The Claims of the Bible

My blog primarily deals with the ways God reveals Himself.  I know God exists because He has revealed Himself to me.  The Bible describes several ways through which God reveals Himself.  In my recent posts I have emphasized God’s revelation through creation emphasizing the fact that a scientific model assuming God exists and reveals Himself in nature is a better scientific model than a naturalistic one. However, that is only one way through which God reveals Himself.  God also reveals Himself through His word, the Bible.

The Bible itself claims to be the very word of God.  Over three thousand times it uses the phrase “thus saith the Lord” or an equivalent phrase.  II Timothy 3:1 claims that all Scripture is “breathed out” by God Himself.  The Apostle Peter claimed that this was done through “Holy men of God” as they were born along by the Holy Spirit (II Peter 1:21).  David claimed that the Spirit of the Lord actually spoke by him putting His very words in David’s mouth (II Samuel 23:16).  This claim was confirmed by the apostles’ prayer in Acts 4:24 stating that God spoke by the mouth of David. Clearly, the human authors of the Bible claimed that God was speaking revealing Himself through their writing.

Now, one could easily dismiss such claims; after all, anyone could write a book and make similar claims.  However, that does not mean that these claims have no value.  First of all, those making such claims are either serious in making those claims or not.  These claims are clearly serious.  If those making such claims are serious, then they are either honest in making the claims or purposely deceptive.  If these claims are purposely deceptive, then the whole Bible is a lie and the anti-theists are right.  Now, in the case of these claims, around forty different authors from a wide variety of backgrounds over fourteen hundred years would have to be in a conspiracy promoting one great lie.  Not only so, but they would have had to do so without any evidence that they were involved in such deception.  One could claim that they were insane, suffering under some kind of delusion.  But this again would have to be a delusion affecting all those human authors over all that time.  Furthermore, the Bible does not show evidence of insanity but is filled with what is generally accepted even by its critics as great wisdom.  Perhaps the Bible is the product of a long process of stories and legends repeatedly redacted during which process the idea of inspiration developed and was accepted.  This idea might have been more acceptable before the discovery of the most ancient manuscripts we have, but it is now clear that the claims to inspiration were very early, too early to be explained by such a process.  Furthermore, the content of the Bible does not display the style or content that characterizes such a process.  The Bible is written as history unembellished even when describing miracles.  A simple comparison of the gospel accounts to the pseudepigraphic books or to the stories of known legend would show this great difference.  The other option is that the writers of Scripture honestly believed their own claims in which case they were either deceived or mistaken themselves which then raises the question as to who or what could explain either of those scenarios, or were indeed telling the truth.   What would cause them to honestly, but mistakenly, think they were writing the words of God?  What or who would have deceived them?  What parallels are there to other sane individuals who honestly thought they were writing the very words of God?  Therefore, at the very least, the claims of the Bible need to be seriously considered.

Those who scoff at the existence of God must find a naturalistic explanation for these claims and will always interpret any evidence supporting such claims in a naturalistic way, no matter how unreasonably; because, if there is no God, then inspiration is impossible and the claims must be false.  But I have shown that the existence of God is certainly possible and is well-supported by evidence of His self-revelation in creation.  If the existence of God is possible, then the claims of His revealing Himself through the Bible are also possible.  One should not assert the consequence that there is no God when the existence of God is what is actually being examined.   A reasonable person, then, should at least ask if there is evidence that would support the claims.  In my future posts, Lord willing, I will point out the evidence that God has revealed Himself through the Bible.

Categories Apologetics, Bible, Faith, Uncategorized

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