True or False

After I read the “plan of salvation” in the back of one of those books on Eschatology I was seriously confronted in my heart. There were questions to answer. I needed answers. After some reflection it became apparent to me that there was only one question to answer. I knew if I answered this question then the rest of them would fall into place.

Here’s the question: Is the Bible true or false?

That’s it. Pretty simple. This is a watershed question. To answer it one way would send me off in a specific direction. To answer it another would be a global paradigm shift for the rest of my life as I turn around and head in the complete opposite direction I had been heading. What is the answer? I was struggling over this question after reading Rev. 20:15. Wow! Is that true or false!

It said I would go to hell if my name was not written in the book of life. I didn’t know what the book of life was, but I did know what hell was. I didn’t need to nuance out this text, just take it as it is and ask the ultimate question. Is the bible true or not? To say “False” meant I could go on with my life and who cares. To say the bible is true means I had to make some changes.

My rationale boiled down to the following: In my culture I am bombarded with affirmations that I am good, I need healthy self-esteem, I need to think happy thoughts and it all will turn out well in the end. Not only the end, but I should be living in prosperity today. When I read the bible it says that I’m a dirt-bag, sinner, bad, going to hell, have no hope and the end could not be bleaker. These are two antithetical concepts: blessing and goodness versus hell and badness.

What to do? I figured than man didn’t write the bible. Man has too high of an opinion of itself. Man is too self-exalting. My conclusion was that man did not write the bible. The bible view of man didn’t sound like a man author. Oh my! That led to more questions. Who wrote the bible? The end of the search was that God wrote the bible, it is true and I am going to hell.

My path was now set…

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Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking. In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He also received certification from the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). His organization is a training center for IABC.

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