Mom, the Skeptic: “The Authors of the Bible were Liars”
by Danielle Camorlinga
Last week, I wrote about Natasha Crain’s forthcoming book, and as I composed that post, I asked one of my sons what they would say if a skeptic asked “How do you know God exists?”
He replied, “Let’s start with this, God made everything, right? But if people said He didn’t, it couldn’t just exist by itself! Only God can make everything by saying a word… and because He’s doing many miracles. (pause) And the Bible.”
At the time, I made a mental note of those points, in the hope that we could circle back and address them at a future date. Providentially, my son brought that conversation up today and rather confidently reasserted that a person who doesn’t believe God exists should just read the Bible.
While that is true, and that the Holy Spirit often brings people to a saving knowledge of God through the Word, my child’s smug tone called for some correction and guidance; So I became the skeptic.
Mom, the Skeptic
“I should just read the Bible, huh?” I confirmed. He looked at me with a bit of shock and then fired back:
“Yeah, just read it and then you’ll know.”
“Well, what if I don’t believe it because I think the New Testament was just written by a bunch of liars?” I said confidently.
…silence… wheels turning…
“They were Christians, so they didn’t lie,” he explored.
“Maybe I don’t believe that. I’m pretty sure they were just lying,” I pressed.
“What?! But the disciples wouldn’t lie,” he sputtered, becoming frazzled as he threw out some names of Biblical figures that he assumed would convince me.
“Nah, I think all those guys were making stuff up. Probably to make money or be popular or something.”
He sank into the couch. The confidence was gone and he was ready for help.
“Would you like to know what I’d say to a person like that?” I asked, signaling that I was done pushing him. He eagerly said “yes”…
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