Everything about God is totally credible and dependable as He is not a man that He should lie (Num 23:19). Some people are sceptical do not believe the account of others until they personally see the evidence as was the case when Jesus rose from the grave (Mk 16:11,14; Lk 24:11; Jn 20:25-27). While we should not be gullible and believe everything we are told, we must be discerning and ascertain the truth. Paul writes that God’s creation reflects His character and this is evident to humanity (Rom 1:18-20).
Understandably the disciples had a mistrust of Saul’s (Paul's) conversion, suspicious whether it was genuine or a just a trick to capture more believers because of his reputation (Act 9:21,26). Faith must have some grounds for its stance – if not it is just wishful thinking.
The credibility of our character is proved by consistency
We should be prepared to investigate further when we encounter people and things that puzzle us. Critical thinking explores the facts to arrive at the solid foundation. Do I delve into the Bible to explore and discern its reliability and credibility as being God's love letter to us how He wants us to live in relation to Him and our fellow man.
Jesus was asked, “Are you the Christ?” (Lk 22:67). There is nothing wrong in asking questions to validate the truth, however when it is recognised it must be acted on. At all times, we should speak the truth and not exaggerate to impress so we become known as being reliable, trustworthy, sincere, and credible.
Moses was concerned he would not be taken seriously when he went to Pharaoh to say, “God said let my people go” (Ex 4:1, 5:1,2). God’s credibility was at stake. Pharaoh dismissed the directive, and brought much suffering on the Egyptians until he finally relented, realizing that God would do what He intended.
Many men of God have lost credibility within the church and the world in general after their moral and financial sinful actions have been exposed. This has left many disillusioned and brought shame to Jesus and the Church, with the unsaved hesitant about turning to Christ 'if that is Christianity'. In spite of the wrong done, forgiveness is available when there is genuine repentance. A measure of credibility can be regained over a period as they walk humbly and carefully. Church discipline often requires accountability, mentoring and the support of godly folk standing alongside the broken person as Ananias and Barnabas did with Paul (Act 9:17,27).