By: Gabrielle Juslin
As Christians, when we hear the story about Moses crossing the Red Sea (“Sea of Reeds”) with the Israelites we automatically accept it and understand it as truth. But has anyone ever come up to you with the question, “Why do you believe in that?”. That might seem like a easy question at first, but when you actually try and analyze it, it becomes a much tougher question to answer.
Why do we believe in something that society describes as a phenomenon that appears physically impossible? Well some people say because the Bible says so, others say because they have been taught that way all their lives. But how does that separate Christianity from all other religions? As Christians we need to know and spend time actually understanding the Bible and not just accepting it.
Do people believe in the Christmas truce of World War I? Well, of course, it’s history. Rather amazing history, but it did happen. People actually dated and recorded what happened. Whether you believe it or not, the birth of Jesus is considered as an historic event, and as Christians we take the Bible as 100% truth. And when the story comes up of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, no matter how mind blowing it might be, we believe it as truth.
God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. How can we try and understand what is in God’s mind if we are looking at everything through a limited mindset? We need to acknowledge that we don’t have an omniscient understanding of omniscience, we need to stop limiting God with our limited knowledge. Isaiah 55:8-12 tells us that God’s ways are not our ways, His understanding is not our understanding.
At the time of the Exodus, Egypt was the world’s leading superpower. It was equivalent to the Roman Empire. So how, if someone made up the story about the Exodus, could they get away with making up a lie about the biggest empire of that time? They couldn’t. The person or group who would have told this story would have quickly been executed and his story dismissed.
A link that also talks about the importance of the historicity of the Bible is right here. http://www.reasonablefaith.org/the-challenge-of-history-an-interview-with-william-lane-craig.