What a powerful word “believe” is. It’s one of those words that conjures up a thousand different images. This time of year it is easy to read that word and hear it whispered to you from the pages of a book likened to “The Polar Express” or “The Night Before Christmas”. The word can also breathe life into those things we believed as a child:

“my dad used to tell me that if you pointed at things, you were poking holes in the air and the fairies/birds would trip over them.i’m still hesitant to poke holes..”

“I used to believe that there was a magical ingredient in birthday cakes that allowed you to age another year, and that’s why you had to eat it.”

“I used to believe that my parents relied on me to make the traffic lights green. I would do this by absorbing the green from trees and grass with my eyes and beam it into the traffic lights. If i was given enough time i had a 100% success rate.”

You might find that this single word forges deep, philosophical rivers of uncertainty. “What do I believe?” Rivers that pool into streams you may have never visited, that beg the answers to “Why do I believe?”

I believe the Bible is the living, God-breathed word of my Creator and Savior and here are some of the reasons why.

The Bible was written over a 1,500 year span by more than 40 authors from all walks of life, written at different times during different stages of life, on 3 continents in 3 languages, and yet its writings embodied conformity on many controversial topics.

The Bible spoke of the spherical form of the earth in Isaiah 40:22 (written around 700 BC), “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth“, while Copernicus wasn’t credited with this confirmation until 1543.

The Bible spoke of the existence of atoms in Hebrews 11:3 (written around 70 AD), “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible“, while this was not discovered by John Dalton until 1803.

The Bible spoke of the earth’s suspension in space in Job 26:7 (written around 2000 BC), “He spreads out the northern skies over empty spaces; He suspends the earth over nothing“, while Copernicus discovered this in 1543.

Prophecies fulfilled (just a few):

The son of God will be born in Bethlehem…Micah 5:2
He will be preceded by a messenger…Isaiah 40:3
He will enter Jerusalem on a donkey…Zechariah 9:19
His hands and feet will be pierced…Psalm 22:16
He will be sold for 30 pieces of silver…Zechariah 11:12
He will be silent before His accusers…Isaiah 53:7
He will be crucified with thieves…Isaiah 53:12

For all those who once believed in the impossibilities of a fat and jolly old elf squeezing down a chimney that had a hole no bigger than a basketball…
May you be inspired by the life of a bishop who lived for the glorification of Christ only a few hundred years after his death and resurrection.

For all of those who once believed factories make clouds, mirrors are windows to other worlds, toys come alive at night while you sleep, or cash from the ATM was free money…
May you marvel at the ingenuity of the human mind to invent fantastical realities AND fantastical stories.

For all those who believe that God is their cosmic Mr. Fix-It just waiting to “get ‘er done” for you, an order-taker waiting to fulfill your every desire, a mafia man waiting for the perfect hit to take you out, or a love child who stands for nothing and accepts everything with an “it’s all good” attitude…
May you be captivated by the birth of a child who lived for the purpose of dying for you.

This Christmas, may you truly believe.


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