I am excited about this Sunday, as we kick off our Sub-Urban Legends series with our first Urban Legend: “The Bible isn’t reliable.”
The full name of the series is “Sub-Urban Legends: Exchanging the Truth for a Lie.” The title is based on Romans 1, which tells us that although truth about God is available to all humanity, we have a tendency to exchange that truth for a lie. Here is what it says:
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
It is our desire at LifePoint, through these next 6 weeks, to “Sub” or “exchange” these Urban Legends for the Truth of God’s word. Through this series we will teach, correct, train, and in some cases rebuke; helping us to grow competent and equipped to live for God’s glory as a community being transformed by Jesus Christ.
My text for Sunday is 2 Timothy 3:16-17:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
We’re going to handle this issue in 2 parts. First, we’ll put the Bible on the stand, and see what it says about itself, using 2 Timothy 3:16-17 as our primary witness. After that we’ll put history and reason on the stand and we’ll see 3 major objections that we hear from our culture in regard to the validity of Scripture. We’re going to see if the reasons that people give for not taking the Bible seriously are reasonable reasons.
The 3 common “reasons” (for not taking Scripture seriously) that we’ll address are:
1) Textual criticism (“It’s so old and has been copied so many times, it’s not accurate.”)
2) Canonicity (“A group of men arbitrarily chose what books make up Scripture.”)
3) Contradictions (“There are so many contradictions and errors in it.”)
We’re going to jump in head-first this Sunday.
Here are a few books that are great study helps for this subject:
The New Testament Documents: Are they reliable? by F.F. Bruce
The Canon of Scripture by F.F. Bruce
The Old Testament Documents: Are they reliable and relevant? by Walt C. Keiser
On the New Testament by Mark Driscoll
On the Old Testament by Mark Driscoll
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig L. Blomberg
So, read all these Saturday, and come out ready for the start of Sub-Urban Legends. Here we go…!