EDUCATING OUR WORLD

Our first series deals with the subject of the worlds best-seller, the Bible. What exactly is the Bible? It claims to be the Word of God to the human race, but is the Bible what it claims to be? There are so many questions which need answering. Can we be confident that the Bible reads the same way as when originally written? Is the Bible historically accurate? How do we know the right books are in the Bible? Could any books be missing? Should it be our ultimate source of authority? This series deals with these and many more questions about the Book of Books, the Bible.

10 Reasons To Trust The Bible: The Ten Wonders Of The Bible

Table of Contents
Reason 1: The Intelligent Faith The Bible Presents
Reason 2: The Bible’s Unique Design
Reason 3: The Bible’s Survival
Reason 4: The Bible’s Historical Precision
Reason 5: The Bible’s Scientific Respectability
Reason 6: The Bible’s Ability To Predict The Future
Reason 7: The Bible’s Honesty
Reason 8: The Bible’s Unique Teachings
Reason 9: The Bible’s Main Character – Jesus Christ
Reason 10: The Bible’s Life-Changing Message
What Conclusions Can We Make About The Nature Of The Bible?
What Is Our Personal Responsibility Toward God And His Word?

Christianity is a faith that is based upon a book. Indeed, for Christians, in all ages, there has been one supreme and comprehensive source of knowledge about God and humanity; the collection of writings known as “the Bible.”  We also find that the Bible itself claims to be the last word on all matters. Whenever it speaks on a subject, it speaks with the ultimate authority of the Living God.  These are the claims of Scripture. But are they true? How do Christians know they are not deceived when they believe them? How can non-Christians know the Bible can be trusted?  This book provides evidence as to why we should accept these claims – “Ten Reasons to Trust the Bible,” or “The Ten Wonders of the Bible.” It looks at ten specific things that set the Bible apart from any other book that has ever been written.  Once this evidence is considered, it will be clear that the Bible is a trustworthy book. Indeed, the facts will demonstrate that it is exactly what it claims to be – the divine revelation of the living God to the human race.

Bible Basics

The Christian faith is based upon a Book – the Bible. In this book we will look at some introductory questions concerning this book of books. These include: What kind of book is the Bible? What does it claim for itself? Why is it so important to study this one book? “Why does humanity need a written revelation from God?” If the Bible claims to be the Word of God, then why should we believe it? These questions are primary. They must be answered before any serious study of the Bible can begin

Question 1: What Is The Bible?
Question 2: Why Is It Important To Consider The Claims Of The Bible?
Question 3: What Special Terms Does The Bible Use To Describe Itself?
Question 4: Why Are The Two Divisions Of The Bible Called The Old And New Testament?
Question 5: What Value Does The Old Testament Have?
Question 6: What Value Does The New Testament Have?
Question 7: Why Are The Books Of The Bible Placed In A Particular Order Or Sequence?
Question 8: Why Is The Bible Divided Into Chapters And Verses?
Question 9: What Symbols Or Word Pictures Does The Bible Use To Describe Itself?
Question 10: What Does The Phrase, “The Word Of God” Mean?
Question 11: Does The Old Testament Claim To Be The Word Of God?
Question 12: How Does The New Testament View The Old Testament?
Question 13: Does The New Testament Claim To Be The Word Of God?
Question 14: How Do We Know The Bible Is The Word Of God?
Question 15: Why Do We Need A Written Revelation From God?
Question 16: Is It Logical To Think That God Would Communicate With Humanity?
Question 17: Is Human Language A Sufficient Means Of Communication From God To Humanity?
Question 18: To Whom Was The Bible Written?
Question 19: Are There Other Written Sources Of Religious Truth Apart From The Bible?
Question 21: If God Was Behind The Writing Of A Book, Then What Should We Expect From It?
Question 22: What Power Does The Bible Have To Change Lives? (Animation)
Question 23: What Is The Clarity Of Scripture? (Perspicuity)
Question 24: Because The Scripture Is Clear Does This Mean Everything Can Be Easily Understood?
Question 25: What Is The Sufficiency Of Scripture?
Question 26: Why Should An Ancient Book, Like The Bible, Be Used As The Basis Of Our Behavior Today?

