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R. C. Oliver


R. C. Oliver (1918-1998) was a Christian educator. He received his training at Freed-Hardeman College, Akron University, Marietta College, East Tennessee State University, Michigan State, and The University of Mississippi. He taught in the Bible and English departments at Freed-Hardeman from 1965 until his retirement in 1982. Oliver was an accomplished English grammarian. He was a Gospel preacher and polished debater. His rational, conversational pulpit delivery was powerful. He was blessed with a natural ability to “think on his feet.” He was not contentious or mean-spirited. He did not delight in religious controversy, but as Paul, “was set for the defense of the Gospel” (Philippians 1:17).



This is the first in a series of articles which will be devoted to the general theme of Why I Believe. Though space demands brevity, yet it shall be my purpose in these articles to give sufficient material to supplant weakness with strength, doubt with hope, and darkness with light.

Under the general theme selected, I believe God should be given first consideration, for that He is the basis of all true religion all must admit. If one should be able to unmistakably demonstrate that such a Being does not exist, “then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” However, let the fact of His existence be clearly established, and His relationship to humanity with its obligations of obedience to the Divine law becomes manifest to every intelligent being.

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“What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:22). Though this is the question that was asked by Pilate almost two thousand years ago, yet I consider it the supreme religious question of our own age.

Shall we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God? or shall we, like those of His own day, cry out with violence: “Let Him be crucified!” To fail to answer, is but to answer.

If I were assigned the task of finding out about any other man, there are two classes of people whom I would like to interview: His enemies and His friends; their testimony would give me both sides. Neither do I believe Jesus should be made an exception to this rule. What, then, did His enemies, those who lived when He lived, say about Him?

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Two fundamental reasons why I believe in God are: Nature and the Bible.

My reasons for believing in God because of nature are the four well-known traditional arguments: The Cosmological, The Teleological, The Anthropological, and The Ontological.

My reason for believing in God because of the Bible is simply this: The Bible affirms that “in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”—Genesis 1:1. I believe that God is, simply because the Bible says so! However, to the man who does not believe the Bible, this is no good reason at all. Therefore, before one can convincingly use this argument, he must first demonstrate the integrity, reliability, and validity of the Bible, which demonstration is the burden of this article. Also, when I shall have stated my reasons for believing the Bible to be the word of God, I shall have presented, at the same time, a supplement to, and a continuation of, Why I Believe in God.

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