You Believe In An Outdated Book….
The Outdated Book, Writings of Goat Herders, or Bronze Age Book of Fables Argument That Many Biblical Skeptics Use Today….
If you are a Bible-believing Christian, and you’ve been sharing your faith, I’m betting that you have been confronted with an argument that is meant to offend you, poke holes in your belief system (the Holy Word of God), and send you away red-faced and embarrassed. The jab goes something like this, “You actually believe that the Bible is true?!? That old book? Well then you believe in the ancient ramblings of a bunch of uneducated goat herders!” So the attack goes, or it may be worded differently, or perhaps aimed at the canonization process by which the scriptures were officially ruled to be the word of God. All of this can be answered with a little logical reasoning.
Here is a recent comment from one such skeptic on the facebook page of the Creation & Earth History Museum.
Martin B. writes, “This… is… the scariest Facebook page I have ever visited. It’s astonishing how off-track you people are, and you’ll probably never realize it either. What a waste of human potential. Wasted on bronze-age, outdated ideologies…”
I could only wish that Martin is scared because he is pondering the nature of God, but he is likely spiritually blind and his fear is of that which contradicts his atheistic worldview. This particular comment, after telling us how off-track [from reality] we are, goes on to say that [sadly] we will probably never realize it. Hmmm, well let me begin by saying that a great many Christians and in this case, “Creationists” were once atheists, or humanists, or deists, or in my case a theistic evolutionist. For so many of us, in fact I would hazard a guess that for most of us, we were not taught creationism and the literal truth of the Bible at a young age. It was later in adulthood when we began to look deeper into the issues and then we became convinced that the Bible is true.
Here is one such case of an atheist who became educated and then became a Christian, exactly the opposite of the assumed outcome of most of the “educated” atheists who have been indoctrinated in the religion of humanism by the public school system.
Speaking of uneducated, this entire argument of the “uneducated biblical authors” is either one of the least researched arguments (by the person posing it) or least factual arguments that a biblical skeptic can use. The Bible is a compilation of 66 books written over a period of 1500 years across 3 continents with one central congruent theme and no conflicts that can’t be resolved by the context. Most importantly, the Bible’s authors validate that their writings were inspired by God and to this end the 66 books portray an incredibly consistent picture of the Messiah throughout.
In regards to the approximately 40 individuals who were inspired by God to write these books, consider the following quote from Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, in the book, “Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible”
[the authors of the Bible]
“…came from a variety of occupations: kings, fishermen, tax collectors, shepherds, prophets, and even a physician. In all it would be difficult to find a more diverse collection of writers. They run the gamut from Moses, who was highly educated, to Peter, who was a fisherman. Though they wrote at different periods of world history, their writings dovetail with one another, not superficially, but intricately and brilliantly.”
The book goes on to say in regards to the congruency of scripture…
”…Imagine various pieces of a cathedral arriving from different countries and cities, converging on a central location. In fact, imagine that investigation proves that forty different sculptors made contributions over a period of many centuries. Yet the pieces fit together to form a single magnificent structure. Would this not be proof that behind the project was a single mind, one designer who used his workmen to sculpt a well-conceived plan? The Bible is that cathedral…”
So all of this is to say that the congruency from these (in many cases) disconnected authors is reason enough to believe in the uncontrived truth of the Bible, but there is more.
Why accept the Bible as being Divinely inspired? Here are four common reasons:
- its record of fulfilled prophecy
- its consistent theme and congruency
- its endurance
- its confirmation by archaeology and science
The above was taken from one of many great articles on ChristianAnswers.net
I could write much more on this topic, but thankfully a myriad of much more qualified and more intelligent people already have.
For more information, I highly recommend the following articles:
And I highly recommend researching the countless historical and archaeological evidences for the Bible such as:
A Common Flood Story
The Code of Hammurabi
The Nuzi Tablets
The Existence of Hittites
The Merneptah Stele
Biblical Cities Attested Archaeologically (or still existing today) – Jericho, Haran, Hazor, Dan, Megiddo, Shechem, Samaria, Shiloh, Gezer, Gibeah, Beth Shemesh, Beth Shean, Beersheba, Lachish, Jerusalem Babylon, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gaza, Gath, Ekron, Damascus, Tyre, Athens, Rome, etc.
Shishak’s Invasion of Judah
The Moabite Stone
Obelisk of Shalmaneser III
Burial Plaque of King Uzziah
Hezekiah’s Siloam Tunnel Inscription
The Sennacherib Prism
Assyrian Lachish Reliefs
The Pontius Pilate Inscription
The House of David Inscription
The Caiaphas Ossuary
The Ketef Hinnom Silver Amulet Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls
Just to name a few…
Here in this post I have only briefly touched on the congruency in number 2 and the archaeology in number 4 of the above list. There is literally a lifetime of study to be done on these topics, and of course there are many other reasons in addition to those four listed to believe that the Bible is true.
Perhaps the best reason is that the Bible’s ultimate author, God, is freely available to you. It is He Himself who will validate the authority and accuracy of His word. Once you have entered into a relationship with Him, you can simply ask for His guidance as you read His word and He will do just that.
Assistant Curator of the Creation & Earth History Museum