Posted by: StrongStakes | March 1, 2014

How did we get the Bible & is it really true?

dead-sea-scrollChuck Missler, the founder of Koinonia House, is famous for saying, “The Bible is comprised of 66 books, penned by 40 authors over thousands of years, and yet we discover it is an integrated message system from outside our time and space domain.”

The OC Bereans Bible study is built on this foundational premise, but this begs the question:  How do we know this to be true?

John F. MacArthur, Jr., the Pastor-Teacher at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, has compiled a list of additional related questions.  The technical term for this topic is “Bibliology.”

  • Where did the Bible come from?
  • Did any Bible books get lost in history?
  • What does the Scripture claim for itself?
  • Who wrote the Bible … God or man?
  • Has Scripture been protected from human tampering over the centuries?
  • How close to the original manuscripts are today’s translations?
  • How did the Bible get to our time and in our language?
  • Is there more Scripture to come, beyond the current 66 books, or is the “Canon” closed?
  • Who determined that the Bible would be composed of the traditional list of 66 books?  On what basis?
  • If the Scriptures were written over a period of 1,500 years (ca. 1405 B.C. to A.D. 95), passed down since then for almost 2,000 years, and translated into several thousand languages, what has prevented the Bible from being changed by the carelessness or ill motives of men?
  • Does today’s Bible really deserve the title “The Word of God”?

Join us for the next few weeks as we delve deeply into this topical study on and about the Bible.  Consider bringing a friend (or 2) as well!

We enjoy a dessert at 7 pm, followed shortly thereafter with our study, plus a brief time of prayer.  We conclude by 9 pm.

Grace & Truth!

~ tr

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