"I'm glad your faith works for you, but can you really know whether or not the Bible is reliable? Wasn't it written thousands of years ago? How do you know it hasn't been translated and re-translated so much that it no longer says what it used to say?" These questions or variations of them are often asked about the Bible. Rather than responding "just believe," the Bible calls us to, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" - 1 Peter 3:15. Since Christ is the cornerstone of Christianity, and since what we know about Christ and God's plan of salvation is found in the Bible, it is important that we take questions about the reliability of the Bible seriously.
We have heard it said that we don’t talk about politics or religion if we want to keep the peace among family, friends and coworkers. The problem however is that inevitably both topics keep coming up because they are both quite simply unescapable facts of life – and death in the case of religion. Certainly, in the case of Christianity, the promise to keep the peace through silence will often create more anxiety by introducing ‘the elephant in the room’ scenario… questions or challenges no one is willing to voice and answers no one is sure they can present. In order to keep the peace, should we identify the elephant in the room? In 1 Peter 3:15, we are charged to be ready to make a “defense for the reason of our hope in Christ... Peter uses the word in the context of an informal inquiry by a friend or neighbour who may be asking, "Why are you a Christian?" It is to these that Peter says to be ready to give reasons why we believe. In this series, we will answer five of the biggest questions skeptics pose against the validity of Christianity. In doing so, we hope to accomplish three objectives:
a. To strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ
b. To introduce the living God to those who may not yet know him.
c. To help prepare ourselves to be able to do the very thing instructed by Peter.