Is the Bible True? Proverbs 30.5-6 A recent Pew Study showed that atheists, agnostics, Jews, and Mormons know the most about the Bible, church history,

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Slide 2 Is the Bible True? Proverbs 30.5-6 Slide 3 A recent Pew Study showed that atheists, agnostics, Jews, and Mormons know the most about the Bible, church history, world religions, and religion as it related to public and social policy. Slide 4 Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 The Bible claims to be flawless. Slide 5 Without imperfection, blemish, or defect Definition: Flawless Slide 6 2 testaments 4 types of literature history / narrative poetry letters / teaching prophecy canon established & closed Where did the Bible come from? Slide 7 Every book of the Bible was written by a prophet, an apostle, or someone with a direct link to one. Where did the Bible come from? Slide 8 How the Bible is Unique A. In Its Composition: 1. It was written over 1600 years 2. By 40+ authors 3. With different backgrounds 4. In 3 different languages, from 3 continents 5. Yet with unmistakable continuity and agreement from cover to cover Slide 9 B. In Its Circulation: Its the single most published book in the history of the world. Slide 10 How the Bible is Unique C. In Its Translation: Its the single most widely translated book in the world. Slide 11 How the Bible is Unique D. In Its Durability: It has survived bans, burnings, ridicule, and criticism. Slide 12 How the Bible is Unique E. In Its Effect on People: 1.They never get through with it. 2.It alters their view of the world. 3.It changes their relating patterns. 4.It changes their values and ethics. 5.It changes their vocabulary. 6.It changes their view of eternity. Slide 13 How the Bible Has Been Copied & Translated A.written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek B.The Talmudim were meticulous. C.The Massoretes were MORE meticulous. Slide 14 Author: When Written: Earliest Copy: Time Span: # copies: Caesar100-44 BC AD 900 1,000 years 10 Plato 427-347 BC AD 900 1,200 years 7 TacitusAD 100 AD 1100 900 years 20 Thucydides 460-400 BC AD 900 1,300 years 8 Herodotus 384-322 BC AD 900 1,300 years 8 Aristotle 450-385 BC AD 900 1,400 years 49 Homer (Iliad) 900 BC 400 BC 500 years 643 New TestamentAD 40-100 AD 125 25 years 24,000 Slide 15 How the Bible Has Been Copied & Translated A.written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek B.The Talmudim were meticulous. C.The Massoretes were MORE meticulous. D.The New Testament has 24,000 manuscripts to compare. E.The English Bible is translated directly from the original languages. Slide 16 What the Bible says: What people thought: What we now know: Earth is a sphere. Earth is a flat disk. Earth is a sphere. Number of stars =Number of stars = Number of stars = more than a billion.1,100. more than a billion. Every star is different. All stars are the same. Every star is different. Light is in motion.Light is fixed in place. Light is in motion. Air has weight.Air is weightless. Air has weight. Winds blow in Winds blow straight. Winds blow in cyclones. cyclones. Blood is a source ofSick people must be Blood is a source of life and healing.bled. life and healing. Slide 17 Through the wealth of data uncovered by historical and archaeological research, we are able to measure the Bibles historical accuracy. In every case where its claim can be thus tested, the Bible proves to be accurate and reliable. ~ Jack Cottrell, The Authority of the Bible Slide 18 How Prophecy Compares With the Bible At least 332 prophesies were fulfilled in Jesus first coming. The probability that even 8 of these prophecies would be fulfilled in one person is 1 x 10 17. The probability that 48 of these would be fulfilled in one person is 1 x 10 157. There are 10 66 atoms in the universe. Slide 19