|FIVE PART SERIES ON PROOF
1. How do you know that God is true?
2. The Bible: Can you trust it?
3. Jesus: Magician, Maniac or Master?
4. Why do we have problems in the world?
5. My Response
The Bible: Can You Trust It?To prove any document is true, we need to know that what we read today, is what was written in the first place and that it is true. Below are six areas that we can check.
by Rob Lamont
number of manuscripts,
to compare for errors or changes.
number of early
manuscripts of the New Testament.
available of the New Testament.
of the New Testament.
New Testament as
quoted in other early documents
6. Is It
True? Does internal
contradictions or external evidence occur e.g.. archaeology that has
What Does The Bible Say About Itself.
Bible say it was
2 Timothy 3:14-17 "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Romans 16:25-26 "Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God,"
How did God inspire the writers?
2 Peter 1:20-21 "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."
1:1-2 "The revelation
of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon
take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
who testifies to everything he saw - that is, the word of God and the
of Jesus Christ."
Luke 2:51 "Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart."
1 John 1:1-3 "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. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ."
into the Facts
the Word of God
in the Flesh
Hebrews 1:1-3 "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven."
Inspired by God
Jeremiah 1:9 "Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth."
2 Peter 3:15-16 "Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction."
1 Corinthians 2:12-13 "We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words."
2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
1 Timothy 5:18 "For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages." (This is a quotation from Luke's Gospel.)
by the Holy Spirit
Acts 4:8 "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them..."
I Cor.2:10 "but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit."
the purpose of
1 John 1:3 "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ."
Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.'
3:16-17 "All Scripture
is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and
in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for
every good work."
SUMMARY OF WHAT WE HAVE LEARNT.