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Summary: Fourth in a series answering charges against Christianity.

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Answering Our Culture

#4 – “You Can’t Trust the Bible” (Part 2)

Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 24:35

August 18, 2002

Introduction

There’s a story of a guy on an airplane who was an atheist. He was sitting next to a little girl who was traveling alone, and the little girl brought out a Bible to read during the trip.

The man struck up a conversation with the little girl, and after a while, he asked her about her Bible.

“Do you like reading that Bible?” “Yes, I do,” she replied.

“How do you know it’s true?” “Because it’s God’s Word.”

“Yeah, but take Jonah and the Whale. Do you really believe that?” “Yes, I do.”

“How can you explain how God would make a whale swallow a man like that?”

“I don’t know. I guess I’ll ask Jonah when I get to heaven.”

“What if Jonah’s not in heaven?” “Then you can ask him.”

This message is part 2 of a message I began last week, about how we can trust the Bible.

How can we trust such an ancient document? How can it speak today when it was written so many thousands of years ago?

Can it really be the Word of God?

It is my hope that some of these concerns can be answered somewhat during these messages, particularly today.

Let’s take a moment to review what we covered last week, okay?

The main question we looked at last week regarding this topic of trusting the Bible was, “How do we know the Bible we have today is accurate?”

I’ve included the same outline as last week, with the blanks filled in for what we covered last week.

To help us with the main question, we looked at three other questions: Can we trust the copying process? Who put the Bible together? And, Aren’t the stories of Jesus just legends?

And we looked at the incredible exactness of the process of making all the hand-copied texts of the Old Testament, and the huge amount of Greek manuscripts dating within time periods that would keep errors of any significance from cropping up.

We looked at how our New Testament was put together by men who examined the documents written by apostles and their close associates, and looked to see which of these were universally recognized as being used by God in the lives of the Church.

And we discussed how the Gospels were written well within the time that would not allow legends to be presented as truth, since they were written within the lifetimes of the apostles and the enemies of Christ and His church.

Today we look at a couple other areas: contradictions and problems, and why I trust the Bible.

My intention today is to give you some things to think about, and I invite you to honestly consider what I’m about to tell you in our time together today.

You may not get all your questions answered, so if that’s the case, please contact me and I’d be glad to sit down with you over a cup of coffee or something and talk.

I pray that you will be blessed by what you hear today. Let’s get started, shall we?

I. “Contradictions and Problems.”

One of the things I hear when discussing the Bible is that it is full of contradictions.

Usually when I ask them to show me one, they cannot, because they’re just repeating what they’ve been told regarding the Bible.


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