DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: How do you know the Bible is true? Maybe some people just got together one day and made it all up. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a bunch of myths. — J.B.
DEAR J.B.: I know of no reputable historian — even ones who don’t believe in God or believe what the Bible says about him — who would say that the Bible happened because someone decided to make it up or that it’s only a bunch of myths. Centuries ago, a few skeptics might have said this, but archeological discoveries since then have repeatedly confirmed the Bible’s historical accuracy.
As I read your letter, however, I couldn’t help but ask myself two questions. First, I wonder if you’ve ever really read the Bible for yourself, or if you’ve read only comments about it written by people determined to destroy it. Whatever your situation, I challenge you to read the Bible with an open mind and heart. (I often suggest people begin with one of the gospels, such as John, because they tell us about Jesus.)
I also wonder why you’re so opposed to the Bible. Is it because you’ve honestly investigated it and decided it isn’t to be trusted? Or is it because you sense that if it is true, then you can no longer keep living the way you do? I suspect the latter is the case.
To dismiss the Bible is to dismiss Jesus Christ. Don’t make that mistake, because he was God in human flesh, sent from heaven to save us and give us new life. Instead, I pray you’ll discover the Bible for yourself, and through it discover Jesus. The Bible “was written to teach us, so that … we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or go to BillyGraham.org.
Tribune Media Services 9/4