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January 22, 2010

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Why does Christianity claim the Bible as the only true holy book?

by Dave Malnes

We currently live in a culture where all truth is relative.  Absolute truth is dismissed as being intolerant or antiquated.  The result is a growing interest not only in other religions, but also invites boldness among those who either deny the existence of God or an impersonal higher being.

Polls have suggested that a large amount of people in American believe that all religions are basically the same.  Even though it may be true that other religions have teachings that model good behavior or other spiritual kernels of truth, but their definitions of a god and the way to find a god only attempts to soothe human reasoning.  The Christian faith is entirely based on the truth found only in Jesus Christ.  The truth is founded on the authority of the Bible and its transforming power to bring people to faith and be declared righteous before God.  Based on these fundamental points of the Christian faith, there becomes an obvious contradiction with other religions.  Both cannot be right.  Therefore, we must make the conclusion that other holy books or prophetic writings cannot be considered the Word of God.

How do we know which holy book is true?  The inherent interest of religious thought points to the fact that people are hungry for the truth.  Other religions point to what we can do to achieve inner peace, better our future life or how to please God.  It is only the Christian faith that boldly proclaims in the Bible what has already been done for us.  Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the promised Son of God, we are declared right or perfect in the eyes of God.  Our eternal future of peace and paradise is secured.

When you test and compare all claims of revelation, along with the historical fact that Christ was resurrected from the dead, the Bible stands alone as the definitive “Word of God.”  All other works may have wonderful literary and philosophical insights, but do not communicate the true way to salvation which is found only in Christ Jesus.

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  1. Jan 22 2010

    I agree that the relativism of our culture misses the point of Christianity. The difference between following Christ and being a follower of all other religions is the difference between trusting in what God has done for us and trusting in what we can do for ourselves.

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  2. Jan 22 2010

    When you test and compare all claims of revelation,…

    Which are easily refuted…

    …along with the historical fact that Christ was resurrected from the dead…

    This is a claim, which has never been substantiated with any degree of probability. In fact, the more scholarship examines the question, it becomes more and more certain that Jesus was never raised from the dead.

    …the Bible stands alone as the definitive “Word of God.”

    A conclusion based on faulty premises is invalid.

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    • merganzerman
      Jan 26 2010

      Scholarship through the centuries has given the authority of the Bible and all it claims great thought and debate. And Christianity still exists, even among the most scholarly. So to wave the hand at all scholarly claims that the Bible is true and dismiss them is in a sense not applying the same historical standards of proof to other ancient texts. To me, that is quite “unscholarly”.

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  3. Jan 28 2010

    Scholarship through the centuries has given the authority of the Bible and all it claims great thought and debate.

    Agreed, but the findings have not been kind to Christian claims that it’s a divinely inspired or authored work.

    And Christianity still exists, even among the most scholarly.

    Christianities exist, not a single, unified religion. In any case, and I’m sure you agree, the mere existence of an alleged holy book says nothing about the veracity of a religion.

    So to wave the hand at all scholarly claims that the Bible is true and dismiss them is in a sense not applying the same historical standards of proof to other ancient texts.

    You’re confused if you think scholars can “prove” the truth of ancient texts. Rather, scholars evaluate the claims found in ancient texts, compare them with knowledge gained in other fields, then make judgments. These judgments are often revised in light of new information. As it stands today, scholarly views about the claims in the Bible are overwhelmingly skeptical. As an example, here is Christian scholar and theologian Brian Hebblethwaite: “It is no longer possible to defend the divinity of Jesus by referring to the claims of Jesus.”

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    • merganzerman
      Jan 28 2010

      Hi Robert. Good to hear back from you.

      I am aware of Christian scholars who don’t believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. When you read theologians, and I suppose those like Brian Hebblethwaite, their bias comes out in their conclusions. Post-modern theologians feel they must come up with a new and improved version of what God says to be true. I take God’s Word, and it’s authority, for what it says to be true — that Jesus is the only way, the only truth and the means to life everlasting. And scholarly thinking doesn’t have to take a back seat to make that conclusion.

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      • Feb 9 2010

        When you read theologians, and I suppose those like Brian Hebblethwaite, their bias comes out in their conclusions.

        I take God’s Word, and it’s authority, for what it says to be true

        “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

        And scholarly thinking doesn’t have to take a back seat to make that conclusion.

        Yeah, I’ve heard similar things from Mormon scholars, Muslim scholars, Jewish scholars, Scientology scholars…

        Seems you can find a religious scholar to say anything to support a religious belief.

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      • merganzerman
        Feb 10 2010

        Robert, I would agree with your comment that religious scholars will go to great lengths to prove that they are right. That is why it’s so difficult to determine who is right and who is wrong. I also like the “plank in the eye” reference that’s directed towards me. I had to smile, because it was good comeback — and I think it helps to have a sense of humor whenver you talk religion — even politics for that matter. For this reason, I think it’s virtually impossible for someone to intellectually reason to come to faith. Let’s be honest, there are many questions that are left unanswered. All we can do is trust on what is most reliable. That’s why I like the word trust as the best word that describes a Christian faith. Faith is a trust that what God is telling us in the Holy Bible is true and that we can trust that God will carry out all his promises. What is even more maddening, is that this faith is really something that we can’t generate by ourselves. According to the Bible, faith comes from hearing the message (Romans 8:28), so there is power in God’s Word that convicts the heart and receives the gift of forgiveness. Other religions, including Mormonism and Buddhism for example, simply say that faith is enough. There must be obedience included — which really reveals the pride of man that in some way, we can help God to be perfectly righteous.

        Thanks Robert for coming back — and for your comment.

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