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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cass: Why You Can Absolutely Trust the Bible‏

I'm quite impressed with the latest effort from Dr Gary Cass in defense of the authenticity of the Holy Bible. As we prepare our hearts for Holy Week, won't you take time to click the embedded link to renew your faith? I especially invite the atheists/skeptics that stop by here from time to time to leave any thoughts they might have in the comment box regarding the cited article. The entire entry is a great read, and I'll quote just one part of it here where Dr Cass resonds to the so-called 'circular reasoning' argument sometimes raised by skeptics...

"Man’s observations are at best limited and very often wrong. Man’s science is constantly changing and correcting itself. “Experts” can usually be found on opposite sides of any issue.

Some might say arguing from the Bible to prove the Bible is illegitimate circular reasoning. But this is what every other competing worldview does. Man must begin his reasoning from some place. Logic demands that this ultimate authority must be a self-authenticating source. Christians start with Almighty God and His self-authenticating Word. Everyone else starts with fallible, finite man and his reasoning. So the question remains, “Are you justified in your starting place?”

Only God is justified in his own truthfulness. Even on the basis of observation only God has observed all things because he is eternal and has created and caused all things.

The Apostle Paul systematically lays out the case that all men are guilty before God because all men have sinned. They have violated God’s law revealed in nature, in their conscience and written by Moses. But, sinful man objects. Man presumptuously puts himself in the place of the judge and puts God on trial. How did Paul respond to the unbelievers’ objection against God? What does Paul say when man turns to put God on trial? “Let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: "That You [God] may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged." (Romans 3:4)

Not even “good men” or even your favorite TV minister is to be the basis of your confidence in God’s Word. Nor should we believe the Bible is true based on the testimony of any church or any church council. That would make the church lord over God and His Word. But God’s self-authenticating Word is the measure of the all things, including the church and its ministers. God will judge the church and all people according to his unchanging moral standard revealed in the Bible."

Man's observations are indeed wrong at times and its safe to say that at least some pet theories of today will one day be discarded for a newer scientific fad when the time comes along. If you are a doubte who is reading this, my hope is that you would analyze God's written word using the same standards you use when forming your opinions on other matters.

Happy Maundy Thursday to all the Presbyterians out there!


The Maryland Crustacean said...

Happy Easter, JD.
He is risen. He is risen indeed!

Ross said...

(Belated) happy Easter, JD.