From Pastor Brady
15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:15-17.
I don’t believe in Jesus because I believe in the Bible. I believe in the Bible because I believe in Jesus. If someone asked you why you believe the Bible is true, what would you say? Maybe you would say, “I believe the Bible because God wrote it.”
“But how do you know God wrote it?”
“The Bible says God wrote it.”
So you can see the problem here. We believe the Bible is true because the Bible says it is true.
Now you could use arguments from outside of the Bible to help:
1. The Bible changes lives and improves society.
Yes. But the Bible has also been used to hurt a lot of people too.
2. Prophecy proves the Bible is true.
Yes. But proving that those prophecies came true from historic sources outside of the Bible can be tough at times. Nevertheless, the prophetic argument is a strong one.
3. Archeology proves the Bible is true.
Yes. But the archeological record doesn’t necessarily prove the Bible is inspired (written by God). It proves that the Bible is definitely accurate history, and so it too is a strong argument.
4. The Bible is one unified story.
Yes. But since the Bible was written over many years the authors could just add onto an already written story. There’s no doubt, however, that this amazing book being written by dozens of authors over 1500 years should make us consider a divine origin.
All these above arguments are great, but I think the greatest argument for the inspiration of the Bible is the testimony of Jesus. Here’s how it works:
1. Are the Gospels a reliable historical source for Jesus’ life? If we put these four books to the test- the same tests as every other ancient document- they pass with flying colors. There is more textual evidence supporting the gospels than any other ancient document by far. As pastor Jamie taught us on Sunday, there is historical confidence in the Gospels.
2. If the Gospels are historically accurate, and they tell the story of a man named Jesus who claimed to be God and predicted his own death, and his own resurrection as proof of his deity, and then he died, and all of this is recorded in these very historically accurate gospel accounts, then…
3. We must ask, “Do we believe that Jesus was God as he claimed to be?” And we can only answer this question by wrestling with the most radical and controversial claim of the gospels- Jesus rose from the dead. And if Jesus rose from the dead, then he must be God as he claimed.
(Wrestling with whether Jesus actually rose from the dead is another devo.)
4. If Jesus claimed to be God, predicted his death and resurrection, and it came true, and he IS God, then we must believe everything this man says to us. And one of the things he says to us is that the scriptures are the word of God. He quoted scripture as authoritative. He said he is the point of all scripture (see Luke 24).
The other arguments for the inspiration of scripture (change, prophecy, archeology, and unified message) are all great arguments, but the best argument is the testimony of the God-man, Jesus, who lived his life from scripture as the authoritative word of God. And so should we.