Why I believe the Bible
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I write to support Clinton Chisholm's well-researched and scholarly column of August 22, 2017 in support of the Bible.
As graduate and undergraduate students, we carry out 'investigations' to find out whether some course of action we want to carry out in our jobs is feasible or advantageous. Before we can proceed, we must do in-depth research to find the body of knowledge existing somewhere in the world that establishes a sound basis for our investigative path. Failing this, we are not allowed to proceed.
When we started out in first form at high school, we were introduced to Pythagoras' theorem: We used the known to find the unknown. We knew our answer was correct when the two sides enclosing the right angle added up to the hypotenuse.
I use the same principle with the Bible.
I begin with the story of man's creation.
God made man from dust, blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and he became a living person. (Gen 2:7)
What happens to man when he dies? He ceases to breathe - the breath of life goes out of him and he decays and turns back to dust. In Gen 3:19, God clearly told man this would happen.
Like Pythagoras' theorem, it all adds up.
Even atheists believe this; when a body is being buried, they say: "Dust to dust, ashes to ashes," as it's being committed to the ground. This establishes the beautiful harmony of the Bible. Ecclesiastes 3:20 says: All come from dust and return to dust. This includes animals and trees. Nearly all of us have seen fallen trees or dead animals turn to dust. In fact, we use the dust from fallen trees to enrich the soil.
The Bible is also historically and scientifically accurate. It tells us how we began and how we will get back to our original state of perfection; it makes a complete circle, despite being written by 39 persons over 1,600 years, without contradicting itself. How marvellous!
I invite Glen Tucker to study the Bible. It's a truly wonderful book.