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The Bible certifies itself as the Word of God in two main ways:

a] by God convicting us of its truth as we read it (and, importantly, do what it says); and
b] by its prophetic and historic accuracy.

Thus, the Bible testifies to its truth via both natural and supernatural means. The two are not mutually exclusive, however; and both are important. For on the one hand, putting one’s faith is something that is obviously irrational is often an unwise course of action; while on the other, imagining that we can come to know God through our intellect alone doesn’t seem quite right (and is in fact untrue). If you want to find out whether the Bible is God’s word or not, we therefore recommend that you:

a] read it for yourself and obey what you read, for God has promised to be “a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6); and
b] take a look at some of the many articles that discuss the Bible’s more ‘natural’ qualifications, either here or elsewhere.

Remember, though: Becoming a Christian isn’t simply a case of correctly evaluating a body of evidence. It’s a case of seeking and deciding to follow the living God, which is a decision each of us must make in the quietness of our own hearts. And, arguably, in order for such a decision to be possible, any proofs God gives us of His existence must be sufficiently persuasive so as to satisfy the genuine seeker, yet sufficiently vague so as not to compel the hardened sceptic. After all, seeking God is an exercise, not of the intellect, but of the heart. As Blaise Pascal puts it:

“God has regulated the revelation of His existence by giving signs which are visible to those who seek Him, yet invisible to those who seek Him not…providing sufficient light for those who desire to see, and yet sufficient darkness for those who do not…that God might test not the intellect and certitude of men’s minds, but the love and faithfulness of their hearts.” (Blaise Pascal, Pensees #430)
the importance of the bible…

The regular study of God’s word is central to Christian living. As human beings, we need not just physical nourishment, but spiritual nourishment (1 Peter 2:2). For just as the body perishes without food, so the soul perishes without God’s Word (Mt 4:4). At Collier Row, we seek to make sure that the Bible functions as a “lamp to our feet” (Ps 119:105), something that “equips us for every good work” (2 Tim 3:17), something that is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing to the division of soul and of spirit” (He 4:12).

After all, without it, we are “children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Eph 4:14), unable to distinguish truth from error. We’d be delighted to have you join us on a Tuesday evening to study God’s Word and to pray together. The teaching is led by either a local or an external speaker, and the prayer is led by the congregation.