Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Now it’s your turn!

The enemy of our souls is masterful at getting us distracted. I submit that the Biblical “contradictions” raised are distractions that lead away from Christ, life, and the truth.

I’m interested in what happens when I die, which I know will happen one day. Perhaps you are, too? What is the basis of authority you hold to that assures you of hope after this life? My basis of authority is “God-Breathed” (θεόπνευστος , theopneustos, 2 Timothy 3:16). What does your basis of authority claim, by whom, and based on what and, importantly, does it claim divine inspiration?

Here are a few other questions I’d like you to weigh in on:

1) Can you explain how the soteriology of the Bible is undermined or lacking when we learn that a totally depraved soul is only saved by grace alone, through faith alone, by Christ alone, on the authority of Scripture alone, and all that for the glory of God alone? Where in any of Scripture is this undermined or contradicted?

2) Can you explain how over 5,000 New Testament manuscripts alone agree in almost every single detail and the parts that don’t are so insignificant (like a letter in a word missing or a non-doctrinal element missing like the word “and” or “the”, etc) as to render Biblical doctrines totally consistent? Can you explain how 40 writers over 1,600 years could compile a book and it has the same message throughout that changes lives? Also, how is that throughout history (as we would expect) many have tried to destroy the Bible yet it remains the most-read book of all time? How is it that archaeological finds continue to confirm what the Bible says about historical events and prophecies, written hundreds of years before occurring, happen to the letter? Evidence never saved anyone, we need God to stir our hearts by His grace for that, but the many evidences concerning the Bible are overwhelming in their breadth and precision.

3) Can you show me how the Scriptural and progressive pieces of revelation as revealed in the grand Covenant of Grace (starting at Genesis 3:15 and right through to the end of Revelation), culminating in a subsitutionary atonement and justification by faith alone in both the OT and NT, do not line up and equate seamlessly with what the Prophets in the OT and the Apostles in the NT wrote under the inspiration of God?

4) What do you think of the London Baptist Confession of Faith, 1689? I believe this, though subservient to the Scriptures, to be an excellent statement of Christian belief on key doctrines pertaining to those "things most surely believed amongst us" (as true Christians). Please point out any “contradictions” you find in this document as each statement is backed and supported by the Bible as it's authority.

5) When was the last time you earnestly prayed and read your Bible and asked the living God to mercifully give you light that you might weigh your path, under His influence, against what He has divinely revealed?

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