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Who Says the Bible Is Gods Word? Part 2


You know, if theres one thing I have learned in life, its got to be this. That life itself can be quite annoying. How many know what Im talking about? And folks, believe it or not, I think Ive got it figured out why. Hold on to your hats, this is going to be a real eye-opener. You see, life is mainly annoying because we live in a world full of annoying people who do annoying things. Pretty enlightening, isnt it? In fact, to help you understand just how commonplace this is, Im going to share with you the Top 10 things Ive discovered that you can do to annoy people. See if you agree. 1. Sit in your yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down. 2. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions to keep them tuned up. 3. Reply to everything someone says with Thats what YOU think. 4. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands youre your ears. 5. Holler random numbers while someone is counting. 6. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times, Do you hear that? What? Never mind its gone now. 7. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green and insist to others that you like it that way. 8. Try playing the William Tell Overture and announce, No wait, I messed it up, then repeat. 9. While people are talking to you, make a big display of looking up their nose. 10.If you have a glass eye, tap on it with your pen while talking to others.

Yes, theres lots of ways to be annoyed in life, arent there? And as annoying as those things are, believe it or not, theres still one thing that annoys me most of all and that is this. Its when somebody doubts that the Bible really came from God. Oh, that really annoys me! Why? Because hello, its not only false, but this attitude has produced an alarming trend in the American Church. You see, youd think that the Bible would be utterly revered, especially by Christians, since what we hold in our hands is a literal message from God Almighty, right? I mean, surely, of all people who would never doubt the Bible it would be Christians, right? But people, as weve seen, this is no longer the case. And you know why? Its because the Bible had been under attack by false criticism over the last century. And because most Christians dont know how to respond to these arrogant accusations, the people of the Bible are starting to doubt the Bible! And now when an evangelical Christian responds that the Bible is Gods Word, most people reply, Oh yeah! Who Says the Bible is Gods Word? Therefore, in order to make sure that none of us here have any doubts about the Bible being the Word of God, were going to continue in our series, Who Says the Bible is Gods Word? Last time we looked at the first 4 out of 10 lines of evidence giving us solid proof that the Bible really

came from God. And there we saw that the Bible says so, Jesus says so, the Apostles say so, and the Early Church and Church History say so. Oh, but the evidence doesnt stop there. We still have six more to go. So lets get started. 2 Peter 1:16-21 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. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 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. Who says that the Bible is the Word of God? Well, the 5th line of evidence is that Transmission Standards say so. You see, when a Christian declares that the Bible is Gods Word, the skeptic will usually reply something like this, Oh yeah, well even if what was originally spoken to the people in the Bible really did come from God, theres no guarantee that what we have recorded for us today is totally accurate. Then theyll usually cite the typical scenario of where people play the game of saying a phrase to one person who then whispers it to the person next to them and so on around

a large circle. And finally the last person shares what they last heard and invariably the message is totally different from the original statement. Then they reply that this is proof why the Bible could never have maintained its integrity. But people, hello, those who make this ridiculous assumption are only showing their ignorance of how the Bible has been preserved for us throughout history. For instance, many people will look at the Old Testament, especially the first five books of the Bible, which were written by Moses and ask, How in the world could Moses know what went on in the Genesis account, the Garden of Eden, the flood, etc. when he is so far removed from the actual events? How can we trust what he wrote? Well people, its simple. That why you need to pay attention to the genealogical record in the Book of Genesis. You know, that part in the Bible that most people skip over that says so and so begot so and so? Well, theres an interesting thing that happens when you do your homework. You see, if you add up the years and chart them out, you discover that the lifespan of many of those people overlap each other. For instance, when you do the math, Adam knew Methuselah for 243 years. And Noah had six living ancestors that couldve personally known Adam. And Shem was still alive during the time of Abraham, Isaac, and

