“If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how shall you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” (John 3:12)
Over the years, in theological debates between liberals and conservatives, I recall hearing some say, “The Bible is not a book of science and never was meant to be. It is not a history book, in the same way it’s not a cook book or a travel guide. It is reliable in terms of spiritual matters, but should not be expected to get the other things right.”
On the surface, that sounds reasonable enough. Anyone who has read the Bible with discernment admits there are places in Scripture that challenge our understanding as we try to reconcile its teaching with other things we (ahem) “know to be true.” (This would include the Creation, Noah’s Flood, miracles of one type or the other, and of course, the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection.)
Is it possible to accept Scripture when it speaks of salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life but reject it on lesser matters?
The Lord Jesus, in His conversation with Nicodemus, closes that door and removes that option. He tells this “ruler of the Jews” three things: