The Reliability of the Bible

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Why was the Bible written and what is its message?

Written by Aidan Thomas. Posted in The Reliability of the Bible

Any book is written to be read, and the Bible is no different.

If you go into a library or reputable bookshop books are grouped on shelves into various categories, between fictional and those of a factual nature.

Some books are written principally to inform, (e.g. history, astronomy, biographies etc.) 

Others to provide a basis for dealing with or solving various issues (e.g. diet, medical matters, car and house maintenance, etc )

Some, possibly most, are of a transient nature, written to amuse or gratify the senses, i.e. novels.

And yet others are written offering guidance on how the authors believe we should live and conduct our lives. 

These may comprise a whole range of different philosophies and religious or quasi religious systems.

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The people of the Book

Written by Aidan Thomas. Posted in The Reliability of the Bible

The people of the Book – their past and future considered

 

The Jewish people are sometimes called ‘The people of the Book’ ( i.e. the Bible) because it has so much to say concerning them and the land of Israel.

 

In fact other nations and people are only mentioned in the Bible in so far as they have relations with or dealings with the Jews and the land of Israel.

 

Who are the Jews ?    We use the term for the descendants of Abraham, through the line of his son Isaac and his son Jacob, later changed to Israel.

They are a  unique people of whom it is written “thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”  Deuteronomy 7:6.

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Evidence of the Inspiration of the Bible

Written by Aidan Thomas. Posted in The Reliability of the Bible

Evidence of Inspiration

This is the fourth of a series of talks given to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the printing of the King James Bible in 1611.

In our last talk we considered the evidence for the accuracy of the Bible’s historical records and its astronomical and scientific accounts.
Much of what was presented then could be advanced as evidence of it being written by men under the Inspiration of God.  For example certain astronomical details were revealed, which were beyond human observation and impossible to verify without the aid of telescopes.  And likewise, the function of blood as revealed in the Bible, was outside human experience and has only been verified within the last two hundred years, with the aid of microscopes.

Our purpose for this talk is to look at the grounds for claiming the Bible to be written by men under God’s Inspiration, and in particular to review the evidence of prophecy. 
We will also consider what determined which books/writings should be included in the cannon of Scripture

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The trustworthiness of the historical and scientific facts recorded in the Bible

Written by Aidan Thomas. Posted in The Reliability of the Bible

400 years of the King James Bible 1611

Why we can trust its reporting of historical and scientific facts.

Even though the Bible claims to be a book written by men under Divine Inspiration and therefore an infallible record, yet it tells us to “prove all things..”  (1 Thess 5:21). 
And we can test the reliability of its historical and scientific facts by presenting a selection of evidence from history, archaeology, astronomy and nature to show that the Bible is a factually accurate document.

 Science can be defined as ‘knowledge based on observed facts and tested truths arranged in an orderly system.’   And it is in this broad compass that we use the term ‘scientific facts’ to cover astronomical and natural phenomena recorded in the Bible.

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The reliability of the manuscript copies of the Bible

Written by Aidan Thomas. Posted in The Reliability of the Bible

The reliability of the copies of ancient manuscripts of the Bible

 The purpose of this talk is to answer the question “How do we know that the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, which were used  for the English translation of the Bible, were reliable copies of the originals ?
And in particular how can we be sure that no significant errors arose in the transcription of the original manuscripts over the centuries and that the confidence of the English translators in their authenticity, was justified.

 In answering these questions we need to look at the type and source of the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts which comprise the Old and New Testaments. 
The original Hebrew manuscripts were written over approximately 1,100 years, between BC1500 and 400BC
and those of the New Testament over approximately 60 years between AD40 and AD100.

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400 years of the King James 1611 A.V of the Bible

Written by Aidan Thomas. Posted in The Reliability of the Bible

400th anniversary the 1611 King James authorised translation of the Bible.  (2 May 1611)

The year 1911 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of what is known as the King James Version of the English Bible, commonly called the A.V.

The reason it made such a tremendous impact on publication was because:

1.  It was the Inspired Word of God which set out His Plan and Purpose with the World and His wonderful offer of salvation.

2.   This record was conveyed in words and phrases that dignified the message and was clearly and powerfully set forth in a 
language that was easily understood and beautifully expressed.

3.    This version of the Bible was readily available and could be read without fear of being arrested for possessing it.

4.   The people were ready and hungry for it.

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