Jacob. Therefore, the transmission of data from the beginning of mans history is not only possible but it couldve been retrieved from firsthand accounts. And as you can see, Moses did not just whoop up some story. Furthermore, we need to keep in mind that the authors of the Old Testament didnt just arbitrarily write down some message and hopefully somebody got it copied right with no errors. Hello! If you study Jewish history youll see that they followed strict copy methods for the specific reason of having an accurate transmission of the data. Let me show you what I mean. 1. A synagogue roll must be written only by a Jewish person and on the skins of clean animals. 2. The scrolls must be fastened together with strings taken from clean animals. 3. Every skin must contain a certain number of lines and columns, equal throughout the entire codex. 4. The ink should be black, neither red, green, nor any other color, and be prepared according to a definite recipe. 5. No word or letter, not even a yod, can be written from memory. You must look at the codex before you. 6. The copyist must sit in full Jewish dress, wash his whole body, not write the Name of God without a pen newly dipped in ink, and even if a king should address him while writing that Name, he must take no notice of him. In fact, their manuscripts were checked within 30 days and even if it had one mistake, it was destroyed by burning it, and even the ashes were buried just to make sure no one would ever find the remains. Therefore, as

you can see, this is a far cry from the common scenario of just talking around a circle dont you think? So what about the New Testament? Just how was it transmitted to us? Is whats recorded for us reliable? Well lets take a look at some of the common practices of the student of a Rabbi, back in the days of Jesus. For instance, a good student back in those days was one who did not lose one drop of the rabbis teaching. And the way they did that was by memorizing word for word what they were taught. Also, a Rabbi back in those days would purposely teach in parables making his teachings even easier to memorize. And gee, can you guess what method of teaching Rabbi Jesus used? Exactly! Therefore, He purposely made it easy for His disciples to memorize all His teachings? Why? So they wouldnt lose one drop! Oh, but thats not all. The Apostles also had the promise of Jesus sending of the Holy Spirit to remind them of what Hes taught them to insure the accuracy of what they recorded for us. John 14:25-26 All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. And folks, what youve got to keep in mind is that these strict and reliable forms of transmission standards is unique to the Bible alone. In fact, most of the books of antiquity that the skeptics assume are reliable

dont even come close to following these kinds of standards, let alone have any. People, you cant have it both ways. You cant accept some books of antiquity who have little or no standard of reliable transmission and then turn around and deny the authenticity of the Bible. Why? Because the Bibles unique and amazing transmission standards clearly present the Bible as the genuine Word of God. And anything short of this is called hypocrisy. Oh, but thats not all. Who says the Bible is Gods Word? Well, the 6th line of evidence is that the Manuscript Data says so. People, the amount of manuscript copies we have of the Bible is yet another powerful way to show us that the Bible really came from God. And this is the point skeptics seem to miss. For instance, theyll say something like this, Even if the Bible was transmitted reliably by the authors of the books of the Bible, we still cant be sure of the accuracy since we dont have the original copies. But people, nothing could be further from the truth. Why? Because the more manuscript copies of a document you have, the more you can cross-reference the copies to ensure that what you have is accurate to the original. In fact, so much so can we do this that Sir Frederick Kenyon

stated this, The last foundation for any doubt that the Scriptures have come down to us as they were written has now been removed. And people, this truth really hits home especially when you compare the manuscript copies of the Bible to other works of antiquity, whose validity is never questioned mind you. Lets look first at the New Testament. And as youll soon see, the results are quite embarrassing for the skeptic. Author When Written Earliest Copy 400 B.C. A.D. 850 A.D. 900 A.D. 1550 A.D. 1100 A.D. 900 A.D. 1100 A.D. 900 A.D. 125 Time Span Copies 500 yrs. 750 yrs. 1,300 yrs. 1,600 yrs. 1,500 yrs. 1,200 yrs. 1,400 yrs. 1,200 yrs. 25 yrs. 643 7 8 3 9 10 49 7 24,000 +

Homer(Iliad)900 B.C. Pliny A.D. 61-113 Herodotus 480-425 B.C. Catallus 54 B.C. Euripedes 480-406 B.C. Aristophane 450-385 B.C. Aristotle 384-322 B.C. Plato 427-347 B.C. New Test. A.D. 40-100

