Thursday

Be Prepared: "Why not simply believe the words of Christ?"

1 Peter 3:15, be prepared to answer about our faith, can you believe the words of Christ and not the rest of Scripture
Scripture says "always be prepared" to explain our faith, so let's consider this criticism frequently made by people wishing to ignore unpopular New Testament commands:  

"I only trust the words of Christ, not the words of the human authors of the Bible." 

My response to this criticism:

Believing Jesus' words requires believing the rest of Scripture. 

Christ said: “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears ... the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” John 16:12-15 

After Christ's ascension, the Holy Spirit dictated more instructions from Christ to Bible authors (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

In addition, trusting Christ's words requires trusting human Bible authors because they recorded His words. 

Christians have many reasons to be confident that the entire Bible is inspired by God.

How would you answer this criticism?

6 comments:

  1. Ha ha... that´s a typical liberal theology argument. I had an acquantaince once say just that. The funny thing (which is really not funny at all) is that Jesus himself did not write anything. It was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John who wrote his words. Where is the coherence for these liberal people? If a "human author" wrote something, it's not trustworthy EXCEPT if is was... Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? Well, what about Acts, also written by Luke, or Revelation...

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  2. Yes, João, it is certainly not a logical criticism. Thanks for sharing your insights.

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  3. 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

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    1. Excellent verse, Veronika. Unfortunately, if someone only believes the words of Christ, they could say that verse was written by men, not God. But, it's still a great verse and one that assures me that all Scripture is God's Word. Thanks for sharing,
      Gail

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  4. I use 2 Timothy 3:16 often when explaining why I believe as I do. One of my favorite scriptures. I have discovered that many believe only certain parts of the Word and simply don't get it when I say, 'Even if you only believe one word you must believe it all.' I only use this on those who say they are believer's because those who aren't won't understand the point I'm trying to make. However, I must add, there are those who say they're Believers who don't get it either. Jesus did say, there will be many who say Lord, Lord who will not be in eternity. Just sayin'
    Blessings to you and yours!
    Marie

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    1. thanks for sharing your insights and experience with this question, Marie. I appreciate your input.
      God bless you,
      Gail

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