Question: Do Christians believe every word of the Bible? Or do they believe (as a Priest friend of mine who runs three churches) that it is full of error?
Yes, they do believe every word! So did Jesus. He declared in John 17: 17 “Your Word is Truth”. He did not say it contained Truth together with error – it is Truth and, therefore, wholly to be believed and trusted. He told some folk who were arguing about the resurrection, that they were completely off track “not knowing the Scriptures” Matt 22: 29.
2 Timothy 3:16 declares that “all Scripture” is inspired by God Himself and Holy men of old spoke (and wrote) as “they were moved by the Holy Spirit” 2 Pet 1:21. The Holy Spirit, who inspired the Word, must be depended upon to interpret that Word because the Bible does contain some things that are difficult to understand (2 Pet 1:20). Unstable people love to force Scripture to fit their personal opinions (2 Pet 3:16). The secret to true fulfillment lies in the Word (Ps 1: 1-3)
Question: I am 10 years old and my question is – how do we know that there is a God?
One way is to look at creation. The book of Romans in the New Testament tells us that God has put His knowledge in our hearts. “Since earliest times men have seen the earth and sky and all God made, and have known of His existence and great eternal power. So they will have no excuse (when they stand before God at Judgment Day)” Rom 1:19,20. The watch on your arm didn’t ‘just happen’. Someone carefully designed it and put it together. And it is the same with the world. Everything you see around you shouts loudly that the Great Designer and Creator made it all perfectly. Another way to be sure is to ask Him! God is personal and He can communicate with you. The testimony of thousands of His children (from Bible times right up to today) is that He definitely talks to them. Why not start with the New Testament and humbly ask the Lord Jesus Christ to meet with you. That will be the most exciting thing you have ever done!
Question: There are many documentaries on TV that cast doubt on some of the miracles we read about in the Bible- e.g. Jonah and the whale and Noah’s Ark. I feel confused… is the time of miracles really over?
This is known as ‘liberal theology’, a system of philosophy that attempts to downsize God to man-size! The time of miracles will be past when the God of miracles ceases to exist! And that will never happen. “For I am the Lord, I do not change” Mal 3:6, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” Heb 13:8 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” 2 Tim 3:16 and may be trusted. Jesus said that heaven and earth would pass away, but not His Words (Mark 13:31). If it’s in the Word you may believe it. Incidentally, Jesus believed the story of Jonah – read Matt 12:40. He also believed the Scriptures concerning Noah and the Ark – (Matt 24:37 – 39). “DON’T LET OTHERS SPOIL YOUR FAITH AND JOY WITH THEIR PHILOSOPHIES, THEIR WRONG AND SHALLOW ANSWERS BUILT ON MEN’S THOUGHTS AND IDEAS, INSTEAD OF WHAT CHRIST HAS SAID.” COL.2:8
Question: If Muslims and Jews believe in God, then why won’t they go to Heaven? Surely we all believe in the same God but call Him different names?
Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the life; No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6. Either He was deluded, or a deceiver, or He meant what He said – there is only one God and one way to the Father. If there were another way to Heaven, the death and resurrection of Christ would be superfluous and unnecessary.
Our God is not schizophrenic – using different names to propagate different belief systems. His Word is: “For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people … Christ Jesus. He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message that God gave to the world at the proper time.” 1Tim 2:6. In Noah’s day, the Ark was the only means of salvation. Christ is God’s Ark for “whosoever” will believe, regardless of their faith or creed.