In the previous chapter we talked about the choice of the authors to be included in the Canonical Bible and said that whilst the historicity can be proven it is more difficult to prove that the Bible is inspired by God, the Creator of heaven and earth and all matter. But historical and modern evidence that Biblical stories are true and haven’t been proven wrong is no basis for the Christian belief in an Inspired Bible.
A book that calls itself bible and does not claim to be written by something different than a human being would not be a problem in this world. We have many bibles of the kitchen or cookery art. But in case the Bible or Holy Scriptures would not have been written from divine inspiration and would not claim to speak on behalf of God, it would not have become foundational to the faith of hundreds of millions of Christians and Jews (2 Peter 1:16-21).
“16 for we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty. 17 for he received from god the father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 and this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him on the holy mount. 19 we have also a more sure word of prophecy; to which ye do well that ye take heed, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts: 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 for prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of god spoke [as they were] moved by the holy spirit.” (2 Peter 1:16-21 Webster)
But with much supporting evidence and argument, the Bible’s authors did claim to be inspired by God. Because millions have staked their present and eternal well-being on those claims, the Bible cannot be a good book if its authors consistently lied about their source of information.
The anchor of Christian faith is that the Bible was authored by God Himself.
Proving that the Bible is inspired — “God-breathed” is literally what it says in 2 Timothy 3:16 — is more difficult.
“all scripture [is] given by inspiration of god, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16 Webster)
Here we could agree that a lot of emotional feeling comes into the picture. We do agree it can be a feeling of a person when he reads the Bible that he senses something resonating in his own spirit. That’s compelling, and that can give him confidence. This sense of feeling may be there for the believer, but not for non-believers. Sceptics of whom Christians would say their heart isn’t in the right place probably won’t be receptive to the words of the Bible.
When you look at human writings where the people are talking about themselves they attempt to minimize mankind’s sin and expand upon his goodness; they attempt to credit man with some aspect of his salvation. This appeals to people. The Bible, however, teaches that natural man is totally sinful and cannot save himself; only God’s grace can save him. The Bible exalts God to the highest and humbles man to the lowest. Why? Because the Bible is the Word of God; a God of infinite justice and graciousness.
When reading books written by authors who lived many years ago, we encounter numerous errors due to the writers’ lack of current scientific knowledge. Therefore the ancient human writings generally would contain numerous errors. With expanding archaeological and scientific evidence, we can see that many of the human writings are not in accordance, while the so called new findings confirm the Biblical ideas. To date, however, no scientific truth has been discovered that contradicts the Bible. The Bible, in fact, speaks of several scientific truths prior to their being discovered by man and believed by societies.
In the historical proof we can come to find that things where often foretold long beforehand, which would be strange, having common people knowing things to happen many centuries after they lived. The prophesies which came true may show that the Bible is also a prophetic book, but not yet that those prophesies were given in by God. But you may wonder how it could be possible that its mere human writers could have known about events in the distant future.
In the Bible many matters of science in ways that seem to go beyond what was known to humankind at the time were spoken of. In Isaiah 40:22 we read about the spreading out (expansion) of the heavens (the universe). Yet secular scientists did not discover such expansion until the 1920s. The spherical nature of the earth and the fact that the earth hangs in space are suggested in Scriptures such as Job 26:10 and Job 26:7 respectively. The book of Job is thought to have been written around 2000 BC — long before the nature of our planet was generally known.
“speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry to her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received from the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:2 Webster)
“he stretcheth out the north over the empty place, [and] hangeth the earth upon nothing.” (Job 26:7 Webster)
“he hath encompassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.” (Job 26:10 Webster)
In case there was no special Force behind giving this man such words to describe things they did not understand, how could they talk about such matters and even use names which were not in use at that time? Contestants may say that the predictive prophetic passages were written after the facts, much later than the text itself would indicate. Examples of apparent scientific insight in the Bible are chalked up to coincidence.
When God is the author of the writings in the Bible, than it is normal that no factual evidence has been substantiated that disproves a single, biblical, historical truth because the Bible being the Word of God and God being a Spirit Who loves truth, knows everything, does not tell lies and as such is without error, shall have given the truth in the spirit of the writers who wrote in His name.
The Bible when it is the Word of God will be from an Author, a God who creates, upholds and understands all parts of His creation and Who shall make it all clear to all people of His creation in a way how people would easily understand everything.
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- God, Creation and the Bible Hope
- Unsure about relevance Bible
- The Bible: God’s Word or pious myth?
- Bible, Word of God, inspired and infallible
- Why believing the Bible
- Inspired word
- Did the Inspirator exist
- Who Wrote the Bible?
- Bringing Good News into the world
- Pure Words and Testimonies full of Breath of the Most High
- God, Creation and the Bible Hope
- Power in the life of certain
- Bible for you and for life
- Words to push and pull & Words to bring message
- Unsure about relevance Bible
- The Bible: God’s Word or pious myth?
- Why believing the Bible
- The importance of Reading the Scriptures
- Appointed to be read
- Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
- Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
- Old and New Testament not discordant
- The Bible is a today book
- Bible like puddle of water
- Of the many books Only the Bible can transform
- Why think there’s a God? (1): Something from Nothing
- God’s design in the creation of the world
- Cosmos creator and human destiny
- Creator and Blogger God 3 Lesson and solution
- Creation of the earth out of something
- Is it “Wrong” to Believe that the Earth is a Sphere? Inclusive the first generation of Christadelphians their views
- A dialogue about the earth moving and spinning around the sun
- Science and God’s existence
- Science, scepticism, doubts and beliefs
- Are Science and the Bible Compatible?
