Saturday, April 10, 2010

What Do You Believe?: The Bible is Unique in Its Continuity - April 10, 2010

Psalm 119:105 (New Century Version)
105 Your word is like a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.

I approached this subject earlier in the year, but it is important that we take a look at it again. The Bible is truly superior to all and any books of religious text. Drawing from Josh McDowell's compilation of evidences, The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict,pgs 4-7, here is why the Bible is truly unique in its continuity:

1. It was written over an approximate 1500 year span.

2. It was written by over 40 authors from many walks of life, from kings to peasants.

3. It was written in many different places, from palaces to prisons.

4. It was written at different times, from times of war to times of peace.

5. It was written during different moods, from the heights of joy to the depths of sorrow and despair, from certainty and conviction, to confusion and doubt.

6. It was written on 3 different continents, Asia, Africa and Europe.

7. It was written in 3 different languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.

8. It was written in a wide variety of literary style, some of which are poetry, historical narrative, song, romance, memoirs, satire, biography, law, prophecy, parable and allegory.

9. It addresses hundreds of controversial subjects, that create opposing opinions when mentioned or discussed (such as marriage, divorce, remarriage, adultrey, obedience to authority, lying, truth, parenting, etc.), yet the writers addressed them with amazing continuity.

10. Despite its diversity, the Bible presents a single unfolding story: the redemption of human beings to God.

11. The leading and most important character is the One, true, living God, made known to man through Jesus Christ. The entire compilation of scriptures point to Christ, from the Old Testament Law that provides the foundation and need for Christ, to the New Testament Gospels that record the historical manifestation of Christ, to Revelation that gives the consummation of all things in Christ(from Geisler/Nix, GIB'86).

To have these many books and many authors writing in their many times, their different frames of reference, in different places and moods, on different continents, different languages, different literary styles, presenting a single unfolding story of God and His relationship to man through Jesus Christ, and showing through its continuity that it is one book, truly demonstrates that the Bible is unique and exceptional.

I agree with what Josh McDowell says, "The uniqueness of the Bible as shown above does not prove that it is inspired. It does , however, challenge any person sincerely seeking truth to consider seriously its unique quality in terms of continuity."

What do you believe? Please feel free to give me your comments to what I present here.

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