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Do I need to believe that the Bible is true to know God?
Thank you for this great question, it's a really important one to consider and it's incredibly important to be sure of as we look for God.
If you were to stop people in the street and ask how to find God you'll get almost as many answers as people you ask. Everyone has their own idea of how to approach God, their own idea of what they want God to be like, and their own idea of where they stand before God. Everyone seems to assume that their own version is okay for them to believe, even if it's completely different to what anyone else says. But how can so many different versions all be true? And if God truly is God, how can we hope to understand Him, as if we can stand above Him and decide what He should be like? If God is God our only hope is that He speaks to us.
The Bible tells us that He has spoken to us: 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 (Hebrews 1:1-2). God has spoken to us and revealed Himself to us. He has done it through the Bible, but the Bible is only a means to an end. Jesus said Himself, "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me" (John 5:39). Many things in the Bible are difficult to understand, and some things are hard to accept, but the most important thing about the Bible is that it tells us about Jesus Christ. All those other details may be important, but the most important thing of all is that through the Bible you come to know Jesus as your Saviour.
What I mean is, there is a lot of discussion today over sin, controversy over some things that may or may not be sinful and the like. But the Bible doesn't seem as worried about individual sins as it does that - whatever our specific sins - we are all sinners in need of salvation: The Apostle Paul says, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
A lot of people find the miracles and supernatural claims of the Bible difficult today too. But the central hope of Christianity is that Jesus Christ died on the cross in our place, to pay the penalty for our sins, and that on the third day He rose from the dead, breaking the power of sin and death, proving that His sacrifice was accepted. Paul again says, if Christ has not been raised [from the dead], your faith is futile and you are still in your sins (1 Corinthians 15:17).
In summary, I would say it is necessary to believe the Bible is literally true because the Bible is how God has revealed Himself to us. Finding God doesn't end with the Bible, as Hebrews 1:1-2 shows it's what the Bible tells us of Jesus that is most important. Though there may be parts of the Bible that are difficult to accept for all sorts of reasons I would encourage you to read about Jesus and see what the Bible says about Him first, and try to notice what the Bible indicates are the most important details about Him: His death for sins and resurrection from the dead. It is in Jesus crucified for you as revealed in the Bible that God is found; ultimately that is the only detail that matters.
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Luke 24:26-27
- Luke 24:44-47
- 2 Timothy 3:14-17
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