- Bible containing scientific information
- Science and the Bible—Do They Really Contradict Each Other?
- Reconciling Science and Religion
- The mythical conflict of science and Scripture (1)
- The mythical conflict of science and Scripture (2)
- Science, belief, denial and visibility 1
- Science, belief, denial and visibility 2
- Ian Barbour connecting science and religion
- How to falsify a religion using scientific or historical evidence
- Science and Religion Harmonized (Once and For All…)
- Living on the edge
- Sharing thoughts and philosophical writings
- A Sermon: Reading the Bible Together (davidswanson.wordpress.com)
Yale professor of history Lamin Sanneh has pointed out that one of the unique attributes of the Christianity is how its holy scriptures are so frequently translated. Few of us are fluent in the Bible’s original languages, and that’s OK. Sanneh points out that Christian translation of the Bible into people’s indigenous language is what allows the Bible to speak particularly to that people. The Spirit translates the Bible – whether it’s into an entire language or into the context of our lives.
- A Hidden Treasure In Our Homes (danielmatthewjames.com)
Although we have multiple Bibles for each person in our houses (I, for one, have an “upstairs Bible,” a “downstairs Bible,” an electronic Bible, and several more), we seem to have to wrestle with our schedules and busy lives to eek out even just a few minutes each day to read our Bibles. God’s Word, his love letter to us, is sitting all over our houses and waiting to be read, yet we neglect it to attend to the things of our lives that [we think] truly matter.
- We Have the True Word of the True God (blogforthelordjesus.wordpress.com)
God will never say something outside the Bible that contradicts something inside the Bible for the same reason that He will never contradict Himself: He cannot lie.Adam and Eve were brought into a world which had no written record of God’s will. We are more blessed than they!
- How Important is the Verdict? Evidence of Ancient Truths (herose4grace.wordpress.com)
Trying to find a rebuttal to Old Testament prophesies has been the most difficult research I have ever taken on. That includes all of the research I have done through college, graduate studies and another 45 hours of graduate work beyond that.Prior to introducing some of the 2,500 numbered Biblical prophesies, it seems advantageous to first know the history of the Old Testament and to judge its authenticity from there.
- God the Confused Creator: Part I (arguingforatheism.wordpress.com)
Atheist Ron has mistakenly given me permission to take over on a series of posts about the lessons of Genesis on his blog. I say mistakenly because, as you shall see, these posts will clearly and without doubt present the Word of God as irrefutable and mistake free, something which atheistron does not believe. I am able to prove these things largely due to my application of the strict fundamentalist policy of not accepting one shred of the mountains of logical, scholarly, observational, common sense, or scientific evidence which proves otherwise.
- Egyptian Pantheism is not incident upon Hebrew Monotheism (tysonsgospeloftruth.wordpress.com)
It seems to be a trend to attempt to attribute as little as possible to the ancient Israelites among scholars, which is obvious to anyone who actually reads through scholarly literature on this subject. For instance, may claim that just because Yahweh is attested with Ba’al, that it couldn’t have been the Israelites because apparently they were this super monotheistic state that never strayed from the faith. Anyone familiar with the Old Testament narrative is probably already laughing at this, as one of the main threads in the narrative of the Hebrew Bible is spiritual harlotry with Ba’al, thereby making the archaeological evidence corroborate with the Biblical narrative, yet again. This failure in reasoning has a name…. I believe it is called a “Straw Man”. If one is to compare archaeology to the narrative, try comparing it to the narrative, not what you Want the narrative to be.
- Facts (notestoponder.wordpress.com)
We have no way of ever assigning “fact” to age, we can however say for a fact, the universe is billions of years old, science has proven this to be true. According to fundamentalist Christians the world is 6427 years old. The link below gives a timeline of their reasoning – for those requiring “proof”, a search on yahoo resulted in “best answer” rating for a response to the question “how old is the earth according to the bible?” – “the Bible doesn’t specify how old earth is but the lunar landing proved only 6000 years of dust had collected on the moon”. Yikes; that’s one hell of a “fact”.
- They Are Without Excuse (toddthehiker.wordpress.com)
there are many who would say God does not exist, that this incredible, complex, and beautiful world we live in is merely the result of time and chance. We as Christians are seen as fools for denying the likes of Darwin, and actually believing that there is a God and Creator who spoke all of this into existence, a God who is sovereign over the universe and all that is in it.“Great thinkers” of yesterday and today are lauded, nee idolized, for their theories that explain everything from the origins of the cosmos to the origins of the amazing diversity of life found here on earth, especially if their theories do not require the Creator’s hand. It is considered the height of scientific achievement to devise a newer and better explanation for how we came to exist on this random ball of water and rock orbiting a minor star on the outskirts of the Milky Way galaxy, but only if that explanation does not involve the God of the Bible.
- Anti-Intellectualism (rdpetty.wordpress.com)
Christianity as a whole may not be guilty of anti-intellectualism, but individuals are. Just as Darwinists believe that Darwinism equals Science, many Christians believe that Anti-intellectualism equals Christianity. This amounts to faithism or fideism.
Atheists and others who oppose the very existence of religion make assumptions about what faith is. Richard Dawkins seems to think faith is “about running away from evidence, burying your head in the sand and refusing to think.”
Many fathers of science were Christians, but atheists run the lab today. And the library, and the museum, and the lecture hall… We need to take them back.