In an isolated land, a young man found a book, detailing a vast kingdom, far away. The kingdom was very different from the young man's own home and the lad yearned to journey to the strange and wondrous place. The young man told others in his village about the book and the kingdom, but they only scoffed at him, yet he believed it must exist. The young man studied the book night after night and finally, he decided to find out, once and for all, if the kingdom was real. The young man gathered up his meager resources and set out towards the setting sun, as he had read of an ocean sunset, in the book.
Many would say that the young man in the above story is a fool, but in reality, he demonstrated bravery by not fearing the unknown, and wisdom by seeking truth, in essence, he exercised faith. We have a book that details a wondrous kingdom, ruled by a mighty and loving king. Our book tells us the way to that kingdom and what we must do to be counted as part of that kingdom. The Son of the King has provided us with all we need to make our journey. We must also exercise our faith to embark on this journey, and that faith is given to us by the King.
Many years ago, I embarked on a spiritual journey to seek the Kingdom of God. I have a Book that tells me to "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." At first, my journey was met by some opposition, one friend, in particular, had a difficult time with the changes I was making, nevertheless, I continued on my journey. Now, over 20 years later, I have never regretted embarking on my search for truth.
I believe that the Bible is the infallible and literal Word of God. Many so called scholars of academia have attacked the Bible, calling it foolishness. The Bible says that God will use the foolish things to confound the wise, and those who would attack the Bible from an intellectual point of view are demonstrating the greatest of foolishness, indeed.
I do not claim to fully understand everything in the Bible, in fact, the more I learn, the more I realize I do not know, but I have found that the Bible is able to stand up to any challenge that is thrown at it. I have found amazing truth and astounding events in the pages of scripture, and never once has any archaeological, historical, or modern evidence been found to disprove anything found in scripture. In fact, quite the opposite is true, the more archaeological and historical material that is found, the more evidence for the truth of God;s word is presented.
Believer, we are in a world that is the domain of Satan, and he is bent on destroying the work of God. One of Satan's favorite ploys is to debunk the Bible. As the world around us becomes increasingly hostile toward the things of God, I believe that a concerted effort will be waged to discredit God's holy Word. In the coming months and years, we will see increased attacks on the Word of God, but we must stand strong. We must study, learn, memorize and not be afraid to ask the tough questions now, before we are challenged and find ourselves outgunned because we did not do our due diligence.
If a person is truly searching for truth, they will find it in the Bible. Though many campaigns have been attempted against the Scripture, none has succeeded. As believers, we no longer have the luxury of half-hearted, lackadaisical, Bible study. We no longer have the luxury of letting someone else exclusively tell us what the Bible says, we must learn it for ourselves. When your faith is challenged, it is God's word that will help you stand on truth. If you do not know the Word, or understand what it is teaching, you may find yourself in a very difficult position.
Society and culture are increasingly becoming hostile to Biblical truth, it will only get worse. The time is now to prepare and fortify your faith and to make sure believers around you are doing the same. Spend time daily in the word. The Kingdom is real and many will try to convince us that it is not and many will call us fools for believing. Prepare now and know what you believe and why you believe it, that you may stand strong on your journey and that you may help others on theirs.