Today's news, in its many broadcast formats, is rarely fully accurate. Tight schedules, content-hungry editors, careless reporting, syndicated stories and the relentless pursuit of dramatic headlines all risk distorting the truth. Sometimes, critics of the Bible assume that its text suffers from the same defects. It does not! Interestingly, serious historians have less trouble with the Bible's accuracy, than academic theologians who do not want to accept what it says.
Peter intended to leave a 'legacy document', and wanted to make sure that nobody would dispute its authenticity. He wrote as an eye-witness of Jesus' ministry, transfiguration, death, resurrection and ascension. He knew that Jesus is the Divine Saviour of the world, and not just a good teacher or visionary peace-leader who came to an untimely end. At the transfiguration, Peter had personally heard the voice from heaven authenticating Jesus Christ as God the Son (Mark 9:2-8). And that evidence was equally experienced by two other witnesses, James and John. The heavenly message totally matched the character of Jesus, whom they had come to know and love.
By contrast, the false teachers invented clever ideas to gain a following and an income. Not so the apostles. They were eye-witnesses of everything Jesus said and did from His baptism to His ascension (Acts 1:21-22). The historical, living , crucified, resurrected and ascended Jesus is the foundation of the church; there is no other foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11) – either in philosophy or the multitude of the world’s religions and ideologies. The apostles were commissioned to preach Christ crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23) and the resurrection (Acts 17:18) as historical facts – the good news that sinners can be set free from guilt and have everlasting life with Christ.
To rely on information in any workplace, it is essential to have full confidence in the facts. That is especially true when the facts might get you into trouble. The early Christians, many of whom did lose their lives, needed to know that they had not believed a hoax. If they were to continue to follow Jesus despite persecution, they needed to be certain that they had believed the truth. And so do we! Christians today, who have Bible-truth as their rock-solid foundation, cannot be shaken. So these few minutes of reading Word@Work may prove to be more important than you thought - a reminder that you can (and must) fully rely on God's Word, live by it, and pass it on to others. And if your faith gets you into trouble, you can be totally sure that you have not believed a lie (1 Corinthians 15:2). That is all the more reason to share it with others at work and in the community.
© Dr Paul Adams