i Was thinking – Is It True

i Was thinking of a story credited to James Montgomery Boice that I heard when I lived up north studying for the ministry.  Dr. Boice was born in 1938 and went home to be with the Lord just short of his 62th birthday.  He was the senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and could be heard on “The Bible Study Hour” radio program for close to thirty years.  Before his death, James Montgomery Boice authored 50 or so books including Dealing with Bible Problems.
  He had the reputation in Christian circles of being a strong defender of the inerrancy of the Scriptures.  One day Dr. Boice found himself sitting on an airplane next to a non-believer. When she learned he was a Christian minister, she began to bring out all her objections about Christianity. First she spoke of original sin, how it made no sense and how she would not accept it.
Dr. Boice replied, “I see, but is it true?” Next she went on to the idea of judgment and hell, how uncivilized and amoral all of it was. “I see how you feel, but is it true?” he replied. She went on to the next topic and then the next, each time getting from the pastor the same response. Finally she erupted with her great distaste for everything taught in the Bible, how it wasn’t modern or appealing to her way of thinking. As Dr. Boice began to open his mouth one last time when she exclaimed, “Oh, I know, I know, none of that matters. ‘Is it true?’ You are going to say, ’Is it true?’”  I’ve had the same conversation with numbers of people in coffee shops, in parks, and yes in airplanes too.  Those who oppose Christianity strive to find a reason not to believe.  Most of their arguments have to do with their feelings rather than what is truth.  Whether the subject is original sin or Hell or salvation by grace, the non-believer struggles to accept what the Bible has to say whenever it challenges a belief in the innate goodness of man. So, mankind naturally rejects these doctrines, not because they are false but because they are distasteful.  There are all matter of things that are distasteful to me.  Terrorist attacks on innocent bystanders in an airport or at a festival are distasteful to me, but they are realities nonetheless.  Because I don’t like the negative consequences of my actions does not mean I won’t experience the realities of them.  The Word of God says: “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).  How foolish it is to believe that man is innately good when all around us we see what the Bible says: Romans 3:10-18 NIV  “10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.” 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

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