How We Know The Bible Has Been Transmitted Accurately

God has revealed Himself to humanity by means of a limited number of sacred books. These writings are found in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The sixty-six books of the Bible are the only written works that God has divinely inspired and revealed to the human race. This being the case, it is absolutely essential that we know how the text of these books originally read; we need to know the exact words the authors used.

In this book, we will look at the subject of discovering the original text of Scripture; what did the books of the Bible say when they were first written? How do we know that they read the same way today as when originally composed?

To answer these questions, we will consider the subject of textual criticism, the science of reconstructing written texts. We will look at the various methods used to reconstruct documents when the originals are missing. This will give us an idea as to how people go about attempting to reconstruct what God’s Word originally said.
This introductory study will give us confidence that it possible to recover the original text of the books of the Bible. Therefore, we can conclude that God’s Word to the human race has not been lost, added to, or subtracted from. This will give us supreme confidence that when we read our present English translations, or whatever other language in which we are reading the Scripture, we are reading the same message that God originally gave to humanity.

Question 1: Why Is It Important To Discover What The Bible Originally Said?
Question 2: What Is Textual Criticism? Why Is Textual Criticism Of The Bible Necessary?
Question 3: What’s The Difference Between The History Of The Text Of The Old Testament And The History Of The Text Of The New Testament?
Question 4: Why Don’t We Possess Any Of the Original Manuscripts Of The Books Of The Bible?
Question 5: What Is The Earliest Part Of The Old Testament That Still Exists? What Is The Earliest New Testament Manuscript That Still Exists?
Question 6: Upon What Materials Were The Books Of The Bible Originally Written?
Question 7: In What Form Were The Books Of The Bible Originally Written?
Question 8: How Is The Age Of An Ancient Manuscript Determined?
Question 9: When Is The Last Time The Autographs Of The Biblical Books Were Known To Still Exist?
Question 10: What Exactly Does The Term Autograph Of Scripture Mean?
Question 11: Could There Have Been Additions To The Autographs Of Scripture By Later Biblical Writers?
Question 12: How Does The Practice Of Textual Criticism Relate To The Idea Of A Divinely Inspired Bible?
Question 13: Where Can We Find The Biblical Manuscripts That Still Exist?
Question 14: What Does The Bible Teach About The Providential Preservation Of Scripture?
Question 15: What Different Sources Are Used To Establish The Text Of The New Testament?

Part 2: Bible Translations: What You Need To Know  
 
Question 16: What Is A Translation (Version)?
Question 17: What Is A Paraphrase?  
Question 18: What Are Some Of The Key Decisions That Have To Be Made When Translating The Bible?
Question 19: Why Have There Been So Many Bible Translations?
Question 20: How Does A Person Know If A Particular Bible Translation Is A Good One?
Question 21: What Is An Interlinear Bible?
Question 22: What Are The Major Theories Of Bible Translation? (Formal Equivalence And Dynamic Equivalence)
Question 23: How Should A Person Choose A Bible Translation? Which Bible Translation Is The Best?
Question 24: Are Bible Translations Really The Word Of God?

Part 3     The King James Version Debate

Question 25: What Are The Major Issues Surrounding The King James Version Debate?
Question 26: Why Do Some People Think That The King James Version Is the Best Translation To Use?
Question 27: Is The King James Version The Best English Translation For A Person To Use?
Question 28: Should The Textual Work Of Westcott And Hort Be Trusted?
Question 29: What Is The Textus Receptus?
Question 30: What Is The Majority Text?
Question 31: Did God Providentially Preserve The New Testament Manuscripts?
Question 32: What Observations And Conclusions Can We Make Concerning The King James Version Debate?

The Historical Accuracy Of The Bible

God has given humanity a limited number of books that are divinely inspired. These written works are now contained in one Book; the Bible. Since the Bible is the Word of God, it is the final authority for all matters of belief and practice.

We will now examine the accuracy of the contents of these books. Is the Bible historically accurate, or does it contain errors of fact? How does the Bible match up with known secular history? What role does the science of archaeology play in establishing the Scripture’s reliability? Does archaeology prove the Bible? Have archaeological discoveries provided any helpful information about the events recorded in Scripture? What do the facts say?
The evidence will lead us to conclude that the Bible matches up well with known historical facts. It will be shown that the findings from archaeology support the accuracy of Scripture, not only in its general statements, but also its accuracy in minor and insignificant details. In other words, the writers of Scripture were minutely accurate in everything they recorded. Thus, we are dealing with actual events, not mythology. This gives us every reason to believe that its message is true in all that it says.

