YBI assignment for 9/25/11
Chapter 2 - The Authority and Inerrancy of the Bible:
1. The words in the Bible are written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, who showed them what to write, and in places conversation recorded directly from God, as His voice.
2. John 8:12-18. There is no other higher, or equal, authority or truth to the Bible that it be compared with. This may appear as circular reasoning, although has more "substance" than that of other "reasonable" categories in the same predicament.
3. The Source of Truth Himself "breathed" them out.
4. Inerrancy is to be without fault or falsehood. Always believable 100 percent. Not a "temporary truth". Reliable without exception through the ages
-Objection 1: "The Bible is exclusively true to the singular religious community of Christians."
Response 1: The general exclusion of gentiles in the Old Testament was, one, a symbol of purity and devotion to God alone, and two, to keep the Israelites from being tempted and swayed by pagan ways. Jesus ushered in the New Order, and associated with Gentiles (Mark 2:15, Luke 19:2-9, and John 4:9. Paul confirms His teachings, (Acts 10:24, Romans 1:16, Romans 10:12-13) and Christianity has spread and flourished throughout the world because of Christ's command to tell all of Him, as in Mark 16:15.
-Objection 2: "The Bible was true in it's day, but the world has changed and it's teachings are no longer relevant."
Response 2: That is an non-consistent statement. Morals do not evolve, nor change with time. The constant God who was and is and always will be created laws according to His unchanging character, and mankind's forever degrading sinfulness. God provided the Old Order in writing, and the New Order in writing, and this is what He has given us to esteem as absolute truth.
-Objection 3: "I haven't been able to trust God in other things, so I can't trust His Bible."
Response 3: This statement is based on personal feeling and is ill-grounded. If one is to know what God's promises He must first go to His Self-professed Word.
6. The denying of Biblical inerrancy is to
- call God a liar
- forfeit the commands of righteous living
- deny it's complete historicity
- proclaim one's self as equal with, or above, Truth.
Personal Application Questions:
1. The whole objection to Christianity, thus the scriptures, is a rebellion against God. Sometimes out of ignorance, others out of willful deception. The Bible is condemning in nature, and many feel that those who follow it's teachings must therefore be so. One would try to discredit the Bible probably out of several motives, but one perhaps is because they wish to feel uninvaided and comfortable in their sinful, unredeemed state.
I genuinely believe the whole of scripture but, yes, sometimes it makes me feel uncomfortable too. That is the Holy Spirit working through scriptures. I guess there is nothing I wish not to believe, though the hardest command for me is to put God first in all things.
2. No. Other religious books are of no comparison. My initial response to reading other religious works is confusion - then my analytical mind sets in and processes their inconsistencies.
The Bible has an enrapturing blanket over me. It is alive and relevant and beautiful and piercing. It is truth.
3. In a way, yes. I may not understand some things. Mainly metaphors or closed teachings, though they do not effect the gospel, but I know God is sovereign and has proven Himself over and over, though He didn't need to, to me.
4. First I would want to look through translations, depending on what "errors" I perceived. I would look at context, and for good measure go to someone who has much spiritual maturity to glean what they have gathered. I would then read scripture trying to look at the big picture, with lots of prayer, and see what it's main teaching is.
This may just be how I'm taking it, but this question is really "If the Bible had inconsistencies and falsehoods, would I still stick with it?". To that I would say, "What if God was not God? Would you still believe in Him."
II Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,