Is the Bible trustworthy? How do we know if the Bible we have today is the same as the Scriptures written by inspired men more than two and three thousand years ago? Since we do not have the original manuscripts of either the Old or New Testaments, we must rely on copies of copies of those manuscripts. Can we really trust that there have been no significant changes or that no errors were made in the process of copying the Scriptures?
The Scriptures are under attack in our day as much as any time in past history. Skeptics regard the Bible as purely a product of human invention. There have been questions raised regarding the canon of the Scriptures. Others claim there are discrepancies and errors in the sacred writings. Still others believe the stories of the Bible are based on myth, and that even Jesus was not a real person.
Is there some basis for our belief in the divine preservation, inspiration and infallibility of the Scriptures other than just “wishful thinking?” Are there valid reasons for believing the Bible is the infallible product of men who wrote the revelation of God while under the guidance and influence of the Holy Spirit? The answer is “Yes!” It is possible to have complete confidence that the Scriptures we have today are the inspired words of God and are free from all attempts in past history to twist and pervert them to support a particular church or doctrine.
This study covers a wide range of topics designed to give the reader absolute confidence in the truthfulness and reliability in the Bible as we have it today. It examines:
- The trustworthiness of God’s divinely inspired Word
- How we got the Bible
- Textual Criticism (the science of determining the genuineness and authenticity of the Biblical text)
- How we got various Bible versions and translations, and whether they are trustworthy
- A general overview of the Bible, and why it is unlike any book ever written in the history of manking
- How to interpret the Scriptures
- A study in hermeneutics (the study of the theory of interpretation, or the practice of interpretation)
- The importance of properly interpreting words and sentences
- Understanding figurative language
- Understanding the language of prophecy
We can have complete confidence that every word in the Scriptures is inspired of God (God-breathed) in the sense that it is there by His design and for His purpose. There is nothing in the Bible that God did not want included. We must also accept the fact that the Scriptures reveal the faith once for all delivered, and that they are profitable for reproof, rebuke, correction and instruction in righteousness. Everything in the Bible is there for a purpose – every teaching, principle, illustration, or example. There is a divine purpose for each. However, we must also accept the fact that not every word uttered by every man or woman in the Bible is true. This is why it is critically important for us to understand not only who is speaking, and under what circumstances they spoke, but even more so, we must attempt to understand why those words are included in the teachings of the Bible.
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