Question 1: Why Should The Historical Background Of The Bible Be Studied?
Question 2: Is It Important That The Bible Is Historically Accurate?
Question 3: What Is Archaeology? What Do Archaeologists Do?
Question 4: What Are Some Important Things To Understand About Archaeology And The Bible?
Question 5: Does Biblical Archaeology Have Limitations?
Question 6: Is The Old Testament Historically Accurate?
Question 7: Is The Old Testament Accurate In Its Incidental Details?
Question 8: Has Evidence From Archaeology And Other Sources Refuted Accusations Against The Reliability Of The Old Testament?
Question 9: Were The New Testament Writers Qualified Witnesses To Write About The Events They Recorded?
Question 10: When Were The Four Gospels Written?
Question 11: How Does The Apostle Paul Testify To The Accuracy Of The Four Gospels?
Question 12: Are The Four Gospels Historically Accurate?
Question 13: Is The Book Of Acts Historically Accurate?
Question 14: What Conclusions Can Be Made About The Historical Accuracy Of The New Testament?

Are The Right Books In The Old Testament

The living God has revealed Himself to the human race by means of a book; the Bible. It is a collection of writings that God has uniquely inspired. The Bible is God’s only written revelation of Himself to humanity. It tells us everything that we need to know about who He is, who we are, and how we can have a relationship with Him.

The Scriptures have not come down to us in one book but rather in a collection of books. The fact that God has revealed Himself to the world by means of a number of sacred writings naturally leads to certain questions: Since there were many religious and historical works written during biblical times, which books should be recognized as coming from God? Is it possible that any sacred books are missing from the Bible? Are there any books included in Holy Scripture that should not be there?
How can we be certain that the correct books are in Holy Scripture? Who made the decision concerning which books were placed in Scripture? How do we know they made the right choices?
Since God has chosen to reveal Himself through a limited number of sacred writings, it is necessary that we know exactly which are His. This first section introduces us to such questions.

From the very beginning of human existence, God has revealed Himself; He has not been silent. He has let humans know who He is, who we are, and what our purpose is here upon the earth. Before Jesus Christ came into the world some two thousand years ago, this revelation of the living God was found in only one Book; the Hebrew Scriptures or the Old Testament.

In the Old Testament period, God did not reveal His Word to humanity by means of just one book, but rather by a number of books that were written over a one thousand year time span. It is important to know which books belong in the Old Testament since it makes up three fourths of the Bible; the written Word of God.

The New Testament recognizes that the Jewish people were given the oracles, or the spoken words of God. The Apostle Paul wrote the following to the Romans.

So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Considerable in every way. First, they were entrusted with the spoken words of God (Romans 3:1,2 HCSB).

Therefore, it is to this one group of people, the Jews, that God has revealed Himself by means of a number of sacred writings.

However, there were many books written during the Old Testament period. The question that naturally arises is, “Which of these books should be recognized as coming from God?” Is it possible that there are books in the Old Testament that do not have God’s authority behind them?  

Are any divine writings missing from the Old Testament Scripture? Who made the decisions with respect to these books? Can we be certain that the correct choices were made? Did Jesus have anything to say on the matter of which books belonged in the Old Testament?

We will now turn our attention to these and other related issues as we discuss which books deserved to be recognized as God’s Holy Word in the Old Testament canon of Scripture.

We will discover that there is compelling evidence that our present Old Testament contains the exact number of books that God gave to humanity during that time in history. Consequently, we can have the utmost confidence that when we read the Old Testament Scripture we are reading God’s Word.

Part 1: Introduction To The Canon Of Scripture
Question 1: What Is The Canon Of Scripture?
Question 2: Why Is The Issue Of The Canon So Important?
Question 3: If God Divinely Inspired Certain Books, Then Should We Expect Them To Be Preserved?
Question 4: Why Didn’t God Give A Divinely Inspired List Of The Exact Contents Of Scripture?

