Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #178. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is John 1:1-2. It reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.”
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Jerome, A.D. 340-420. He said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”
As I promised in our last episode, today we are taking a brief detour from “The Handbook of Christian Apologetics” by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli, which we were using as our guide for this podcast, since they were starting to say some things which I disagree with on the matter of scripture, its validity and interpretation, etc. For this topic, we will now use “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from the Author’s Foreword:
The authenticity and authority of a God-inspired Bible is the very foundation of Christianity. Even if it should be admitted that Christ is deity, we have no certain way of knowing the truth about Christ, about the way of salvation, no assurance of Heaven and eternity, no sweet promises, no way to know Christian duty, to grow Christian character, or preach the Christian Gospel, without an inspired Bible. We had as well settle it to start with that it is the Bible and Christ or no Bible, no Christ, no salvation, no Christianity. Here is what the Bible itself teaches about the matter of inspiration, as far as this writer can understand it, taking the Scripture itself at simple face value. We have not tried to adjust the doctrine to fit the theories of men. We have been dogmatic where the Bible speaks with certainty.
Here we acknowledge that we differ with some devout, scholarly men, not on the fact of inspiration but as to whether it sometimes does not guarantee genealogies, scientific matter, or history, or moral perfection of the Scriptures. We differ on whether the Scriptures are progressive in the liberal sense of the first part being imperfect and superseded by later inspiration. We are not thus unbrotherly, we trust, where we insist on what the Bible plainly claims for itself — perfection in every jot and tittle in the original.
Some men, too anxious to please unbelieving scholars, have thus not been impressed as we think they should be, with the undebatable claims of Scripture itself: that the very words were breathed out from God. Some, like Orr, who first made too many concessions to unbelief, and thought evolution was scientifically proved, as its advocates once falsely claimed, later seemed to have been convinced by the work of Hodge, Warfield, Machen, and others. Orr, some nineteen years after writing his book, Revelation and Inspiration, had evidently come to regard Warfield’s position so highly that he had Warfield prepare the extended article on inspiration, very strong, in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, of which Orr was the editor-in-chief. Many less erudite men, we fear, have written on inspiration who would have done well to first master Gaussen, Warfield, Young, and Engelder, and most of all, to be mastered themselves by what the Scriptures plainly claim for their inspiration.
The great point of difference about inspiration in the last half century and more has been the problem of how to explain the paradox of the Bible’s being made up of the very words of God while being also in the words of men. We hope the two chapters here on “Eternal Word of God Settled in Heaven Before It Was Written Down by Men God Prepared” and “God Put His Style Into the Prophets,” will help in that matter not very widely taught. And the example of Divine-human involvement in Jesus Christ and in regeneration should shed light on this question, too.
Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.
Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!