Before we begin researching the issue, we must establish our foundation. But how do we know the Bible is really a reliable source for our foundation? This is the number one argument we will face as Christians today. We’ve heard the claims… in fact many of us Christians may actually believe some of the claims. That book is so old, has been mistranslated and edited over and over so many times, no original texts exist, it’s just fairy tales, not really written by eye witnesses, just the words of middle eastern nomad shepherds, full of errors & contradictions, what makes this religious text better than any other, and on and on.
Throughout this blog we will attempt to one by one give an answer to why we can rely on the Bible in the midst of these claims. Each one of these claims is worthy of a book being written about them, and therefore over time we will present our stances. But for now, we will offer a quick overview of our responses.
SO OLD – Age makes no difference. Just because the evidence for the US Revolutionary War is over 200 years old does not mean it did not happen.
MISTRANSLATIONS – Actual study of the painstaking details put into translation efforts are inspiring. Scribes would destroy an entire scroll if one word was spelled wrong because they did not want future editions to be compromised.
ORIGINAL TEXTS / ERRORS – Although we do not have original texts in the author’s hand, we do have over 5000 complete or partial copies of the originals, and they all agree in amazing detail to each other. The addition of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 1950s solidified these other copies.
FAIRY TALES – This is just an excuse. There is no evidence for this other than the arguer not willing to accept supernatural events. The original authors of these texts would have been considered radical and many were put to death. They would had no other motive to write then from the divine.
NO EYE-WITNESSES – Moses was an eye-witness to the events in most of the first five books of the Bible. David wrote the Psalms himself. Paul, who wrote most of the epistles, was not an eye-witness to Christ but experienced a powerful supernatural experience with God on the road to Damascus. The authors of the gospels are the individuals with which they are named, who are eye-witnesses to Christ.
BUNCH OF NOMAD SHEPHARDS – Just an excuse, a racist one at that.
CONTRADICTIONS – Although many secularists have appeared to uncover many contradictions within the pages of the Bible, and although these contradictions seem credible at first glance, they very rarely take into account the full story of the Bible and focus solely on a particular event/detail. The entire Bible is a complete succinct story foretelling the first and second comings of Jesus. Everything points to Jesus and must be taken in that context.
BIBLE BETTER THAN OTHERS – The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by over 40 authors, on 3 continents, over 1500 years, yet tells a cohesive non-contradicting prophetic story. The Bible is the only religious text that creates a non-contradicting foundation for laws of logic, uniformity of nature, and morality.
As I said before, we will be going into more details on each of these issues in the future, but just know we here at GraceWithSalt believe the Bible is the infallible, inerrant, inspired words of God as relayed to his chosen scribes who wrote the words in their language and styles. Although we recognize that certain translations may be looser than others, we do have ancient texts to compare to. We understand that some parts are written allegorically (parables) and some literally. We believe that the difference between allegorical and literal is evident. We believe the scriptures must be viewed as inerrant because as Christians we cannot pick and choose which parts we believe are true, or else we undermine the entire message.