that
our reason looking at evidence is sufficient to judge
everything, including the Bible. But the Bible says
faith must govern our reason.
Almost all people have reason, but not all
people fear the Lord, and the fear of the Lord is the
beginning of wisdom (Ps. 111:10 and other places).
Reason and wisdom are two different things. Faith,
so called, that comes from reason is not faith at
all. Faith is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8-10).
But what of reason? Surely I am not saying
that you should believe something in the Bible if it
goes against your reason? That is precisely what I
am saying. (1) Your reason (and mine) fell in the
Garden of Eden and is corrupt. It often gives wrong
answers; (2) Your reason was created by God. What is
created cannot judge the One who created it.
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