by Dr. Phil Fernandes
A chapter from his doctoral dissertation
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This work has shown that the evidence demonstrates that Jesus is God. Therefore, whatever Jesus taught should be accepted as true and authoritative. John W. Wenham discussed Christ’s view of the Old Testament:
Christ ascended to heaven before the New Testament was recorded. However, the promises He made to his apostles guaranteed that the New Testament would be the inspired Word of God:
THE SUPERNATURAL WISDOM OF THE BIBLE
The evidence presented above is sufficient to demonstrate that the Bible is God’s Word. Still, there are other factors which help corroborate this evidence.
merely an animal, but they cannot satisfactorily account for man’s greatness.
This indicates that the wisdom found in the Bible supersedes the wisdom of man.
Since the evidence indicates the Bible is God’s Word, whatever it teaches must be true.
Jesus is worshipped as God (Matthew 2:11; 28:9; John 9:38). The Holy Spirit is also called God (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16).
Second, this is confirmed by the supernatural wisdom of the Bible, as well as the many fulfilled prophecies of the Bible.
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Reason And Faith
by Van Fisher
There are many factors that give the Bible unparalleled moral and spiritual authority. The Old and New Testaments are deeply rooted in an historical and geographical record that is linked to laws, poetry, and predictions that express timeless life-changing wisdom.
J. B. Phillips expressed in a few words what countless others have noticed about the New Testament:
The authority of the Bible is by far the most well-attested document to come out of ancient times. The reliability of the Old Testament was confirmed by the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a remarkable collection of ancient documents found preserved in caves in the Judean desert in the mid-20th century.
Carbon 14 tests made on the linen wrappings of the scrolls.
Coins associated with the scrolls, which date from 325 BC to AD 68.
The type of pottery found with the scrolls.
Comparative paleography (science of handwriting), a science which has already been well-established for many generations.
Linguistic analysis of Aramaic documents found in the caves.
What made the Dead Sea Scrolls such a remarkable find in confirmation of the reliability of the Old Testament was the fact that prior to their discovery the earliest text in Hebrew, the Masoretic text, dated only to the 10th century AD.
Similarly, no serious scholar, Christian or non-Christian, has historical grounds to doubt that the modern New Testament corresponds closely to the original form in which it was written.
“There are some 8,000 manuscripts of the Latin Vulgate and at least 1,000 for the other early versions. Add over 4,000 Greek manuscripts and we have 13,000 manuscript copies of portions of the New Testament. Besides all this, much of the New Testament can be reproduced from the quotations of the early Christian writers.”
Historical evidence for the reliability of the text is overwhelming. But its spiritual authority can only be seen by someone who is seeking truth,THIS IS THE TRUE “BIBLE CODE” HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT;WHICH ONLY THE HUMAN HEART CAN RELEASE.
Science: Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, Blaise Pascal
Music: J. S. Bach
Politics: William Wilberforce, William Gladstone, Abraham Kuyper
The fact that the Bible provided the foundation for the personal values of some of the greatest figures of Western history doesn’t constitute a “proof” of its authority.
1. Anglican physicist/theologian/priest John Polkinghorne remarks on the value of scholarly comparison between ancient biblical and Mesopotamian texts:
Those who disdain a scholarly engagement with the same text will also miss the fact that, though the accounts are clearly influenced to a degree by neighbouring Near Eastern cosmogonies, they differ in a most marked and important way from those other creation stories.
2. To have a clear understanding of biblical authority, it is important to understand the nature of biblical inspiration. Inspiration has two aspects. One is its authority in providing truth without error in the words of Scripture. Scripture is truly the written Word of God.
The Bible has withstood the test of time, from every imaginable direction of attack..from “Religious Bigotry and HATRED” to Atheistic attacks still ongoing to NO AVAIL. The Bible CANNOT BE OVERTURNED!
Before going on I would like to state that the “BOOK” with the black cover on your coffee table IS NOT INSPIRED UNTIL IT GETS BEYOND YOUR DISBELIEF AND IS ACCEPTED BY FAITH.
“I believe all religions are true and that you can’t say one is superior. Besides, good people go to heaven. So, who needs Christianity?”
Hasn’t the Bible been rewritten so many times that we can’t trust it anymore?
This is a common misconception. Some people think that the Bible was written in one language, translated to another language, then translated into yet another and so on until it was finally translated into the English.
Likewise we translate into the German from those same Greek and Hebrew manuscripts as well. This is how it is done for each and every language we translate the Bible into.
It is from the original languages to the English, or into the Spanish, or into the German. Therefore, the translations are very accurate and trustworthy in regards to what the Bible originally said.
David W. Daniels (Author) told this story: “Once upon a time there was a missionary in a far-off land.
But when he came to Luke 15 he came to a problem. “These people don’t know what a sheep is,” he said. “They have never seen one. How do I teach them the parable of the lost sheep, if they don’t know what a sheep is?”
And so he translated the Bible, finding dynamic equivalents wherever he thought he needed to. “I don’t need to teach these people all about Israel, the Hebrews and their culture,” he thought. And finally he published this “Bible” and gave it to the people. They loved their Bible and read from it often. Some even became Christians and moved away to a school to learn more.
One day a student returned to his family and confronted the missionary.
There are only two ways to bring the gospel to people. You can tell them God’s words and help them to understand what they mean. Or you might change the truth to make it easy for them and hope they never find out.
But if you do, what will you do when they know it’s not true?
“THIS IS TRUTH, DON’T TRY TO FIX WHAT AIN’T BROKE,IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT’S JOB TO TEACH , HE CAN “TRANSLATE IDEAS BETTER THAN ALL THE GREAT SCHOLAR’S COMBINED”
Are the Scriptures just the “ideas” of God, or are they the very WORDS of God?
God promises to preserve His words.
“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”
“You shall not add or take away, says God. Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
“God cares about every one of His words. Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
God’s words will never pass away.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. (Jesus Christ, Son of God)”
God will curse those who change His Word.
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
“The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine They shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables”
“Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them”
“There shall be false teachers among you and many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom, the way of truth shall be evil spoken of”
“Try the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world”
“Their word will eat as doth a canker”
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
It has become fashionable, under various learned sanctions (Those who believe they know more than God about what his word SHOULD SAY.), to question (Translated: Attack ) the authenticity of these books, while admitting (Aren’t they nice?) the possible genuineness of the remaining portions of the Sacred Record.
I could go on for DAYS about this ONE theme but, suffice it to say that the word of God is trustworthy no matter what Atheists pull out of their EMPTY ARGUMENTS to the contrary.
Concepts and Scripture that can be understood outside of the faith.