The Veil of Modernity and Rejecting The Bible
Next month I will be teaching a class on the historicity of Jesus' Life and the trustworthiness of the New Testament. Our text is The Historical Jesus by Gary Habermas, who presents a compelling case for trusting the Bible through evidence, archeology, non-Christian sources, and accuracy of the Gospels.
So why is it hard for some to accept the Bible as true? I think there are two reasons:
In a world where every major to minor event is documented on camera, albeit from a phone or professional reporter, we are circumspect of any report without video. Even the joke, "Pictures or it didn't happen" is telling of what we will believe.
Not only that, but our current human experience is so different than of those who lived thousands of years ago, it is hard to envision such events. Technology, transportation, and culture as a whole obscures our view of the ancient past.
Secondly, those who have never traveled to the locations of Biblical events are at a significant and unfortunate disadvantage. If you live in America, you live in an extremely "young" country. 241 years old to be exact.
Compare that to the thousands of years of history in Israel or Egypt that would be physically accessible if you lived in those countries.
While travel and seeing ancient ruins may not convince everyone, I know from experience that seeing Biblical landmarks with my own eyes brings a new dimension to trusting the veracity of scripture.
I believe the more time goes by, as technology and media continue to evolve and be made available at our fingertips, the harder it will be to persuade those who reject the Bible.
For this reason, fellow Christians, we must take the Great Commission more serious than ever before. Sharing the Gospel to all nations will not be a matter of informing, but of presenting a detailed case of why people should trust the Bible to be true and what reasons they have to believe in a risen Christ.