In a contentious time filled with arguments about what is true, what are facts, and what is spin, the words "Bible-believing" have become a loaded term. Different people can read the same texts and come to different conclusions about some of life's most important questions: creation and evolution, sexual ethics, violence, cosmic history, and what it means to have eternal life. So many camps come up with so many interpretations, it's no wonder so many people are asking, "Is the Bible true?" Christians can't even agree on what it teaches, and those who do agree are often the first to denounce those who don't.
So how do we sort it all out? Isn't the Bible worth reading and studying? Or is it only for those who want to debate theories of the atonement, the end of time, the boundaries of life and death, and whether women should cover their heads in church?
Jared Byas offers a game-changing paradigm: "The Bible's most urgent message to us is that truth is only true when it is lived out in love."
Does this mean that "truth" is relative? Just the opposite.
There is a difference between fact and fiction, truth and lies, the Word of God and the words of humans. Truth is, however, sharply defined: it exists when we live out a nuanced life of love patterned after Jesus. The Christian life is grounded not in human understanding and certainty, but in a living relationship revealed in what the Bible tells us about who God is and what on earth God is up to.
Byas notes, The Bible is much more concerned with whether the people of God are walking in the truth than it is with our beliefs and opinions about it.
A biblically-based Christian faith does not require a library of doctrines and a litmus test of beliefs. It requires the love of God, lived out. How do we know that? Because the Bible tells us so. Love is the Bottom Line offers a way back to the Bible, responding to its story of the love of God and its call to participate in the great story that God's love is unfolding in human history.
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