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Can You Prove it?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you must defend one of your beliefs and you find yourself at a loss for a reference text?

Many times in the course of one’s life, he will find an opportunity to voice his opinion. When asked to give proof or support for his belief, often one is not able to come up with even one text, much less two or three. And how silly and ridiculous it must seem to see one who is Protestant Reformed and claims to be soundly taught in the Scriptures, floundering around looking for something to back up his belief!

For instance, say you go to a Christian Reformed or public high school and were confronted with a question concerning divorce and remarriage. Would you be able to cite a number of passages off the top of your head where divorce is expressly forbidden, save for the cause of fornication? Would you be able to prove to them that remarriage is wrong, even for the “innocent” party?

Also, suppose the subject of movie attendance came up. Would you be able to explain why it is wrong, and back it up with Scripture? How do you respond about what you do when the same thing is on television?

There are many other areas of life where I think we know what we believe, and know that there are texts proving our position, but cannot give more than a few proofs for our position. These would include such things as labor unions, infant baptism, Lord’s Supper, amillennialism, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and many others. It is a shame that we cannot support our beliefs, especially when one considers that those holding to the erroneous views have plenty of texts committed to memory that seem to support their belief. I think that we should not only know what the Bible teaches, but where it teaches it so that we can better represent our church and our Lord.

There are ways that we can learn these important texts. Through personal Bible study, and faithful attendance at the worship services. Also, by preparing for, attending, and actively participating in Young People’s society and catechism, church activities set aside especially for the study of the Bible.