We should study the Bible with honesty and sincerity. If our study is serious enough, and we approach it with an open mind, there will be times when our faith is disturbed. I view these as growing pains.
Many people would say that if things arise which disturb your faith, you should simply put those things out of your mind
— simply ignore them. The thing to do is not to ignore such things or pretend they don’t exist, but to work through them and resolve them. If the overall Christian worldview is true, then there is a valid explanation for every conflict or problem we encounter in the scriptures. If that worldview is not true, then what is the purpose of ignoring facts in order to hold onto a falsehood?
But in our society, the question of truth or falsehood is sometimes forgotten. People give every reason to believe in Christianity except that it is all
, true. They will talk about “what Jesus has done” for them, or “what Jesus means” to them; they will talk about fulfillment in life, about meaning and purpose; they may talk about what a great teacher Jesus was, how important his ideas were, what beautiful thoughts he expressed; they may talk about how Christianity is still relevant today and how it combines high ideals with down-to-earth practicality; what the results would be if everyone practiced the teachings of Jesus; and so on. They may give all these reasons and more for believing; but rarely will anyone suggest that you believe in Christianity because it is true.