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What is the origins of the Bible?

It was written over the space of 2000 years, had over 40 authors, written in three different continents. It's divided into law, prophets, gospels, letters etc.


Why is the Bible infallible?

It is the Word of God.


How does 2 Timothy 3:16 show the Bible's self-proclamation?

"All scripture is God breathed" (inspired by God)


How does 2 Peter 1:21 show the Bible's self proclamation?

"No prophecy was ever made by an act of human will but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from a God."


How did Jesus authorise the Old Testament?

In the NT, he often referred to the OT and quoted it - his most quoted book was Psalms 11 times


How does the Bible's unity give it authority?

Despite it's 40+ authors, 2000 years and many countries, it is all unified in it's message (God's salvation plan) and doesn't contradict itself on hundreds of controversial issues that are addressed therefore is evidence of divine inspiritian.


How does Gluek say archaeology give the Bible authority?

Gluek said "no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference"


How does Ramsay show archaeology gives the Bible authority?

Luke names 32 countries, 54 cities without error


How many prophecies does the Bible contain and how does it give authority?

It contains around 2500 prophecies and around 2000 were filled. For example, Daniel predicted Jesus beginning his ministry 483 years after a decree was issued to rebuild Jerusalem.


How does the New Testament give the Bible authority?

It had to fit with the canon of scripture. The doctrine of revelation meant he communicated divine truths no one otherwise would know, and doctrine of inspiration that he directed authors so it was recorded without error or contradiction, despite individual writing styles and personality.


How does 2 Timothy 3:16 say the Bible is used?

It is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness" it shows that all of the Bible can be useful to learn from, not just certain parts. It also shows it is practical, to 'correct' your lifestyle to help you on your way to becoming righteous, which came from faith and is trained using God's word.


How many books are in the Bible?

66 - 39 in Old Testament and 27 in New Testament


How are the laws in the Bible used? (Such as the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20:1-17)

The Bible is deontological so people use them as an ethical system and use them to obey and live their lives by. Some adopt a different approach, Situation Ethics was developed from "love your neighbour as yourself, no other commandment is greater.." Mark 12:31 as a teleological and liberal approach.


How do leaders and institutions use the Bible?

It is the basis of their teachings on how to live and how to achieve eternal life.


How is the Bible used for religious traditions?

It is the basis of traditions such as Christmas stemming from Jesus' birth found in Matthew and Luke and Easter found in all gospels (Good Friday from Jesus crucifixion and Easter Sunday from his resurrection). Communion comes from the story of the Last Supper. Other traditions such as lent, the passover, Pentecost etc. all come from Biblical stories.