Is There No Such Thing as “the Bible”?

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    If it wasn’t for the bible. I wouldn’t know the name of Jesus. I’d be lost. I’d be an unsaved sinner just waiting to die with no hope.

    But Praise you Lord you wrote us a letter and you placed it in the Bible. The bible taught me how to live the right way. Not the sinners way, not in the darkness way. But in Jesus’s way.

    Jesus I thank you that you taught me how to follow you. Its all because of the Bible!!!

  2. What is Jesus quoting when he says “out of his belly will flow rivers…” some have suggested Sirach, and the story of the seven husbands who died; book of Tobit perhaps?

  3. Dr. Brown, your remarks and many FB comments referred to the personal experience and power of Scripture. I do not disagree, for I have had many of my own. But this leaves me with a serious question.

    How do we respond to someone who says they had a similar positive experience from the Bhagavad Gita, the Koran, or the Sutras? I think the reply of “demonic counterfeit experiences” is a conversation killer and disrespectful to the other person.

    I am not trying to be disrespectful to anyone’s encounters. This is one of my struggles with the role of experience.

  4. Yvette,

    An important question, of course. I would counter by saying: 1) We have the historical nature of the biblical accounts, most importantly, the historical reality of the life of Jesus and the evidence for his resurrection, as opposed to say, the accounts found in Hindu sacred writings. 2) We have the reality of fulfilled prophecy, most particularly in relation to the Jewish people, something that is not found in the Koran or other holy books. 3) Along with that, we have the reality of our experience in God. 4) Finally, the power of the God of the Bible triumphs over the power of the gods of the other “holy books,” as demonstrated by Muslims coming to Jesus after experiencing “power encounters” in his name.

    So, for me, it’s both 1-2 along with 3-4.

  5. The Creator of the universe said the scriptures in the bible are true and real. This Creator’s name is Jesus. Who should I believe man or the Creator?

    Colossians 1:16
    For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

    2 Timothy 3:16
    All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

  6. Yvette…

    One thing to remember is that a test of truth is not what works. Many things work that are not true. But what is true will always work. So if someone says their religious beliefs are true, because they work, this does not necessarily follow. That is why what we believe needs be grounded in objective truth, not just the subjective.

  7. It’s tough because we want to produce objective evidence, but our belief indicates this is not an objective reality. We can provide evidence that the Biblical tradition, manuscripts, and texts we have our accurate, but we cannot “objectively” prove Holy Spirit inspiration.

    Thomas Hobbes stated, “And consequently, when we believe that the Scriptures are the word of God, having no immediate revelation from God Himself, our belief, faith, and trust is in the Church; whose word we take, and acquiesce therein…So that it is evident that whatsoever we believe, upon no other reason than what is drawn from authority of men only, and their writings, whether they be sent from God or not, is faith in men only.” While this may sound like a denial of scripture, I think as people of faith we can agree. To put it as a truism, all religions are from man unless they are from God. And that is the key–we have to profess that our faith is a revelation from God, not any mortal or moral reasoning. We do not just serve “God” but the God as revealed in the Bible.

    In summary, we can provide a lot of evidence giving the scriptures legitimacy. But, in the end, what we say is “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!” This is not a resignation that our argument is weak, but a declaration that we serve a mighty God who revealed Himself to man.

    P.S. “Big Box Book Store” is actually not a typo. A “big box store” is a description of any huge superstore (Wal-Mart being the most obvious example).

  8. please, give me a few answers for the question, ” why should I believe the Bible and that there is only one way to heaven.”
    Thank you I will wait on your answer.

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