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?