Sunday, January 9, 2011

What is the Bible?

I had started out this blog with the intentions of writing every Sunday afternoon what I learned that morning in church.  Well as anyone with small children know - you don't always get to be in church on Sunday mornings.  My youngest has been having some serious attachment issues and I can not in good faith - leave a screaming 1 year old in the nursery for other to enjoy! So with that being said - my husband has graciously agreed to write guest posts for me on Sundays from his studies throughout the week.  We'll start at the beginning and grow from there.  I hope you enjoy.

The first post is labeled 'What is the Bible?'.  And since this is his the first post he's ever's long.  very long.  So I will be splitting it into two separate posts.  Stay tuned for the 2nd half next Sunday.  enjoy!

What is the Bible? 
 Is it just a collection of moral stories?  Is it a crutch on which a religious cult was founded?  Is it just a book of antiquity?  Is it merely the best selling book of all time?  Or is it something more?  For the great majority of people, the Bible is nothing more than a religious book on par with other books such as the Koran or ancient Hindu texts.  However, for believers in Christ, the Bible is God’s revelation to humanity.  While many non-believers would argue that this is a blind faith, there are a myriad of facts that help to support the truth that the Bible is God’s revelation to humanity:

  • Many writers of the New Testament were eyewitnesses to the events they recorded.  In today’s world, eyewitnesses are considered primary evidence in the court of law. 
  • Archeology has uncovered many facts about the ancient people, places, and events that are documented in the Bible.  There is no other book of antiquity that provides this level of detail to which archeology has not disproven any point.
  • Many of the evidences of Christ’s existence were knowable to the people who lived during this time and none disproved these truths.  “Men of Israel, listen to these words:  Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know” (Acts 2:22 – emphasis added)
  • With findings such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, we can trace back and compare the Bible which we have today to the near original manuscripts (not the original autographs) which were uncovered in these types of findings.  When these types of discoveries are made, we find that some scholars indicate that nearly 98% of the sacred Scriptures have been translated correctly from antiquity (none changing any item of doctrine).

Conclusion next week.

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