the Bible even claim to be true?
is no absolute knowledge. And those who claim it, whether they are scientists
or dogmatists, open the door to tragedy."
only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason."
the Bible claim to be true? Does it claim to have the authority of God over
the way we live our lives?
If not, Christian apologists
would be wasting their time trying to prove the Bible to be something it
doesn't claim to be. However, the Bible does make that claim. The Bible
clearly declares itself to be the revealed will of God in five distinct
1. The authors testify
that what they are writing is true. They purposefully intended their
writings to be received as fact, not as fiction:
Inasmuch as many
have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among
us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants
of the word have handed them down to us, it seemed fitting for me as well,
having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write
it out for you in consecutive order,... (Luke 1:1-4 NASB)
That which was
from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked at and our hands have touched-- this we proclaim
concerning the Word of life. (1 John 1:1 NASB)
We did not follow
cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (2
Pet 1:16 NASB)
2. The authors testify that their work comes to us from God - not of
their own origin. That is, they are communicating 'do not honor the message
because of the messengers, mere men, honor it for its true author - God':
I want you to know,
brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up.
I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received
it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (Gal 1:11,12 NASB)
Above all, you
must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's
own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man,
but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
(1 Pet 1:20,21 NASB)
3. The authors often provide the historical context of names, places
and events which are useful for verification:
In the thirty-seventh
year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Evil-Merodach
became king of Babylon, he released Jehoiachin from prison on the twenty-seventh
day of the twelfth month. (2 Kings 25:27 NASB)
4. The authors frequently appeal to their readers' own knowledge. They
often referred to the readers as actual eyewitnesses to the events. This
is important considering the wide circulation and reverence the writings
know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee,
after the baptism which John proclaimed. You know of Jesus of Nazareth,
how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went
about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for
God was with Him. (Acts 10:37,38 NASB)
5. Lastly, the writings plainly state their authority:
All Scripture is
inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,
for training in righteousness that the man of God may be adequate, equipped
for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16,17 NASB).
Clearly the Bible claims
to be telling the truth. With that question out of the way, we must next
determine whether or not the Bible actually is telling the truth.
can we tell whether or not the Bible is telling the truth?
mean hold as true without proof or logic?