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Firstly, great emphasis is given that the contents of this series are intended to give Biblical information and insights on some of its contents. They are not intended to scare or offend anyone. It is one’s prerogative to read and never be shoved into one’s throat.
It is in the “exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference” as provided by The Philippine Constitution that this article was made.
If you find them scary, intimidating or offensive, please feel free to take them with a grain of salt and regard them like a badly written movie script.
Logical evidences that make biblical claims truthful
While Christians and believers of God and Jesus made the bible a foundation of their faith, many others could not get themselves to appreciate it and its contents because they see perceived contradictions and errors. If the Bible indeed is full errors or blatantly contradicts itself, it’s hard to trust it or view it as reliable.
On the other hand, there are logical reasons that suggest the bible doesn’t lie and is not self-contradictory. This series attempts to show logically sound evidences that supports the bible speaking of facts.
These logical proofs will, in turn, lend more credibility on the truthfulness and veracity of the bible’s contents, God’s existence and that the bible is not outdated.
The bible is straightforward
We could say being clear-cut and simple is a key element of reliability and honesty is to trust.
While there are many tales narrated by the bible, one thing remains clear from start to finish: it’s main theme. It’s God’s war versus Satan and man getting on God’s side of things so he will have everlasting life. That’s what the bible is for
“…she [Eve] took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband [Adam] with her, and he ate… And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent…I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed….” Genesis 3: 6, 14-15, New King James Version
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12: 7-9, NKJV
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” John 5:39-40, NKJV
In a nutshell, the premise is following Satan and doing evil is a lot easier than obeying God and doing good. And most humans often falls short of the requirements laid out by the old covenant. This made man suffer gruesome punishments and miss the rewards reserved for those following them.
“To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:… In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3: 17, 19 NKJV
It says people have to believe in Jesus, among other things:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16, NKJV
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6, NKJV
“but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:31, NKJV
It is about faith, belief, loyalty to God and Jesus.
Anybody using the bible for questions it never intended to tackle might misunderstand the book and could easily get misled.
At any rate though, the bible are still full of answers for questions, queries, and problems that may not have something to do with faith.
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The bible is honest
This is a book that practically tells all, no holds barred on many subjects. The bible narrates and lays down events, persons, rules, and situations of many kinds, whether good or bad, realistic or supernatural, soothing or offensive. This book isn’t holding back anything.
For example, the Old Testament is full of performance of intriguing values, actions, and intents may seem unfit during today’s norms and offends many in today’s society.
There are tales of slavery, slaughtering, polygamy, divorce, violence, punishment by death, being bisexual, and many more were told.
But so are tales of love, sacrifice, sacredness of life, goodness, and righteousness.
You name it, the bible has them.
The authors were telling it as they saw the events unfold under the conditions they were in, or as being revealed to them by the inspiration of God claim.
The bible authors are still humans who are devoid of perfection. They have different ways of expressing their thoughts like being literal or poetic, and their writings were done in different situations, conditions and eras which could influence how they presented their stories.
One has to study the existing conditions and situations when a verse or chapter in the bile is written and what is its context before concluding there is indeed a contradiction or error.
As a safeguard, the bible gave its readers an out by wanting and encouraging them to not just blindly believe its contents but instead investigate them.
This is the only book that encourages its readers to test its contents covering a wide range and variety of topics.
“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 19-22 NKJV
Further, their authors, especially in the New Testament, exhibited tons of credibility of being faithful witnesses who are simply giving accurate testimonies.
There is not a single piece of evidence that the authors of the bible had motives other than giving their testimony.
In fact, they had everything to lose and nothing to gain for performing such act. Many of them were put to death, sometimes in gruesome, painful ways because of it.
It was clear these men had greater fear of telling a lie than dying, even after Jesus’ death.
It would have been easier for them to simply tell a lie, make up another story, and stop proclaiming what they saw as these would likely be the reason they would be persecuted.
Unless their testimonies were absolutely true.
When the motivation of an author is to simply spread the word and the prospective readers are challenged to put his or her output to test, that author is confident of his or her output. These are very good marks of the output’s true honesty.
Trustworthy and reliability on the bible has been debated upon for centuries now because of the views on how one considers life on earth and after it.
The presence of multiple logical reasons that supports the bible and its authors project a possibility that God do exists. As such, being conservative might be the best alternative here.
Accountants describe conservatism as selecting the option that would show the worst possible financial standing of a business entity when two or more unproven alternatives are available. This is to remove the user of the account’s output be exposed to a bigger risk in case the worst possible scenario happens.
As it stands, the risk of not believing in and obeying God far outweighs the benefits of pure reliance in science for a better earthly life.
That is until it is absolutely proven that there is indeed no God nor hell.
By Armando M. Bolislis
This series is an offshoot on twin series about COVID-19 and other events as biblical prophecy fulfillment of events happening before “The coming of the Son of Man”.
The opinions and suggestions contained in this article are solely of the author and doesn’t necessarily reflect the stance of Baguio Herald Express management and staff.