Today’s Encouraging Word
Pastor Bob Hylton Ed.D
May 7, 2017
Is the Bible Reliable?
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:20-21
Reliability: The quality of being trustworthy or of consistently performing well.
· The trustworthiness of Scripture is essential for a well-grounded Christian worldview.
· The reliability of the Bible provides a foundation for authority that transcends the limitations of human reason and experience.
Four Principles of Biblical Reliability
1. Key eyewitness testimony:
See - www.godisforus.com/information/bible/ntdocs/eyewitnesses.htm
· Eyewitness testimony is intended to preserve honest history and historical credibility.
· The church in Jerusalem could not have existed if the message was not true.
2. Validated by archeological discoveries:
See - www.equip.org/article/biblical-archaeology
3. Specific prophetic fulfillment:
See - www. bible.org/article/prophecies-birth-christ
4. Credible well documented miracles:
See - www.gospelway.com/god/evidences-miracles-php
Question: Do you know of any other religious book that matches the credentials of the Bible?
In the end, truth will win!
John 17:14-17 – 14I have given them your word …17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
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