Part 2: Are The Right Books In The Old Testament?
Question 5: Who Were The People Who Spoke For God During The Old Testament Period? (The Old Testament Prophets)
Question 6: How Are The Old Testament Prophets Described?
Question 7: Were All Of The Books Of The Old Testament Written By Prophets?
Question 8: How Was The Old Testament Canon Of Scripture Put Together?
Question 9: Were The Writings Of Moses Considered To Be Scripture?
Question 10: How Were Books Apart From The Writings Of Moses Determined To Be Scripture?
Question 11: When, By Whom, And Where Were The Books Of The Old Testament Finally Collected?
Question 12: What Was The Earliest Writing That Was Placed In The Old Testament Canon?
Question 13: What Criteria Were Used To Recognize Which Books Belonged In The Old Testament Canon?
Question 14: What Are Some Inadequate Criteria As To Why A Book Should Be Part Of The Old Testament Canon?
Question 15: What Were The Non-Canonical Books That Were Mentioned In The Old Testament?
Question 16: Why Was The Authority Of Certain Old Testament Books Questioned?
Question 17: Did The Sadducees Have A Different Old Testament Canon Than The Rest Of Judaism?
Question 18: What Was The Extent Of The Old

Are The Right Books In The New Testament?

The Christian Church began with the acceptance of a group of sacred writings that were already in existence; the Old Testament. There is strong evidence that the books contained in the Hebrew Old Testament were accepted as authoritative by the Jews, Jesus, His apostles, and those in the early church. The extent of the Old Testament was seemingly clear to everyone. Therefore, the church already had its own canon from the first day of its existence.   However, with the coming of Jesus Christ into the world, the One to whom the Law and the Prophets spoke about, the need arose for a “New” Testament. Certain writings about Jesus were read to the believers in the churches; they were copied, circulated, exchanged with other churches, and eventually collected. Today, we have a New Testament that records the life and ministry of Jesus, as well as the continuation of His ministry through His followers. The question arises, “What evidence do we have that the writings currently found in the New Testament are the exact books, no more and no less, that God intended?” Why should these twenty-seven books be separated from all other literature that was written about Jesus and His apostles? Can we be certain that the New Testament, like the Old Testament, has the exact books which God divinely inspired and gave to the human race? This book will examine in detail the question of the New Testament canon of Scripture. Among other things, we will look at the different sources of authority for the first Christians. We will find out where they believed ultimate authority resided. We will also consider the various books that are presently part of the New Testament and look at the reasons for their inclusion in the canon. It is also necessary to have an overview of the historical process that lead to their recognition by God’s people. We will discover why these books were received as authoritative by the church, and why other books were not. Through all of this, we will find that there is sufficient evidence to believe that our present canon of Scripture is made up of exactly the right number of books that God gave to humanity with nothing added and nothing deleted.  

Part 1: Introduction To The Canon Of Scripture
Question 1: What Is The Canon Of Scripture?
Question 2: Why Is The Issue Of The Canon So Important?
Question 3: If God Divinely Inspired Certain Books, Then Should We Expect Them To Be Preserved?
Question 4: Why Didn’t God Give A Divinely Inspired List Of The Exact Contents Of Scripture?

Part 2: What Are The New Testament Apocrypha?  
Question 18: What Is The New Testament Apocrypha?
Question 19: What Are Some Of The Important Apocryphal Gospels?
Question 20: What Caused The Apocryphal Gospels To Be Written?
Question 21: What Are Some Of The Important Apocryphal Acts Of The Apostles?
Question 22: What Are Some Of The Important Apocryphal New Testament Letters?
Question 23: What Are Some Of The Important Apocryphal Apocalypses?
Question 24: Were There Some Divinely Authoritative Writings That Were Not Included In Holy Scripture? (Other Letters From Paul)
Question 25: Were There Local Canons In The Early Years Of The Church?
Question 26: Were Certain Books Left Out Of The New Testament Canon?
Question 27: What Is Canon Criticism?
Question 28: Is It Possible That Someone Other Than The Stated Author Wrote One Or More Of The Biblical Books? (Pseudonymous Writing)

