“No matter who we are, we all have presuppositions that we are forced to base our lives on but cannot prove. It is as though God has woven faith into the fabric of the universe. The unavoidably of death forces us each to make a choice what to believe. There is no escape: everybody must have faith. The thesis of the Scripture is, chose wisely in what you place your faith.” from “The Discipline of Delusion: How Secular Ideas Became the New Idolatry” by Jerry Bangert
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” Romans 8:24
Skepticism destroys hope, for it questions the possibility of expectations. George Meredith once said, ‘Who can think and not think hopefully?” Only the skeptic can, for he lacks faith. Hope is the reason a person takes the risk of faith.
You would love to marry and have a family, but you are skeptical that anyone could love you. So you don’t take the risk and ask the person you love to be your spouse. Thus your hope never materializes, simply because you are a skeptic. In this we see that skepticism destroys hope.
If you become skeptical of the historicity of biblical events, you will discover that your hope in God will erode, for your hope of eternal life flows from your trust in the Revelation of God found in Scripture. If you are skeptical regarding Jonah and the fish, or the virgin birth, then on what basis do you hope in the promises of God? If you are skeptical regarding some parts of Revelation, then how can you legitimately hope in other parts?
The Bible is reasonable if you accept the assumption of its writers that the Sovereign of the Universe both acts and speaks. Thus Scripture does not seek to prove, it only declares. “For I delivered unto you that which I also received…”219 The assumption of the follower of Christ is that the Bible in its entirety is God’s revelation. If you are skeptical of its parts, how can you have confidence in its whole? And if you question the validity of one part, how can you hope in another part?
219 I Corinthians 15:3
1 Chronicles 16-18 John 7:28-53 (New King James Version)
1 Chronicles 16-18
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