29. May 2009

Is the Bible a reliable source?

Posted in Uncategorized at 13:54 by 5carrolls

What evidence is there that the Bible is reliable? On Monday night we have been talking about evidences that support the factuality of the contents of scripture.  So far we have seen that the Bible was written by eye witnesses or those who had spoken directly with eyewitnesses. The fact the they all tell the same story about Jesus gives credibility to their work.

A second important piece of evidence is the knowledge of the readers and their reaction to sermons they heard and documents they read during the first century. They did not claim the events to be false or exaggerated. On the contrary many accepted the message and became followers themselves. By their reactions they validated the message.

When we meet again on the 8th of June we will take a look at how the bible came to us today.  Perhaps we will find that a number of mistakes have been during the time that the Bible was copied by hand.  I doubt it, but come and see for yourself. Contact me for meeting times and place.

12. May 2009

The Holy Trinity: God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:57 by dresdensooner

In our study on Monday night we have been looking at the claims of Jesus.  Last night we talked about the claim that Jesus is God. How can Jesus be God if he is in fact a man?  This objection has been brought by many who wish to discredit Christianity. The Bible never clearly states that Jesus is God. The following comments from scritpture provide some of the more interesting thoughts on the topic.

  • “I and the Father are one” from the gospel of John 10:30.
  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” also the gospel of John 1:1.
  • “I tell you the truth, Jesus answered, before Abraham was born, I am.” again the gospel of John 8:38

These passages seem to indicate that John and Jesus, himself, believed Jesus was in fact God.  As mere humans we have no understanding of how a person can be in more than one place at a time.  We are all bound by the laws of science.  We can not split ourselves in two, let alone three parts.

A helpful analogy might be an apple.  There is the skin, the meat of the apple and the seed. Each of these things exist individually to make up an apple.  If you have an apple seed, you do not have an apple, but a part of the apple that performs a specific task.  It reproduces itself under the right circumstances.  The skin protects the fruit and the seed.

God if you will is made up of the three parts, the father, the son and the holy spirit, each with his own task to perform.  Each with the ability to exist apart from the whole, and still be called God.  If you remove an apple seed from the apple, it does not cease to be called  a part of the apple. Jesus apart from the father is still one with the father and can still claim the title God.

So God came to earth in the form of a man to reveal his great love for us in many ways, including miracles and healings and even raising people from the dead.  His ultimate display of love was his death, burial and resurrection. Without these events Christianity would not exist.

You may be skeptical of these claims because they come from the Bible, and you believe the Bible is neither accurate nor relavent to our lives today.  I invite you to join us next Monday night as we discuss the support for the validity and credibility of the word of God.