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Is the Bible Reliable and Valid?
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 4, 2008

This a 5 week series on one of the most important questions asked throughout history. That question is this:“Is the Bible Really True?” This question is fair and valid. My hope is that you will read these articles with a sense of urgency for your own spiritual life. My hope is also that you will read these articles with an open mind. I have heard so many people say, “Well you can’t believe that stuff in the Bible, because it was written long ago and it has been changed so many times.” God’s special blessings to you as your embark on a 5 week journey in search of “truth”.

Rev. Dr. Bobby W. Leggett

Trinity Lutheran Church-Blanco

Week 1

Is the Bible we have today is reliable and valid? Has it been distorted down through the centuries? Many people today dismiss the validity of what we call the Holy Bible? Holy comes from a Greek word, hagios, which means “holy,” or “sacred.” Bible comes from the Greek word, byblos, which means “book.” So, what we have is a “Holy/Sacred Book.”

Is the Bible “Holy” and “Sacred” only because we say so or can we find some empirical reasoning to accept it as “Holy and Sacred?” When we say reliable we must ask the question, “Reliable compared to what?” The answer is: “Reliable compared to other ancient documents we accept in academia as reliable. That is to say, is the Bible reliable in the “truths” it presents as compared to other historical documents? We must define “valid” in the logic that a document is so constructed that if the premises are jointly asserted, the conclusion cannot be denied without contradiction.

Can we prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the facts and events surrounding the reliability and validity of the “Holy Bible” are true and tested? Does it matter whether or not Biblical Documents we have are the same as the original? Is it so very important that we should be able to accept them as truly historical records? A resounding “yes” to both questions is the answer for those who want to know the truth. The first recorded words of Jesus public ministry are recorded while he was in Galilee in The Gospel of Mark 1:15, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near; repent and believe the “Good News.”

By’s God’s Grace,

Pastor Bobby W. Leggett

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