The Credibility of the Scriptures:

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Shalom, my friends:

 

My prayer is that God will bless and keep you through your journeys and that you will keep our Father at the forefront of your life.  That you will also continue to pray without ceasing, as God has called us to serve His people and make disciples of all-nations, states, providences, cities, towns, and friends.

 

Could the Scriptures be false in any way?

This question has been posed to me multiple times in regards to man writing it,  genealogy and truths to age, revelations, and miracles.  The following points are often brought up as offensive attacks to justify the Bible being a half-truth.

1) The Scriptures were written by man, which is imperfect, so it would seem logical that the Scriptures could be deterred at least in some form…right?

2) God said that he would in Genesis 6:3 “…Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”  Yet Noah, among others following Noah lived to be much older than 120 years old. Isn’t the oldest guy alive now like 123? (Link below to the 123 year old man)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/123-year-old-bolivian-man-oldest-living-person-ever-documented-f6C10934840

3) Those funky looking beasts in Revelation, those can’t seriously be real, can they?

4) The Bible is now closed, so there obviously cannot be miracles anymore, right?

Defense:

1)  2 Timothy 3:16, go read it, it’s quite self-explanatory.  Also, God is perfect, so read John 1:1.  That covers the first point.

2)  Okay, this is a great attack on the credibility of the Scriptures, but I believe we are largely taking out of context what the 120 years stands for here.  If you read the rest of Genesis 6, you see that it’s all about the demise of man and how God grieves over man’s creation.  It’s specifically about man up to that point, not man for the rest of humanity.  So understand that this 120 years means that God was going to accomplish the great deluge (great flood with Noah) in precisely 120 years.  This isn’t putting a time-limit on the creation of God and their existence, but merely putting a prophetic word of what was about to come very soon in the abolishment of man, with the exception of Noah’s family and the following generations.  We must stop relying on the ‘verse’ itself and start focusing on the contextual significance of the passage as a whole.

3)  I dare you to google ‘ugliest animals on Earth’ and you’ll see much stranger beings than the ones described in Revelation.  Plus if God can  create something as beautiful as you and I in His image, I’m certain He can create anything.  We have to quit putting God in a box and start seeing God for His character.  Our perspective of God and His perspective of Himself are two totally different things, we must bridge this gap together, allowing God to show us Himself who He is.

4) This is a huge theological debate that goes on everything single day amongst some of the greatest theologians.  But here’s my two sense, have you ever seen the process of creation? Have you ever sat and watched the probabilities of a child actually being successfully born?  It’s literally one in a million, that their eyes will see, their nose will smell, they’ll feel the touch, etc.  Yet, miraculously, each day thousands of children are born and continue to be born each and every day. But a part from this, I believe that salvation in and of itself is a miracle.  Perhaps, ‘salvation’ has become a lost art in the works of miracles, because I’m not sure that you can believe salvation is a miracle and then believe that Jesus’ followers cannot perform miracles either.  Because Jesus’ followers use the Holy Spirit to minister the Gospel to congregations, families, friends, and co-workers on a daily basis.  Listening to the Spirit is a miracle, because the Spirit is willing to allow your imperfect self to use it’s perfect being. I suppose the way you define the word ‘miracle’ really determines the answer to your question, but without getting too loopy in theology or anything…it’s clear that God’s creation is an incredible miracle and it’s happening each and every day, with the Bible being closed.

Thanks for taking the time to view this blog on the Credibility of the Scriptures. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions:  Feel free to leave me a note in the comments!

God bless!

Daily Wisdom

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Often times we turn Christianity into an academic exercise. We use the Scriptures for information rather than transformation. We gain stature in knowledge while provide no action to support God’s Word.

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Nothing was cooler than spending multiple hours sitting in Starbucks, chatting only about Jesus, with my fiancé, on our 3 year anniversary. 

There is no more romantic of a date than spending hours with the love of your life, discussing the greatest love story in human history. May God be solely glorified in all things.