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Two More Reasons You Can Trust the Bible

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Two More Reasons You Can Trust the Bible

We are continuing our journey in this blog series, Why You Can Trust the Bible.

 1. The Bible is thematically unified.

This means that from Genesis to Revelation there is ONE thread and ONE theme that runs through it all. And that theme is Jesus.

In a book by a father and his son, “Letters from a Sceptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions About Christianity,” Greg and Edward Boyd share, “After more than two centuries of facing the heaviest scientific guns that could be brought to bear, the Bible has survived-and is perhaps better for the siege. There is no other ancient work about which this could be said. And there is an amazing unity to the Bible, Dad, that defies natural explanation. From Genesis to Revelation we find one common unifying theme. It is about God’s loving pursuit of humanity and humanity’s resistance to God. The Bible constitutes a unified song about redemption.”

2. Jesus trusted the Bible

Jesus talked about the story of Noah and flood. He obviously believed it was a real story. He talked about the writings of Moses and the prophets and said all of them all pointed to Him.

He believed the Word of God because Jesus was the Word. He attributed the validity of His words by stating that they were the very words that God spoke to Him. I believe Jesus!

I trust the Bible more than the opinion of any scientist or university professor, more than any Hollywood pretty face or media sceptic. I trust the Bible because Jesus trusted the Bible.

 

The Bible Is Prophetically Precise

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The Bible Is Prophetically Precise

There are over 300 prophecies regarding Jesus written anywhere from 400 to 1500 years before His birth. They all came to pass:

  • The place of his birth was prophesied 750 years before it happened. Micah wrote; “Out of you Bethlehem will come the ruler of Israel, whose coming is from ancient days” (Micha 5:2)
  • His crucifixion was prophesied by His great, great … great grandfather, David in Psalm 22. The detail is staggering.

And the craziest thing is that David wrote this prophesy 300 years before crucifixions even existed!

The Bible is not only historically accurate, but it is also prophetically precise.

The 40 men who wrote the Bible lived in more than a dozen countries on three continents, covering a span of 1600 years. Think about this. Writing independently of each other without the benefit of Facebook, Twitter or emails, they each prophesied about the coming Messiah Jesus Christ – and every prophecy came to pass.

Josh McDowell, in his book, Evidence That Demands a Verdict says the probability of that happening randomly is like taking 10^17 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They’d cover the face of the state two feet deep. Then mark one (just one) of the silver dollars (with a sharpie or something) and stir the silver dollars all over the state. “Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would’ve had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them in their own wisdom.”

In a previous blog in this series, you read Peter’s own claim of reliability based on his own eyewitness account. In that same chapter, he went on to say that the Old Testament carried the same reliability as Peter’s writings.

“So we regard the words of the prophets as confirmed beyond all doubt. You’re doing well by paying attention to their words. First, you must understand this: No prophecy in Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation. No prophecy ever originated from humans. Instead, it was given by the Holy Spirit as humans spoke under God’s direction” (2 Peter 1:19-21).

More than 3/4 of biblical prophecy has already been fulfilled with absolute accuracy. That means 1/4 of the prophecies have not yet happened. I assure you, the prophecies which have not yet been fulfilled with most certainly be fulfilled in God’s time.

The Bible is prophetically precise.

You can listen to this message here on Lakeview’s podcast.

 

Nothing in the Bible Has Ever Proved False

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Nothing in the Bible Has Ever Proved False

We are continuing our blog series, How Can You Trust the Bible? Today let’s look at the third reason historians have declared the Bible to be historically accurate.

In Luke 4, Jesus went to “the synagogue in Nazareth and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, He stood up to read.” That scroll was a copy of a copy of a copy.

Any historical work that existed before the printing press in 1500 A.D. had to be copied by hand. There had to be documented proof that the copy was made accurately, or it could not be trusted and found reliable.

In the Carthage scriptorium, scribes worked all day, hunched over, copying page after page. They had proof pages and proofed every letter in every line. If there was one error they had bury it! No doubt there were hundreds of carefully copied scrolls of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the prophets used in all the synagogues throughout Israel. They trusted the accuracy of the scribes.

The third reason historians have declared the Bible to be historically accurate is that nothing in the Bible has ever proven to be false.

In my next blogs, I’ll share how the Bible is prophetically precise – another reason you can trust the Bible.

You can listen to this message here in on Lakeview’s podcast.

 

The Bible Is Historically Accurate

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The Bible Is Historically Accurate

In my previous blog, I began to share with you, sources (aside from the Bible) that help me to trust in the reliability of the Bible with you. (If you missed it, go back and read, How Can You Trust the Bible? here.

As I mentioned before, historians must use very exact standards in order to prove the authenticity of any historical document:

  • There must be other eyewitness accounts: (not hearsay)
  • Were there other writers of that era who can authentic this story?

There must be multiple copies of manuscripts.

