Encouragement From The Word

Pride and prejudice

I read a quotation this morning that struck me, and I thought I’d share it with you.  The late Reformed theologian, R.C. Sproul, said, “You don’t have to give up your intellect to trust the Bible.  You have to give up your pride.”

Ouch.

Now, some may misread this and assume that we are putting our faith in a book instead of in the Lord.  Of course, we place our trust in Jesus – but how do we learn about Jesus, how do we know anything about God, except through his Word?

Many skeptics think that you have to check your brain at the door to be a Christian.  I think it’s quite the opposite: we really need to engage our brains as followers of Jesus.  But don’t let pride get in the way of believing what the Bible tells us.

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4.12, NLT).