Now folks, I dont know about you, but I sure find it quite odd that nobody questions the authenticity of Platos writings when we have only 7 copies, which are 1,200 years from the original! Yet, we have portions of the New Testament within 25 years of the original with tens of thousands of copies, and people still scoff at the Christian who declares that the Bible is accurate and reliable? People, that why one researcher stated, No book

from the ancient world comes to us with more abundant evidence for its integrity than does the New Testament. Oh, but thats just the New Testament. How about the Old Testament? How does it hold up? Is it accurate? Is it reliable? Of course it is. How do we know? Well, this was the amazing discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. You see, prior to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the earliest copy we had of the Old Testament was from around 900 AD. But the Dead Sea Scrolls reduced this gap by about 1,000 years to around 125 BC. And since the Dead Sea Scrolls were 1,000 years older than what we previously had, the skeptics couldnt wait to expose all kinds of errors in the Old Testament. So was there? No! Of course not! In fact, the only variances found were minor things such as punctuation or differences in spelling. There were no major changes and no doctrinal variances from what we have today. Once again, Sir Frederick Kenyon had this to say, The Christian can take the whole Bible in his hand and say without fear or hesitation that he holds init the true Word of God, handed down without essential loss from generation throughout the centuries. People, you cant have it both ways. You cant accept some books of antiquity who have a small amount of manuscript data and then turn around and deny the authenticity of the Bible. Why? Because the volumes of

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manuscript data clearly present the Bible as the genuine Word of God. And anything short of this is called hypocrisy. Oh, but thats not all! Who says the Bible is Gods Word? Well, the 7th line of evidence is that Archaeology says so. Now the reason why archaeology is important in showing us the Bible really came from God is that it proves the historical accuracy of the Scripture. And this is needed because the skeptics have accused the Bible is being historically inaccurate and state that since its got supposed historical errors in it, then it cant be from God because God cant lie. So the question is, Are there historical errors in the Bible? Well folks, youll be happy to know that its been the privileged duty of the archaeologists shovel to silence the mouth of the skeptic. Let me show you what I mean with just a few of the many examples. The Black Stele: Skeptics claimed that Moses could not have been the author of the Pentateuch for writing was supposedly not developed during his time. However, thanks to the discovery of the Black Stele which contained in written form the laws of Hammurabi, writing was in fact commonplace during Moses time just like the Bible states. The Hittites: Skeptics claimed that there were no such people as the Hittites, which are mentioned in the Old Testament. However, thanks to the discovery of archaeologists, we now know that the Hittites were a real people and even now have records of over 1,200 years of their civilization just like the Bible states. Belshazzar: Skeptics claimed that there was no such person as Belshazzar as is mentioned in the Book of Daniel. However, thanks to the discovery of
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archaeologists, we now know that he existed and ruled in Babylon just like the Bible states. Doors in Sodom: Skeptics claimed that doors as were mentioned in the account of Lot in Sodom were not in use during that time in that culture. However, thanks to the discovery of archaeologists, we now know that doors were used then as a means of protection just like the Bible states. Camels: Skeptics claimed that the account of camels in the Book of Genesis is false for they were not utilized back in those times. However, thanks to the discovery of archaeologists, we now know that the usage of camels was indeed commonplace just like the Bible states. Lukes Census: Skeptics claimed that the account in Lukes gospel of the census is nowhere to be found in Roman records. However, thanks to the discovery of archaeologists, we now know that this kind of census taking was commonplace during that time just like the Bible states. Pontius Pilate: Skeptics claimed that there are no Roman records of Pontius Pilate ruling in Judea. However, thanks to the discovery of archaeologists, we now know that Pontius Pilate was not only a real person but also ruling in Judea just like the Bible states. The Pool of Bethesda: Skeptics claimed that there is no evidence for this pool. However, thanks to the discovery of archaeologists, we now know that the pool of Bethesda was not only real but also right where it is supposed to be just like the Bible states. Seat of Moses: Skeptics claimed that the mentioning of this must be figurative for there is no evidence for an actual seat of Moses. However, thanks to the discovery of archaeologists, we now know that the seat of Moses was an actual seat that was made of stone where the teacher of a synagogue would have sat just like the Bible states. Folks, in case you were wondering, this is the archaeologists way of saying, Nanny nanny boo boo in Jesus Name! Oh, but theyre not the

