Billy Graham: The Bible is so much more than a dusty book of ancient history

08/10/2014 7:00 AM

08/10/2014 8:16 PM

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know you believe the Bible is God’s Word, but can you prove it? I haven’t read the Bible much, but all it talks about are things that happened thousands of years ago, and that doesn’t seem very important to me. — L.C.

DEAR L.C.: If the Bible were just like any other book of ancient history, then you’d be right; it wouldn’t hold much importance for us today. But it’s not just like any other book! Instead, the Bible tells us about God: who he is, what he has done for us, and most of all, how we can come to know him personally. Can you imagine anything more important?

From the first verse of Genesis to the last verse in Revelation, the central theme of the Bible is God. He made this world and someday, the Bible says, he will do away with all the evil that spoils it and bring about a perfect world of peace and justice. As the Bible promises, “In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13).

Why do I believe the Bible is God’s Word? One reason is because that’s what Jesus believed about it. Repeatedly he quoted from the Old Testament and said it was God’s word. And the New Testament is likewise God’s word, because it points us to the one who was the living word of God — Jesus Christ.

But I also believe the Bible is God’s word because its message has changed my life, and it can change yours, as well. Begin reading one of the Gospels (I often suggest John), asking God to speak to you through its pages. I believe he will, and your life will never be the same.

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