The current issue of the popular men’s magazine GQ is under fire after listing the Holy Bible on their recent article of the “21 books you don’t have to read.” GQ wrote that the Bible "is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.” So what does GQ magazine suggest as an alternative? Editors place “The Notebook” by Agota Kristof as a suitable read in place of the Holy Bible. The list also includes infamous works such as “The Catcher in the Rye,” “The Alchemist” and “Farewell to Arms.”

 

In an unbelievable twist, GQ said this in one of its earlier ads: “GQ magazine is truly the bible for the average 21st-century gent.  The magazine is so overwhelmingly intriguing that it is often regarded as one of the wittiest and most sophisticated men’s magazines available. Sections include cars, style, gadgets, babes, wellness, and sports.”

 

Ironically, this GQ ad uses the Bible as an example of an authoritative book to promote their magazine as the authority on maleness. So it’s patently hypocritical for GQ to call on its readers to reject the Bible and its message. It makes me want to ask their “witty and sophisticated” staff whether they’ve ever read the Bible or checked into its reputation among scientists and archeologists as the best source for accurate and reliable information of the ancient world. It appears that it is GQ and not the Bible that is contradictory and foolish.

 

In my recent trip to the Holy Land, I was struck again by the overwhelming evidence of the Bible’s pinpoint accuracy in matters of location, people, culture, and details. Take, for example, the skeptic's long-standing claim that Pontius Pilate was a fictional character made up by the gospel writers. In 1961 a stone was unearthed in Caesarea Maritima, the first-century Roman port city built by Herod the Great, that had this inscription in Latin:

 

To the Divine Augusti [this] Tiberieum

...Pontius Pilate

...prefect of Judea

...has dedicated [this]

 

This one inscription perfectly dates the time as during the reign of Tiberius Caesar in AD 14 who appointed Pilate as governor of Judea in 26AD. So much for the doubters!

 

I’ve studied the Bible carefully for more than 40 years, and something that I’ve discovered is how perfectly the message and details of the Bible fit together. One of my passions is “connecting the dots” between Old and New Testaments. In my recent Good Friday message, I isolated just one detail of God’s instructions about the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 16. The seven sprinklings of blood on the mercy seat foreshadow the seven times Christ shed His blood in completing His work of redemption. The Bible records seven separate times that Jesus shed blood starting with sweat drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44) to the seventh shedding when the soldier pierced His side. (John 19:34)  Details of God’s plans for our redemption sometimes boggle the mind. For example, the fringe of the Old Testament High Priest’s robe was adorned with golden bells and woven pomegranates. (Exodus 28:33-34)  With every step, the High Priest set off the joyful ringing of bells with the pomegranates as a symbol for the abundant life found in Jesus Christ, our High Priest. How did Jesus provide eternal life and abundance to sinners like us? First, He lived a perfect life by fulfilling the requirements of the law for us. Romans 10:4 says, For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. And then Jesus died a substitutionary death for our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

Now comes an interesting detail that foreshadows Christ’s work as our great High Priest. Did you know that every ripe pomegranate has exactly the same number of seeds? Do you know how many seeds there are in each pomegranate? The number is 613. How does that correspond to Jesus Christ, our High Priest? There are exactly 613 specific laws in the Law God gave to Moses! Here we see that even the number of seeds in a pomegranate is relevant to the picture of our redemption. So when the New Testament says that Christ fulfilled the requirements of the law for us, the pieces fit so closely together that it includes even the pomegranates on the fringe of the High Priest’s robe! Amazing!!!

 

It is safe to say that the Bible is no ordinary book! Skeptics and critics are at high risk of making fools of themselves when they doubt even the smallest details of God’s Word. Here is what Jesus said, "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot will pass from the Law until all is accomplished." (Matthew 5:18) That’s why we will always preach and teach from the Bible at Cornerstone.

"It makes me want to ask their 'witty and sophisticated' staff whether they’ve ever read the Bible or checked into its reputation among scientists and archeologists as the best source for accurate and reliable information of the ancient world."

"I’ve studied the Bible carefully for more than 40 years, and something that I’ve discovered is how perfectly the message and details of the Bible fit together. One of my passions is “connecting the dots” between Old and New Testaments."

"It is safe to say that the Bible is no ordinary book! Skeptics and critics are at high risk of making fools of themselves when they doubt even the smallest details of God’s Word."

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