Key Verse: Verse 17 - "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."
Key Words: thy word is truth
I read the following article in the editorial section of The Birmingham News.
“Because the Bible tells us so”
“Numerous letter writers have quoted the Bible to justify irrational human attitudes and behavior; e.g., homophobia, capital punishment, religious tolerance, gender bias.
"How do we know a biblical pronouncement is valid? ‘The Bible is inerrant.' What makes the Bible inerrant? 'The Bible is the written Word of God.’ How do we know the Bible is the written Word of God? The Bible tells us so: ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God’ ( II Timothy 3:16).
"This is a perfect example of circular reasoning – the practice of assuming something in order to prove the very same thing you assumed.
"Advocates of Bible inerrancy use the premise that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God to prove the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. In other words, the Bible is true because the Bible says the Bible is true. Without evidence from an independent source, the premise that the Bible is inerrant has no validity.
"There is no rational or empirical evidence giving the Bible the status of unquestioned authority. Its only ‘authority’ comes from the flawed beliefs of ancient people. Hence, it contains a plethora of contradictions, scientific errors and just plain bad advice.”
- David N. Miles, Orange Beach
Mr. Miles and humanists like Mr. Miles could not be more wrong. While the Bible does declare its accuracy, history, archaeology, and science also prove the inerrancy of the Bible. Time and space do not allow an in-depth discussion in these areas, so let me give you one example for each of the three areas.
First, Science: Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:2b, “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Science tells us that there are five components that make up the universe: time, space, matter, power, and motion – “In the beginning (time), God created (power) the heavens (space) and the earth (matter)… And the Spirit of God moved (motion) upon the face of the waters.” Science proves the Bible.
Secondly, Archaeology: The very existence of David has been verified by an archaeological dig. Part of a monument was found at Tel Dan in 1993 which refers to the “house of David” and “King of Israel.” Ahab’s house of ivory and pool of Samaria have been found (I Kings 22:38-39).
Thirdly, History: R. D. Wilson, who wrote A Scientific Investigation of the Old Testament, pointed out that the names of twenty-nine kings from ten nations (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon and more) are mentioned not only in the Bible but are also found on monuments from of their own time. Every single name is transliterated in the Old Testament exactly as it appears on the archaeological artifact – syllable for syllable, consonant for consonant. The chronological order of the kings is correct.
The Bible is inerrant because it says it is, and because science, archaeology, and history prove its inerrancy as well.
What to do:
✞ You believe God’s Word by faith; or the humanist’s way, by your feelings. The choice is yours.
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