Are Some Books Missing From The Bible: The Old Testament Apocrypha

All branches of Christendom acknowledge that false writings exist. These are books that have had divine authority claimed for them but, in actuality, are merely human works. Because God has revealed Himself to humanity in a limited number of books it is important to know which books have God’s authority behind them and which do not.
There are a number of ancient books that did not find their way into the Old Testament which are considered divinely authoritative by some people. They are known by a variety of names; including the Apocrypha, the Old Testament Apocrypha, or the deuterocanonical books.
For example, the Roman Catholic Church adds a number of books to the Old Testament that are not accepted by either Jews or Protestants. These writings are also considered authoritative by the Greek Orthodox, the Russian Orthodox, and the Ethiopic churches. Why do these Christian communities accept these writings as Scripture while others do not?
In this book, we will list these apocryphal books, briefly explain their content, and then focus on the reasons that have been given for their inclusion in the Old Testament canon. We will also consider reasons given for their exclusion. In addition, we will look at the historical process that led some to place these books into the Old Testament Scripture.
We will discover that none of these books has any claim whatsoever to be called Holy Scripture. It is only the Old Testament writings that the Protestant Church and the Jews hold to be sacred that have any real claim to divine authority.
There are also other writings in which almost everyone agrees are not divine. They are known as the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha or false writings. Many of these works were forgeries. They are also important to study because they shed light on the background and beliefs of people at that time between the testaments. This work will look at these various writings.

Are Some Books Missing From The Bible? (The Old Testament Apocrypha)  
Question 1: What Is The Old Testament Apocrypha?
Question 2: What Are The Contents Of The Various Books Of The Old Testament Apocrypha?
Question 3: What Is The History Of The Old Testament Apocrypha?
Question 4: Why Does The Roman Catholic Church Accept The Books Of The Old Testament Apocrypha As Holy Scripture?
Question 5: Did The Ancient Jews, Jesus, And His Disciples Have A Fixed Canon Of Scripture Or Was The Canon Still Open?
Question 6: What Has Been The Historical View Of The Church Toward The Old Testament Apocrypha?
Question 7: Does The Old Testament Apocrypha Give Evidence Of Being Holy Scripture?
Question 8: Why Did Some Early Christians Assume The Books Of The Old Testament Apocrypha Were Holy Scripture?
Question 9: How Has The Old Testament Apocrypha Been Placed In Bible Translations?
Question 10: What Are The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha? (Enoch, Jubilees)
Question 11: Does The New Testament Quote As Scripture Writings That Are Not Presently In The Bible?
Question 12: What Conclusions Can We Make About The Old Testament Apocrypha And Pseudepigrapha?

Is The Bible The Word Of God?

The subject of the authority of Scripture is the focus of this particular book. In many ways this is the most important topic in our entire course of study. Without an authoritative Word from God, humanity is left in the dark about who God is, who we are, and what God expects from us. This part of our course looks at matters of final authority.
We will also look at the subject of the divine inspiration of the Bible. It is important that we also understand the sense in which the Bible is the authoritative Word of God. What is the extent of divine inspiration? Does it include the choice of very words that are used in Scripture? Does it include every part of Scripture? We will carefully look at what the Bible itself has to say about this subject.
This volume also addresses the issue of the divine/human nature of Scripture. How can the Bible be the divinely inspired Word of God when it was written by human beings?
We must have a correct understanding of how God’s words can be written in human words. The Bible cannot be rightly understood unless we appreciate its dual authorship – human and divine. This book will explore these and other related topics about this crucial issue of the authority of Scripture.

Question 1: What Does The Bible Have To Say About Its Own Authority?  
Question 2: In What Sense Is The Bible The “Inspired” Word Of God?
Question 3: What Is Meant By The “Verbal Plenary Inspiration” Of Scripture?
Question 4: To What Extent Is The Bible Authoritative?
Question 5: When Paul Said All Scripture Is “God-Breathed” Was He Also Referring To The New Testament? (2 Timothy 3:16)
Question 6: Don’t Some Translations Of 2 Timothy 3:16 Seem To Limit The Bible’s Authority?
Question 7: How Did The Process Of Divine Inspiration Occur? (How Did The Eternal God Speak Through Human Beings)
Question 8: What Are The Parallels Between The Writing Of Scripture And The Coming Of Jesus Christ?
Question 9: Is There A Difference Between Revelation And Divine Inspiration?
Question 10: What’s The Difference Between Divine Inspiration And Illumination?
Question 11: Can Revelation, Divine Inspiration, And Illumination Act Together?
Question 12: Is Every Statement Of The Bible True?
Question 13: Are Some Parts Of The Bible More Authoritative Than Others?
Question 14: What About All The Trivial Issues Which The Bible Covers?
Question 15: What About The Morally Repugnant Stories That Are Recorded In The Bible?
Question 16: Did The Biblical Writers Always Understand They Were Recording The Word Of God?
Question 17: What Was Jesus’ View Of The Old Testament?
Question 18: How Did The New Testament Writers, Apart From The Four Gospels, View The Old Testament?
Question 19: How Did Jesus View His Own Teaching?
Question 20: What Was Jesus’ View Of The New Testament?
Question 21: Why Are His Writings Of The Apostle Paul Considered To Be Divinely Inspired?
Question 22: Were Some Of The Biblical Books Actually Written By A Scribe Rather Than By The Named Author? (An Amanuensis)
Question 23: Should The Written Scripture Be Our Source Of Authority?

