“…It seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:3-4
There is a common idea circulating in today’s culture that says all religions basically teach the same thing and are leading us to the same god. If there is any religious faith that disproves this line of thinking it is Christianity. The Christian faith is without question the most unique religious faith in history. There are many reasons this is true but the greatest is this: No other religious faith is so completely dependent on one single man.
Christianity is based on Jesus Christ. It is based on the belief that Jesus lived like every other man, even though He is the Son of God. It is based on the belief that He died like a common man, yet He was crucified for the sins of the world. Not only did He live and die - Christianity hinges on the belief that God raised Him from the dead three days later so that sin would be defeated and death would lose its sting. If Jesus was not who He said He was – God’s Son; and if He didn’t do what He said He did – die on the cross for our sins and come back from the dead – then the entire Christian faith is a farce.
Everything Christians believe about God, Jesus, and salvation is found in the Bible. This is why it is so important that the Bible is the Word of God…not just a good book, a source of inspiration, or even a book that contains parts of God’s Word…but the actual Word of God.
Most of the New Testament was written in the common Greek language of the street (Koine Greek). Luke 1:1-4, however, was written in the most beautiful, classical Greek found anywhere in the ancient world. Only the most sophisticated writers used such literary style. Luke was writing a prologue. Whenever a philosopher, educator or historian in the ancient world wanted his work to be given the greatest respect he would begin with a prologue. All of the great Greek and Roman historians did this.
What does Luke’s prologue have to do with biblical accuracy, you may be wondering? In the first four verses of his Gospel, Luke is laying down a challenge. He is claiming a place for the Gospel as a serious literary and historical volume. He is inviting the study and analysis of the most sophisticated and highly educated leaders. He is going on record that his book is not based on fable, mythology or fiction. It is an account of real people, real events and real places. He wants us to know how he compiled his Gospel and then let the evidence speak for itself.
Father, Thank You for Your Word. It is under constant attack and yet again and again it proves trustworthy and true. Help me to stand firm on its truths amidst the struggles and storms of life. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.