Biblical Skeptic

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Today, we are going to examine the biblical skeptic. The biblical skeptic frequently goes hand in hand with a scientific skeptic. The reason is that they cannot believe in anything outside of the natural, including a oook that is claimed to be supernatural. They criticize Christians for believing that the Bible is from God, saying that it is completely man-made. Look at what The Da Vinci code says about the Bible:

The Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven…The Bible is the product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book.

Now, there are many things in that statement that catches my attention. For instance is it very tempting to talk about how the Bible has not been altered over the years, pointing to the Dead Sea scrolls and the idea of translations vs. alterations.  However, that is not the root idea. The root idea is that they believe that the Bible is man-made, not from God. Perhaps you have seen the syllogism used to disprove that the Bible is supernatural.  It looks like this:

A. All men are fallible

B. The Bible was written by men

C. Therefore, the Bible is fallible

It is very reasonable to want evidence for why the Bible is the true word of God. Why should we believe that the Bible is God’s Word, because it says so? The Qur’an and the Book of Mormon also claim to be from God! It’s huge to ask someone to believe that one book is different from all others, having supernatural divine authority. Biblical skeptics think that this is an absurd thing to ask of anyone.

The million dollar question is: If God did happen to give us a book, how would we know it would be from Him? How do can we test a book to see if it is from God? There must be some standard on which we can test truth. Is there anything inside the pages of the Bible that would tell us it was from God?

The main idea is that God is omniscient and knows what is going to happen before it happens. If a book had specific, detailed statements about the future that came to pass 100% of the time, then we would know that the Bible is from God. Man cannot tell the future, but God can. Let’s look a couple of prophecies about were fulfilled by Jesus that are in the Bible.

Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

Psalm 22:14,16b-18 “Poured out like water, and all of by bones are out of joint… They pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones, they stare at me, they divide my garments among them, and for my clothes they cast lots.”

Genesis 49:10 “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.”

Daniel 9:54-56 “Seventy weeks [or a group of seven] are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing.”

Daniel 9 predicts Christ coming 483 years to the day!

Clearly, we see that the Bible is truly inspired by God; for who else can tell the future? The Bible, unlike other so called “God inspired” books passes the test. So, when the Bible tells us we are filthy sinners in need of a savior and that Jesus came, lived a perfect life, took our punishment on the cross, we can trust in that.

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