Have you ever doubted the validity of something you heard or read?
Well, I did on a regular basis when I spent any time with my Grandma Lois. The first thing you must understand about my Grandma was that her most consistent form of news came to her, via the National Enquirer and The Weekly World News. You know, news like “Mini-Mermaid Found in Tuna Sandwich”, or “Romney to Pick Batboy as V.P.” or my favorite, “Space Aliens Settle in San Francisco” (ok, maybe I believe that one).
Grandma has a baby
Most of the news and the stories she told us were quite preposterous, so I learned to question their validity even at a young age. Take for instance the time she told my cousin Sandy and I about the birth of Sandy’s mother, my Aunt.
It seems that Grandma went into labor while at home and only my mother a fifteen-month-old was in the house. I am assuming that they had no phone because my Grandma never mentioned in her re-telling of this story that she ever attempted to call for help.
The story goes like this: Grandma somehow delivered her own child! This in itself is an amazing feat, but it is superseded by the quite extraordinary and valiant efforts of my mother. She cut the umbilical cord with a pair of black-handled steel scissors! This was truly hard to believe. My mother might have been a gifted child with a brilliant mind and wonderful finger dexterity, but I can’t wrap my brain around a toddler cutting an umbilical cord; my mother the fifteen-month-old midwife.
Can you just imagine the headlines of Lois’ favorite newspaper The Enquirer?
“Fifteen-Month-Old Delivers Baby”
It is easy to see why I often questioned the validity of Grandma stories. I questioned them because I questioned the author!
Men’s words vs. God’s Word
Did you know that there are lots of people, even highly educated people that doubt the validity of the Bible? It seems strange to me that people can believe the validity of the prophecies authored by Nostradamus but not the prophecies of the Bible. People believe the theories yes, I said theories, authored by Darwin but not the origin of creation in the Bible. As Americans, we believe the authors of history that tell us George Washington was the first President of the U.S. How do we know this? Have we ever seen a photograph of him? Have we ever met someone who actually knew him? No, we believe all types of written words authored BY MEN but not the written Words Authored by God?
The Great Author
So, why should we believe the Bible? Because we trust the Author! Over 300 proven Biblical Prophecies were written by the Author. He is the Author of all things and all things were created by Him. The Author is the Almighty God of both the Old and New Testaments. The Author Himself explains this in Hebrews 1:1-3.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
God spoke to us in the Old Testament through parables, narratives, psalms, proverbs, and confrontations. He used a burning bush, a still small voice, Heavenly visions, a family crisis and even a basket of fruit. These are just to name a few. In the New Testament, God spoke to us by a Superior Message; Jesus! The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation was written by the Great Author and His Message is Jesus-The One and Only Sacrifice. The One and Only who paid the price for my sins and yours; if you believe it. Jesus didn’t just bring a message, He IS the message!
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