Is The Bible The Ultimate Source Of Authority?

The Bible claims to the God’s authoritative Word to the human race. In both testaments we find that the writers believed they were recording God’s actual words. This is what the Bible has to say about itself. The idea that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God is not only accepted by Protestant Christians, it is also accepted by Roman Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and various other groups. The difference between Protestants, and these other groups, with respect to the place of Scripture, comes down to one issue and one issue alone.

We now arrive at one of the most important matters which we will address; the extent of the authority of the Bible. The question can be simply stated, “Is the Bible the full, sufficient, clear, authoritative, and adequate rule of faith, or is there something else that the believer needs?” In other words, is the Bible enough? Is it the last word on every subject in which it deals with or do we need something else? Is there another source of divine authority? In this book, we will examine various claims to where ultimate authority resides.  We will discover that the Bible is indeed the final authority on all matters of belief and practice. The Scriptures are sufficient; nothing else is needed.

The Roman Catholic Church would not agree that the Bible is where ultimate authority rests. They contend that the Roman Church, rather than the Scripture, has the right to have the last word on all matters of belief. While they believe the Bible is God’s divinely inspired Word, they do not accept the idea that the Bible alone is enough. They also believe and teach that holy tradition is an equally authoritative source. Furthermore, the Roman Church believes and teaches that it alone is able to properly interpret the Scripture and the sacred tradition.

Another issue we will cover concerns the papacy. We will look at the biblical evidence for the Roman Catholic claim that Christ entrusted His divine authority to only one of His apostles, Simon Peter. According to the Roman Church, Peter became the first Bishop of Rome and the leader of the entire church. We will find out that this claim of the Roman Catholic Church has no biblical basis whatsoever. We will conclude that the Bible and it alone is sufficient; the only standard for the believer on all matters of belief and conduct.

Question 1: Who Speaks For God? Is It The Bible Or The Bible And Something Else? (Sola Scriptura)
Question 2: What Are Some Non-Biblical Views As To Where Ultimate Authority Comes From?
Question 3: Where Do Protestants And Roman Catholics Differ On The Question Of The Authority Of The Scripture?
Question 4: What Is The Roman Catholic Claim As To Where Ultimate Authority Resides?        
Question 5: Did Jesus Give Peter The Unique Authority To Speak For Him? (Papal Authority)
Question 6: Do We Need An Infallible Interpreter To Properly Understand The Bible?
Question 7: What Is The Jewish View Of The Authority Of Scripture?
Question 8: What Are Some Of The Things That Christians Mistakenly Emphasize In Place Of Scripture?
Question 9: Does The Bible Ever Appeal To Human Reason As A Source Of Authority?

Part 2: Inadequate Views Of The Authority Of The Bible - Theories That Do Not Fit The Facts
Question 10: What Are Some Inadequate Theories Of The Bible’s Inspiration And Authority?
Question 11: Was The Bible Dictated By God To Humanity? (Mechanical Dictation)
Question 12: What Is The Partial Inspiration Theory? (The Bible Contains The Word Of God)
Question 13: What Is The Dynamic Theory Of The Bible’s Authority? (Divinely Inspired Thoughts, Not Words)
Question 14: What Is Natural Inspiration? (Intuition Theory)
Question 15: What Is The Illumination Theory Of The Authority Of Scripture?
Question 16: What Is The Encounter View Of The Bible’s Authority? (Barthian, Neoorthodox)
Question 17: What Is The Mythological View Of The Bible’s Authority?
Question 18: Is There A Secret Code In Scripture That Has God’s Divine Authority? (The Bible Code)
Question 19: What Conclusions Can We Make About The Bible’s Divine Inspiration And Authority?

