Six Christian doctrines twisted by other religions, humanists, and atheists and make it sound believable
The assault on the Bible begins in Paradise. The serpent asked Eve, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The devil wants her to doubt God’s words—His authority and sovereignty.
The implication is that “God’s words should be evaluated, judged, questioned…,” said John MacArthur. Today, Satan’s strategy is for us to question if all that is written in the Bible comes from God.
1. The Judeo-Christian Bible isn’t God’s words
Written by various authors, the Bible is a compilation of manuscripts, epistles or letters, and oral traditions written down through the ages. It is accepted as a historical document put together on July 4, 325 A.D., during the first council of Nicea.
It is classified as non-fiction with estimated total sales of over 5 billion copies, and the Bible is widely considered the best-selling book of all time.
Emperor Constantine the Great (who converted to Christianity) invited about three hundred Christian bishops and deacons from the eastern half of the Roman Empire to convene to agree on several doctrines dividing Christendom.
By A.D. 400, although there were several mistranslations, St. Jerome complied with the first Bible as we know it is known as the Latin Vulgate.
How is the Bible twisted?
A. “The Bible is incomplete”
As we know it today, the Bible did not exist during the apostles’ time. It was compiled three centuries after, the reason others assert that God may still add to it using undiscovered manuscripts or “new revelations.”
True, there were manuscripts not included in the Bible today. The early church fathers considered them heresy and did not align with the apostles’ teachings. Some of these books were the Pseudepigrapha, Apocrypha, and the gospel of Mary, among others.
Except for the ten commandments, God did not leave an absolute or “complete manual” for us to give room for faith. Jesus also taught in parables because it takes faith to believe in God.
B. “Ordinary men wrote the Bible”
The Christian Holy Bible has 40 authors, written for about 1,500 years. These were kings, fishermen, priests, officials, farmers, and shepherds.
Some of the manuscripts (Example: Synoptic Gospel) had no explicit reference to who the author was. Biblical scholars only assumed, based on the writing style and content, which the author was.
Essentially, the Bible has one author, God Himself. It is “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). The human authors wrote exactly what God wanted them to write, and the result was the perfect and Holy Word of God (Psalm 12:6; 2 Peter 1:21).
C. “The Bible is a fairy tale story”
Some Bible stories are challenging to accept. For example, the world’s creation took only six days because the theory of evolution makes it impossible. The story of Jonah swallowed by a whale is a fairy tale, and Noah’s Ark is unscientific and never happened. [Atheist Delusion]
The seeming contradictions of God’s character make it appear dubious: The reason the apostles always talked about faith, belief, and repentance (metanoia) as the principles of saving faith.
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and ours forever so that we may follow all the words of this Law.
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