God Is Real Week 2 – Pastor Kevin Kringel
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“When people say the Bible has been changed there is no evidence of that.. it says the same thing today that was said thousands of years ago”
Scriptures and Notes
What is the purpose of the Bible?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Mark 4:14, 15
How did we get the Bible?
3 – continents (Europe, Asia, Africa)
3- languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek)
Can it be trusted?
“Did God really say?”
“Canon of scripture”
Meaning: measuring rod, stick…
Septuagint (70)- Greek version of Old Testament
Luke 24:24-27; 44-48
Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
44 Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46 And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. 47 It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations,[f] beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ 48 You are witnesses of all these things.
What about the New Testament?
Other corroborating (outside bible) writings regarding: Birth of Jesus, His ministry, His death, His resurrection…
Josephus AD 93
Babylonian Talmud AD 70-200
Pliny AD 100
Tacitus AD 115-117
Mara Bar Serapian AD 73
Suetonius AD 120
23 of 27 books in your New Testament were universally being accepted by 150 AD
John 21:25 (AMP)
25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did. If they should be all recorded one by one [in detail], I suppose that even the world itself could not contain (have room for) the books that would be written.
One thing must be emphatically stated. The New Testament books did not become authoritative for the Church because they were formally included in a canonical list; on the contrary, the Church included them in her canon because she already regarded them as divinely inspired, recognizing their innate worth and generally apostolic authority, direct or indirect. The first ecclesiastical councils to classify the canonical books were both held in North Africa-at Hippo Regius in 393 and at Carthage in 397-but what these councils did was not to impose something new upon the Christian communities but to codify what was already the general practice of these communities (F. F. Bruce, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?, Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1960, p. 27).
1. Apostolic author
Contradictions: – “Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible” by John W. Haley
“Am I being naive to put such confidence in the Bible?”
Other notable Bible believers:
Sir Isaac Newton: “We account the scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than any profane history whatsoever.”
Theodore Roosevelt: “No educated man can afford to be ignorant of the bible.”
“A thorough knowledge of the bible is worth more than a college education.”
Ulysses S Grant: “Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties; write its precepts upon your hearts, and practice them in your lives.”
Noah Webster: “The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitution and laws. All miseries and evils which men suffer from –vice, crime, ambition, injustice oppression, slavery, and war-proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the bible.”
George Washington Carver : “The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the BIBLE, ”In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths”
Napoleon, (Emperor of the French (1804-1814), 1769-1821):
“The gospel is not a book; it is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades every thing that opposes its extension, behold! It is upon this table: This book, surpassing all others. I never omit to read it, and every day with some pleasure.”
President George Washington: “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”
Abraham Lincoln: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has given to man.”
Science and the Bible:
1. The earth hangs on nothing and is a sphere (Job 26:7; Isaiah 40:22)
2. Expanding universe (Psalms 104:2)
3. Rotation of earth (Luke 17:33,34)
4. Cycle of air currents (Ecclesiastics 1:6)
5. Air has weight/mass (Job 28:25)
6. Connection of mind, soul, body and physical health (Proverbs 14:30, 15:30, 16:24, 17:22)
7. Sea currents Psalms 8:8
8. Entropy (Isaiah 51:6; Psalms 102:25,26)
9. Water Cycle (Ecclesiastics 1:7; 11:3, Amos 9:6)
“The Bible in your hands has survived the test of time, attack, scrutiny of the highest degree and it still stands ready to give you Life.”