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[24] The Necessity of the Bible

Marc Roby: We are resuming our study of systematic theology today by continuing to examine the four characteristics of special revelation, that is the Bible. We introduced the acrostic SNAC, and last time we examined... Read More

[23] The Sufficiency of the Bible

The Bible provides sufficient knowledge for salvation and Christian life, but a person must be born again to respond in repentance and faith. The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture tells us that we don’t need any additional revelation, so, for example, the Book of Mormon is false. Dr. Spencer makes a number of recommendations for reading. Read More

[22] The Doctrine of the Word of God

God reveals himself both in creation (general revelation) and in the Bible (special revelation). The Bible is a Christians ultimate standard and is our only infallible, objective guide salvation and living the Christian life. It is sufficient, necessary, authoritative and perspicuous (i.e., clear) for teaching us what we must believe to be saved and how we must live to please God. General revelation is sufficient to leave men without excuse. Read More

[21] Why we should believe the Bible, Part XIII: Evidence for the New Testament

The fact that Jesus of Nazareth really lived, was crucified, and raised from the dead is critical to the Christian faith. There are multiple extra-biblical references to Jesus Christ within 100 years of his crucifixion. The Roman historians Josephus, Tacitus and Suetonius all mention him, as does Justin Martyr. The first century letter from Mara Bar-Serapion to his son also contains an almost certain reference to Christ. His life and death are solidly attested historical facts. Read More

[20] Why we should believe the Bible, Part XII: Evidence for the fall of Jerusalem and prophecies about Christ

The Black Obelisk tells us about Jehu, a king of Israel, a carved mural from Sennacherib’s palace in Nineveh tells us about the siege of Lachish, and the Taylor prism gives us an extra-biblical account of his failed siege of Jerusalem. The Babylonian Chronicles corroborate the biblical account of the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC. Biblical prophecies made about Christ were in the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are known to have existed well before the time of Christ, came true. Read More

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