It is so very easy to testify to the goodness of God and the truth of scripture, as it takes no effort and causes no sweat. God’s word eats alive nonsense, false science so-called, exposes deceit wherever it is found, reveals evil in people, and without nary an apology, scorches the hands and seals the mouths of men who dare suggest God’s word is in any way weak, peccable, or cannot be trusted.
So here is something of a feast for your consideration. Below is an account of Paul’s necessary testimony to some believers, for their sake not his. And by providence, words for my sake, and yours as well. Words etched in time and stone, lasting, unchanging, living, breathing, and most certainly true. Words spoken to our minds and to our affections. No other book on earth commends itself in this way, reaching to the marrow, penetrating through the power of God to soft hearts.
But take note of HOW the pseudo scholar/infidel/atheist studies not the life and times of Paul, but the studies of OTHER men who say Paul was a madman, or even yet, that his very words cannot be relied upon, as if Saul of Tarsus then Paul the apostle somehow fabricated his life. Yeah, ok, sure. Listen to the apostle’s account, and tell me if you need a referral from a dozen atheists or unbelieving decons before you can understand it and believe it. (peril: life threatening or immediate danger)
I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak.
Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
Credentials? Yeah, Paul had them. He was not boasting, but I’m guessing they at Corinth were immediately humbled to hear of such pearls…
Is it any surprise WHY fools would try to convince you that scriptures cannot be trusted? Is it any surprise that men would point to the very thing that God’s word commands you to avoid: the dry and worthless opinions of unbelieving scholars who make their living at the altar of biblical ignorance as they prey on they who have itching ears.
I don’t care what men say about Moses, Daniel, Job, Noah, Abraham, Adam and Ehvee; I don’t care what books they claim can ‘lay waste’ to scripture; I don’t care what godless so-called scientists say of a ‘no flood zone;’ I don’t care what antichrists say of the true Christ; WP is loaded with antichrists doncha know, but this simple account given by Paul of His life ‘as a Christian,’ cannot be challenged by anybody of a sober mind.
If Christianity was commended to you, and this is a result, you would no doubt express a lack of interest. Such is the demure nature of God’s word. But if you as an unbeliever met Paul, and spoke to him of the ‘poison of scripture,’ he would be well within his graces to say: ‘God shall smite thee thou whited wall,’ but he would probably just smile, walk away while muttering under his breath, ‘God help him.’
And for a bonus, imagine how low a person must sink, to read this accounting, and then somehow say that Paul was a liar. Yep, I heard it many times. God help them.