What is the Bible?
What is Truth?
How is God Revealed?
Is The Bible Reliable?
Sometimes, you'll hear certain kinds of Christians say "the Bible is inerrant," which is a recent development in the last 200-300 years. What they mean is that The Bible doesn't contain any errors (usually they'll say "no errors in the original languages and writing," which we don't really have--so that means any "errors" or "contradictions" have been added since). That God says exactly word-for-word what is written in the Bible. I see it differently. I see the tension between the Divine and Human natures of scripture. This helps explain some of the apparent contradictions in scripture that people bring up. It's not that God has changed, but the people writing down the witness changed. As mentioned above regarding history, each of the multiple perspectives of the scripture authors gives us a fuller picture, but the only complete picture is Jesus Christ himself. The bottom line: yes, the Bible is a reliable witness to The Apostles' Teaching, and we The Church ought to be devoted to it. Are you? Develop a plan to read the Bible regularly. If you need help, visit www.bible.com or find a Bible reading plan in a study bible or other resource in your bookstore or library. Contact Pastor Ben for help.
Resources and Additional Reading
- Find a Bible Reading Plan and Read the Bible regularly. Find a study Bible and read the extra writings and introductions to help you get a sense of what you're reading. Read the Bible with a group of Christians so you can share and discern what God is (or maybe isn't) revealing to you.
- A recent post about the Bible: http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2015/01/13/how-newsweek-got-the-bible-right-and-still-got-it-wrong/35813
- Which responds to this Newsweek article: http://www.newsweek.com/2015/01/02/thats-not-what-bible-says-294018.html
- This post by Brian Zahnd highlights some of our issues as 21st Century citizens of a superpower have reading scripture: http://brianzahnd.com/2014/02/problem-bible/
- Also, check out Brian's book, A Farewll to Mars, which covers some of this too, but focuses primarily on non-violence.
- Definition of The Wesleyan Quadrilateral
- Explanation of The Wesleyan Quadrilateral
- Description of how the New Testament came to be
- Information about the manuscripts of the New Testament