The original works of antiquity from Greek/Roman philosophers have not survived. So how do we know if the writings we attribute to Homer, as an example, are actually Homer’s writings?  Well, manuscripts – copies of the originals that still exist.

The most trusted work from Greek antiquity is Homer’s Illiad. So how many copies of The Illiad are known to exist in museums today? 1,827. Does that mean when I go online and download a copy of The Illiad I can trust it is accurate? YES. Why? Because 1,827 manuscripts exist today.

How many manuscripts of the Bible are known to exist today? Drum roll please! 66,420!

In 1947, shepherd boys near the Dead Sea found hundreds of jars of scripture from Ezekiel and Jeremiah. When they unrolled them, they were accurate to the texts we have today!

When I go online and download a copy of the Bible, I trust that it is accurate because 66,420 manuscripts still exist!

You can listen to this message here on Lakeview’s podcast.

 

 

How Can You Trust the Bible?

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How Can You Trust the Bible?

Before I went to college, I worked for one year at the Step Truck Factory in Union City, Indiana. I had an atheist friend named Mike, who worked at the factory. Mike and I had lots of honest conversations about God, about life, about meaning and purpose. I’ll never forget one conversation – “How can you trust the Bible? How do you know some old guy didn’t smoke some peyote, sit down under a tree and make the whole thing up?”

And that is exactly the question I hope to answer in my next series of blogs. Here’s what the Bible says about its own reliability and trustworthiness.

“From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures. They have the power to give you wisdom so that you can be saved through faith in Christ Jesus. Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval” (2 Timothy 3:15-16 GW).

I realize it’s not logical to try to prove the reliability of a book by the book itself, so I’ll share other sources that help me to trust in the reliability of the Bible with you.

First, the Bible is historically accurate.

The Bible is not a history book as such, but it contains many references to historical events, and none of them have ever been disproven or shown to be false. Historians must use very exact standards in order to prove the authenticity of any historical document. What are they?

  • There must be other eyewitness accounts: (not hearsay)
  • Were there other writers of that era who can authentic this story?

Take the Gospels as an example. The gospels were written by men who were eyewitnesses of Jesus life, teachings, and miracles. Two of Jesus closest associates were John and Peter.

John wrote; “From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was … the Life of God Himself, and it took shape before us” (1 John 1:1-2 MSG).

In that same vein, Peter wrote, “We didn’t base our message on clever myths that we made up. Rather, we witnessed his majesty with our own eyes. For example, we were eyewitnesses when (Jesus) received honor and glory from God the Father. God spoke these words to him: ‘This is my Son, whom I love and in whom I delight.’ We heard that voice speak to Him from heaven when we were with (Jesus)” (2 Peter 1:16-18 GW).

And there were many, many other eyewitnesses who themselves recorded the things they both saw and heard (see Acts 1).

You can listen to this message here in it’s entirety on Lakeview’s podcast.

 

Learn to Feed Yourself the Word

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Learn to Feed Yourself the Word

If we are going to grow and become a strong, fruitful Christian we must learn to self-feed.

My son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first child. When they went to see the doctor, she said the little one was floating around like a little astronaut in outer space connected to mom by the umbilical cord. One day that child will be born and Mom and Dad will have to feed it every day for several years. Eventually, the child will feed itself. One day he will even buy his own groceries!

Hebrews 5 says, “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of Godʼs word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”[1]

The danger of never learning to self-feed is that carnality and immaturity will inevitably set in. We cannot stop it unless we accept our responsibility to learn to feed ourselves.

Remember, absolutely everything we need to live a godly life has already been provided for us through the Word of God. Build your Life on God’s Word each day so that you can grow to full maturity in your faith.

 

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[1] Hebrews 5:12-14 NIV

 

Obey the Bible’s Instruction

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Obey the Bible’s Instruction

It’s easy to hear the Word. It’s not as easy to weave it into the everyday fabric of our life and thought. But, if you want to build your life on God’s Word then you must obey its instruction.

Jesus told a story about two men. Both had consistent exposure to the Word. Both heard the sermons and read the books. But only one put the truths he learned into practice in his everyday life.

One day the inevitable storms of life came to both men. The outcome was so different.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.[1]

The other man fell apart and GREAT was the fall of his house!

The Apostle James wrote about being not only a hearer of the Word but a doer of the Word.

We can’t just hear it. It’s vital that we DO IT!

Most scholars believe that James was one of the brothers of Jesus. James did not become a follower of his older brother, Jesus until after the resurrection when Jesus appeared to James in His resurrected body.  No doubt in the early years James heard the Word taught by Jesus many times. But he did not internalize the Word or put it into practice.

First, we must accept the authority of the Word, second, we must then begin to practice it, and third, we must learn to self-feed.

Don’t miss the next blog coming up in just a few days about the importance of learning to self-feed.

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[1] Matthew 7:24-25 NIV

 

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