How often have you heard or debated the Bible can’t be trusted or considered reliable in its entirety because:
1 – the number of authors that wrote it or some books have unknown authors, 2 – the number of language translations or 3 – it was for “the times it was written” and not as relevant today? If you truly believe in God as almighty, omnipotent and the loving God He proclaims to be, do you believe He would give us a flawed and dysfunctional instruction manual?
Colliers Encyclopedia was the gold standard of factual information for years, but I don’t recall anyone taking a position it was flawed because of multiple authors? How about The Republic, by Plato? I haven’t read it but those that considered it the most influential writings of its time did not lessen their opinion because Plato’s book was originally written in Greek (like the New Testament). How about Ann Frank’s book, originally penned as her diary in Dutch, The Diary of a Young Woman? How many of Frank’s readers discounted the translated copies as hearsay or untrue due to translation errors?
How many books utilized dozens, or possibly hundreds, of the foremost language translators, biblical scholars and noted historians each time a revised language edition was executed? The answer is that there are none that have been so carefully double checked and triple checked for accuracy in word meaning. Many Hebrew and Greek words used in the original books have no direct singular word translations and require some delving into in order to extract the details the author was trying to share with his readers. Any student of Scripture learns there is more information, meaning and instruction packed into many Bible verses than what lies on the surface.
Today’s world wants their information quickly and easily, like we used to want our hamburgers, but have learned our burgers are not as tasty or nutritious as those that are conventionally prepared. We have also discovered a regular diet of fast foods will likely lead to heart disease, diabetes or at best, high blood pressure. What do you think the long term prognosis for your beliefs (which define you and determine your actions) will be if you cherry pick the parts of God’s breathed words (as He proclaimed) and ignore the ones that don’t fit what is culturally popular? Just saying! Steve
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