Posted by: celticanglican | June 18, 2007

Can the Bible Be Trusted?

Can the Bible Be Trusted?

Yes. It is often said that there is more external evidence for the truth of the Bible than there is for any other religious text. Recent archaelogical research has provided historical prof of many Biblical events. Even though the the canon of Scripture wasn’t finalized until the Council of Nicea, the early Christians based their doctrines on Paul’s letters and the Gospels that became part of Scripture. The writings of the Church Fathers can attest to this.

What does Scripture say about itself?

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.-2 Timothy 3:15-16 (KJV)

Critics of the Bible will often point out contradictions in some of the Biblical accounts, lack of outside evidence for some events, and events that seem to depict God as being unloving. However, I think these problems stem from reading Scripture out of context, not from God’s Word itself. I urge those who have doubts about the witness of Scripture to pray about it.

Here is a prayer I thought would be appropriate to this question:

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.-The Book of Common Prayer, 1928 (US)

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  1. IMHO, people choose to believe whatever they wish to. So they can discuss all day long about arguments for or against, at the end, their beliefs won’t really be based on the evidence.


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