Arguments Against the Bible
I. The arguments have not changed much over the years. Same given today as hundreds of years ago.
II. All or Nothing
A. Do we have to insist on total infallibility of the scriptures?
B. Some fear that one error would overthrow all of Christianity.
C. However, if the writers of the Bible were wrong on one point, how do you know they did not error on some other point?
D. The Bible insists on inerrancy.
1. It comes from God - II Tim. 3:16
2. God cannot lie - Num. 23:19
E. The Bible can only be proven false if God has lied about his word. However, God is always true (Rom. 3:4)
F. We should never be fearful of defending the Bible
III. Non-Essential Details
A. Does inspiration guarantee that "non-essential" details (trivialities) are accurate?
B. How can we as fallible men determine what is trivial and non-essential?
C. We saw in our last lesson that even small details in the Old Testament were considered factual and doctrinal teaching was based on them.
1. Example: The "s" on "seeds" in God's promise to Abraham - Gal. 3:16
2. Example: The "minor" event occurring to Lot's wife - Lk. 17:32
D. All scripture is for our learning - Rom. 15:4
E. The Bible must be accepted as a whole
IV. The Bible is True in What it Teaches
A. When it records an event, that event actually happened
B. When it speaks of God's purpose, those teachings are precisely what God intended for the Bible to teach.
C. The Bible is not impossible to understand.
D. We are to study the Bible because it will lead us to salvation.
E. While the Bible is inspired, our interpretations of the Word are not inspired.
F. We must study carefully to get just what God says out of the Bible and then to go no further.
G. We should not be like those Peter wrote about - II Pet. 3:14-16.
V. The Original Manuscripts were Infallible
A. Even though we do not have the original documents, we believe this to be true.
1. Some might point out that since we have never seen the original, we cannot prove our point.
2. However, they cannot prove that there were errors in the original.
3. The question is do we believe the Bible came through the working of the Holy Spirit? - II Pet. 1:20-21
B. Are the copies and translations unreliable?
1. There have been mistakes made.
2. But they have been minor and easily spotted because each copy/translation does not make the same mistakes.
3. The Dead Sea scrolls showed how accurate our copies of the Old Testament were, even though previously our oldest copy was over 1000 years newer than the scrolls.
C. God promised that the scriptures would never pass away
1. I Pet. 1:22-25
2. This means God is watching over our Bibles to see that his word is preserved.
VI. The Very Words are Inspired
A. I Cor. 2:13
B. God authored the Bible for mankind. Therefore, it must be understandable to man. - Eph. 5:17.
C. It is clear and understandable because God chose the words to convey his meaning.
D. If the words are not wholly God's words, then the teaching would not wholly be God's teaching.