Is the Bible the “Word of God”?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:59 am    Post subject: Is the Bible the “Word of God”?  Reply with quote

Faith, trust, believing, when do these become realities within one’s soul?  Is it as a result of upbringing, education, social influence or the personal pursuit of truth?  Why do we believe what we believe?

Are we ever excused for what we believe?  We may hear one say, “Well, his father believed” or “He was surrounded by people that believed…” or “He was raised (the religion of your choice) or “His field of study is…”etc.  

What has determined what you believe to be true?  

Is the Bible your source of truth or do you believe it to be unreliable?  God used a tone in the Garden with Adam and Eve when He said, “Who told you that you were naked?”  In that same tone, who told you the Bible was not reliable?  Perhaps this answer provides insight, or does it?

Few, who argue today that the Bible is full of contradictions, have personally discovered contradictions.  In fact, there is a direct correlation between Biblical doubt and the absence of Biblical knowledge.  Generally, flaws become more apparent through closer examination, this is not so with the Bible.  

Early in my life, I had many doubts about the veracity of the Bible, and as a result seldom picked it up.  It was later that I became curious about the Bible, hoping that it might offer answers to life’s difficult questions, which brought an interesting dilemma. Once I placed faith in the veracity of the Bible, the Bible began to make sense.  When obstacles of understanding arose, deeper study melted those difficulties away.  

Again, many would argue that it was that measure of faith I first employed that makes my story irrelevant.  We do tend to believe what we want to believe.  The minute I wanted to believe the Bible was legitimate, it became so.  

Today, we believe that objectivity is critical to any search for empirical truth.  The minute I wanted the Bible to be true, it became so, and that is when objectivity went out the door.  Here, however, the Bible throws us a curve.  It is a book of faith.  The Bible asserts that faith is the critical ingredient in discovering truth.

So, human objectivity implies that we must pursue truth where we don’t want to find it, and the Bible says that we will seek truth where we want it to be.

For me personally, it began with a measure of faith, or want, and that measure became more measurable.  After time (and I can’t tell you exactly when), the weight of evidence overwhelmed my doubts, and Biblical truth has been gaining momentum in my life ever since.  Somewhere, in all that, I began viewing the Bible as the inerrant “Word Of God”.

Now, I may have been a little harsh earlier when I said “human objectivity implies that we must pursue truth where we don’t want to find it”.  Many believe that objective truth is gathered from the firm foundation of truth that is scientifically determined.  The problem with scientific thought is it never considers the possibility of spiritual reality.  Not all, but many, Scientists believe that every question in life has a physical explanation, yet they ignore the most basic questions.

For example, those that study “Origins” ignore the overwhelmingly vast, physical evidence that things do not materialize from nothingness.  All physical things have a beginning, a beginning that was externally sourced.  You and I did not will ourselves into existence, and the materials that scientists believe randomly accumulated to form us did not will themselves into existence either.  So, the scientific study of origins has no valid origin.  Simply, the first something either had to will itself into existence from nothingness or something has to have always been, or be eternal.  Perhaps these scientists “want to believe” that all answers can be discovered within this physical realm.    

Let me get back on course, “Why do we believe what we believe?” or “Why do we believe what we want to believe?”  It is from the heart, or what we truly want, that determines what we believe.  Do we want for ourselves what God wants for us?  

If we believe what we want to believe, then we must look no further than ourselves when assessing responsibility!

Many assume because the Bible was handed down over time with so many writings and translations, that it must have been diluted.  Consider the Dead Sea Scrolls. Within the findings was the book of Isaiah, almost entirely intact.  When compared to current renderings of the book of Isaiah, there are zero contextual variations.  Within the Old Testament, the book of Isaiah is the pinnacle prophetic text proclaiming the first advent of Jesus Christ.  I “want to believe” that God has supernaturally kept His Word pure.

The Bible says, “seek and you will find”.  Evidently, we seek what we want to find. What do you want?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My nephew, Shane, brought up an interesting question this past weekend.  He asked if I believed the Bible was inerrant or infallible?  Honestly, I had not considered the difference.  Infallibility addresses the function, while inerrancy addresses the form.  My quick response (always dangerous) to Shane was “both”.  

A better response would have been, “infallible, for sure, and contextually inerrant”.  Currently, I am skimming a book entitled Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible by John W. Haley.  The book certainly chronicles statements that, at first glance, appear to be discrepancies.  However, the Bible must navigate within the physical, spiritual and the eternal realities; therefore, when the proper perspective is applied, most discrepancies fade away.

In viewing modern translations, we must recognize that “modern slang” has also crept into the Bible.

For Example:

KJV (King James Version) of Titus 1:7,8 reads, “For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate (Not self-willed but temperate).  

NKJV  (New King James Version) Titus 1:7,8  “For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled  (Not self-willed but self-controlled).  

One could make the case that the New King James errors in that it is incompatible to be self-controlled and not self-willed.  In fact, self-control as opposed to being controlled by God is one of the fundamental Christian struggles.  However, most Christians in this case understand that to be “self-controlled” is to not be given to excess or extremes.  In this case, there is a textual error, but not a contextual error.  It is also noteworthy that the above example is extremely rare.

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