This past week I have the unfortunate opportunity to debate someone on Facebook about a plethora of topics from the age of the earth to the inerrancy of the Bible to the existence and sovereignty of God. It was exhausting and emotionally draining. I probably would not have even entered the fray, expect this person claimed to be a Christian. Clearly his worldview said something completely different, and come to find out, he was a former professional apologist, or debater. I got murdered on most of my arguments, but I did what all Christians are called to do in 1 Peter 3:15, except I was not as gentle as I should have been. I did go back an apologize for my lack of gentleness.
During this debate though, I brought up the fact that the Bible says one day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. To this my opponent said those were Paul's words and not the position that Jesus himself took. Since this was a Facebook debate on the fly, and I had not had time for proper research, my counter point was that every word of the Bible is inspired by God, and as such Paul's included books were inspired by God. Jesus claimed to be God, and therfore, Jesus inspired Paul to write his books that are in the Bible. So, either Jesus agreed with what Paul wrote being Jesus' vessel through which to write, or Jesus was a liar. Those are the choices, and Jesus was never shown to be a liar, so that means He must have agreed with what Paul was inspired to write. Not a bad argument on my part without any time to research. I actually did not get a response back on that point. After researching this point a little further, I found I did not even need to make the argument.
Jesus in his famous sermon on the mount actually quoted Isaiah almost verbatim what Paul wrote in Philippians. Coming across this was a reminder that Bible study is a lifelong process. I had probably read this a hundred times, but it never connected to me the way it did in this moment when I needed to know where Jesus stood on the issue of His Lordship. Granted Jesus did not say that every knee would bow to Him, but he said every knee would bow to God. Jesus proved He was God through His perfectly lived life, sacrificial death, and miraculous rising from the grave. One day soon he will come to establish his kingdom here on earth. I am glad I have put my trust in Him, and that I know he loves me despite myself.
In closing, I have learned that Facebook is probably not the best place to make an argument, but more importanly I was reminded that the Bible is inerrant, and it is amazing. God has provided enough information to trust Him for our salvation. It is not a provable, emprical trust, but it requires faith; faith that cannot be seen, touched, smelled, tasted, or known with complete understanding. It is a faith that requires belief beyond our senses, This is what the intellectual and scientific communities find so difficult. They want proof beyond doubt's shadow, but God wants faith in an imperfect world.