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only ones. Dr. Norman Geisler has this to say about the importance of Biblical Archaeology. We find that there is good evidence that from archaeology that the Scriptures speak the truth. In many instances, the Scriptures even reflect firsthand knowledge of the times and customs it describes. While many have doubted the accuracy of the Bible, time and continued research have consistently demonstrated that the Word of God is better informed than its critics. In fact, while thousands of finds from the ancient world support in broad outline and often in detail the biblical picture, not one incontrovertible find has ever contradicted the Bible. Now, isnt it interesting that when skeptics make a false claim concerning the historical accuracy of the Bible that it makes front-page news? Yet when theyre proven false in their biased assumptions, its not given equal exposure in the media? Id say somebodys not being very honest, how about you? People, you cant have it both ways. You cannot agree with some of the Bibles teaching and then turn around and deny its authenticity due to the false claims of the critic who states the Bible is historically inaccurate. Why? Because time and time again its the critic whose been proven false. People, the historical integrity of the Bible is verified by archaeology and therefore presents itself as the genuine Word of God. And anything short of this is called hypocrisy.

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People of God, whatever you do, dont be fooled by the appearance of supposed wisdom of the critic. Why? Because as we all know, appearances can be deceiving like these guys found out. One day, two young guys were in the woods when all of a sudden there was a downpour of thunder and rain. So they ran for about 10 minutes in the pouring rain, finally reaching their car just as the rain let up. So they jumped in the car, started it up and headed down the road. But all of a sudden an old mans face appeared in the passenger window and tapped lightly on the window! The passenger screamed out, AHHHHHHH! Look at my window!!! Theres an old guys face there! (Was this a ghost? Was this a ghost?) But the old man kept knocking, so the driver said, Well open the window a little and ask him what he wants! So the passenger rolled his window down part way and said, scared out of his wits, What do you want? The old man softly replied, You have any food? The passenger, terrified, looked at the driver and said, He wants food! And the driver replied, Well, offer him a sandwich! HURRY!! So the passenger fumbles around with the pack and hands the old man a sandwich, and rolled up the window in terror and yells, Step on it!!! So now theyre about 80 miles an hour, and they calm down and begin to laugh at themselves when the passenger says, What did you think of that? And the driver says, I dont know. How could that be? I am going pretty fast. But all of a sudden, AGAIN there is a knock on the window and the old man is looking in the window.

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa! There he is again! the passenger yells. Well, see what he wants now! yells back the driver. So the passenger rolls down the window a little ways and shakily says Yes? Do you have a napkin? the old man quietly asks. So the passenger throws a napkin out the window at him, rolls up the window and again yells, STEP ON IT! So no theyre going about 100 miles an hour, trying to forget what they had just seen and heard. Suddenly, again there is more knocking! HES BACK! So the passenger rolls down the window and screams out in stark fear, WHAT DO YOU WANT? An the old man gently replies, You want some help getting out of the mud? Yes, appearances can be deceiving, cant they? And those two guys thought they had all the facts but in the end they were deceived, werent they? And people, Im telling you, its the same thing with the skeptics of the Bible. They spout off bold claims that the Bible cannot be trusted, that the Bible is full of errors. Yet all the time it is they who refuse to look at the evidence. So I ask you, just whos the real hypocrite here? People I dont know if youve noticed this, but our world is in a frantic search for purpose and direction in life. People are full of questions like, Why do I exist? Where did I come from? Is there life after death? And how sad and ironic it is that this mysterious book that everyones in

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search of can be found on bookshelves, collecting dust, in virtually every home in America. Its called the Bible and it really came from God! People of God, be encouraged today. You dont have to give into the attacks of the skeptic. You dont have to give into doubt. And you dont have to give into one bit of criticism. What we hold in our hands is the genuine Word of God! Amen? _____________________________________________________________ To find the way to God, to understand the truth of God's Word, and to received the gift of eternal life, begin by repentance and faith through a prayer like this: Dear God, I understand that I have broken Your Law and sinned against You. Please forgive my sins. Thank You that Jesus suffered on the cross in my place. I now place my trust in Him as My Savior and Lord. In Jesus name I pray. Amen. ___________________________________________________________

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