Defending YOUR faith: Why It’s Important–Part III

by Tim Lajoie

In my final installment in this series, I offer what I find are the two most important things a Christian must remind himself and settle in his own heart and mind. I find if I can hold to these things, I can weather the attacks on my faith, wherever they come from. I can overcome my doubts, fears, and hopelessness–in whatever form they take.

Our faith, in large part, relies on the testimony of a book. We read it and we preach from it. It is the most important piece of physical evidence that exists for our faith.  The Jews placed such a premium on the physical existence of the record that full-time laborers were employed to copy it and ensure its reliability. If we can maintain our trust in the authority of the record? There are good reasons for Christians to believe what it says.

Our faith is authored and secured by Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God. In fact the Book of Hebrews tells us:

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

The testimony of Jesus Christ anchors our faith. His accomplishments encourage us to “lay aside every weight…” that we may run our race. He is seated at the right hand of God. In addition to trusting the Book, we have the Author of the faith securing our place. The person of Jesus and the reliability of the record undergirds my faith and overcomes my doubts.

I find when my faith falters, is challenged, or when my earthly body attempts to deceive me I remember this: the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.   However, as J.P. Moreland said, “We do not need to prove inerrancy.  We only need to hold that believing in inerrancy is more rational than not believing in it.”  That may seem like lowering the expectation of the doctrine but I firmly believe, especially in my flawed earthly state, that expecting to suppress all doubt is not realistic. Thus, to arrive at this point I use a brief, three-pronged approach…
 
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