Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God

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The beginning of the 1. Epistle to the Corinthians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To imply that one denomination or one minister holds the truth is the very thing that has caused humans to lose the majesty of God – we are glorifying man and not God, who is the One who gives us everything we have. (1 Corinthians 4:7)

” (1) Let a man regard us as servants of Messiah and trustees of the secrets of Elohim. (2) For the rest, it is sought in trustees, that those should be found trustworthy. (3) But with me it is a small matter that I should be judged by you or by a man’s court. But not even myself I judge. (4) For I am not conscious of any matter against myself, yet I am not declared right by this, but He who judges me is יהוה {Jehovah}. (5) So do not judge any at all before the time, until the Master comes, who shall bring to light what is hidden in darkness and reveal the thoughts of the hearts. And then each one’s praise shall come from Elohim. (6) And these matters, brothers, I have applied in a figure to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you might learn not to think beyond what is written, so that none of you be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. (7) For who makes you to differ? And what do you have that you did not receive? And if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? (8) You are already satisfied! You are already enriched! You have reigned as sovereigns, apart from us! And I wish, indeed, you did reign, that we also might reign with you! (9) For I think that Elohim has exhibited us, the emissaries, last, as appointed to death, because we became a spectacle to the world, both to messengers and to men.” (1 Corinthians 4:1-9 The Scriptures 1998+)

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English: folio 950 recto of the codex with text of 1 Corinthians 1;1-21 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Instead of trusting the Holy Spirit entering human spirit, lots of people started to trust more the notes in their Bible translations, taking them to be part of the Bible. But those commentaries are not words of the original writers and may not be considered as Words of God.

The knowledge of the writers of the Book of books, about things that could not have been known in their day without God’s leading them, such as a round earth, microscopic bacteria, earth revolving around the sun, etc, should give a light of the Hand behind it all. With dozens of writers spread over a few thousand years, different cultures, different education – the entirety of the bible is in perfect harmony without one single contradiction.

For us it is very difficult to prove the Divinity and Godly Inspirational matter of the Scriptures. The greatest problem being that really only the Bible can make sense of the standards by which we evaluate whether or not something is true.

One such set of standards are the laws of logic. We all know that a true claim cannot contradict another true claim. That would violate a law of logic: the law of non-contradiction.

If we consider the biblical worldview, we find that we can make sense of the laws of logic. The Bible tells us that God’s mind is the standard for all knowledge (Colossians 2:3). Since God upholds the entire universe and since He is beyond time, we would expect that laws of logic apply everywhere in the universe and at all times. There can never be an exception to a law of logic because God’s mind is sovereign over all truth. We can know laws of logic because we are made in God’s image and are thus able to think in a way that is consistent with His nature (Genesis 1:27). So, when we take the Bible as our worldview, we find that laws of logic make sense.

But if we don’t accept the Bible as true, we are left without a foundation for laws of logic. How could we know (apart from God) that laws of logic work everywhere? After all, none of us have universal knowledge. We have not experienced the future nor have we travelled to distant regions of the universe. Yet we assume that laws of logic will work in the future as they have in the past and that they work in the distant cosmos as they work here. But how could we possibly know that apart from revelation from God?

We must admit that non-Christians are able to use laws of logic and the methods of science with great success—despite the fact that such procedures only make sense in light of what the Bible teaches.

The Bible itself gives us the resolution to this paradox. In Romans 1:18–21 the Scriptures teach that God has revealed Himself to everyone.

” (18) For the wrath of Elohim is revealed from heaven against all wickedness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (19) because that which is known of Elohim is manifest among them, for Elohim has manifested it to them. (20) For since the creation of the world His invisible qualities have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, both His everlasting power and Mightiness, for them to be without excuse, (21) because, although they knew Elohim, they did not esteem Him as Elohim, nor gave thanks, but became vain in their reasonings, and their undiscerning heart was darkened.” (Romans 1:18-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

God has “hardwired” knowledge of Himself into every human being, such that we all have inescapable knowledge of God. However, people have rebelled against God — they “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). People go to great lengths to convince themselves and others that they do not know what, in fact, they must know. They are denying the existence of a God who is rightly angry at them for their rebellion against Him.

But, since all men are made in God’s image, we are able to use the knowledge of logic and uniformity that He has placed within us, even if we inconsistently deny the God that makes such knowledge possible. So the fact that even unbelievers are able to use logic and science is a proof that the Bible really is true. When we understand the Bible, we find that what it teaches can make sense of those things necessary for science and reasoning. God has designed us so that when believers read His Word, we recognize it as the voice of our Creator (John 10:27). The truth of the Bible is inescapably certain. For if the Bible were not true, we couldn’t know anything at all. It turns out that the worldview delineated by the Bible is the only worldview that can make sense of all those things necessary for knowledge.

