Believe me when I state this because I have studied religions and philosophies most of my adult life since I started my life-long academic journey in Spring 1983 at Kennesaw College (now a university), culminating in my B.A. at West Georgia in 1988 and my M.A. at Auburn in 1998 (a prerequisite for my tour of duty as an English professor at West Point). In my directed studies at college and through my extensive independent studies of countless subjects (I have an insatiably curious mind about everything), I have learned just how limited man-made religions and philosophies are in addressing the major important issues in life and even how dysfunctional they can be in application of their ideas and methods in an average person’s life. The truths of the Bible, on the other hand, have never failed me and have never failed to be successful in practical application during the chaos and whirlwind experiences of my life.
The Bible answers all the important questions in life and is a reliable guide for a happy and successful life. It’s easy to throw stones at it and to claim that the flaws in it render it useless or that the translations and interpretations of Scripture are unreliable, but every single critic of the Bible that I’ve met in life was speaking from second and third hand information rather than personal experience and research. And let me emphasize that, when someone has the audacity to express their opinion on a subject about which they know nothing and have studied nothing, their words are simply foolish ignorance. The world is full of foolish ignorance since man is so inherently flawed and so persistent and enthusiastic in pursuit of sin. And the world is full of people who are willing to give you 10 minutes more information than you were willing to listen to as they expound on their depth of ignorance in some subject or another. Lack of knowledge is no impediment to some people’s desire to talk. Sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes it’s not.
I pray that He would pour out upon each of you the riches from His treasury of wisdom and truth and that you would be filled to overflowing with His measureless, blissful love.