Answering Bible Difficulties

The Bible is God’s trustworthy revelation of Himself to humanity. Historically, Christians have believed that His Word is true in all that it teaches. However, believers do recognize that the Bible does contain a number of difficulties. This book concerns the subject of Bible difficulties as well as the doctrine of the inerrancy, or trustworthiness, of Scripture.

Inerrancy is a theological term that is used by a number of Christians to explain the nature of the Bible – it is without error. Yet, not everyone is convinced of this. So many questions are raised by believers and unbelievers alike. Does the Bible contain any errors in its contents? Are there mistakes and contradictions in the original text of Scripture? Can a holy God divinely inspire a Book that contains errors? Does it really matter, one way or another, if there are errors in Scripture? These and other similar issues will be considered as we examine this very important topic.

We will also look at a number of specific objections that are often raised against the idea of an inerrant Bible. It will be seen that all of these objections have reasonable answers. When all the evidence is in, it will be found that the Bible is exactly what it claims to be; God’s error-free Word, totally trustworthy in all that it teaches.

Question 1: What Is The Doctrine Of Biblical Inerrancy?  
Question 2: What Are Some Important Clarifications To The Doctrine Of Inerrancy?
Question 3: Does The Bible Testify To Its Own Inerrancy?
Question 4: In What Sense Is The Bible Perfect?
Question 5: What The Difference Between The Inerrancy Of Scripture And The Infallibility Of Scripture?
Question 6: What Are The Consequences When The Doctrine Of Inerrancy Is Rejected?
Question 7: Can The Scripture Be Trustworthy If It Makes Mistakes In Scientific And Historically Statements? (Limited Inerrancy)
Question 8: Why Do Some Christians Believe The Bible Contains Errors?
Question 9: What Is The Difference Between A Difficulty And A Contradiction?
Question 10: Why Should The Subject Of Bible Difficulties Be Discussed?
Question 11: What Are The Various Ways In Which Believers Approach Difficulties In Scripture?
Question 12: Why Type Of Difficulties Do We Find In Scripture?
Question 13: How Should Specific Difficulties In Scripture Be Evaluated?
Question 14: What Specific Objections Have Been Made Against The Inerrancy Or Trustworthiness Of Scripture?
Question 15: Aren’t There Examples Of Demonstrable Errors In The Bible?
Question 16: Would The Discovery Of One Small Error Cause Everything In Scripture To Be Rejected?
Question 17: Does The Doctrine Of Inerrancy Mean That Everything In Scripture Should Be Understood Literally?
Question 18: Did Certain Bible Doctrines Change Through Time?
Question 19: Did Paul Make A Distinction Between His Words And The Lord’s Words? (1 Corinthians 7:12)
Question 20: Since The Term Inerrancy Means Exact Scientific Precision, Does The Bible Really Teach Inerrancy?
Question 21: Are There Grammatical Errors In Scripture?
Question 22: Did God Accommodate Himself To The Ignorance Of The Times? (The Accommodation Theory)
Question 23: How Can The Bible Be Inerrant Since Human Beings Are Not?
Question 24: Don’t The Missing Autographs Of Scripture Disprove Inerrancy?
Question 25: What About The Mistakes In The Various Copies Of The Biblical Manuscripts?
Question 26: Have The Discoveries Of Modern Science Shown That The Bible Contains Scientific Errors?
Question 27: Why Don’t The New Testament Writers Quote The Old Testament Word For Word?
Question 28: Does Inerrancy Cause Worship Of The Bible? (Bibliolatry)
Question 29: Aren’t There Too Many Qualifications To The Definition Of Inerrancy?
Question 30: Aren’t Many Statements Of The Scripture Outside The Realm Of Being Inerrant?
Question 31: Since All Bible Translations Are Imperfect How Can We Speak Of An Inerrant Bible?
Question 32: Did Jesus Believe The Scriptures Were Without Error?

ABOUT DON STEWART

Don Stewart is an internationally recognized Christian apologist and speaker. He graduated cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary and the International Seminar in Theology and Law in Strasbourg, France, as well as from Biola University. Don is also a best-selling and award-winning author/co-author of over seventy books. [ read more ]

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