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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

If the Bible is Not True

I quote from Alexander Campbell, "If the Bible be not true … there is no God … nature ends in ruin … there is no reason for anything—man lives for no purpose—no kind intimation has been given him of any great and good first cause; which is but equivalent to saying there is no good being above man." (Christian Baptism, page 11)

If it be true there is no God then worldly people have cause for rejoicing, at least for the short run.  It would mean there is no ultimate accountability; it means one can indulge every lust and desire without fear of eternal retribution.  Man can live just to please himself with the only restrictions on his conduct being the law of the land and perhaps the disapprobation of his family (if he cares).  And, of course, it means one man's opinion is as good as another's and the only thing that determines right is who has the power to enforce his will over the other.

It would mean other things as well.  Death is inevitable and one can only be unconcerned about it for so long.  All there would be to look forward to after a certain number of years, as the clock winds down on you, would be gloom and doom—the grave.  It would be life without hope. 

Man has some natural fear of death.  The Hebrew writer speaks about this in Hebrews 2:14-15, "Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (underlining by me—DS)

The Bible gives a man hope.  Take away the Bible and there is no hope, just a grave awaiting.  As for me I want a Bible.  I want hope.  I do not want to despair which is where you are at without a Bible deny it if you will. 

P.S.  I am 66 years old and this is the first book I have ever read by Campbell and I have just started it.

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