I was recently asked what I thought of the book by Josh McDowell, especially the title, Evidence That Demands a Verdict. I had to think about it for a few moments, but then realized that the title itself is problematic. The title suggests that we are to come to Scripture to determine if it is true or not true. We are to sit in judgment of God’s word.
I know that this was probably not Josh McDowell’s intent when he wrote the book, but it is an interesting realization. We are not to sit in judgment of God’s word, it already sits in judgment of us and finds us wanting, hence the need for the gospel. To sit in judgment of God’s word is to join hands with our first parents in believing Satan’s lie, “has God indeed said?” The only true answer to that question is: “Yes, He has indeed said and He was serious about what He said.”
We are very blessed to have God’s word given to us so abundantly. His word is precious and holy, and we should treat it as such. We may not understand all that God’s word declares to us, but we can rest assured that it is right, true and just since the One who gave it to us, is right, true and just.
Next time you pick up a Bible, remember that. The truth found inside is precious simply because of the One who declared it to us. But the Bible is also precious because in the pages of Scripture, we find the truth of One that saves us from the very condemnation declared to us in the same book. God, in His righteousness, declared to us a Law that condemns us and gives us the remedy for that condemnation through His Son.
As for reading the book by McDowell, I have no plans to do so. I have found all the evidence for the resurrection I need in the pages of Scripture.