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A popular topic of conversation in theoretical astronomy as of late is the possibility of terraforming. Terraforming is the idea of taking a planet like Mars, one with an environment hostile to Earth-based life, and creating on it an atmosphere with the composition and density to support liquid water—and thus life.
Despite the optimistic view of the article’s author, this is not good news.
There are many times when our confidence in the Bible can come under attack. Consider a temptation to doubt the truth of God’s Word when you or someone close to you is diagnosed with a severe medical condition. Are you tempted to doubt the sufficiency and truthfulness of God’s promises? Or consider the moment of great temptation to sin. Like Eve you are appraising the way the desire can bring satisfaction to you and meet your need. You weigh this against God’s Word. At some point you have to remind yourself of the truthfulness of the Bible. Finally, consider a conversation with an unbelieving friend who is sanctioning their lifestyle because the Bible is not true. In each of these scenarios you need to have some quick, simple, and compelling truths on retainer.
I’ve put these 5 together as something of a quick reference notecard for why I believe the Bible. I’m sure there is an acronym or something clever but I’ve not thought of it.
Last week Ligonier Ministries hosted a Google Hangout with Rosaria Butterfield, author of Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. If you missed it, you can watch it at the link above.
Words such as Gospel, Great Commission, evangelism and mission are rising in popularity. Influential blogs, books and conferences alike utilize these terms and their cognates (e.g., Gospel-centered, missional, etc.) in their titles and themes. As much excitement and encouragement as this trend brings, believers must guard against the temptation of talking about the Gospel to those who know it best without taking the Gospel to those who need to hear it most. Whatever meaning believers ascribe to being “Gospel-centered” should incorporate an understanding that in order to be so, our conversations with unbelievers should center on the Gospel as much as, if not more than, our conversations with believers. To ensure we do so, believers should employ a standard measure by which we test ourselves—a Gospel Shibboleth, so to speak.