A few months ago as I was on a Christian website reading items in a forum, one comment caught my eye. Somebody was saying that some of the Bible did not matter so much, and he gave examples, i.e. picking the stuff that he did not like!
In terms of dating I subscribe to the conviction that the New Testament was written before AD 70 – the fall of Jerusalem. There may be indicators that it was about to happen but no evidence that it had. If it had, the writers would have linked that to Jesus predictions concerning it which they don’t. It is my conviction that scripture is not only ‘God-breathed but also God-preserved. Why would the Lord reveal all he wants to reveal and then allows man to mess it up by forgetting it or changing it? I trust the integrity of the Bible and its writers as a true and honest record of what God wants us to hear from him, about him, his ways and his purposes.
There are things we want to know that if God explained them to us we would
be unable to comprehend. When all is said and done, He is God, infinite, immortal and all knowing and we aren’t.
In 2 Timothy 3-16, Paul says: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work’ .
This could not be more explicit! I would like to give an example of ‘ Scripture useful for training in righteousness’: Paul puts it very clearly in 1 Corinthians 10:1-12.
Peter tells us: ‘Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit’. 2 Peter 1:20-21
We know about Jesus-Christ and his apostles from the Bible but they also testified to the authority of the Bible. Jesus refers to the Bible as his Heavenly father’s written instructions which he obeys. Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered: “ It is written: ’Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Heb 10:5-10 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am — it is written about me in the scroll — I have come to do your will, O God.‘”
God inscribed the 10 Commandments on stone tablets and prompted Moses to write the laws and history of the first five books of the Bible, Exodus 32-15-16.I also think that reading the bible is one way to strengthen our faith. It also helps us to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father and understand the beautiful plan He holds for us in our life.
Finally, if you want to find more ‘evidence’ visit the following pages : http://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVSermons/CanWeTrustTheBible.htm
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