History In The New Testament
Is the Bible a reliable historical record?
THE HUMANIST'S SUMMARY: Finally, the previously discussed contradictions can be cited as examples of historical inaccuracies. In each instance where the Bible contains a contradiction about an alleged historical event, at least one of the accounts is wrong.
The Bible writers were poor historians, let alone conveyers of messages from an infallible God.
We're getting close to the end of the humanist's web page that attempts to show the Bible cannot be trusted... and fails. With the above summary statement they are beginning their closing arguments.
Is The Above Statement True?
Have the humanists demonstrated there are contradictions or errors in the Bible? No. They have not provided any proof there is even one contradiction or error. Nothing.
Are the Bible writers poor historians? No. They are 100% reliable and accurate. The humanists have failed to prove there is any historical error in the Bible.
The Bible must meet a standard no other historical work must meet. Since it claims to be the word of God, it must be 100% error free. This does not mean our translations are error free. We have very good English translations (KJV, NKJV, NASB, ESV, and CSV), but the translations are not inspired by God. They are not perfect, but they are trustworthy in all that is related to doctrine. But, even in their potential imperfection, humanists are not able to find any errors or contradictions.
Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy - Short Statement
1. God, who is Himself Truth and speaks truth only, has inspired Holy Scripture in order thereby to reveal Himself to lost mankind through Jesus Christ as Creator and Lord, Redeemer and Judge. Holy Scripture is God's witness to Himself.
2. Holy Scripture, being God's own Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God's instruction, in all that it affirms, obeyed, as God's command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God's pledge, in all that it promises.
3. The Holy Spirit, Scripture's divine Author, both authenticates it to us by His inward witness and opens our minds to understand its meaning.
4. Being wholly and verbally God-given, Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God's acts in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness to God's saving grace in individual lives.
5. The authority of Scripture is inescapably impaired if this total divine inerrancy is in any way limited or disregarded, or made relative to a view of truth contrary to the Bible's own; and such lapses bring serious loss to both the individual and the Church.
More on Biblical Inerrancy
The Bible is true, accurate, and without error
Next Part of the Final Summary:
Other Problems with the Bible
There are other reasons why the Bible should not be considered the word of God. They include, but are not limited to: the fact that we dont know who wrote most of it; the fact that much of it was written many years and in some cases many centuries after the events it purports to describe; its obscene passages; and its promises of eternal rewards for the ignorant and credulous and everlasting punishment for skeptics and investigators.
Finally, the harm that the Bible causes in peoples personal lives should be mentioned as a reason for rejecting the book. Its not uncommon to see media reports
about Bible believers committing bizarre, injurious, and sometimes deadly acts.
Some people use Bible verses to justify beating children, withholding medical treatment, handling snakes, drinking poison, chopping off body parts, plucking out eyes, driving out demons, withdrawing from the affairs of this world, renouncing the pleasures of life, and expecting the world to end.
If the Bible were not viewed as Gods word, these acts would occur much less often.
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