Reliability of Bible
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  • 1. How can we be sure the Bible is completely true? Reliability of The Bible
  • 2. • Think: How do you know any fairy tale is not a true account of historical events? • Write down: TWO things you would need to know in order to have confidence that any story was a reliable (true) source and can be trusted. Do Now
  • 3. • Identify the reasons we can believe what the Bible says • Explain why I will/will not accept that the Bible is God’s Word Lesson Outcomes
  • 4. Think . . .  Why does it matter whether the Bible is true or not?  Why do so many people choose not to believe the Bible is true?
  • 5. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16
  • 6. Confidence Continuum I have little or no confidence the Bible is true  I have complete confidence the Bible is true  I have some confidence the Bible is true Place yourself on the Confidence Continuum according to how you perceive the Bible. Be prepared to explain why you place yourself there.
  • 7. “To be a Christian we must know and trust the person of Jesus Christ. The only way we can come to know and trust him is through the Bible. If we do not read the Bible, or if we do not accept the Bible as accurate or trustworthy, then, we can never properly accept the One about whom the Bible speaks. The Bible is the foundation of Christianity upon which depends our eternity.” Do Now Which parts of the quotation do you agree with? Disagree with? Why?
  • 8. Nelson Lotto winner $1 million richerNICOLE MATHEWSON Share A South Islander could be $1 million richer after a Lotto ticket sold in Nelson took out this week's big prize. The winning ticket was sold at Tapawera Four Square supermarket in Nelson. The win is the latest in a stellar run for Lotto players, with almost $25 million given away to first division winners in the last fortnight, including $7 million to a young woman in Christchurch last weekend. The woman, who wanted to stay anonymous, bought her ticket from Fresh Choice Barrington because she was feeling "a little lucky". Her uncle had also been made an instant millionaire by Lotto a few months earlier, she said. Why do we trust this newspaper article is telling the truth?
  • 9. How are the following phenomena significant in understanding the Bible’s origins and preservation?  Septuagint  Monastries  Canon  Qumran  Dead Sea Scrolls  Guttenberg Press  Papyrus  Essenes  Apocrypha  Vulgate  Synoptic Gospels  Bible translated into Greek  Copied the Bible multiple times  Accepted books  Cave where manuscripts were found  Ancient manuscripts of Jesus’ times  Made spread of the Bible possible  First material for written text  Kept the Dead Sea Scrolls in a library  Books that Protestants do not include  Bible in Latin  Matthew, Mark, Luke – present