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Senior Bible Chapter 3
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Is it ever okay to question authority?
What does it mean to confess "Jesus is Lord"?
We are putting ourselves under Christ, to proclaim one's submission to Jesus' authority.
What are some of the assumptions Christians bring to the study of the Bible?
- It's inspired by God
- It's reliable/trustworthy
- It's authorized by God
How many books are in the Old Testament and the New Testament?
Old Testament: 39 books, separated into history, poetry, and prophecy.
New Testament: 27 books, separated into history, epistle letters, and the apocalyptic books.
What is the Apocrypha?
Biblical or related writings not forming part of the accepted canon of Scripture.
What is the "canon of Scripture"?
A set of texts which a particular religious community regards as authoritative scripture.
On what basis does the Bible claim authority for itself?
Jesus affirms it.
What does "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" mean when it comes to the Bible's trustworthiness?
Just because there is no evidence, doesn't mean that it did not exist.
What role does external evidence play in establishing the Bible's authority?
What are some recent discoveries that point to the truthfulness of the Bible?
- Some cities from Genesis through Joshua have been discovered
- The tunnel of Hezekiah
- Building projects of Solomon
What proves the historical reliability of the New Testament?
Several documents outside the Bible support outlines of the story told in the Gospels.
What are the most common objections to the authority of the Bible?
1. The Bible was written by humans
2. It has been corrupted over time.
3. Important books have been left out.
How would you answer the objection "the Bible was only written by men?"
The Bible describes the origin of Scripture as a process that is both fully human and fully divine.
How would you answer the objection "the Bible has been corrupted over time?"
- It is historically accurate.
- It has stayed consistent throughout time.
Why does the "telephone-game objection" not apply to the Scripture?
There's only one line of transmission in the telephone-game, while the Bible has many.
How would you answer the objection "important books have been left out of the Bible?"
They are all from the second century or later; worldview/theology.
Why were the "lost gospels" never accepted as Scripture?
Their theology is based on gnosticism, not orthodox Christianity.
How far does God's authority extend?
As far as God allows it.
How far does the Bible's authority extend?
Over every aspect
What does it mean to say, "God has authority over the limits of reason"?
Our worldview are limited.
What does it mean to say, "God has authority over our understanding of reality"?
There's more than what we see, God told us.
What does it mean to say, "God has authority over culture"?
God tells us how to rule and communicate as a community.
What does it mean to say, "God has authority over entertainment"?
God claims authority over what voices we pay attention to and insists that we filter out what is not true or not worthy thinking about. (Phil 4:8)
What does it mean to say, "God has authority over our senses"?
The Bible is a reality check when our senses fail.
What does it mean to say, "God has authority over our emotions"?
What we feel and think are not always accurate. Emotions can deceive us, that's why God has authority over it.
What does it mean to say, "God has authority over knowledge"?
God reveals things to us. (through science, books, etc.)
What does it mean to say, "God has authority over government"?
When governing authority conflict with the authority of God, obedience is rendered to God alone.
Should Christians blindly trust in the authority of Scripture?
Yes, however it's not blindly. God's authority extends beyond what we can perceive with our senses to all areas of knowledge and over all human authority.
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