Why doesn't everybody accept the Bible?

God created man as the crown of His creation to obey, serve and love Him. But instead of remaining loyal to the Creator, the first couple, Adam and Eve, obeyed the devil (see Genesis 3). That is called the fall of man. Because of their disobedience, sin entered the world and is present in every baby who is born. Sin caused rebellion in the heart of the human race. People may believe that God exists, but in their hearts they do not love Him. They love sin and pleasure more than they love God.

 To redeem man from the power of sin and Satan and everlasting doom, God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for their sins on the cross. The main message of the Bible revolves around this plan of redemption. Jesus died and paid with His blood, the debt of the sin of every human being. God accepted His sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead. Now John 3:16 is true as regards all who believe in Jesus and accept Him as their Saviour. They are called Christians, believers, people who accept the Bible as truth.

 But the devil is still active in the hearts of the majority of people. He still misleads millions and prompts them not to believe.

 In doing so he forms his own religions; he persuades people to believe in other gods and creeds, and to reject the Bible as the only Word of God. He started atheistic beliefs and ideologies such as Marxism, Humanism (where man is the most important factor, not God) and others. Some people regard the Bible as a mere history.

 There are many answers to the question why not all people accept the Bible. But they can all be condensed into one answer: It is because they are blind to the glorious message of the Bible, and because their lives are ruled by Satan. There is a saying: The Bible will keep you away from sin, or sin will keep you away from the Bible.

 If you are uncertain about the Bible, just start reading it. We suggest you start in the New Testament, with Matthew. (Remember, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 different books, and need not be read in order.) Before you start reading, just pray a simple prayer: "O God, if there is a God, show me whether this is your Word and if Jesus is your Son." He will help you to find the truth.