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Bible Study 2 (Photo credit: DrGBB)

 

In the Bible all people can find enough sense and wisdom to construct their life.
The Bible is uniquely self-consistent and extraordinarily authentic. It has changed the lives of millions of people who have placed their faith in Christ. It has been confirmed countless times by archaeology and other sciences. It possesses divine insight into the nature of the universe and has made correct predictions about distant future events with perfect accuracy.

When Christians read the Bible, they cannot help but recognize the voice of their Creator. The Bible claims to be the Word of God, and it demonstrates this claim by making knowledge possible. It is the standard of standards. The proof of the Bible is that unless its truth is presupposed, we couldn’t prove anything at all.

Many people have written their toughs about matters and became corrected and had to review their visions. Lots of science, which at first was thought true, years later was considered not right. Human words had and have been always re-adjusted, but God His Word, the Bible stand still strong, and has stayed unchanged by the years, by the translations and by the efforts to destroy it.

The Bible its oneness, indestructibility, universality, inexhaustibly, honesty, truth, historical accuracy, scientific accuracy, prophetical accuracy and personal application all testify of the truth that the Word only can come from the Most High Power Whose Works can not be destructed by human power.

This is strong evidence.

” (22)  Now that you have cleansed your lives in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned brotherly love, love one another fervently with a clean heart,  (23)  having been born again – not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible – through the living Word of Elohim, which remains forever,  (24)  because “All flesh is as grass, and all the esteem of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away,  (25)  but the Word of Elohim remains forever.”{1} And this is the Word, announced as Good News to you. {Footnote: 1Isa. 40:6-8.}” (1Pe 1:22-25 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Find the preceding articles:

Challenging claim 1 Whose word

Challenging claim 2 Inspired by God 1 Simple words

Challenging claim 3 Inspired by God 2 Inerrant Word of God

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Uitdagende vordering 4 Goddelijk geïnspireerd 3 Zelf-consistente Woord van God

Bible Study 1

Bible Study (Photo credit: DrGBB)

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Additional reading:

  1. Being Religious and Spiritual 3 Philosophers, Avicennism and the spiritual
  2. Being Religious and Spiritual 6 Romantici, utopists and transcendentalists
  3. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  4. Science, belief, denial and visibility 1
  5. Science, belief, denial and visibility 2
  6. Science, 2013 word of the year, and Scepticism
  7. The great ideal of this age
  8. Points to remember of philosophy versus spirituality and religion
  9. Philosophy hand in hand with spirituality
  10. How long to wait before bringing religiousness and spirituality in practice
  11. Reconciling Science and Religion
  12. Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places
  13. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
  14. Texts, writers, accessibility and willingness
  15. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  16. Words in the world
  17. Words to push and pull
  18. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  19. Inspired Word
  20. God’s Blog recorded in a Book
  21. Bible, Word of God, inspired and infallible
  22. Book of books
  23. Unread bestseller
  24. Bible Word from God
  25. Statutes given unto us
  26. Creator and Blogger God 1 Emptiness and mouvement
  27. Creator and Blogger God 3 Lesson and solution
  28. Creator and Blogger God 8 A Blog of a Book 2 Holy One making Scriptures Holy
  29. Creator and Blogger God 10 A Blog of a Book 4 Listening to the Blogger
  30. Creator and Blogger God 11 Old and New Blog 1 Aimed at one man
  31. Bible in the first place #1/3
  32. Bible in the first place #2/3
  33. Bible in the first place #3/3
  34. Missional hermeneutics 1/5
  35. Missional hermeneutics 2/5
  36. Missional hermeneutics 3/5
  37. Missional hermeneutics 4/5
  38. Missional hermeneutics 5/5
  39. Prophets making excuses
  40. Challenging claim
  41. Challenging claim 1 Whose word
  42. Challenging claim 3 Inspired by God 2 Inerrant Word of God
  43. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  44. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  45. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  46. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
  47. Do Christians need to read the Old Testament
  48. Appointed to be read
  49. We should use the Bible every day
  50. Feed Your Faith Daily
  51. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  52. The manager and Word of God
  53. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  54. Bible Translating and Concordance Making
  55. People Seeking for God 2 Human interpretations
  56. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  57. People Seeking for God 6 Strategy
  58. People Seeking for God 7 The Lord and lords
  59. Position of the Bible researcher
  60. Lord in place of the divine name
  61. Corruption in our translations !
  62. The Third Word: Scripture twisting is blasphemy
  63. Interpreting the Scriptures (Part 5)
  64. When reading your Bible be aware of changing language
  65. Another way looking at a language #1 New Year, Books and Words
  66. Another way looking at a language #4 Ancient times
  67. Dedication and Preaching Effort 400 years after the first King James Version
  68. Don’t be the weakest link
  69. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  70. Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers
  71. Youth has difficulty Bible Reading
  72. Catholicism, Anabaptism and Crisis of Christianity

