The bible is 40 authors, on 3 different continents, over 2000 years and it is just one story. It’s not self-help. It’s not a road map. It is God’s self-disclosure about himself.
WHAT IS OUR STANCE AS A CHURCH?
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
The bible is the heart of God for us, 66 books telling one story and it is the invitation to life.
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Why do many doubt the legitimacy of the bible?
The First Skeptics of The Bible- Luke 24:25
3 Questions Regarding the Legitimacy of Scripture
Has the Bible been changed?
Is it full of contradictions?
And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.
Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out.
The angels at the Resurrection:
But the angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.
Comparing the Old and New Testaments
16 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 17 Speak to Aaron, saying, None of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God. 18 For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, 19 or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand, 20 or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles. 21 No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the Lord’s food offerings; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God.
These are laws and practices given to a specific nation at a specific time: the nation of Israel.
Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
In Galatians 3 Paul tells us that the OT law is like a babysitter or a tutor that was guiding God’s people for a time but is now superseded by Christ and the Spirit.
16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance (the reality) belongs to Christ.
9 The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. 10 And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance 11 and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him: Rise, Peter; kill and eat. 14 But Peter said, By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. 15 And the voice came to him again a second time, What God has made clean, do not call common. 16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.
We are no longer under the old law. We are free in Christ.
Can it be historically trusted?
9 Factors Used to Determine Primary Source Reliability by Historians
- Was the source created at the same time as the event it describes? If not, who made the record, when, and why?
- Who furnished the information? Was the informant in a position to give correct facts? Was the informant a participant in the original event? Was the informant using secondhand information? Would the informant have benefited from giving incorrect or incomplete answers?
- Is the information in the record such as names, dates, places, events, and relationships logical? Does it make sense in the context of the time, place, and the people being researched?
- Does more than one reliable source give the same information?
- What other evidence supports the information in the source?
- Does the source contain discrepancies? Were these errors of the creator of the document or the informant?
- Have you found any reliable evidence that contradicts or conflicts with what you already know?
- Is the source an original or a copy? If it’s a copy, can you get a version closer to the original?
- Does the document have characteristics that may affect is readability? Consider smears, tears, missing words, faded ink, hard-to-read handwriting, too dark microfilm, and bad reproduction.
Documents accepted as accurate:
Thucydides (460-365 BC)—8 copies—earliest transcribed 1,300 years after
Aristotle’s Poetics—5 copies—1,400 years after
Caesar’s Gallic Wars—2 copies—1,000 years after his death
Alexander the Great biography—2 copies—400 years after
Biblical New Testament—25,000 copies—dated 15 years after the life of Jesus
“In no other case is the interval of time between the composition of the book and the date of the earliest extant manuscripts so short as that in the New Testament.”
–Sir Frederic G Kenyon
Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:6
There were witnesses. This is why Paul can say this.
Specific people were referenced.
And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
The Bible demands something from us that many don’t want to do. Many show up at church and then walk away from Christianity because when they read the bible they do not see it as life-giving but a burden. It was bondage instead of freedom.
10For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them. 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for The righteous shall live by faith. 12 But the law is not of faith, rather The one who does them shall live by them. 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree—
- -Canon Revisited, Michael Kruger, https://www.michaeljkruger.com/,
- -Read scripture app (the Bible project)
- -The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict (Josh McDowell)
- -The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable (F.F. Bruse
- -Knowing Faith Podcast Episode #19 and #30 (the Village Church)
- -The Reason for God (Tim Keller)