Friday, May 15, 2009

Bamboozled by the Bible?

Romans 1:20-25

20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

I found this story rather disheartening. I thought I would post it because I myself have been addressing several remaining questions I have regarding my faith. I will post about some of these questions at a later date. However it is VERY important to seek the LORD your GOD with ALL your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind ( Mark 12:30). God promises to provide truth (Jesus Christ) when this happens. However when you begin to think yourself an expert he will not force you into truth but you will begin to profess that you are wise and end up a fool. Because the fool has said in his heart there is no God (Psalms 14:1).

Basically Bart Ehrman was a Fundamentalist Christian however during his life he looked to others instead of looking wholeheartedly towards GOD, he also became an “Expert on the Bible” and through his studies he has found “discrepancies” in the infallible word of God. I would like to address his one reference of 1 Corinthians 14:35-36. Paul clearly says in accordance with the Jewish Law. During that time the Jewish law was still a MAJOR component of the Christian faith. And believe it or not back in those days women had a HARD time! In Romans 16 he is giving his PERSONAL GREETINGS. In that he is going down the list of women that have basically put their lives on the line for the cause of Christ. Therefore in his Holy Spirit inspired opinion he was stating that women CAN and DO work for the cause of Christ. So I don’t see any contradiction. He stated the rule of the times but gave evidence of the work that Christ does in the lives of women. Well any who I have decided to post the link. And just a few major points from the article below, the ludicrousness of this idea of using the Bible to disprove GOD……

So I also felt impressed to post several text that disprove his conclusions…

Jesus’ divinity in his own words John 8:58- I tell you the truth, Jesus answered before Abraham was born, I AM!

Jesus promising to resurrect himself Matthew 12:39-40-He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Luke 24:46-47- He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in this name to all nations beginning at Jerusalem.

The Infallible word of God John 1:1-2, 14--In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Matthew 24:35- Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Bart Ehrman says most of the New Testament is a forgery but it's still an important body of work. He says he's not trying to destroy your faith. He's not trying to bash the Bible. Ehrman, a best-selling author and a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a biblical sleuth whose investigations make some people very angry. Like the fictional Robert Langdon character played by actor Tom Hanks in the movie "Angels & Demons," he delves into the past to challenge some of Christianity's central claims.In Ehrman's latest book, "Jesus, Interrupted," he concludes: Doctrines such as the divinity of Jesus and heaven and hell are not based on anything Jesus or his earlier followers said. At least 19 of the 27 books in the New Testament are forgeries. Believing the Bible is infallible is not a condition for being a Christian.

"Christianity has never been about the Bible being the inerrant word of God," Ehrman says. "Christianity is about the belief in Christ."Ehrman says that no one accepts everything in the Bible. Everyone picks and chooses . He cites some New Testament's references to the role of women in church as an example. In the first book of Corinthians, Ehrman says, the Apostle Paul insists that women should remain silent in church (1 Corinthians 14:35-36). In the 16th chapter of the book of Romans, Paul's attitude is that women could and should be church leaders -- and he cites women who were serving as deacons and apostles in the early church, Ehrman says.
Ehrman backs his arguments with a deep knowledge of the culture and history of the New Testament world. He's written 20 books on early Christianity and is an authority on ancient manuscripts used to translate the Bible.

His claims, though, take on some of Christianity's most sacred tenets, like the resurrection of Jesus. Ehrman says he doesn't think the resurrection took place. There's no proof Jesus physically rose from the dead, and the resurrection stories contradict one another, he says.
He says he doesn't believe the followers of Jesus saw their master bodily rise from the dead, but something else.

"My best guess is that what happened is what commonly happens today when someone has a loved one die -- they sometimes think they see them in a vision," Ehrman says. "I think some of the disciples had visions."

Ehrman says he immerses himself in the Bible, though he doesn't believe in its infallibility, because it's the most important book in Western civilization.

"I have friends who teach medieval English," he says. "They don't believe in Chaucer, but they think Chaucer is important," he writes in the conclusion of "Jesus, Interrupted."

The heavens declare the glory of GOD; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.- Psalms 19:1

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