The credability of the Bible, the fallen condition and the good news of Jesus Christ
There is an expression that says, "there are three sides to every story, yours, mine and the truth." But it is always assumed that someone's side of the story can align to the truth or else there would be no witnesses in court cases. A good judge looks at the evidence impartially and makes a right judgement based on the best of his/her abilities with the evidence that is available.
Our God is a God of evidence, who has left His mark in all of creation. Also, he has manifested His power through prophets and through the living birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was prophesied about hundreds of years before His birth, with many detailed prophesies of where he would come from, how he would be born, what lineage he would be from, what his life would be like, how he would die (with specifics) where he would be buried and that he would rise again to the glory of the Father all of which he fulfilled with amazing accuracy.
Even non-believing statisticians
have openly admitted that for one person to fulfil all of those prophesies with such amazing accuracy is humanly impossible and that even if a person were to try to force the fulfilment of all of those prophesies through some form of manipulation, it would be impossible to co-ordinate all of the opposing groups (not to mention get them to agree) to conspire to fake the fulfilment of the prophesies.
Then of course there is the matter of all of the archaeological finds that correspond to the written accounts of the Bible, showing that the Bible is historically accurate, and extra-Biblical textual documentation confirms, time after time the amazing accuracy of the Bible down through the ages. Which is why in many cases today, even non-believing archaeological diggers and historians will look to the Bible as reference material for their work.
Then there is the accuracy of the Bible from the aspect of the manuscript copies of the Bible through the ages. The Bible is known to be the most credible work of antiquity with exponentially more copies much closer to the actual writing of the texts than any other work from antiquity. Yet almost nobody questions the work of Homer or Aristotle as being credible texts from a manuscript perspective.
So if the Bible is historically accurate, prophetically accurate, and credible from the aspect of manuscript evidence, it leaves any impartial judge in the position of reading the text itself to see what it claims for itself and then reading it from that point of view.
The Bible states:
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Clearly the Bible makes a claim of itself that it is a work of God Himself and that we can trust what it says and that in fact reading it will fully equip us for every good work.
Now with this in mind, we need to look at the words of Jesus Himself, this is of crucial importance. Jesus said this:
John 14:6-10 6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[a] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." 8 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us." 9 Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
Jesus claimed, on many occasions to be the divine Son of God, and the Jews of the day knew this fact, so much so that they often were set on stoning Him to death for such "blasphemous" claims. Which, if He was not God would in fact be blasphemous.
John 8:35-59 (You can read verses 35-50 for broader context)
51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death."
52 At this they exclaimed, "Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?"
54 Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."
57 "You are not yet fifty years old," they said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"
58 "Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
But Jesus also claimed that he had the power to lay down His life and the power to raise it up again. Which he did, He willingly went to the cross and died a horrible and painful death for our sins, He rose again on the third day and was seen by hundreds of witnesses and the leaders of the Jews even tried to bribe the guards into lying in order to cover up the resurrection of the messiah, for fear of losing their man made authority. But Jesus not only fulfilled the prophesies from hundreds of years before given by Jewish old testament prophets, he also fulfilled his own prophesy that he had the power to lay down his life and to raise himself up, which only God can do, demonstrating that He was not merely a good teacher, not merely a good role model, not merely a true prophet, but also the Incarnate Son of God that He claimed to be.
So if the Bible is credible, which I have shown that it is, if it is accurate, which I have shown that it is, and if Jesus claimed to be the divine incarnate Son of God and He demonstrated that He was, then we should heed His words very carefully if we care what the eternal destination of our soul will be. As I quoted above, Jesus said, "No one comes to the Father except through Me." He also said:
"If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."
8 "I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.
32"Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33"But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
Paul the apostle tells us about the state we are in because of our sin and how to enter into relationship with Christ and through Christ relationship with the Heavenly Father, which results in eternal life and eternity with Christ.
22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
9 if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
If you are truly open minded, a full examination of the "truth" which is the reality of things which correspond to the facts will lead you to the One which referred to Himself as THE Way, THE Truth and THE Life.
You see all who have not the Son, have not the Father, but all who have the Son have both the Son and the Father and eternal life.
May the Lord give you eyes to see and ears to hear the truth of the message of the Gospel, and may you be open to explore the truth without bias with those who have gone before you from darkness into light.?