Refocus Message Series

 

REFOCUS:
Viewing Morality Through God’s Eyes

Part 2 – Why Believe The Bible?
(2 Timothy 3:16)

May 22, 2022
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

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INTRODUCTION

• In our culture, there are predominately two competing worldviews:

1. Naturalistic worldview – The naturalist worldview says that life is an accident of evolution. Mankind is an evolutionary accident. There is no real difference between the value of the different species, including humanity, except what the culture imagines there to be. There is no ultimate purpose for living and no ultimate meaning to life so a person must imagine his/her own meaning. Morality is what the culture decides it is. There is no life after death. The only value to living life is what you imagine it to be and then when you die you simply cease to exist.

2. Biblical worldview – The Biblical worldview says there is a God, and the entire universe clearly points to Him. There is evidence for God both in the expanse of the universe all the way down to the makeup of a single cell. All of it has His fingerprints on it. We are made by Him, we have purpose and meaning to our life that has come from God Himself. He created us in His own image, and He has given to us great value. Morality is what God determines that it is and has been given to us in the Bible. God created us to have relationship with Him and with others and with all of His creation. There is existence after death either with God or away from Him based upon how we respond to His Son, Jesus Christ.

• As Christ followers, God is calling us back to the Bible to base our morals upon the Truths of His Word.

1. OUR GOAL AS CHRIST FOLLOWERS IS TO BECOME LIKE JESUS.

A. John 1:14 And the Word became flesh (Jesus) and dwelt among us, and we beheld His Glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of Grace and Truth. (NKJV)

B. Grace without Truth is like a medicine bottle with no medicine in it. It tends to compromise the Bible’s teaching about morality and usually becomes no different in outcome than the godless culture around it. Because it is applauded by the world, it feels inwardly justified in doing so.

Truth without Grace tends to be harsh and mean. It tends to push the Bible down the throats of others and compromises the Bible’s teaching about love. It turns people away from God but inwardly feels justified in doing so.

It takes both Grace and Truth to be like Jesus.

C. God sees and honors those who live by both Grace and Truth.

D. The moral issues series we are now addressing is attempting to present five moral issues with both Truth and Grace.

2. HOW DO I KNOW THAT THE BIBLE IS TRUE?

A. Fulfilled prophesy is one the most compelling evidence that the Bible is true.

1. The fulfilled prophecies for the 1st coming of Christ are profound. (See additional resources below.)

2. The prophecy about the City of Tyre made by Ezekiel in 580 B.C. came true exactly as Ezekiel said during the reign of Alexander the Great, 300 years later. (Ezekiel 26:4-21) (See additional resources below.)

3. The Book of Daniel prophecies that four great kingdoms will emerge and gives specific details about each one. The prophecies were exactly fulfilled.

4. The return of the Jews to Israel. (See additional resources below.)

B. The Historical Accuracy of the Bible gives evidence of its validity.

Dr. Nelson Glueck, probably the greatest modern authority on Israeli archeology, has said: “No archeological discovery has ever contradicted a Biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.”

C. The Scientific Accuracy of the Bible gives evidence of its validity. (See additional resources below.)

1. The Bible was the first to teach:

a. The earth was a circle.

Isaiah 40:22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

b. The hydrologic cycle. Ecclesiastes 1:7

c. The vast number of stars. Jeremiah 33:22

d. The law of increasing entropy. (Entropy means a gradual decline into disorder. 2nd Law of Thermodynamics)

Psalm 102:25-27 Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with Your hands. 26 They will perish, but You remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment and discard them. 27 But You are always the same; You will live forever.

e. The importance of blood in life processes. Leviticus 17:11

f. The atmospheric circulation. Ecclesiastes 1:6

g. The earth hangs in outer space.

Job 26:7 He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.

D. The fact that the Bible works is the greatest proof of all.

Multitudes of people, past and present, all over the world have found from personal experience that the Bible’s promises are true, its counsel is sound, its commands and restrictions are wise, and its wonderful message of salvation meets every need for both time and eternity.