This paper is going to explore facets of three fundamental truths of Christianity. I hope to answer the questions, “Does the Bible have authority?”, “Did Jesus claim to be God?”, and “Did Jesus need to be born of a virgin?”. These three questions can be summarized with the question, “Is God reliable in what he has said about Himself, and if we can't take His Word for it, then what?” II. Section One
The question of the authority of the Bible rests on the issue of the authority of its author. If the author of the Bible did not have authority, then it is highly unlikely that the written words of that person would have authority either. The Bible was penned by about 40 different persons over a period of more than 1400 years. In a sense, these 40 are the “authors” of the Bible. However, their authority is not on the line. 2 Timothy 3:16 claims that God inspired, or “breathed out”, all of Scripture. So while 40 human authors wrote the words of the Bible down, God claims to have guided and moved these men to write His words down as His message to mankind. God's authority then is the deciding factor as to the authority of the Bible. Who is God and what is the basis and scope of His authority? God is the creator of the universe; John 1:3 says, “Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” As the creator and designer, He knows everything there is to know about everything he has made. Since everything that He has created would not exist without Him, He not only has infinite knowledge about it, but also infinite authority to do with it as He pleases. The authority of the Bible rests on the infinite authority of its Author. The Bible then has authority over all areas of instruction and history. Who better than the designer and creator to write an authoritative user's manual about living in His universe with other creatures made in His image? Who else has seen all of history and can accurately record the events and show...
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