How Authentic the Bible Is

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Traditionally, Christians hold that the Bible is "God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."  (2 Tim. 3:16, 17.)  Thus, we see the Bible as being the recorded Word of God that breathes out his redemptive, life-transforming, perfect truth, love, moral purity, wisdom, authority and power.   Consequently, we understand ourselves and our world in light of the biblical plot-line[11]: q       God is the eternal, holy, perfect, all-powerful, all-knowing, loving Creator and Sustainer of the cosmos, who made humanity in his image, to be his stewards of the earth. q       This stewardship implied the power of choice, thus necessarily the potential for virtue or vice.  Unfortunately, our first ancestors chose to walk in their own way, and ever since, each of us has ratified that choice through our own wilfully sinful behaviour — which wreaks havoc on our own selves, other people and the whole earth. q       So, naturally, all of us are subjects of God’s just anger at sin.  However, in love, God made a way for us to be reconciled to himself and so seeks to rescue us from the enslaving and destructive power of sin.  q       To effect this plan, God chose a particular people (the Jews) and joined covenant with them, creating a culture within which he sent his prophets with his words that guided them through times of faithfulness and unfaithfulness, blessing, and judgement, preparing the way for his chosen Messiah — Spirit-empowered deliverer. q       In due course, that Messiah/Christ was sent by God: Jesus of Nazareth, the unique Son of God.  He loved, served, taught, healed and delivered from Satanic bondage.  But he was rejected and declared worthy of death (as a blasphemer) by the leaders of his own people, and “suffered under Pontius Pilate,” who — for political expediency — unjustly condemned him to death, having declared...
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