Presentation on theme: "Is the Bible the Word of God? Examining the Evidence."— Presentation transcript:
Is the Bible the Word of God? Examining the Evidence
Is the Bible God’s Word? Common answers: – The Bible is written “by men” – It is FULL of errors and contradictions – I don’t want someone (God) telling me what to do Do we have a “ready answer”? -1 Peter 3:15
Is the Bible God’s Word? The Bible Claims to be Inspired – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – 2 Peter 1:21 – 2 Peter 3:14-16 Are “claims” of inspiration good enough?
Is the Bible God’s Word? Unity of the Bible – 66 books – 40 men – Different backgrounds, cultures, and occupations – 3 languages – Over 1500 years – Written on 3 continents
Is the Bible God’s Word? Values Taught – Matthew 5:38-48 – James 1:2-4 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. “
Is the Bible God’s Word? Scientific Foreknowledge: – Isaiah 40:22 (The circle of the earth?) – Job 26:7 (Earth is hung on nothing?) – Job 38:16 (Springs on the ocean floor?) – Job 36:27-28 (Hydrological Cycle?)
Is the Bible God’s Word? Medically Accurate: – Life is in the blood (Leviticus 17) – Circumcision on the 8 th day (Genesis 17:12)
Is the Bible God’s Word? Archaeological Evidence: – "It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever contradicted a biblical reference." - Nelson Glueck – The Hittites – Sargon (Isaiah 20:1) – Belshazzar (Daniel 5)
Is the Bible God’s Word? Manuscript Evidence: – Manuscript evidence shows that what we have in our hands today an accurate representation of what the original authors wrote – What about the variants between manuscripts? Do not change any doctrines of the Bible.
Is the Bible God’s Word? Fulfilled Prophecy: – Isaiah 44:24-28; Ezra 1:1-4 – Prophecies about Jesus Lineage, birth, early life His work His rejection, suffering, and death
Is the Bible God’s Word? The Resurrection: – The Greatest Proof! – Proved that all of His claims were true Including His claims about the writers of the Bible!
Is the Bible God’s Word? – The Bible Claims to be Inspired – Unity of the Bible – Values Taught – Scientific and Medical Foreknowledge – Archaeological Evidence – Fulfilled Prophecy – The Resurrection
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