Thursday, August 11, 2011

How Did We Get The Bible, pt. 1


The other day I talking with some people and the topic of The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown was brought up. Back in 2006, this book took our country by storm. It was everywhere. It was a book that was very well written, but had some major historical and theological problems. If you have never read the book, it is a very fast paced action thriller of a few people searching for the Holy Grail. The main caveat in this story is that the Holy Grail is in fact the remains of Jesus' wife, Mary Magdalene. According to the book, she was pregnant when Jesus died and the blood line of Jesus has remained until this day.

While I had a problem with many things in this book, one of them that I discussed with these individuals was the take of one of the characters on how the Bible was put together. For instance, Sir Leigh Teabing, one of the major characters in this book says:
"The Bible is a product of man . . . not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book."
Christian, how are you going to answer that objection? I am sure you have heard someone make the claim before that the Bible is not from God, but from man. So, how are you going to answer them? This is where theology becomes practical in our life. What are you going to say when people make accusations that the Bible is no doubt a product of man, not from God? What are you going to say when someone says what this character in The DaVinci Code says:
"More than eighty gospels were considered for the New Testament and yet only a relatively few were chosen for inclusion--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John among them . . . The Bible as we know it today was collated by the pagan emperor Constantine the Great."
What's your response? The Apostle Peter said that we should be "ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15). Are you ready? Over the next week or so, I will give what I would answer to these claims on how the Bible came together. But until I do that, please think about your answer.

What Is Your Response To These Objections To Christianity?

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