How can we help people believe that the Bible is true? The answer may be surprising to many. It is not by scientific, archaeological, or historical evidences, important though these may be in their proper place. It is not even by fulfilled prophecy! It is by sharing with others -- based on our own knowledge of Scripture -- the matchless character of the God who ultimately wrote the Bible. Peter, the chief of the apostles, put it this way: "Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts ... [and by this means you will] always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience" (1 Peter 3:15–16).
To "sanctify the Lord God," as the nation of Israel had been taught for centuries, was to set Him apart from all other "gods." It meant to honor Him supremely, to think and act in the light of His glory. This is profoundly significant in providing an effective witness. After all, none of us can pressure or manipulate a human heart to believe in the God of the Bible.
Only the Holy Spirit can convict sinners and change hearts (John 16:8; Jeremiah 17:9–10). We "sanctify" God by relying on His own Word and His Spirit to convince people about His unsurpassable qualities, including His holiness, wisdom, love, and truthfulness.
[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]