Thought: How can the Bible be fully God’s Word?

If Jesus was the only sinless human

If all of humanity has a tendency toward sin …

If the Bible’s New Testament was written and compiled after Jesus was gone

If the Bible was written and compiled by humans

 

How can we ever be confident that the Bible is the true, complete Word of God?

Truth is, we can’t.  We can still find usefulness in the ideas and stories provided – but we should be careful about claiming them as absolute truths when we can’t be certain that they are.

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10 Responses to Thought: How can the Bible be fully God’s Word?

  1. We can have confidence in the Bible. See 2 Peter 1:20, 21 and 2 Timothy 3:16. Also, the Bible wasn’t written after Jesus died. The Old Testament was long in place before Jesus was born. The New Testament is a collection of letters and books testifying about Jesus, hence, New Testament.

    • jasonjshaw says:

      Ah, thank you for the correction!

      Now, 2 Peter 1:20-21 – if the prophets spoke from God, then looking at some of the prophecy, Jesus as Messiah is called into question in connection with Old Testament prophecy. A quick link that goes deeper into this idea:
      http://www.shamash.org/lists/scj-faq/HTML/faq/17-03.html

      As for the passage from 2 Timothy, all scripture inspired by God sounds reasonable. It is all inspired by events and the ways humanity functions. No argument there, and that is why I suggest we can find usefulness in the stories and ideas of the Bible. As with films that are inspired by true stories, inspiration does not necessarily equate to the full truth though.

      • Should have read what your blog is about before commenting. Your blog title is misleading.

      • To me, simple Christianity is based on the Bible alone. Believing it as an authentic word from God. Eliminating all the extras that Christian denominations add to the Bible. Therefore, you live as a Christian based on what the Bible teaches not what past theologians or current teachers say you should live.

        You said you think we can find usefulness in the Bible stories but shouldn’t take it as authentic truth. You are using a ‘pick and choose’ method of reading the Bible. Whatever is best for you is what the truth is. This is not simple. This is complex or even diluted Christianity.

      • jasonjshaw says:

        The blog title actually comes from my study of the Bible, and specifically, the simplification of the concepts that it presents as I have outlined in my posting “The Simple Heart of Christianity”.

        This simplification goes beyond a ‘pick and choose’ approach. A key reason I chose to study the Bible was because of a significant amount of blatant selfishness exhibited by several people I have encountered who have connections to the Christian faith – which completely went against my perceptions of what Christianity was supposed to be about.

        A key in the simplification is to understand sin beyond a list of what is and isn’t sinful. This, I believe, is where many Christians tend to get hung up. The nature of sin is one of selfishness, when one’s words or actions demonstrate a blatant disregard for others. With this understanding, it is difficult to pick and choose around it as it requires a conscious effort to understand cause and effect.

        The Bible seems to fall in line with this thinking quite consistently from my understandings of it. Christian policy does not tend to line up quite so well in some aspects, and I find that troubling.

      • Thanks for clarifying that for me. In Hebrew and Greek ‘sin’ means to miss the mark, whether knowingly or not. It is also a state we are in, that is, sin is in our DNA. There is no way around it. I too have some real issues that are taught in churches and the way certain Christians conduct themselves.

        As you read the Bible for what it is you will grow disturbed by the way people teach it and use it to their advantage.

        We are called to live an unselfish life and be willing to sacrifice ourselves for others, what Jesus called the greatest form of love.

        I didn’t read the post you made so I made assumptions, forgive me for that.

        I urge you to continue to read the Bible and follow along with what it teaches. The more you read the more is revealed to you by the Holy Spirit.

      • jasonjshaw says:

        No worries.

        One aspect of Christianity that I think contributes significantly is the idea that all you have to do is believe Jesus died for our sins and then you are saved. I get that it is intended to lead to further Bible study to better understand Jesus’ teachings, but I fear it also opens some people up to following with blinders on once they feel accepted into a church community.

        As we are a busy people these days, and the Bible is a substantial writing to work through, I feel access to a general overview of the concepts would be beneficial in helping to prevent at least some of these troubles.

  2. Strewth says:

    I can’t view the Bible as the Word of God. To Christians the Word surely is Jesus. Jesus was a material expression of God, just as words express meaning.

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    In the beginning God expressed himself materially and continues to do so.

    The words in the Bible are expressions of human thought in their effort to show what meaning God has for the writers, and can be very useful, but are surely not the Logos, not to be worshipped.

  3. There are certainly some useful parables that Jesus told in the gospels. I can doubt the existence of Jesus while still getting the point that the writer intended to make.

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