*#7 In the Series: Knowing What & Why You Believe – November 2, 2020 – Pastor David Craig
USING THE ACRONYM: “H.I.S. L.A.W.S”
(Acronym adapted from Pastor Bob Sears)
|Harmony||Though written over 1600 years by 40 plus authors on 3 different continents and in 3 different languages about scores of controversial subjects, the Bible’s teachings are supernaturally harmonious from cover to cover.|
|Impact||Countless millions of people from diverse cultures all over the world have had their personal lives changed forever for the good and found spiritual meaning in life from the message of the Bible.|
|Seers||The Old and New Testament prophets (“seers”) spoke dozens of general and specific predictions which have been historically fulfilled. Among the most significant are Isaiah 53 (O.T) and Matthew 24 (N.T).|
|Longevity||In spite of repeated attempts throughout history both to destroy and discredit the Bible, it still exists in virtually its original form and is still revered and circulated more widely than any other book on earth.|
|Accuracy||The Bible’s detailed record of historical data has been repeatedly shown (by other writings and archeological discoveries) to be accurate to an exact degree. This testifies to its writers’ reliability.|
|Writers||The biblical writers obviously meant their readers to accept their writings as a message from God (e.g.: O.T.: the repeated instances of “Thus says the LORD…” N.T.: 1 Th. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).|
|Son of God||Jesus, reported to be the authoritative Son of God by the biblical writers, plainly taught the full inspiration of both the Old and New Testaments (e.g.: O.T.: Matthew 5:17-18. N.T.: John 14:23-26, and 16:13).|
The Case for the Infallibility of the Bible
(R.C. Sproul, Reason to Believe, pp. 30-31)
The case for the infallibility of Scripture proceeds along both deductive and inductive lines. It moves from the premise of general trustworthiness to the conclusion of infallibility. The reasoning proceeds as follows:
Premise A: The Bible is basically a reliable and trustworthy document.
Premise B: On the basis of this reliable document we have sufficient evidence to believe confidently that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Premise C: Jesus being the Son of God is an infallible authority.
Premise D: Jesus teaches that the Bible is more than a generally trustworthy; it is the very Word of God.
Premise E: The Word, in that it comes from God, is utterly trustworthy because God is utterly trustworthy.
Conclusion: On the basis of the infallible authority of Jesus, the church believes the Bible to be utterly trustworthy, i.e, infallible.
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Blomberg, Craig L. Can We Still Believe The Bible?
Cowan, Steven B. and Terry L. Wilder. In Defense of The Bible.
Jones, Timothy Paul. Why Should I Trust the Bible?
Lutzer, Erwin W. Seven Reasons You Can Trust The Bible.
McDowell, Josh. Is The Bible True Really?