Do you believe what the Bible says?
The United Kingdom is still a nominally Christian country. But nowadays few people take any interest in the Bible or believe in the God it describes. This seems strange when we remember the good reasons there are for believing, which we pointed out in previous leaflets. It is stranger still that even amongst those who do claim to be Christian there are many different groups. Each has different beliefs and ideas about that one BIBLE.
Whether you already believe or have recently become interested in the Bible you will probably have some ideas about what it teaches. But are they right?
Does it matter what we believe?
If we accept the claim that the Bible is inspired by GOD it must matter what we believe. We can’t pick and choose, nor can we afford, by mistake or otherwise, to believe something else and not what the Bible actually says.
With the Bible as an authority we can test all ideas against it to see whether they are correct. This is how God instructed Israel to test the teaching of a prophet in Deuteronomy 13, so let’s try it now.
The Return of Christ
Consider the following few passages from The Bible :-
“..behold two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:10-11)
“For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then shall he reward every man according to his works.” (Matthew 16:27)
These passages together with many others (e.g. Acts 3:20-21 and 2 Timothy 4:1,8 ) talk of a physical return of Jesus Christ to this earth, as he went so he will come. From the 300 or so times the Bible mentions the return of Christ it must be an important teaching, yet it isn’t taught by many today. Do you accept it?
The Resurrection from the Dead
Here are some more passages, this time about resurrection. Please look at them in their context and see how your beliefs fit in with what the Bible says.
“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Daniel 12:2)
“(I Paul) have hope toward God, which they themselves (the Jews) also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” (Acts 24:15)
There are many more places that speak of this resurrection, for example John 5:25-29, 6:39-40 and much of 1 Corinthians 15. They indicate that when Christ has returned he will raise people from the dead to be judged. Did you realise the Bible taught that?
A Dying Soul
It is difficult to reconcile the teachings of the Return of Christ and the resurrection that we have just seen are from the Bible, with the belief that at death our souls remain alive, going either to heaven or hell. What is the point of a resurrection if our souls never die, or what is the point of Christ’s return if all believers go to heaven.
Have you ever considered the implication of verses like these?
“..the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4,20)
“For David is not ascended into the heavens:…”(Acts 2:34)
Some other places to examine are Psalm 22:29, Psalm 89:48 and Acts 3:23. Are you sure that the idea of an immortal soul going to heaven comes from the Bible?
We have looked at a number of passages on different topics, How well did your beliefs fit in with them? Whatever the answer we hope they made you think. Please don’t ignore them – remember they are not our words but GOD’S.
It is only God’s word that is infallible and always trustworthy. We would urge you to check all religious claims with “God’s Word” before believing them; that should include what we say.