Seven basic doctrines believers should be ready to defend, and how others twist the Bible
1. The Judeo-Christian Bible
Written by various authors, it has a simple message – God is Holy, He is almighty, and He has wonderful plans for mankind. The Bible is an instruction for men and has been accepted by many researchers as a historical document.
It’s divided into two books, the Old Testament or Pentateuch (OT) and the New Testament (NT). The highlight of the OT is the “Old Covenant” between God with Moses where the guilt of sin is removed through animal sacrifice. The NT supersedes it when God gives his “New Covenant of redemption” or the “Good news,” for all the people of the world.
Ultimately, it 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).
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How is it twisted?
How was it compiled?
The Christian Holy Bible is a compilation of 40 different human authors, written over a period of about 1,500 years. The authors were kings, fishermen, priests, government officials, farmers, shepherds, and doctors. The OT was passed on through oral tradition as well as manuscript and historical records while the NT is also from written historical records and compilation of letters. It was compiled by the early church Fathers who were also Bible Scholars. (Wikipedia)
The modern Bible as we know now was deliberated at the Council of Nicaea by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325 who converted to Christianity. The issues of Jesus’ deity, the Holy Trinity, and promulgation of early canon law were settled. (Britannica)
It is classified as a non-fiction with estimated total sales of over 5 billion copies, the Bible is widely considered to be the best-selling book of all time.
The need to study apologetic
Some of the stories in the Bible are difficult to accept, such as the creation in 6 days, Jonah swallowed by a whale, murders and endless wars that a loving God approves of. The seeming contradictions of God’s character and the resurrection of Jesus are heavily frowned upon by unbelievers. Biblical scholars, scientists, and teachers have managed to explain them, while the rest remains inconceivable (Deuteronomy 29:29).
The Biblical debate is classified into two schools of thoughts – creationist vs. naturalist. The most notable apologist and scientists of the 21st century are: Alvin Plantinga Craig Evans Darrell Bock Douglas Groothuis Francis Collins Gary Habermas Hugh Ross Hugo Anthony Meynell James White John Lennox Josh McDowell Lee Strobel R. C. Sproul Ravi Zacharias Richard Bauckham Timothy J. Keller Vishal Mangalwadi William Lane Craig
You can begin by studying the science behind the book of Genesis. For more information, please watch the introduction video of the Genesis Project.
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