Remember the moment you found out the Wizard wasn’t all that great or powerful? The face of Oz ended up being a balding, fancy-mustached, lever pulling man behind a curtain. All it took was a yappy little dog to bring the whole thing down.
I used to believe that asking critical questions about Christianity would do that. It was as if my yappy little dog of doubt could somehow expose the Biblical God as a fraud and bring my world down with it.
During that time, I discovered Psalm 51:6.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Something became very clear after reading it. “If the Biblical God is true,” I reasoned, “and He desires truth in my inmost being, then doubt is nothing to fear. He’s still going to be true at the end of the day.” That idea gave me permission to face doubt head on.
One, in particular, had to do with the authenticity of Scripture. Questions like, “Did Jesus really say and do those things? How did we even get the Bible we have today?” would swirl around in my head all day. So, instead of denying the questions as they gnawed away, I sought answers to them. And my faith became stronger than ever before.
Do you have an area in your life where doubt often creeps in? Race towards it. Don’t be afraid. Take a step this week and read a helpful resource about it.
He desires truth in your inmost being. Go ahead and look. You won’t expose a fraud behind the curtain.
These were invaluable for my questions about Scripture:
Why Trust the Bible? by Greg Gilbert (148 pages)
Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy by C.E. Hill (320 pages)
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg (416 pages)
The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation for the Evidence of Jesus by Lee Strobel (320 pages)
I also wrote a short paper summarizing the arguments found in these books and others like them. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT HERE.