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  • Most Americans See Bible As Word Of God, Gallup Says (drhiphop85.com)
    Three out of four Americans believe the Bible is the word of God, according to a new Gallup poll; some say the literal word, others that a supreme being inspired the text. But an increasing number also view the book assimplya collection of fables, legends and history.In the survey, which sampled 1,028 adults aged 18 and older in interviews conducted May 8-11 of this year, 28 percent said they believed the Bible was the “actual word of God and isto be taken literally, word for word.” That percentage is down from the peak of about 40 percent seen in similar surveys in the late 1970s and just above the all-time low of 27 percent reported in Gallup surveys in 2001 and 2009.According to Gallup, its questions touch on “two ongoing debates in Christian theology.”
  • Thorough Confusion! (maryhallrayford.wordpress.com)
    Where there is confusion, God is not there!+
    No man (or woman) should ever have a priority in our lives when it comes to seeking truth about God’s Word. He and He alone is worthy of our praise and He and He alone has the answer to all of our questions. When a person thinks they have all the answers, they are deluded because they do not know all the questions. Ignoring God–and a thorough study of His Word--leads to thorough confusion since everyone who has not sought God, will have their own interpretation of what He has said.
  • Study and Application of God’s Word – The Bible (rohmbible.wordpress.com)
    it is good to ask and try to answer the question – “why should I not only read, but also, study the Bible?” And if the answers to this question make sense, then the next question is “how do I study the Bible?” Which is what this course is about. But right now, let’s go back to the question – “why should I study the Bible?”.
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    The Bible is a guide for living, based on God’s principles and patterns, but not a detailed how to do it book. It answers questions of God’s values, purpose, and meaning. It causes us to raise questions about and discover answers about our  identity, lifestyle, faith and obedience.
  • Who were the authors of the books of the Bible? (whatshotn.wordpress.com)
    Ultimately, above the human authors, the Bible was written by God. Second Timothy 3:16 tells us that the Bible was “breathed out” by God. God superintended the human authors of the Bible so that, while using their own writing styles and personalities, they still recorded exactly what God intended. The Bible was not dictated by God, but it was perfectly guided and entirely inspired by Him.
  • AIG Proves the Bible Is True (sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com)
    The few currently-pending court cases of interest to us have been remarkably absent from the news, so this update won’t be terribly informative. It’s more of a reminder that we’re still watching these items. If any of you are aware of any developments that we’ve missed, please let us know. Here’s our case-by-case summary:
  • The Debate (joshuamcelhaney.wordpress.com)
    Christians cannot defend their beliefs! I know it may not come as a surprise to some, but I was taken by this. Sure I may be naive and I obviously don’t pay much attention to Bill O’Reilly or Kurt Cameron when it comes to theological perspective, however I never imagined these so-called “Christian leaders” stumbling around questions of morality, creationism and seemingly contradictory elements of scripture.
  • How To Be Saved (newfriendshipbaptist.wordpress.com)
    May I help you to understand how to become a Christian by first of all telling you what doesn’t make you a Christian. Being a member of a Church does not make you a Christian. Being an officer or leader in the church does not make you a Christian. There will be preachers, deacons, Sunday School teachers, singers etc. to whom the Lord will say on the day of judgment “depart from me…I never knew you.” You are not a Christian because your parents or grandparents were Christians. No one ever gets into heaven by riding on daddy’s coat-tail or hanging onto mama’s skirt. Growing up in a Christian home will not gain you an entrance into heaven when you die. Being baptized, receiving communion, or trying to live the best you can (or according to the golden rule) doesn’t make you a Christian. Another thing that I meet with often in my dealings with people is that many people trust a prayer that they prayed in the past. However, in the present experience of their lives, they have no Scriptural basis or hope of their salvation. We must not trust our prayer for salvation. Certainly the Bible says that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,’’ but the salvation is “of the Lord,” and not of the prayer. Prayer is just the means by which we talk to God and ask him to save us. So, if none of these things save us, and make us a Christian, what does?

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